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“If we're going to make a difference and make the world better for all of us, then we've got to come together,” Fuller said, according to WSOC News Reporter Joe Burno.
Vilma Leake never at a loss for words began one of her long rambling soliloquies "If I say I am a Christian, I have to love everybody regardless of the agenda, their religious beliefs or where they have come from......" and so on.
Via Twitter Mujtaba Mohammed (@mjamohammed) offered "Ramadan has always been part of America & Muslims have always contributed to America's success."
Replying to Mujtaba CP offered "Perhapes @mjamohammed would like us to recognize thousands of jobs created by Islam?100s of thousands of TSA agents are grateful!"
To which Mujtaba offered a long list of Muslim accomplishments and achievements from medicine to Muhammad Ali, and admitting "everyone has their rotten apples though."
Log on to Twitter and read @mjamohammed long list of Muslim heroes and accomplishments here.
#meckbocc The proposal passed 6 to 3 with all Democrats voting yes and all Republicans voted no.
Meck Commissioner Bill James went on to tweet "I think Democrats will come to regret the opening of this spigot that blurs the lines of church and state. Could be wrong, but we will see."
CP's Take: Can you imagine the backlash over a request to recognize Lent, Advent or The 12 Days of Christmas?
Beyond the church vs state question, there is the timing. Fuller's agenda item popped up not prior to the start of Ramadan several weeks ago, when debate could provide a fair and proper discussion but in the middle of the 30 day religious period.
Several commissioners said they didn't know the proposal was on the agenda.
The proposal was also presented just 48 hours after another horrific attack by several of the religion's "rotten apples".
Recognizing and providing a formal proclamation by government supporting any religion much less a religion whose followers are urged to murder non believers, a religion that by permitting it to exist has cost our nation billions to defend against, is just nutty.
Will the ACLU step in to object? Doubtful.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Let's talk about racism, its a pretty broad concept, covering a lot of ground. But mostly at least in the USA it mean African Americans that feel they are being slighted because of the color of their skin.
And the racism alarm is getting a real workout lately, a noose in Washington, on LeBron James' front gate at his LA home someone sprayed "Nigger" and in Portland some nut case attacked three people and killed two them while verbally attack two young black girls.
The press claims we should be concerned, the politicos claim we should be alarmed, the usual crowd is shouting no justice no peace. But this is isolated racism, big graphic and news worthy.
The racism that we should be concerned about is not the in your face noose on a bathroom stall, hung from a college dorm winder, or casually laid about in a museum. It is not spray painted on your front door that should concern us or even the violence obtained by mentally challenged individuals who are simply intent on violence.
Rather it is that trickle of distrust, that slow seeping of hatred that is passed from generation to generation, a confirmation of bias, and the affirmation of stereotypes that needs our attention.
The removal of confederate monuments, the rage over the confederate battle flag, the black lives matter movement simply stoked the embers of hate, distrust and furthered the stereotypes, thus doing nothing to resolve the issue of race.
Spray painting RACIST on a statue is neither informative or restorative. Claiming offense from a inanimate object that in its purest sense is nothing more than a lump of iron is madness. Claiming it makes you fearful, is far more racist than locking your car doors, when a group of young black men approach.
A nation that was joined by its commonality in the post 9/11 era because Islam and Muslim Extremists attacked us all, became dangerously divided by a president who squandered 8 yrs of optimism, by saying "if I had a son he'd look like Trayvon" and singing amazing grace in the style reminiscent of the old Negros of Charleston's historic slavery days long since past.
Tearing down flags, and statues and proclaiming honored dead of more than a century ago as traitors and criminals deepens the divide. You can not fight hate with more hate, racism with more racism, for what breaks down racism are small gestures of kindness, yet those things are never newsworthy, and seldom noted by the media.
In Marietta Georgia there is a national cemetery, gleaming white markers in neat rows honoring Union dead who perished in the battle of Kennesaw Mountain. A few blocks to the south the Confederate cemetery where those who died in that same battle rest in a poorly maintained park that is funded by only city tax dollars and private contributions. The markers 1/3 the size most are unreadable many are broken and grass is seldom mowed. Yet the NAACP does not scream Racism because one group is treated differently, except when someone places a tiny Confederate Battle Flag on a grave.
Imagine if the NAACP offered to clean up the Confederate cemetery.
Yet, you can not legislate kindness, you can not enforce charity, anymore than we can not undo eight years of divisive rhetoric from a former president. Someone has to take the first step.
So many people black and white fail to understand that reconstruction and reconciliation took place because memorials where permitted and in fact encouraged. One hundred years ago congress took bold steps to repair a broken nation and a house divided. In the following years veterans on both sides gathered on memorial days and a nation began to heal.
We can start by understanding this:
Racism is everywhere the only way to defeat it is by rising above it, because those who do are champions.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Mayfield - Just getting home from my final neighborhood meeting.
I AM SO TIRED AND HURT HEARING ABOUT THE RECKLESS BEHAVIORS OF RENTERS THAT CAUSE NOTHING BUT DESTRUCTION IN NEIGHBORHOODS.
Especially when the home is one of many owned by persons who live in Ballantyne. I am going to start calling out these owners at Council meetings because I am also tired of hearing one of my collegues talk about what Ballantyne is not getting in City resources when it is residents in His District that keeps CMPD and Code Enforcement in mine....just needed to get this off my mind.
Now time to get back to work...
Mayfield is apparently upset with Ed Diggs who often points out the amount of property tax revenue paid, far exceeds the value received by district 7 taxpayers.
Mayfield is one of the countless loonies who are convinced that police cause crime and that white folks send the police to her district to oppress black people.
It's apparently easy for Mayfield to believe that all the rental property is owned by white people, afterall that's the way it is right?
Mayfield's followers of Facebook and District 3 constituents think this of Ballantyne - "I worked in that area. They receive all types of privilege. I would see falling down drunks get away with murder all because they had money."
And this - "I still work there and they are still getting away with it. They leave those bars staggering, get in their cars and drive every night. Where is CMPD? Northeast ,Northwest and Southwest."
Mayfield believes that the slums in her district are owned by white privilege, white people who live somewhere else.
What escapes Mayfield is that rental property is subject to the basic principle of profit and loss. The once solid middle class west and east Charlotte has been in a flat spin for years thanks to a number of factors. Many caused by prior Charlotte City Council members, influx of illegals from Mexico and Central America and African Americans migrants from northern cities like Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburg and Newark.
When an East Charlotte resident points out the it seems there are few options to dealing with run down rental property or trouble makers:
This is one of the chief concerns of the neighborhoods in Harris Coalition on the east side. Either we've been lax in our knowledge of what can be done with unfortunate renters, or there are no ordinances that can help us. I imagine this is a concern all over Charlotte. What, specifically, can be done about run-down rental properties, or nuisance renters. Can we find out what ordinances apply?
The citizen clearly asks for help but Mayfield responds by placing blame on Republicans in Raleigh.
The General Assembly has caused a lot of this with legislation they have passed that has usurped Municipal control.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Today, as you may already know, is Vietnam Veterans Day.
It is an honor to salute all those patriots who served during the Vietnam war. Whether you were stationed in country or not, you are a patriot who deserves to be thanked and remembered. All soldiers serving during the war were part of the Vietnam war no matter their station or MOS. We all had a job to do and we proudly did it.
God Bless America
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
A second teacher has been disciplined at Eisenhower High School over a student's refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Vince Ziebarth, who has worked in District 218 since 2009, and was a full-time driver's education teacher at the Blue Island school since January 2014, said he was terminated March 16 after being told he made "inappropriate comments" to sophomore Shemar Cooper.
At the beginning of the school year, Cooper and his mother, Kelley Porter Turner said the first teacher tried to coerce him to stand by grabbing him by his arm.
Porter Turner now says that two weeks ago, Ziebarth told her son, "If you want to drive with me, you have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance."
"I brushed it off and let it go," she said, until Cooper came home from school and said the teacher "wouldn't let it go."
Ziebarth said, "I told him he can make a choice to sit, but as long as you choose to sit, you will not sit in my (drivers ed) vehicle. I did not tell him what to do."
Cooper's other friends drive with the teacher. When a group went out for behind-the-wheel training, Cooper asked if he also could go, his mother said.
The teacher reportedly told her son, "'You know what you have to do if you want to come with me,'" Porter Turner said.
"If my son didn't say anything to me, (the teacher) would have continued — and that's bullying," she said.
"He violated my son's First Amendment rights," she said.
She said she emailed an Eisenhower administrator and asked her to "take care of it."
"She called me two days later and said he was going to be terminated," said Porter Turner, who then contacted the news media.
School officials did "not set an example the first time," she said, saying the first teacher got suspended for trying to force her son out of his chair to stand for the Pledge.
"That first teacher should have been fired. That would send a message that you can't get away with bullying my son," Porter Turner said.
Cooper is a "good kid" who gets "good grades," she said.
"I tell him to stand up for what he believes in," said Porter Turner.
School officials have declined to comment on personnel issues.
Ziebarth told a different story.
He said he had one behind-the-wheel lesson with Cooper in February.
"I didn't want to say anything to him then, with other students in the car," he said.
But when Cooper later asked when they were going out driving again, that is when Ziebarth said he had a private conversation with Cooper about what it means to stand for the Pledge and told the student how he felt.
"I told him I stand to honor the sacrifice and bravery of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It doesn't mean America is perfect, or that we agree with everything going on," said Ziebarth, whose grandfather was a Marine in World War II, and whose uncle served in Vietnam.
"We had an understanding. He was making a choice, and I was making a choice. His name never appeared on my sign-up sheet again, so I thought it was over," Ziebarth said.
"I thought it was best for everyone. I didn't want my feelings to seep into my instruction unintentionally," he said.
There are seven other drivers ed teachers, and students sign up and choose the teacher they want to ride with because they want students to be comfortable behind the wheel, he said.
After that conversation, Ziebarth said Cooper often "joked" about it with him, smiling and saying, 'Hey, Mr. Z am I going to ride with you today?'
"I would say, 'you know the answer,'" the teacher said. "Shemar was absolutely pushing the issue."
Ziebarth said he had not spoken to Cooper for the past two weeks and added he was surprised to be called to the principal's office March 15.
The next day he said he was told his services were no longer required in the district, without being given a specific reason.
Ziebarth was not under contract and was not a tenured teacher.
"I was given no options. Had the principal told me I had to allow Shemar in my car, I would have," he said.
"The punishment does not fit the crime," he said, noting that the first teacher got a one-day suspension.
An online petition drive to "Get Mr. Z back at Ike" was started by students at change.org, and had over 600 signatures, as of Wednesday morning.
Similar to what occurred after the first incident, Porter Turner's son is being harassed by classmates, who blame him for getting a favorite teacher terminated, she said.
Last September, Porter Turner said she was going to take her son out of Eisenhower because he was being harassed by fellow students and enroll him in an online charter school.
That option did not pan out because the student had to be a Chicago resident or pay tuition, she said. Cooper lives in Merrionette Park.
"I hope my son can get through the next two years and not get harassed," his mother said.