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The Inclusion Project at the UNC Center for Civil Rights is out with the second in a series of in-depth “State of Exclusion” reports that document the legacy of racial segregation in individual North Carolina counties. Last month’s initial report examined the situation in the southeastern county of Lenoir. The new one looks at the situation in the Piedmont county of Davidson. This is from the release that accompanied its release:

“According to a recent study by the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, Davidson County has the second most racially segregated schools in North Carolina, trailing only Halifax County. Read More

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There’s a fascinating report published over the last week on both Charlotte-based Q-Notes and the national website Raw Story about the near-forgotten 1987 killings of three men in a Shelby gay adult bookstore.

Mug shot for Frazier Glenn Miller, a.k.a. Frazier Glenn Cross.

Mug shot for Frazier Glenn Miller, a.k.a. Frazier Glenn Cross

The article (click here to read) by Matt Comer and Todd Heywood of Q-Notes, an LGBT news outlet for the Carolinas, renews questions about the level of involvement of Frazier Glenn Miller, had with the Shelby killings.

Miller, 73, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, is the white nationalist and former North Carolina KKK leader charged in the April 13 shooting deaths of three people at a suburban Kansas City Jewish community center and retirement home.

In Shelby on Jan. 17, 1987, police believe a trio of armed men burst in an adult bookstore, rounded up four customers and a clerk and then shot all five in the backs of the head, execution-style. The store was then set on fire with jugs of gasoline rigged with detonators.  Two of the victims survived the attack, with questions raised about whether the killings were a hate crime against the gay patrons.

A few months after the Shelby killings, Miller and other members of his White Patriot Party had been arrested in Missouri with a stockpile of weapons and charged with federal arms violations. At the time, the group was distributing a “Declaration of War” that gave a point system for killing black, gay and Jewish people, as well as abortion doctors, judges or “race-traitors.”

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State of ExclusionThe UNC Center for Civil Rights has released a new report as part of a series of in-depth examinations of exclusion and the legacy of racial segregation in individual counties. The subject is Lenoir County in southeastern North Carolina. Both the Lenoir study and last year’s overarching report, “State of Exclusion,” are available by clicking here. This is from the release that accompanied the new Lenoir County study:

“In the middle of the Black Belt of Eastern North Carolina, Lenoir County is divided between its mostly white rural population and the concentrated African American populations in Kinston and La Grange. This new report focuses on the impact of the racial segregation on public education, political representation, and utility service.  Profiles of other counties will follow in the coming weeks, each highlighting particular aspects of that county’s history, ongoing impacts of exclusion, and progress toward full inclusion of all residents.

The county-wide school district in Lenoir County is the result of the 1992 merger of the majority white county school system with the majority African American Kinston city school district. Despite the merger, educational segregation persists because of an inequitable assignment model. Read More

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Burr2It’s hard to know what’s worse when it comes to Senator Richard Burr’s ongoing, one-man filibuster of the woman who would be the first African-American federal judge in the history of North Carolina’s Eastern District: the very fact of the blockade itself or the remarkably dishonest way in which the Senator is going about it.

It’s now been almost five years since Burr specifically endorsed Jennifer May-Parker (a federal prosecutor based in Raleigh) for the job to President Obama. Yet, since Obama actually made the nomination last June, Burr has steadfastly refused to submit his “blue slip” — something the quaint rules of the U.S. Senate require from home state senators in order for the nominations process to move forward.

While inexcusable enough on its own, Burr’s tight-lipped blockade is rendered downright outrageous by his duplicitous explanations for his actions. Recently, a friend of NC Policy Watch who wrote Burr on the subject, received a letter in response in which Burr, amazingly enough, said  the following: Read More

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2013 saw a much needed discussion about race in many spheres of American. Particularly popular in the latter half of the year was the discussion of race in feminism a la #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, which also led to other discussions such as who counts as a woman of color and Asian American feminism (#NotYourAsianSidekick). And it’s a discussion that continues and reaches all parts of the country, including our own Tar Heel state.

None of this discourse might seem particularly new, but in a way, this discussion, among others regarding issues of race in America, is more needed than ever. Especially when we realize that America in general overestimates how diverse our country really is.
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