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ONLY ON 3: Downtown group targets hip-hop listeners not to loiter downtown

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Keep downtown safe. That's the message a new public service announcement is getting out to radio listeners in hopes that arguments come to an end.

The PSA is running on a local hip-hop station, Coast 97.3. The message is simple: loitering outside downtown establishments can often lead to trouble. The message came about after several violent incidents downtown raised serious concern.

"There was a 17 and 18-year-old involved in an altercation in which one of them was stabbed and the other one shot," said John Hinnant, executive director of Wilmington Downtown Inc.

That got Hinnant thinking about what can be done to address the issues about downtown nightlife. He said the victims in the stabbing turned shooting were loitering that night. He reached out to Coast 97.3, who agreed that loitering downtown is a problem.

"Downtown Safe came about because there were some incidents that happened downtown (around) 2nd and Market (Streets). We're just trying to diffuse that by letting folks know not to hang out and loiter. Go to the club have a great time," Coast 97.3 program director Brandon Hickman said.

The question now is will there be more PSA's to come rather than just sticking with the hip-hop crowd that frequents the 2nd and Market area. Hinnant says WDI is considering expanding its campaign for a safe downtown, but admits the message will have to be tailored to a targeted audience.

The PSA airs Thursday through Sunday nights. Coast 97.3 says so far the PSA is getting listeners attention. Many have posted comments on the station's Twitter page.

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Really?!

So someone is trying to do something positive; to be a part of a solution and all I am reading is more negative comments. At least this is someone attempting to do something to fix an issue rather than sit back and whine about it. That takes courage and innitiative. Do you know what it takes to type hate-filled, ignorant, racist comments? Too much time on your hands, lack of insight,and bad grammer.

Bing, you win.

Coreyanne rotella is the first race card thrower! You win a big, fat zero. Feel free to do anything with that zero except don't try to divide by it.

Race Card

Coreyanne told you.Let me try to divide zero; Guesty divided by zero equals zero.

Clarify please.

The meaning of your comment is a little unclear. How exactly did I play a race card? I merely pointed out that there were negative, blatently racist comments posted. For example: "They didn't teach me ebonics in school" followed by a statement that "thugs will be thugs" implies that african american teens are thugs. Was that not the message that the comment was meant to convey? By all means, if I interpreted it wrong feel free to clarify it for me. I often hear the term "play the race card" brought up in comments so I decided to research it a bit and here is what I've found. Playing the race card is an idiomatic phrase referring to an allegation raised against a person who has brought the issue of race or racism into a debate, perhaps to obfuscate the matter. It is a metaphorical reference to card games in which a trump card may be used to gain an advantage.
It has also been staunchly argued by critical theorists across the globe that the term itself is a rhetorical tool used in an effort to devalue and minimize the very real claims of racism sited by racially marginalized people. For example, by claiming someone is playing the race card, it immediately draws their assertion into question and positions them in a negative light
In light of that definintion, it was not I that "played the race card" as you commenters so dearly love to say, it would be the commentor who first brought up race with his "ebonics" reference. I hope this offers you a little insight.

Are you implying that

Are you implying that African American teens are NOT thugs? Been in or around and High Schools lately? Watched any shows on the television? Seen the news?

Lady, don't fool yourself. Admit to yourself the direction that these young men are going and the lifestyle they WANT to live. Although your words were smart and to the point, ignoring the problem dosen't make it un-real, nor does it make it go away.

Coreyanne wrote: "In light

Coreyanne wrote:

"In light of that definintion, it was not I that "played the race card" as you commenters so dearly love to say, it would be the commentor who first brought up race with his "ebonics" reference. I hope this offers you a little insight."

So, my "ebonics" reference is greeted with your offense? Take a look at the date stamps on the posts and you will see a reference to "racist tea-baggers" posted on 9/9/10. I am a white man and truthfully I could care less whether you or anyone else who panders to the reverse discrimination poverty pimps likes me.

While you're at it, look up what the definition of "teabagging" really is... hint: it is a disgusting homosexual act. While I do engage in the support of the "Tea Party" movement's agenda, I AM NOT A TEABAGGER.

You will further note that my "ebonics reference" post is dated 9/10/10, written in irritated reply to the "racist teabagger" screed. If you are going to engage in complex political argument, learn how to tell time.

implies?

You stated:

" "They didn't teach me ebonics in school" followed by a statement that "thugs will be thugs" implies that african american teens are thugs."

Im sorry, but were the victims/perps white, izod wearing chess club members speaking the queens english? I think not kind sir...and statistically, the thug comment is correct. More black males are involved in street crimes than whites, which is a bit sad considering blacks are only 15% of the US population. Speaks a bit on the quality of discipline given at home doesnt it? Let me guess though...its someone elses fault right?

also, you copied and pasted:

"Playing the race card is an idiomatic phrase referring to an allegation raised against a person who has brought the issue of race or racism into a debate, perhaps to obfuscate the matter. It is a metaphorical reference to card games in which a trump card may be used to gain an advantage. It has also been staunchly argued by critical theorists across the globe that the term itself is a rhetorical tool used in an effort to devalue and minimize the very real claims of racism sited by racially marginalized people."

So I guess its us "racially marginalized people" that speak up, call a spade a spade and call out the lack of parenting done to most black teens that invokes your use of the race card? The comments are how people feel nowadays about the majority black culture, its burden on society and its instant use of race as an excuse/ cop out for everything. Too bad for those like you that carry all that white guilt (or are you black and blaming everyone else for speaking their minds?)

You see, 25 yrs ago, I cared. I did everything I could to help race relations and gave blacks the benefit of the doubt in all their misfortunate "run-ins" with the law...but still, to this day, I still hear the same old "its because Im black" excuse when they get pulled over or questioned by anyone. I talk to black friends I havent seen in 10+ yrs and they always manage to sneak in "the man is keeping them down".

Do you know its easier as a minority to get into college or get financial aid than it is as a middle class white?

Heres whats happened:

Thugs/drug dealers/moochers/govt. assisted living P.O.S. have learned that race is a volatile issue, so they milk it. They sense any weakness in ANY situation, they milk it. Its what theyve been taught by their parents that are only 12-13-14-16+ yrs older than them with the same "thug" mentality and lack of morals, honor, discipline, cooth, common sense & overall care of other humans.

Do you know we have 5 generations of blacks on govt assistance in NHC?...5 GENERATIONS!!! Thats GREAT GREAT GREAT Grandparents that were first..and probably the only generation deserving of it.

So before you go accosting those that speak their minds and what basically boiled down to the truth, you ought to research the statistics in NHC and see that theyre have a leg to stand on with their comments.

Oh...and WWAY. Are you/your web guys guys really that paranoid and or stupid that you have to have a video with text in it for testing spam comments? Really? If so, its time to hire some people that know what they are doing in this century.

If you say so, coreyanne rotella

If that is what you take from it, so be it. Again, nobody but you brought up a particular race and you fail. Again. So you are saying only blacks are thugs and only blacks speak ebonics. Try to get out a little more often.

I see that coreyanne hasn't

I see that coreyanne hasn't come back out to play yet. Maybe she hurt herself falling off of her soap box...

They didn't teach me Ebonics

They didn't teach me Ebonics when I was in school. WAKE UP and GET REAL... the Ghetto is the Ghetto and THUGS are THUGS. How many white people go 'round doing this crap. Maybe city manager Sterling could answer this with some NAACP rhetoric.

Good luck

Good luck trying to get thugs to stop acting like thugs. You might have better success teaching a pig how to fly. And before you saps start pulling the race card out of your deck, notice I didn't point out any one race. Many different races listen to that radio station.

More Racism

It must be dem racist tea baggers sayin' dis stuff. What be wrong wit me chillin downtown? Is dis be America?