by Jordan Green

Items from across the Triad and beyond

New Chief starts job in Greensboro on Wednesday

Greensboro’s new police chief, Ken Miller, is scheduled to be sworn in on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro coliseum’s special events center. miller has 25 years of experience in law enforcement, including 21 years with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. miller replaces Tim Bellamy as chief. Bellamy was elevated from assistant chief to interim chief in January 2006, following the abrupt resignation of David Wray, and eventually appointed as full-fledged chief. miller takes over the department, following the termination of three officers who have filed grievances alleging discrimination and retaliation. Two others have been suspended without pay because of recommendations for termination.

Reaction to Beck rally from Civil Rights Museum panel

The topic of Fox News commentator Glenn Beck’s mass rally at the lincoln memorial was bound to come up sooner or later at an Aug. 28 forum at the International civil Rights center and museum in Greensboro entitled “From the 1963 march on Washington to the 1965 Voting Rights Act.”

Linda Brown, Professor of English at Bennett College, broached the subject in response to a question about reaction to the election of the first African-American president in the United states.

“I think that the election of Obama has revealed what was already there,” she said. “The wound that started with the middle Passage — and I don’t mean this lightly — the wound that started with slavery and the middle Passage that culminated in the civil War, that resulted in Jim crow and segregation, has never healed. And folks who are going to Mr. Beck’s rally are still fighting the civil War and want to open up the civil War again. And what it has done for us — although it is extremely painful to live through — is to say, ‘Wake up and stop being in denial about how deep this ugliness runs in your country.’”