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House Acknowledges Race Riot

Posted May 3, 2007

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— The North Carolina House officially recognized a dark moment in the state’s past on Thursday.

Lawmakers gave final approval to acknowledge the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot, calling it a “conspiracy that used intimidation and force to replace a duly elected local government.”

A report from the Wilmington Race Riot Commission detailed the white supremacy movement in the late 1800s that impacted Wilmington, as well as cities statewide.

The same movement paved the way for legislation that disenfranchised African-Americans and poor white citizens for decades to come.

In Thursday’s official acknowledgment, the House agreed that state government failed at all levels to protect the citizens of North Carolina during the race riot and ensuing years.

The Senate now gets to vote on the measure.

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  • shine May 5, 2007

    "conspiracy that used intimidation and force to replace a duly elected goverment".

    Sure we are not talking about Jim Black,Deker,Geddings,Frank Ballance, etc. etc. etc.

    Liked the comment Milky.

  • seeingthru May 5, 2007

    why are we still spending time and resources on this dead horse it's over who cares?

  • All child molesters should die May 5, 2007

    NCBABY67, you said: I have taught my son not to hate for color or anything else...

    That's great. We need more people (not just parents), like you, that teach that way!

    :-)

  • Lit May 5, 2007

    [continued]...This is the United States, and people are free to believe in whatever philosophy they choose. I just think we'd be alot more "united" if we stopped nit-picking about petty human differences.

  • Lit May 5, 2007

    "We were not meant to be thrown (forced) into the same pot.When we have racial breakdown we then have many,many problems to mention.A persons thoughts do not harm our country,but it's actions does." -Pike_Mom

    Through various events that occured in our country's history, America has developed into the diverse nation we see today. If you're irritated by this there are many travel destinations outside of the US that you might consider...an airline representative will be happy to assist you with details.

    In and of themselves, thoughts and beliefs do not hurt anyone. But as humans we act on what we believe. You're implying that bigots can be bigots without displaying intolerance, but in reality this isn't true. Which is why I do qualify bigotry as a "contributor" to ethnic/racial strife within a nation. America isn't the only country dealing with this issue.

    This is the United States, and people are free to believe in whatever philosophy they choose. I just think we'd be alot mor

  • ncbaby67 May 5, 2007

    "Why can't we just all get along?" lol, I've heard that somewhere before...But seriously, alot of people need to get over the "race" issue. I have taught my son not to hate for color or anything else. I hope everyone else is teaching their children to all get along or this world will keep going to hell in a hand basket.

  • pikemom1 May 5, 2007

    If you believe that America is doomed to collapse and desintegrate because its becoming more diverse then that's your opinion. Diversification alone is not the root-cause of internal ethnic/racial strife within a nation...but bigotry is a major contributor.

    >>Race has and will continue to be an issue.We were not meant to be thrown (forced) into the same pot.When we have racial breakdown we then have many,many problems to mention.A persons thoughts do not harm our country,but it's actions does.Society is dumbing down,and their is a reason for it!!

  • Lit May 5, 2007

    "...Why, State Sen. Larry Shaw (D- Cumber-land) for one. Do some research, please..."

    (1) Well gee 'Harrison', thanks for the news flash...there's always a politician out there calling for something...my question was rhetorical, and I was refering to other comments on the forum...

    "First, there is no such thing as an ethnically homogeneous
    empire." -Harrison Bergeon

    (1) In the early ages of human history there were. And many nations today are still ethnically homogeneous, relative to America.

    "...the devastating effects of the 1965 Immigration Act have all but sealed the fate of America in becoming balkanized...Do some research please."

    (2) If you believe that America is doomed to collapse and desintegrate because its becoming more diverse then that's your opinion. Diversification alone is not the root-cause of internal ethnic/racial strife within a nation...but bigotry is a major contributor.

  • Harrison Bergeron May 4, 2007

    gxchem -

    "(1) Whose calling for reparations?"

    Why, State Sen. Larry Shaw (D- Cumber-land) for one. Do some research, please.

    "3) Plenty of ethnically homogeneous civilizations/empires/nations went belly-up too. America is ethnically diverse (although some people don't like it that way) and so far its still here. A nation's survival depends on more than just ethnic relations, but bigotry can deeply hurt a nation..."

    First, there is no such thing as an ethnically homogeneous empire.

    Nothing will tear apart a country faster than ethnic discord. Most of our nation building efforts this past century have proven this.

    America as a country is still quite young, relatively speaking. In fact, the devastating effects of the 1965 Immigration Act have all but sealed the fate of America in becoming balkanized.

    Do some research please.

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl May 4, 2007

    Well hello...if the mistakes of the past are going to be corrected, just make sure that it works for everybody. My ancestors used to have a LOT of money and owned an ENTIRE COUNTY. I WANT MY DANG MONEY because now I have to work FORTY HOURS A WEEK (sob), CLEAN MY OWN HOUSE (sniff, sniff), and COOK! Oh the horror and the shame of it all!!!

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