Thursday, June 01, 2006

Any bets that NC Democrat Party members will dig deep into their own pockets?
Panel: N.C. Should Pay for 1898 Race Riot

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A state-appointed commission is urging North Carolina to provide reparations for the 1898 racial violence that sparked an exodus of more than 2,000 black residents from Wilmington.

The 500-page report that was produced after six years of study also said the violence, which killed as many as 60 people, was not a spontaneous riot but rather the nation's only recorded coup d'etat.

"There is no amount of money that can repair what happened years ago and compensate for the loss of lives and the loss of property," said vice chairman Irving Joyner, a professor at N.C. Central School of Law.

The commission did not provide any cost estimates, although compensation advocate Larry Thomas of Chapel Hill estimated that the economic losses calculated today are "probably in the billions of dollars."

Along with compensation to victims' descendants, the commission also recommended incentives for minority small businesses and help for minority home ownership. It also recommended that the history of the incident be taught in public schools.

State Rep. Thomas Wright, a Democrat who helped establish and chair the panel, said the next step is to file a bill in the Legislature with the recommendations. That won't happen before 2007 because the filing deadline for this session has passed.

The 1898 violence began when white vigilantes, resentful after years of black and Republican political rule during Reconstruction, burned the printing press of a black newspaper publisher, Alexander Manly.

Violence spread, resulting in an exodus of 2,100 blacks, the commission concluded. Then the largest city in the state, Wilmington flipped from a black majority to a white majority in the months that followed.

Before the violence, which led to a Democratic takeover from Republicans and Populists, black men in North Carolina had been able to vote for about three decades. But Democrats quickly passed voter literacy tests and a grandfather clause, which disenfranchised black voters until the civil rights movement of the 1960s...

Since it was white Democrats who engineered the ‘coup d'etat’ against white and black Republicans and Populists, if this inane process goes forward then its only ‘fair’ that the perpetrator party’s white members should ante up.

But since the governor’s mansion and both legislative chambers in North Carolina are controlled by the Democrats, guess who will be picking up the tab if reparations are to be paid for what their political party did 108 years ago? That’s right, the taxpayers. And take a wild guess who pays more income tax per capita in North Carolina, Democrats or Republicans?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who poisoned the water in the State House in N.C.? I believe we have been attacked by a force much worse than 9-11. The latest attack has left millions of politicians and citizens stupid. I don't owe any of the clowns anything because neither me nor any of them were there.

6/01/2006 8:38 PM  

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