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  • keshiabethea Jan 23, 4:09 p.m.

    Everyday I go to WRAL just for the comments that are left by people that read the stories this society has so many issues.We all have such different views of what is going on in the world and everyone tries to make the other agree with what they believe. I thought that everyone has a right to voice their concerns. I wonder if the people going back and forth on the comment section ever stops to think and read what is being said before they comment on it. You can't make someone agree with anything u say just because u assume that u are right.Dr. King's dream will never come to light because of the hate and negativity in the world. May God have Mercy On All Of Our souls.

  • glarg Jan 23, 3:55 p.m.

    good maybe they can retire the race card once and for all

  • dejavu2u Jan 23, 10:07 a.m.

    Chavis is just as racist and radical now as he was back then in my book. They succeeded in pressuring Purdue, but what's inside a man's heart is what matters.

  • tarheelfan41 Jan 22, 5:42 p.m.

    Of all the people in the world to chose from, why would WRAL select this individual to disemenate his thoughts or opinions,who at BEST this person has a radical non maistream extreme view of world.
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  • archangel44369 Jan 22, 5:14 p.m.

    Ben is certainately entitled to his opinion, one in which I believe the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would disagree with.

  • Bartmeister Jan 22, 4:54 p.m.

    "Id say that's a solid endorsement coming from a convicted murderer pardoned by a desperate liberal governor leaving office."

    If you have evidence that he's a murder than why are you hiding it? Or are you trying to score political points? Bill Brasky

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    Tell me Bill, what is your evidence showing innocence other than a governor you like and agree with in principle folds under public pressure and pardons the group? At least my opinion is based on a jury of their peers and their decision as the evidence was presented. You don't have that.

  • Bartmeister Jan 22, 4:51 p.m.

    If you have evidence that he's a murder than why are you hiding it? Or are you trying to score political points? Bill Brasky

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    Score political points? No. I'm not a politician nor am I in some competition to score anything especially here. This is a blog page for opinions and comments. You read both. As for evidence, they were convicted, that will not change even with a pardon. There is no pardon without a conviction to "overturn". I believe in the original decisions of the original jury, just as I do with Jeffrey McDonald, so don't make this to be a racial issue on me cause it's not. Anything can be twisted if enough time has lapsed. Key people died and no longer can testify in this case. YOUR liberal Governor desperate for an up tick in public opinion and leaving office does not change that for me at all.

  • lessismore Jan 22, 2:41 p.m.

    I don't believe King ever envisioned a black president enslaving Americans with welfare.

  • That Explains It Jan 22, 1:47 p.m.

    ripetomatoes, it appears the only contextual merit your comments have is in emphasizing the supreme importance of your own personal righteous indignation.

    Remember, a group of people who all look different but who all think alike is not what diversity is about. Diversity of opinion is so much more important than diversity of appearance, and is the basis for why forums such as this exist. Simply providing commentary that states you have come, you have read, and you are offended, offers nothing.

    Might I suggest you consider diversity as appealing rather than appalling. In a word, might not we Coexist?

  • ripetomatoes Jan 22, 1:05 p.m.

    JohnDrescher
    Your comments go beyond insulting. By name calling you have negated the merit of your statements. ripetomatoes

    ripetomatoes, you observation is reminiscent of the segregationist who stood in the doorways of schools, "insulted" by the idea that their opinions did not reign supreme.JohnDrescher
    Well, obviously name calling is all you have, except for the prejudiced analogy.
    I re-read your earlier comment to see what I missed because of your response.
    I still only felt the hatred you were spreading.
    You are sounding like a broken record.

  • weakened back Jan 22, 12:29 p.m.

    alice-don't go to the fair. it's truly dangerous. you have metal detectors at entrances,police have to continue to walk the grounds, and kids walk around with their pants around their knees. when Jesse was in office the fair was a place for good family fun. not so anymore.

  • That Explains It Jan 22, 12:25 p.m.

    Obama "stash", Obama cell phones. The council woman in Detroit saying they voted for Obama for a "reason" and it was time for him to "bring home the bacon", saying it was a "quid pro quo".

    Nothing in that about self sufficiency.

    A well fed, well housed, medically cared for Slave, is nonetheless still a Slave. It is unfortunate that so many in the black community have listened to so many in the white community, and thus bought into this degrading paradigm.

  • bettyboopr2 Jan 22, 12:12 p.m.

    Mr. King is probably rolling in his grave because his dream is not being met. His dream did not consist of his people living off the tax paying Americans. His dream was for them to do for themselves.

  • dontstopnow Jan 22, 11:50 a.m.

    Crumps Br0ther, you are so correct about the Native Americans. Such a proud people to be destroyed by the government so very long ago and the generations that have been born from that are helpless and most have no idea what it was like to be proud and productive.

  • That Explains It Jan 22, 11:50 a.m.

    God bless Jesse Helms. He helped people of all colors, including blacks, in this state more than John Edwards or Key Hagen ever did.

  • That Explains It Jan 22, 11:46 a.m.

    CrumpsBr0ther, I remember it well. To some, it seems that slavery is OK as long as the Slave Master is the same color as the slave ... or (more realistically if we are to be honest) at least as long as the Overseer is.

  • AliceBToklas Jan 22, 11:40 a.m.

    I may have said this before and will say it again I'm sure...

    I used to go to the state fair every year to remind myself who really lives in this state and how we continued to elect Jesse Helms.

    No more!

    All I have to do is read the comments here on WRAL.com.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 22, 11:34 a.m.

    Keep trying to convince "the black community" that we don't have separate problems. Our issues are internal, and I regret that it scares the daylights out of people like you that we might someday come to think for ourselves.
    JohnDrescher

    Remember what Bill Cosby had to say? A lot of folks from "The Community" didn't care for that assessment.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 22, 11:31 a.m.

    My GrandMother was Full Native American Indian and she remembered when her people were done the same way.

    Heavenly

    And you see how well the government has taken care of them. I did some telecom work out west years ago. The Reservation is basically a ghetto plunked down in the middle of some prairie.

  • dontstopnow Jan 22, 11:25 a.m.

    continued: My GrandMother was Full Native American Indian and she remembered when her people were done the same way.

  • dontstopnow Jan 22, 11:12 a.m.

    I think Dr King's dream was for equality, not degradation of his people through affirmative action and the total forfieture of their ability to succeed through education and working. The programs set up to help the black community has instead created a dependent society that the government continues to convince that they cannot be as successful as their counterparts in the workforce without help. This has been done over many many years of setting up programs and 'opportunities' that further confirmed to blacks that they were not smart enough to be competitive and needed those things to get ahead. Over the years the constant reinforcement of these things from generation to generation, has had a crippling affect on their ability to achive and has in many cases stopped some from challenging themself to be better than expectation, which has resulted in todays chaos.

    So no, I do not believe this is what Dr. King had in mind.

    And don't call me racist because I am not, my Grandmother was

  • wakewiseone Jan 22, 11:00 a.m.

    affirms king's dream??? NOPE !!!!

    just demonstrates how weak our last govenor was.

  • That Explains It Jan 22, 10:57 a.m.

    sid2,

    Percentage of children grow up in a single-mother households:
    White Children 16%
    Latino Children 27%
    Black Children 52%

    Percentage of Children that don't graduate from High School
    White Children 19%
    Black Children 39%

    Because of this, over 50% of black children grow up in poverty. Because of this, even though blacks make up only 13% of the population, they constitute over 35% of prison inmates.

    But, I get it, sid2. To you, "the black community does not have separate problems."

    The Plantation Owners of the South and their cohort Slave Owners in the North always believed their paternalism was beneficial to blacks, who they saw as incapable of self fulfillment without them. So it is with your modern Liberal Progressivism of today.

    Keep trying to convince "the black community" that we don't have separate problems. Our issues are internal, and I regret that it scares the daylights out of people like you that we might someday come to think for ourselves.

  • clearwaterman Jan 22, 10:54 a.m.

    wonder how long it will be before he is in trouble with the law again?

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 22, 10:46 a.m.

    the black community does not have separate problems, their problems are the same as everybody else
    sid2

    I agree with you but they dont mind having their own definition of "seperate but equal" when it come to some issues.

  • AliceBToklas Jan 22, 10:46 a.m.

    JohnDrescher

    Good luck with trying to talk sense here. It's a difficult sell.

  • lumberman Jan 22, 10:39 a.m.

    The problems this country face are there because the people working for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living. obama and the democrats just continue to add to their base by making it more appealing to depend on the government for their way of life. If it ever comes crashing down the one dependant the most on government will be hurt the most.

  • That Explains It Jan 22, 10:38 a.m.

    ripetomatoes, you observation is reminiscent of the segregationist who stood in the doorways of schools, "insulted" by the idea that their opinions did not reign supreme.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 22, 10:36 a.m.

    your cousins the KKK, will reap the judgement of history long after America retires from judging it's progress based upon the skin color of its President.
    JohnDrescher

    The KKK was started by democrats, the people you vote for, they still found a way to make you work for them

  • Bill Brasky Jan 22, 10:35 a.m.

    "Id say that's a solid endorsement coming from a convicted murderer pardoned by a desperate liberal governor leaving office."

    If you have evidence that he's a murder than why are you hiding it? Or are you trying to score political points?

  • mojridingrb Jan 22, 10:31 a.m.

    A criminal that belongs in jail.

  • sid2 Jan 22, 10:29 a.m.

    the black community does not have separate problems, their problems are the same as everybody else

  • common tater Jan 22, 10:28 a.m.

    Even if all the jurors got it wrong and this guy didn't do anything, does being present at a riot qualify this person to be quoted in the media? Obama's election it killing Kings dream, by confirming that the black community hasn't learned anything from the historical mistakes of the whites. Voting by skin color doesn't help anyone...on either side.

  • superman Jan 22, 10:16 a.m.

    Yesterday was another tragic day for the United States. Racism abounds when people vote based on color. It makes another decline for 4 more years.

  • ripetomatoes Jan 22, 10:01 a.m.

    JohnDrescher

    Your comments go beyond insulting. By name calling you have negated the merit of your statements.

  • angryingram Jan 22, 9:18 a.m.

    "The pardon ended a long journey for the Wilmington 10, who were long branded as criminals rather than civil rights activists"

    I don't know what the bigger joke is the quote or anybody would consider this man a role model.

  • Disabled Vet Jan 22, 9:12 a.m.

    Dr. King had a dream and Obama is turning it into a nightmare!

  • tony57 Jan 22, 9:05 a.m.

    After 150 years, after 50 years of affirmative action and re-distribution..... and people like Barbor are still whining. Maybe those that continue to compain should take a personal responsibility in their own plight rather than looking for another hand-out from the government. One day the well will go dry.

  • josephlawrence43 Jan 22, 8:51 a.m.

    Dr. King fought for equality of opportunity---at no point did I ever hear him say anything about guaranteeing success, which is apparently what the liberal national socialists are working toward now.

  • jbyrd Jan 22, 8:45 a.m.

    Crumps BrOther, Bartmeiser, JohnDrescher

    Put all three comments together and you get a perfect answer to how he got re-elected and why America is more Racist now than it has ever been in history. Only it has reversed and a minority of the population, with the help of bleeding heart liberals, is running/bankrupting America.

  • dae66 Jan 22, 8:39 a.m.

    Mr. King would NOT like what he sees today and he was more conservative minded than the left would like to admit! It's the truth.

  • That Explains It Jan 22, 8:12 a.m.

    I think the headline speaks clearly to what is exactly wrong within the black community and explains their continued lack of progress in comparison to all other racial minority groups in this country.

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