On Learning and Unlearning Racism

Amidst all the speculation about what the election of Barack Obama represents, as far as race relations and equality in this country are concerned, I find myself wondering what some of the black friends I've had in years past might be feeling today. I would like to thank Dr. Frank for jogging loose some of these memories with his haircut story, and I would also apologize upfront if any part of this diary is found offensive by the reader. That's not my intent, but this is a subject that one simply cannot delve deeply into without stepping on some toes in the process.

Senator Ted Kennedy Collapses in the Capitol - Update 3

This story is developing.  I will let you know more when I hear it. 

Update:  CSpan is now reporting that Senator Robert Byrd was also taken from the luncheon for medical reasons.

Update II:  CNN is now reporting that Senator Ted Kennedy began to have a seizure at the end of the luncheon and the seizure lasted for some time and he was still seizing when medics wheeled him out to receive medical care.

Update III:  CNN is reporting that Senator Kennedy is now alert and talking with his family.

 

BlueNC's Changing of the Guard

 A little over six months ago we were fortunate enough to have three from our community accept the call to help our front page team get through election season.  Thank you to Dan B., scharrison and momoaizo for helping patrol comments, for writing posts for the front page and for keeping conversations going.

As Dan, Steve and Linda rotate off of front page duty, two new community members have agreed to share their voices as front page writers.  Thank you LoftT and usernamehere.  I look forward to reading what you have to say in the months to come.

Please join me in welcoming  LoftT and usernamehere and thanking them for their willingness to help lead our conversations.

My racist haircut - why tomorrow is not so far from 1960

I am not equal to the task of addressing what tomorrow means to a Southern white man. I grew up in the South. I grew up in Guilford County, North Carolina. So did my mother. Mom grew up a few miles from the Woolworth where, in 1960, when my mom was 11, four young men from North Carolina A&T State University sat down and asked only to be allowed to eat their food.

1960.

Think about that. 1960. Ten years before I was born. Two years before the birth of the black man who will, tomorrow, take the office of President of the United States.

How long? Not long.

In Alamance County, Tony Foriest again confounds old ideas about voting patterns

In the 2008 elections, Alamance County went for McCain, Hagan, McCrory and Pittenger.

However, Alamance voters also chose Democrat Tony Foriest for a second term in the NC state Senate.

Why is this notable?  Foriest is an African-American Democrat who won a non-minority legislative district.

This isn't the first time this has happened in recent NC legislative elections, but it is notable that the NC GOP targeted Senator Foriest and this district, but Foriest still outpolled Obama, Perdue and Dalton in growing Alamance County.

It should be noted that both Alamance and Caswell counties comprise the 24th Senate district.

The Inauguration of Barack Obama

We are saying goodbye to a president who would look at those Americans who oppose him and say, "I will fight you," and we are greeting a president who will look at those Americans who oppose him and say, "I will fight for you."

Please join us for our full collection of inauguration day posts, videos and pictures. Join us as we chat about today's events and relive some of our favorite moments of the campaign season.

If bandwidth and traffic allow we will carry a live feed of the inauguration here on BlueNC.  Please use this space to tell us what today means to you.  Feel free to share your photos, videos and favorite moments from the campaign trail in the comments or write your own blog post.

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