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NC NAACP president to keynote Wilmington 10 rally


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Rev. William Barber, president of the NC State Conference of the NAACP, will be the keynote speaker during the first Faith Community Rally in Support of Pardons of Innocence for The Wilmington 10 tomorrow. The rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. at St. Stephen's AME Church at 501 Red Cross Street in Wilmington.

The Faith Community Rally, which will also feature members of the Wilmington Ten, is cosponsored by the Wilmington 10 Pardons of Innocence Project Local Advisory Committee and the New Hanover County NAACP, in association with the national Wilmington 10 Pardons of Innocence Project. It is the latest in a long series of planned events to build local and national support to secure individual pardons of innocence for the Wilmington 10 this year.

The Wilmington 10 were a group of youths sent to prison in the 1970s after a grocery store burned during a 1971 race riot. The seven survivors and relatives of three dead members filed petitions for pardons last month with Gov. Bev Perdue's office.

Wilmington 10 leader Benjamin Chavis and nine others were freed when a federal appeals court overturned their convictions in 1980. Chavis later became executive director of the NAACP. He says North Carolina's politics and history 40 years after their convictions make this the right time to seek pardons.

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Wilm 10 & a Group of Youths

Rev. William Barber, with all due respect, being a executive director of the NAACP... Instead of, asking for "Pardon's" for yourself. Why NOT be giving a *Keynote address*, about self-inflicted ILLS that the Black community bring upon themselves, such as the Fine up-standing crew of young Black Men, (THUGS) that have been violent against OUR Community here of late?
Do a Key note address to the Black Community that Educate's against committing the violence/crime & drugs, un-willing to Help (them-selves) & the Community as a Whole instead of Preventing & Educating the Black Community?
Key-note address would be better served rallying the Black community to Clean-up thier Act? Get a education? Get off welfare and Sect 8?
Getting a Job?
I am of a opinion that your "Key-Note Address* would go +100 times more receptive to the Communtiy as a Whole in solving Problems with-in Our Community instead of "GIMMIE", Or stirring the Racial Pot.....


Unfortunately Guest69696969696... it isnt about the ACP or the Advancement of Colored People that they are interested in, it is how they make their money anymore. Promoting Racism. If there isnt a seeming rift in communities that they continue to bring up, then they are out of a job, so they continue to promote and talk about how "the white man holds them down" and so on. If they would stop promoting this, then a culture shift would have to occur. If you keep on telling "your people" that they are treated wrong, they will blindly follow, keep on believing it, and pass on to future generations, the direct result is self oppression.

NAACP = the biggest racist organization alive. We don't have ANY USES for ANY racist organizations.

The sad thing is that

The sad thing is that organizations such as this even exist. It's just proof that racism is still around. It's just skin people. We all have to live here. Violence and hatred are counterproductive. Especially when it's over something so trivial.


And the perpetuation of the stereotyping perpetuates the failures: there are a lot of comments suggesting that just because a person is black that they must be a thug. You get what you expect. And of course, who's going to hire someone they've predetermined a thug? WAKE UP!!!

Liberal liar

Susan please point out "a lot of comments" that suggest that blacks are thugs....People have said that the black CRIMINALS are thugs, not because they are black but because they are criminal thugs. You're a liar and a fool. WAKE UP!!!

I don't think that if a

I don't think that if a person is black they must be a thug, but I do believe that, in most cases, if a person is a thug, they are black. There is a difference.


Yea It's like the comedian David Cross says....."not all gay guys talk like gay guys but ONLY gay guys talk like gay guys" I'm kidding here, but I do agree with your point.

And this issue is not so much "racial" as it is cultural. True racism is to believe that some racial genetic factor makes one human superior or inferior to another. That's not what's going on here. It's that the african american culture that is broken. Growing up white in the inner city brought me very close to this culture and though I had many black friends I was still forced to fight and/ or run like hell on many occasions, and in those ocassions it was always groups guys, never just one, that's the gang mentality.

The fact is poverty breeds crime. This type of violence happens all over the world by many differant races of people. In America, the problem is that we incentivise poverty by allowing the abuse of our welfare systems. We were poor as all hell growing up, and on welfare but NOT PERMANENTLY, we used it to survive until we could claw our way into better circumstances via hard damn work. My brother and I finished college, hell he has a Masters degree. The African american culture started in poverty, it had no choice but to do so. but it remains in poverty because our social welfare system has allowed allowed a culture to use it as a pinnacle of there lifestyle, never intending to or taking the personal responsability to actually EARN a living. This is not intent of the system. If we don't stop the abuse of the welfare system the African American culture may never shake the chains of poverty and this of course means the violence will continue.