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Greensboro, North Carolina

Free Vol. 1 No. 118


The African-American Voice-“Setting the Record Straight”

City Proposed Lawsuit Against the State Redisticting Law is Self- Serving and Race Based

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PoorWhites Voting Against Their Own Interests Out of Racism Only Reap More Poverty, Hardship By: Tonyaa Weathersbee,

He should have

just come right out and said, “So long, suckers.” Vice president

Senator Trudy Wade Mayor Nancy Vaughn

to launch a legal challenge to the North Carolina State Legislature passage of House Bill 263 undermines a new law that provide fair and equal representation for Greensboro voters better than the present system. African Americans clearly benefit more from the new redistricting plan passed by the State Legislature. There are eight districts in the new plan and of the eight, four are predominantly African American. A fifth district of the eight is thirty-five percent African American. The present system has two majority African American districts. Under the new plan each voter would have one council member living in their district or neighborhood. Under the present system, district three, a major- ity white district in northwest Greensboro, each voter, counting the Mayor, has four council members living in their district or neighborhood. This reflects a lack of fair- ness of a system that have At-Large seats on the council that provide more political power concentrated in the majority white northwest side of town. Under the new sys- tem, each voter in each district has one city council member representing their interest and reflects a fair and equal playing field without the northwest side of town having an huge advantage over other residents in Greensboro when advocating and support-

The Greensboro City Council’s plans hubris-

Dick Cheney -- the power behind the

Vice president Dick Cheney

padded throne of George W. Bush - - recently gave a

verbal middle finger to all the poor white people who voted them into office -- twice. During a question and answer ses-

sion at the National Press Club, Cheney talked about how his wife, Lynne, had researched his roots, and had learned that he had Cheneys on both sides of his family. “And we don’t even live in West

Virginia.” he said. Then to eliminate any doubt about

his intent to insult West Virginians, he added: “You can say those things when you’re not running for re-elec- tion.” In other words, he was saying: “To

hell with you hillbillies. I’m outta here.”

Not surprisingly, he apologized

later. Yet while some pundits have decried Cheney’s insult as proof that poor whites are the last group that can be insulted with impunity, I say that for the majority of them, the condi- tion is largely one of their own mak- ing.

Lawsuit > page 14 Instead of using their power to join

with struggling blacks and other groups to force the system to invest in policies that will create a fairer social and economic playing field for every- one, too many of them believe that the whiteness they share with the Cheneys of this world can light the path to privilege for them.

So they use their political power to distinguish themselves from black people who struggle with many of the same issues that they struggle with. They embrace the rhetoric of anti- government zealots; rhetoric that paints any governmental attempt to create things like affordable health

Poor Whites> page 2 Greensboro, North Carolina The African-American Voice-“Setting the Record Straight”

Confederate Flag and N-word Defenders Use the Same Lame Argument

June 2008

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“Sister First Lady,” Michelle Obama- Leadership for Change

By Ann Scanner and Toby Harnden Special to the Greensboro Times

The Confeder-

Michelle Obama earlier this month drew from her experience as a working mother to emphasize the importance of fairness in the work- place and her support for family friendly polices.

country not only to champion these causes, but to fight for the issues every single day,” Obama told about 1,000 people at the National Partnership for Women and Families’ annual luncheon.

ate flag has taken cen- ter stage in the media as South Carolina is ex- pected to finally remove it from their state capitol following the massacre of nine black Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Since the nation is focused on get- ting rid of relics of hate, then perhaps we should turn our attention to an- other.

According to the

for equality in the workplace, access to health care and policies that help Americans balance work and family.

Obama, wife of Democratic

Dr. Thomas Brewington Retirement; A Legacy of Excellence Eye Care Service

presidential candidate Barack Obama, said the group’s work “is a cause that I carry deep in my heart. It’s a cause that I have championed and will continue to champion no matter what the outcome of this election.”

BY IDA DAVIS Dr. Thomas E. Brewington,

shown here with their children at Iowa rally.

Jr.,Ophthalmologist, Eye M.D. treated his last patients on June 30, 2015. He is retiring from the private practice of Ophthalmology after more than 35 years of treating patients in Greensboro and Guilford County. Many of Dr. Brewington’s former patients have held him in high regard and have great appreciation for successfully treating their critical Eye care needs.

Thomas Brewington was born in Dunn, N.

C., on October 12, 1943, to his parents, Thomas Sr. and Eula Mae Brewington. Although they were uneducated, they provided every opportu- nity that they could to see that he obtained the education that they never could.

Diaspora Chamber of Commerce has evolved from a study and collaboration of French activists. Its mis- sion will be consistent with the NBCC and together they will create a progressive Strategic Plan that will develop Black entrepreneurship throughout France and Francophone nations, says Harry C. Alford, NBCC co-founder, president and CEO.

School in 1961, graduating as Salutatorian of his class. He finished Morehouse College with a BS degree in 1965. While at Morehouse, he was ex- posed to many historical figures that had a pro- found impact on his life. Among them were Dr. Benjamin Mays and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Brewington was a member of the Morehouse College Glee Club. As a member of the Glee Club, he had the opportunity to sing at the city wide ceremony honoring Dr. King after he had

Harry C. Alford, NBCC co-founder, president and CEO.

Dr. Brewington finished Harnett High The French African

National Black Chamber of Commerce Launches Paris Chapter NNPA

PARIS, France (NNPA) - The National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., the largest Black business association in the world, has launched its newly established Paris affiliate.

“This is quite a milestone. Indeed, it is one of the proudest moments in our 15 year history”, says Alford. “We are going to share our successes and best practices. This chamber is hitting the ground running at full speed.”

been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. This is one of his most cherished experiences.

France has very little business ownership amongst its Black population of approximately 8 million.

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Michelle and Barack Obama Michelle Obama> page 2

African-American Regis- try, no group has been described by as many derog- atory terms as black people, and the n-word stands alone in the depth of its meaning and the harm it causes:

The nonprofit group advocates No matter what its origins, by the early 1800s,

it was firmly established as a derogative name. In the 21st century, it remains a principal term of White racism, regardless of who is using it…The word, n*gger, carries with it much of the hatred

“It’s time for the leaders of this She spoke for about seven min-

utes, reading from notes. The crowd applauded and gave her three standing ovations – when she entered the banquet room, when she approached the microphone to speak and when she concluded her remarks.

Obama relayed struggles she

has heard on the campaign trail from working mothers who were nervous about taking time off, and from women whose male counter- parts at the office earn more.

“Sister First Lady”, Michelle Obama waves to the Obama supporters.

and disgust directed toward Black Africans and Af- rican Americans. Historically, n*gger defined, lim- ited, made fun of, and ridiculed all Blacks. It was a term of exclusion, a verbal reason for discrimina- tion. Whether used as a noun, verb, or adjective, it strengthened the stereotype of the lazy, stupid, dirty, worthless nobody. No other American surname car- ries as much purposeful cruelty.

“And believe me, when we’re

paid less, we know,” she said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

She said she would always be

PBS noted that during slavery times, the word Lame Argument > page 12

a working mother. I used to get up in the morning and go to an office. Now I get up and go to a plane. …My kids still don’t care where I am,” she said. “They’ve always known two parents to work in the household and as long as we’re back in time for bedtime, they could care less where we are.”

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