Letters to the editor for March 1
Angry at Trey’s death
In regards to your article [‘“Family frustrated with investigation of rapper’s death’”; Feb. 22, 2006; by Jordan Green].
The more I read the article, the more pissed off I get. There are so many things that just don’t make sense to me and I would like to comment on a couple of things you have written, if you don’t mind.’ There are several things that I want to say. So here goes:
First of all: ‘“Inconclusive’” my butt’…. That word is used to scapegoat past the real truth. Seven people in one house, regardless of how drunk, don’t remember anything? Can you believe that? The police and the ‘“partiers’” need to say this statement to themselves and see just how stupid it sounds: ‘“I was at the party, I heard the shot, but I don’t remember what happened.’” Give me a friggin break. I think all of us could say that at one time or another we have been drunk, but I know that if someone was shot in front of me, not only would I remember, I would never forget. I would certainly like to think that someone who was there at the time of the shooting would eventually stand up, grab the bull by the horns and tell the truth.
Now as for the time lapse between when Trey was shot and when the police were called: One of the things I think that went on during the time lapse was these ‘“very intoxicated’” partiers got their stories straight and decided on just what they would or would not say to the police.’ Also, if Lt. James ‘“could not reach’” Det. Leslie Holder to ask about the time lapse, then what the hell do you think Trey’s family is going through when they try to reach her to get updates on what is going on with the case and they have to leave messages and then sit by the phone and anxiously wait for a returned phone call, which I might add in several instances comes several days later. I have been an advocate for the police department since day one, citing that they have more responsibilities other than this one ‘murder,’ they are really searching for the truth, just trust them, don’t rush them, they will do the right thing. But let me tell you, it is very hard to advocate or defend something that has been so lackadaisical about someone’s child being murdered. Hello’… people, what would you be doing right about now if this had been your son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin or a friend? I tell you one thing I do know for sure, you would be mighty pissed off if after 81 days of waiting, you still didn’t know any more than you did on that terrible, terrible day in December.
Thank you for this candid article and the previous articles written about Trey’s death.
Day centers work
In response to your article in Yes! Weekly [‘“Homeless find day shelter where they can’”; Feb. 22, 2006; by Amy Kingsley], I can truly understand the increasing frustrations and tensions that have developed between the library staff, patrons and homeless population that visit the library because the same frustrations and tensions developed with the library staff, patrons and homeless population in the libraries in Boston.
I myself have worked for over 25 years for and with those who a large part of society has deemed ‘invisible.’ So for those who continue to voice their concerns and are the vanguard for those who are poor and homeless I applaud you.
I worked in a day shelter in Boston for nine years. I started as a Case Manager and eventually became the supervisor/coordinator of the day to day operations of programs serving approximately 600 homeless individuals per day. While the day shelter offered meals, showers, clothing, case management, medical and dental services, mental health counseling and vocational counseling there was one very important thing that the day center offered that was the key to people returning: safety.
Those who are poor and homeless have become easy prey for those who make their living by using tactics of intimidation and physical abuse which I’m sure is one of the many reasons the library has become a somewhat of a safe haven.
On the subject of day shelters, they do work. They create an atmosphere of safety, provide basic services, allow case managers to meet with individuals one on one and build trusting working relationships that give those who are poor and homeless the opportunity to develop goal-oriented treatment plans designed to move them towards independent living.
In the meantime, until funding can be obtained to develop a day shelter setting that will offer the safety and services that are needed for those who are poor and homeless I suggest raising awareness of day center programs continue.
Again I applaud those advocates who continue to voice their concerns and are the vanguard of this increasing dilemma.
Outsider artist gushes
Dear Brian Clarey,
First, I want to compliment you on your wonderful article about the Eros II Valentine show [‘“Eros II pushes erotic envelope on Valentine’s’”; Feb. 22, 2006; by Brian Clarey]! What great writing, and your descriptions very much captured the vibe of the evening. It is so wonderful to have such great coverage on an art event that I think is a very exciting addition to Greensboro’s downtown scene.
Secondly, thank you so much for mentioning my name and my painting, ‘“The Disguise.’” I love your words ‘“whimsical’” and ‘“ethereal’” that you used to describe my painting! That is exactly what I was going for, and to see it in print was thrilling! I could not be happier than if my paintings were shown in Paris at the Louvre (as if! lol).
I have a small collection of my paintings for sale at the store South Elm Place (beside the Broach Theatre) on Elm.
Again, thank you from the bottom of my outsider artist heart!
I just saw the article on the bicycle taxi [‘“It’s a relaxi taxi’”; Feb. 22, 2006; by Brian Clarey]. Thank you so much for relaying my passion for this project to the readers. Great job. I look forward to giving you another ride downtown in our fair city. Thank you again for your interest in my pedicab business.
Sue Ireton (AKA Su Dragon U)
Comments from yesweekly.com
Thanks from a Junior Miss
Headline of Article: ‘“Being a Junior Miss’”; Feb. 15, 2006; by Amy Kingsley]
Reading your article was like reliving the experience I had in Greensboro as my county’s representative 21 years ago. It’s good to know that some things haven’t changed in our world. The Junior Miss I guess some people just look for prejudice 24 hours a day, and you’d have to in order to accuse the Greensboro Police of a ‘“conspiracy of white power’” because of this historical/family’ web site. There is nothing remotely racist on it, and it’s a pretty far leap from a former officer’s benign web site about the Civil War to a conspiracy.
Is every mention of the Civil War regarded as racist by you? Fortunately, the South lost the war, and the Union was preserved, giving us the great country we have now. How about getting on board and helping us make it even better, instead of pecking at silly things like this.
It’s things like this that keep people from taking the real struggle for equality seriously enough when there is actually something with racism involved.
Get a grip!
To the Editor :
Upon reading your piece on White Supremacy within the GPD, and review of ‘ Sgt. Bell’s website, I must say I am not only’ confused but quite infuriated at the yellow journalism of your paper. I found nothing on Sgt Bell’s website even remotely linked with hate. What I did find was a wealth of historical information and truths of the War 1861-65.
Where have the days gone when newspapers were the source of truth in what was going on in the world? It would seem now the only intent is to create story lines that sell newspapers and in truth propagate a message of hate in their own way and manner.
I am not familiar with the slander, labile [sic] and defamation of character laws within in your state; but in Illinois, I believe you would find yourself in court. This makes me wonder who really has the agenda of hate?
With disappointment and disbelief,
I do not agree with your thoughts or ideas towards the South nor the attack that you are waging on Mr. Bell I think before you or any other person start to attack a man for his belifs [sic] and his thoughts or for that matter his family you and ever other one should do there [sic] homework and research and find the truth for them selves.
But then again i would think that people that would attack Mr. Bell would be the same type of person that would belive [sic] anything that they were taught in public schools as the God honest truth and not question it as to be fact but wait the public schools would not lie to there [sic] students now would they nooooooooo not public school how many lies have been told in public school now and as I see it the people that attack Mr Bell or the South belive [sic] ever thing they read or was told in school.
Take the time and do the research and then judge the man.
Sorry, guy, couldn’t read the whole thing. Sounds like just more of the same ol’ tired black babble about how everybody is against them and all that usual crap.
Elizabeth Del Greco
You have a fine first name. I know I like you already.
In 1979 I was living in Kirkwood, casting covetous eyes on old houses in Irving Park, hopefully not in Brown Town, and suddenly heard sirens going all over the place. Channel 2 broke into a basketball game or something to tell me there had been a shooting at Morningside Heights. My wife, who grew up in the mountains and had never seen a black person before moving to Greensboro, immediately locked all the doors as I looked on in amazement.
I remember the day well and I also remember that white Klan members started shooting at white Socialist Workers Party members. As I recall the only black people around were the innocent bystander residents of Morningside Heights whom the members of the Socialist Workers Party thought might rise up and start the revolution. I might be incorrect. There might have been one or two black members of the Socialist Workers Party. That would have been a high percentage since there were only ten or twelve people on each side.
Nevertheless when 10 or 12 people start shooting at each other it is time to leave and the police probably should have been on hand. But you really have to stretch to think of the Klan shootings as a racial confrontation. It’s kind of like calling Stalin’s assassination of Trotsky the beginning of the fall of the Soviet Union.
Jordan Green responds: While I appreciate the feedback, a couple items require correction. The communist militant group demonstrating against the Ku Klux Klan in 1979 was the Workers Viewpoint Organization, later renamed the Communist Workers Party, not the Socialist Workers Party. The neighborhood where the killings occurred was Morningside Homes. Also, there were several black people at the demonstration who were not residents of Morningside Homes. Prominent among them were Nelson Johnson, the organizer of the demonstration, and Sandi Smith, a labor activist and Bennett College graduate who was killed that day.
I’m sure in your dark and frightened world every white Southerner who is proud of their ancestry and Confederate heritage is a racist. As a federally taught ‘journalist’ you were told (but obviously failed to research the truth) about ‘“Honest Abe’” and his great struggle to ‘“preserve the union’” and defeat the cause of slavery. Oh! Makes one swell with pride!! Until said research reveals that Lincoln was actually a dictator ‘— an avowed white supremist [sic] who wanted blacks sent back to Africa ‘— had the 13th Amendment sponsored (making slavery legal for all time) the Southern states rejected this amendment because the major catalyst for the War of Yankee Aggression was Lincoln’s recent 42 percent tariff on Southern goods. Lincoln said that if the union could be preserved (a union which did not exist until legislation after the war) he did not care one way or the other about slavery. Lincoln advocated the rape and murder of our people and the wanton destruction of our property through his fellow war criminals like Grant and the despicable Sherman (may they all rest in hell). Sherman said if the war was about freeing the blacks he’d ‘“resign his commission.’”
Time magazine in July issued an article about slavery in the US in 1861 ‘— read it ‘— you yankees, per capita, owned more slaves than did the Southerner AND kept them as slaves until over 8 months after the war. Try researching history, try not regurgitating the current PC vomit and search for the truth ‘— then tell the truth and you might be a journalist.
p.s. – Most people I know fly the Confederate flag every day, wear Dixie Outfitters shirts all the time, LOVE and respect the Confederacy and our continuing struggle against the yankee government.
p.s.s. – We also love and respect folks of all colors.
Douglas, Occupied Georgia, Dixie