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  • lec02572 Jul 12, 2:58 p.m.

    What is the difference between this sign and having, "Black History Month?"

  • LastSon1981 Jul 10, 12:51 p.m.

    So basically a white guy stood up for himself and has been labled some sort of radical or racist. If he would of had a NAACP or United Negro College Fund flag it would have been accepted. The minoraties only like heritage or history when it plays in their favor.

    kermit60

    I didn't know this article has anything to do with the NAACP or United Negro College Fund.

  • kermit60 Jul 10, 8:18 a.m.

    So basically a white guy stood up for himself and has been labled some sort of radical or racist. If he would of had a NAACP or United Negro College Fund flag it would have been accepted. The minoraties only like heritage or history when it plays in their favor.

  • LastSon1981 Jul 9, 1:03 p.m.

    @Noturtypicalamerican

    I feel you on that considering there is a Confederate Heritage month the only people who should be upset are white people from the north or mid west and west coast. Ofcourse people don't take time to find these things out they just let their true selves shine through when thing like this happen. What really gets me are the people who are mad about BET when there are more than 10 Spanish channels out there. If you read this and pointed out anything about African Americans or blacks you might want to search your soul because the article is about a sign.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 9, 10:32 a.m.

    Given England was just starting to toy with the abolition of slavery in the 1770s, I wouldn't bet on that. But do agree that working in the kitchen of the British would be better than working in the cotton fields of the Americans. :)

    But what if you were a free man in the Americas of 1776? Would you still wear red to keep from being a traitor to the crown?

    Again, that's a maybe. If I owned property in the colonies, maybe not.
    Lightfoot3

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 9, 10:22 a.m.

    People are so easily offended today, everyone is always mad about something... - girlwonders

    Ask yourself this, if tolerance should go both ways, as you say, then why should people tolerate his intolerance?

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 9, 10:16 a.m.

    "Maybe, because more than likely I would have been a free man in England." - NotUrTypicalAmerican


    Given England was just starting to toy with the abolition of slavery in the 1770s, I wouldn't bet on that. But do agree that working in the kitchen of the British would be better than working in the cotton fields of the Americans. :)


    But what if you were a free man in the Americas of 1776? Would you still wear red to keep from being a traitor to the crown?

  • girlwonders Jul 9, 9:44 a.m.

    The last thing I have to say on this issue is. "Tolerance should go both ways" You don't have to agree with Mr. Spell, you don't have to like what he has to say. People are so easily offended today, everyone is always mad about something...

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 9, 9:31 a.m.

    Let me guess. If you were here in 1776, you would have been wearing a red coat. - Lightfoot3

    Maybe, because more than likely I would have been a free man in England.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 9, 9:22 a.m.

    "Of course that flag is racist. Not only is it racist, it's a traitor's banner, pride against fighting against the United States." - NotUrTypicalAmerican


    Let me guess. If you were here in 1776, you would have been wearing a red coat.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 9, 9:19 a.m.

    "Think about it: It never crossed your mind as it being a racist symbol because the hate that it symbolizes was never being utilized against YOU." - NotUrTypicalAmerican


    Don't know about beachboater's flag, but the various Confederate flags and symbols I've used all my life didn't symbolize hate against anyone. The symbolized my southern culture and roots, and no one, regardless of their race, seemed to have a problem with it. I use to have it on the wall of my office in a well known business. Only in recent years have people be falsely coerced into believing that any time they see a Confederate flag it's because of hate. Sure, some do use it for hate, but not all.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 9, 9:10 a.m.

    It's a sad day in this country when we have Black History Month, BET (Black Entertainment Television), NAACP (Advancement of COLORED PEOPLE?! -- Why not everyone???), and black colleges and scholarships - yet a hard working farmer puts white history on a tractor and there's outrage. - RealStory

    February is LGBT History Month.
    March is Irish-American Heritage Month.
    April is Confederate History Month.
    April is also Arab-American Heritage Month.
    May is Pacific-American Heritage Month.
    May is also Jewish-American Heritage Month.
    Sept. is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Nov. is Native American Month. Ever heard of Univision? The Anti-Defamation League?

    So there are other ethnic groups who have their own history month, channels and organizations. The fact that you gravitate to complain about one culture and one month in particular, well, that says A LOT about YOU.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 9, 8:50 a.m.

    Freedom of Speech cuts both ways. - moveythemez

    Nobody is impeding anyone freedom of speech here. The problem is the guy didn't get his sign approved before he decided to show it in the parade. He knew it was inflammatory speech that wouldn't get approved by the board and that's why he skirted the rules.

  • ginufine3011 Jul 9, 8:49 a.m.

    It's a sad day in this country when we have Black History Month, BET (Black Entertainment Television), NAACP (Advancement of COLORED PEOPLE?! -- Why not everyone???), and black colleges and scholarships - yet a hard working farmer puts white history on a tractor and there's outrage. - RealStory

    The issue with "White History Month" is there was no need for caucasians to have a special month because caucasians had 12 months, while African Americans had 0 months, and no say so in any matter, without harsh consequences. We as blacks, have overcame a lot since the 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's and still trying to overcome some issues til this day. We have a "Black History Month, BET, Black Colleges", ect, because we weren't allowed to have a voice back in the days to tell our side of history. If caucasians were so concerned about having a special month, they would've done it a long time ago.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 9, 8:16 a.m.

    I have seen the Confederate flag all of my life and the thought of racism has never crossed my mind. - beachboater

    Exactly. Think about it: It never crossed your mind as it being a racist symbol because the hate that it symbolizes was never being utilized against YOU.

    As for patriotism, there were plenty of black Americans who joined up after Pearl Harbor, too, only exception was is that they didn't have to fight another war against racism at home after WWII was over.

  • moveythemez Jul 9, 8:11 a.m.

    Freedom of Speech cuts both ways.

  • wasone Jul 9, 8:10 a.m.

    moeallenjr, I just think he is in the wrong country on the forth of July, But then I consider myself a whole hearted, red blooded American born and raised here who works, pays taxes and doesn't live off the govment check like 47% do and I'm tired of paying for other people to sit on their bottom ends and do nothing but may babies and trouble.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 9, 8:09 a.m.

    Would you call me a racist for separating my white grandchildren from black children using that language?

    OF COURSE NOT. Any mother regardless of their race would separate their kids from any child who acted like or used language like that, however, that's a different situation that what's being discussed here.

    IN MY OPINION, the biggest race-baiting racist in NC is the Reverend Doctor William J. Barber, president of the NC NAACP. He has never a had positive comment about anything. I've never heard of him actually saving souls either. Just gimme gimme.-
    beachboater

    Hmmm, another Rev. Barber mention. The fact that his name is mentioned here on a daily basis means that he's doing his job. As much as people claim that he's a race baiter, there are too many white people taking the bait. I wonder why that is? Ever heard of the saying: "A hit dog will holler?"

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 9, 8:02 a.m.

    "Of course that flag is racist. Not only is it racist, it's a traitor's banner, pride against fighting against the United States."

    If the United States had done to your family what they did to mine you would have fought against them too. Let me guess where you hail from.-ifcdirector

    My guess is you'd be guessing wrong. Born and bred right in the South. It's fairly plain to see that traitorous streak has been passed down.

  • beachboater Jul 8, 7:12 p.m.

    I've gotten a little too involved in this story. I took my grand children to a public park recently. There were 3 black children playing in the same area as my bunch. There was a boy about 10 and 2 girls that were 5 or 6. I couldn't count the number of times the 10 year old boy yelled the N-word at the younger girls. Then came the Mother F-bombs, again from the 10 year old. Their mother could hear all of this and never said a word. Is this 10 year old black child a racist? Where did he get the idea that it is ok to use such language? My 5 year old came to me and asked if I heard his language and we moved away from them. Would you call me a racist for separating my white grandchildren from black children using that language?

    IN MY OPINION, the biggest race-baiting racist in NC is the Reverend Doctor William J. Barber, president of the NC NAACP. He has never a had positive comment about anything. I've never heard of him actually saving souls either. Just gimme gimme.

  • beachboater Jul 8, 7:04 p.m.

    "Also, if people don't want that rag to be construed as racist, then stop racist groups from flying it when they demonstrate. The only reason why white history whiners won't prevent the racists from utilizing it to represent their hate is because, evidently, they approve of them doing so." NotUrTypicalAmerican

    I was born in NC raised in Ga and back to NC in my late teens. My point is that I am a born and bread southerner. Also an AMERICAN.

    I have a shotgun (non-working) on my mantle. A several times great uncle of mine used it in the Civil War. I take pride in ownership. Does that make me a racist? I think not.

    I have seen the Confederate flag all of my life and the thought of racism has never crossed my mind. Some things have different meanings to different people. I'm proud to be a southerner and of my southern heritage. I'm also proud to be an AMERICAN.

    The day after Pearl Harbor my father stood in line to join the Army Air Corp. His patriotism transferred to me.

  • ifcdirector Jul 8, 6:52 p.m.

    "Of course that flag is racist. Not only is it racist, it's a traitor's banner, pride against fighting against the United States."

    If the United States had done to your family what they did to mine you would have fought against them too. Let me guess where you hail from.

  • beachboater Jul 8, 6:47 p.m.

    Several people have commented on this previously, but I think it is important. In my lifetime, blacks have taken the chosen name of "negro", black, African American. It has changed through my already too long life. Are they African, or are they American? The same is true for Mexican American, or Muslim American. If you want to live in this once great country, then be AMERICAN. We are a diverse nation, but we are all AMERICANS. If you are not a citizen, then you are African, Mexican or where ever you came from. Once you become a citizen, you are an AMERICAN!!

    I've never called myself a European American, always just a plain old love my country AMERICAN.

    American was founded on religious freedom. Now it seems that every time a "new group" gets a few thousand residents, they want special recognition. Are the Muslims any more special than Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Jews, Free Will Baptists, or Pentecostal Holiness believers?

    Citizens of this country are AMERICANS!!

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 8, 6:19 p.m.

    Was the confederate flag racist? I think not. I know some people think it is a symbol of slavery or whatever. But to many people it is part of their southern heritage which they are proud of.
    beachboater

    Of course that flag is racist. Not only is it racist, it's a traitor's banner, pride against fighting against the United States.

    Also, if people don't want that rag to be construed as racist, then stop racist groups from flying it when they demonstrate. The only reason why white history whiners won't prevent the racists from utilizing it to represent their hate is because, evidently, they approve of them doing so.

  • beachboater Jul 8, 5:26 p.m.

    " Even in the Shortest month of the year Black history is taught because it has never been taught in the other 11 months Geez............Now the African American population is complaining"

    Geez. Now people are complaining that Black History Month is the shortest month of the year. Talking about feeling special. That is ridiculous. I guess the only way to satisfy that group is to have Black History Year and let it be placed in front of Christmas, the 4th of July, Easter and on and on....

  • beachboater Jul 8, 5:06 p.m.

    "I worry that, the day and time we're in, we need – I don't want to have to say be cautious – but I think we have to be respectful of all," she said."

    There is a Black History Month parade in my town. All entries are dedicated to blacks or black history in some way. Is this racist? Or can you not be racist as long as it's directed to whites?

    The white race has to tippy toe around a lot of history and current events for fear of being called a racist. BTW, I was not aware that there is a white history month. That would be considered racist.

    History is fact based, not race based. What black history has been deleted from school books? I didn't realize there was a difference in black history and white history. History is history.

    Was the sign in good taste? Probably not. Was the confederate flag racist? I think not. I know some people think it is a symbol of slavery or whatever. But to many people it is part of their southern heritage which they are proud of.

  • eerye70 Jul 8, 4:51 p.m.

    the one issue I have with "Black History month" is that it allows the establishment to ignore the greater issue. Everyone says, its because the history books ignore the contributions the black man/woman has made to our history. Well, if that is the case, why haven't we had the history books rewritten in all this time? I am pretty sure in this many years of time there have been new editions of history books. History happens every day. Why haven't they gone ahead and just merged the entire picture, of everyone, into one history. Its one country. Everyone contributed to make it great. It took people from every ethnic group and every country around the globe, working together to make it the amazing country it is today. Instead of perpetuating things that divide, why aren't we teaching our kids what great AMERICAN contributions were, our common history, our struggles, the good the bad and the ugly? Why isn't it one story? It shouldn't be marginalized into one month anyway.

  • UrMom3040 Jul 8, 4:31 p.m.

    This is so stupid. If this offends people, then we should eliminate Black History Month and then we will all be equal.

    But honestly, people just need to relax a little. Can't we all just get along?

  • seriouslyrevoked Jul 8, 4:04 p.m.

    No one would take exception if a African Nation or Asian, or Muslim, took efforts to maintain their culture. Homogeneous cultures are all praised and accepted for their desire to remain so. Except the White European Immigrants who formed this country, and fought each other to end slavery, and built the best of what humanity could build. Look at the multicultural cities in America and you will see division and violence. Modern day liberalism with its fanatical adherence to diversity and equality for its own sake will end when the West has been destroyed and we will once again live in barbarity. Much of the world is tribalistic, the USA is or was, unique in this regard, with mass third world immigration it is now being destroyed. The Hope Mills man is an example of hoe we are not allowed to protest our demise. No where in the natural world is there equality, to make equal all, it must destroy those who make civility work.

  • Jasper39 Jul 8, 3:58 p.m.

    John Hanson, the first President under the Articles of Confederation was not black. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hanson_%28Liberia%29. Not that I care whether the guy was black or not, but facts are facts.

  • dkazel01 Jul 8, 3:24 p.m.

    I don't see anythying wrong with his sign. after all we advertise February as black history month. If anything we should quit calling blacks, African Americans when talking/ writing.

  • RustyDawg Jul 8, 3:23 p.m.

    I think people are just tired of having racial equallity shoved down their throats. Look at TV commercials. I don't know what the latest census showed but, why is almost every commercial showing a mixed race couple in it? Don't you think it's gone a little over the top? God bless Paula!

  • cphilano Jul 8, 3:19 p.m.

    That's just it tnmccoy. None of this would be an issue if schools were teaching more than the accomplishments and contributions ow Whites. It's not an issue for separate consideration, Blacks and other races just want to be included.

  • csw Jul 8, 3:17 p.m.

    Well I personally believe we should have a white history month. We have black history month, hispanic heritage. What's the big deal.

  • cphilano Jul 8, 3:04 p.m.

    BlueForever, it's only in the last half century Blacks were even allowed to go to school with Whites. Are you serious? To be honest, this country is in its infancy of Blacks being equally regarded as their White counterparts. You all act as if at the beginning of this country everything became fair and dandy. Its still coming out today that some of our founding fathers may have been Black. Do you know that Independence day was July 4th 1776, and our first government after independence was established under the Articles of Confederation not the Constitution? They had a President for that government. John Hanson, look him up. He was a Moor.He established the first Treasury Department, the first Secretary of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department. Lastly, he declared that the fourth Thursday of every November was to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still true today. George Washington was the 1st President of the United States under the Constitution in 1787.

  • revbleech Jul 8, 3:03 p.m.

    "how is the last century or two "white history?""

    Wow, you're really asking how the eurocentrism of the average history curriculum qualifies as "white history"? Weep more over the erosion of your white privilege.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 8, 3:02 p.m.

    So what the Heck is wrong with White History Month, is there not a BLACK HISTORY MONTH???? - BEACH

    Stop being so indignant.

    Before the Civil Rights Movement, every month was White History Month. Don't get upset just because other races get one month out of the year to champion theirs.

    A better question would be: Why are the champions of White History have to premise their pride using a flag that, historically, not only represents a division between the races, but also division from the United States of America?

  • dfosterlllllll Jul 8, 3:02 p.m.

    Why isn't every month just simply "HISTORY MONTH"? All this 'episode' has proven is if you single out a "color" or "race", it's "racism".

    So isn't it racism to have a "Black History Month"? What happens when the American Indians step up and say "hey, what about American Indian History Month"? Or the Japanese Americans say "How about Japanese History Month"? Or the Chinese Americans, or the Haitian Americans, or the world famous Mexican Americans? How about the rest of Americans? How about the Cuban Americans History Month or the Philipino American History Month or the Vietnamese History Month or the Cambodian History Month or the Canadian Americans History Month or the Jewish American History Month or the Scandanavian American History Month or the Dutch Americans or Irish Americans or British Americans or all the rest?

    HOW MANY DANG MONTHS DO WE NEED TO ADD in order to give everyone a dang MONTH?

    How about a dang Kenyan American History Month? lol

  • cphilano Jul 8, 2:48 p.m.

    And some of you don't even know how ignorant you are. You argue that it doesn't make sense for Blacks who only make up 12% of the population shouldn't expect more than 12% when it comes to history. Well, according to that dumb logic, shouldn't Blacks ask for more than one month out of the year considering one month out of twelve is 8% not 12%? They should be asking for almost one and a half months. It would be a perfect world if schools taught classes that included all races contributions in class, but they don't. This is how we cope, because otherwise other races besides Whites seem to be totally excluded from history.

  • PTParks Jul 8, 2:38 p.m.

    Bravo!! Congratulations to Mr. Spell for having the guts to speak out. Shame on the Mayor for hiding behind political correctness. Madam Mayor, ever heard of the first amendment? Would the Hope Mills officials have denied entry of the New Black Panther Party's float. Not on your life!!!

  • tnmccoy63 Jul 8, 2:30 p.m.

    American History is not a black and white issue for separate consideration. Remove this 'Black History Month' from our calendar and psyche.

  • justusiselusive Jul 8, 2:25 p.m.

    What is wrong with white history month, there is a black history month, soon to be a gay history month. If you get rid of one you need to get rid of them all.

  • moeallenjr Jul 8, 2:19 p.m.

    Wasone
    He is in Africa because the most important African American man of our lifetime is on his deathbed. Might not mean anything to you but for someone who is half African that's pretty important. Judging by the words you used I don't think you wanted him here anyway.

  • moeallenjr Jul 8, 2:15 p.m.

    Rbchapin
    So what would you suggest a entire race of people who have had there whole history erased from history books do? Since its racist to have black history month which was given the shortest month of the year and you still have a issue with that what do you feel the answer is? Pretend that black history is being taught in schools when it's not? Or maybe it should go back to the good ol days when white America made the rules and the rest of America just did nothing? Can't believe the sensitivity of white America. You can celebrate white history everyday just by turning to the history channel. If anything, white America is still rewriting history to this day. The truly sad part is you won't acknowledge the truth behind why it was created. If you can do that then a honest dialogue about the issue can happen. And yes, a white man with a white history month sign on a tractor selling watermelon seems kinda racist to me. Of course not to you though.

  • Smilepal Jul 8, 1:59 p.m.

    History is history. You can't take credit for the good, excuse the bad or exclude any of the participants. We must all learn from it, celebrate the accomplishments and strive towards a better future.

  • BlueForever Jul 8, 1:57 p.m.

    " Its more racist that schools have and still teach only White history until Black history month rolls around?"
    how is the last century or two "white history?"

  • BEACH Jul 8, 1:57 p.m.

    So what the Heck is wrong with White History Month, is there not a BLACK HISTORY MONTH????

  • wasone Jul 8, 1:52 p.m.

    WRAL makes this a front page story, while nothing has been mentioned about the President Of the United States being in Africa on Our Nations Birthday. Give me a break!

  • cphilano Jul 8, 1:35 p.m.

    Black history month was established to address the lack of recognition in schools to those Blacks in history that helped build and contribute to this great nation of ours not to set aside a special month for just the Blacks. It was done because only White history was being taught in schools. Black history month gives a better understanding to White, Blacks, and others as to what Blacks have done in this country. It was meant to unite not divide. You know because "people fear what they do not understand." It's also crazy to ask for White history month when White history is taught the whole school year even during Black history month. So how is it racist to set up a month to recognize people besides Whites that have contributed to our society? Its more racist that schools have and still teach only White history until Black history month rolls around? Black history month wasn't set up to showcase Blacks' superiority over others. Stupid rbchapin to call it racist.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jul 8, 1:22 p.m.

    I am amazed that racism is such a core part of so many here that they don't even realize their comments are racist.

    bowens44

    I'm more surprised how racism seems to be found daily in the most innocuous things. The racist will ALWAYS find racism if they are looking for it

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