racism

The Power of Symbols

Symbols evoke emotions. They have a power to evoke images and send messages to our subconscious. They tell us what is important. Think of the crucifix, the Star of David, the swastika. Or the confederate flag. When presented with a symbol often enough, the repetition can influence our actions. Presented repeatedly to a group it becomes part of the collective unconscious, influencing a whole society.

A church burns in North Carolina

No one with any sense has any illusions that racism is on the wane. In fact, the burning of a Black church in Charlotte over the past 24 hours shows that that hate is very much alive and well here in North Carolina. While we can celebrate rebel flags being removed from public squares, despicable cowards once again remind us that we have light years to go.

Say their names

victims of Charleston massacre

On Monday evening, I spoke at a vigil for the nine victims of the massacre at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. It was a wonderful experience with clergy from many different local churches, representatives from the police department, and the mayor of Monroe. I can still hear the beautiful voice of Joyce Myers as she sang "Amazing Grace." She has a richness to her voice that allows you to feel the song as well as hear it.

Confederate flags removed from base of memorial in Union County

Union County, NC Confederate Flag

Tuesday afternoon officials in Union County removed multiple Confederate flags from the base of the Civil War Memorial on the grounds of the historic Union County Courthouse. The flags were taken away after Union County Democratic Party Chair Nancy Rorie emailed county officials requesting that the flags be removed.

In her email she wrote:

On symbols of racial hate

I am not much impressed with southern leaders falling all over themselves to remove Confederate flags from public buildings and parks. It is hand-wringing of the most hypocritical sort, providing convenient cover for centuries of institutional racism. Yes, their actions are a welcome shift, but they hardly rise to the level of courage or leadership. The fawning over Nikki Haley in South Carolina is just another side show in a media circus that is looking for drama.

So let's not get distracted by the diversion. America's racial biases go far beyond flags and bumper stickers. They pervade all our institutions, especially the criminal justice system (law enforcement, prisons, drug laws), public school funding, and employment practices.

As I have written on many occasions, we are a country that was built on slavery and genocide. And we have barely begun to remove the knife of racial hatred.

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Rush Limbaugh once shared 1 radio station with UNC; today it's 8

Rush Limbaugh in all his glory

On March 23, 2012, the newsobserver.com published an article about Rush Limbaugh and WRDU, the UNC station at that time.

BlueNC.org co-founder James Protzman, who had been outspoken in his criticism of the university’s connection to Rush Radio said, “UNC’s response is more than I’d hoped for, but less than it should have been.”

Are 'Women's Issues' Necessary?

What is it that sets women and their 'issues' aside?

Civitas writer, Becki Gray thinks that “Women’s ‘Advocates’ are holding women back.” She has written about this in NC SPIN, October 4, 2014. Ms. Gray seems to think misogyny is over just as the Supreme Court thinks racism is over. Both are mistaken.

Making women’s rights an article of law is not ‘nanny care,’ it is a fitting and proper act of government, whose duty it is to protect all citizens. Women’s rights are just like everyone else’s rights, but not every person wants to admit that, let alone support it and live by it. If even she admits she had to ‘work hard to be seen and treated as an equal,’ than something is wrong with our society’s outlook on women. It wasn’t ‘women’s advocates’ she needed to persuade of her equality.

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