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VOLUME 10 NO. 51                                                           WEEK OF AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 6, 2008                                                                                     ONE DOLLAR

                                                                       THE TRIANGLE’S CHOICE FOR THE BLACK VOICE

Housing Authority in trouble again                                                                                                                            Obama’s
    By Sommer Brokaw                  correct its problems, but it             How many times does it take           McMahand said. “If HUD [U.S.
      THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE            seems like they live in a circular       for them to get things right?”        Department of Housing and
  DURHAM - The Durham Hous-
ing Authority is back on the
                                      building. The sad irony is the
                                      people who are really hurting
                                                                                 Chief Operating Officer Sonny
                                                                               McMahand, whom DHA Direc-
                                                                                                                     Urban Development] was to
                                                                                                                     come in and review our [Section
                                                                                                                                                              wife inspires
“troubled” list, a label it has       here are primarily working class         tor Harrison Shannon hired last       8 rental voucher] program
been trying to recover from
since it went into default on a
$35 million project in 2004.
                                      black folk, which makes it even
                                      more tragic because they really
                                      need help with housing,” City
                                                                               year, said they are working on
                                                                               the problems.
                                                                                 “When he [Shannon] asked me
                                                                                                                     today, we would be at 71 per-
                                                                                                                     cent, and we are projecting we
                                                                                                                     will be at 80 percent by the end
                                                                                                                                                              local women
  “We keep waiting for this           Councilman Eugene Brown said.            to get involved in the program,       of the year.”                                           By Sommer Brokaw
agency to turn the corner and to      “I think it’s an embarrassment.          we made a number of changes,”         See DURHAM on 2A                                          THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE
                                                                                                                                                                When Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic
                                                                                                                                                              presidential candidate Barack Obama, spoke Monday
Top Army                                                                                                                                                      night at the Democratic National Convention, her
                                                                                                                                                              words encouraged local black women to pursue their
officer                                                                                                                                                         Obama told her and Barack’s life story as examples
                                                                                                                                                              of the American dream. Her mother, a stay-at-home
                                                                                                                                                              mom, and her father, a blue-collar city worker, raised
retires                                                                                                                                                       her on the Southside of Chicago. Her dad was diag-
   By Lori D.R. Wiggins                                                                                                                                       nosed with multiple sclerosis in his early 30s, but he
   FOR THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE                                                                                                                                   still worked hard to provide for his family.
                                                                                                                                                                As for her husband, a single mother raised him in
  This year marks the 60th
                                                                                                                                                              Hawaii. Despite tough circumstances, both of their
anniversary of the desegrega-
                                                                                                                                                              parents saved enough money so they could go to
tion of the U.S. Army, and
                  almost        as
                                                                                                                                                                “If you ever thought of truly the American dream
                  many      years
                                                                                                                                                              part for African-Americans, looking at her last night
                  since a military
                                                                                                                                                              really set into me ‘this is real and change does hap-
                  career path was
                                                                                                                                                              pen,’ “ said Renee Brown, a law student at N.C. Cen-
                  paved        for
                                                                                                                                                              tral. “I feel a way I never felt in my life before with
                  r e t i r e d
                                                                                                                                                              respect to really believing in the American dream
                  Brigadier Gen-
                                                                                                                                                              and opportunities that are available to us.”
                  eral Velma L.
                                                                                                                                                                Obama also mentioned that her speech came on
Richardson Richardson.                                                                                                                                        the 88th anniversary of women winning the right to
                    In 1951, the
                                                                                                                                                              vote, and the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther
year Richardson was born, her
                                                                                                                                                              King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
aunt, Vashti Jefferies, left a
                                                                                                                                                                Brown said she became teary-eyed as the camera
teaching career in South Car-
                                                                                                                                                              panned to Obama’s mother. She thought about her
olina and joined the Army,
                                                                                                                                                              own mother and grandmother, and what it would
certain it would provide a bet-
                                                                                                                                                              have meant to them “to see things that they just
ter life.
                                                                                                                                                              never saw in their time.”
  Fast forward to Ben-
                                                                                                                                                                Elaborating on her own story, Obama said she gave
nettsville, S.C., where Richard-
                                                                                                                                                              up her job at a big law firm to go into public service.
son was growing up and mak-
                                                                                                                                                              Deloris Bailey, who works in the nonprofit sector in
ing her own plans. She initial-
                                                                                                                                                              Chapel Hill as an executive director of Empower-
ly thought she might be called
                                                                                                                              PHOTO/SOMMER BROKAW

to preach like the grandmoth-            Willie Hall is the engineer for the music studio at The Old School Community Enrichment Center                       ment, said Obama’s words were so powerful because
                                                                                                                                                              she’s also had that experience in the community.
er who raised her, but she
                                                                                                                                                                “She had worked for Public Allies that Empower-
reviewed other professions:
Her uncle was a doctor; Her
parents, who died before she
                                         Center spurs hope and talents                                                                                        ment works for as well,” Bailey said. “When that

was 10, were teachers.
  In January 2000, Richardson
became the fifth black woman
                                         among inner city kids, adults                                                                                        See MICHELLE on 2A

on active duty to be named                   By Sommer Brokaw                     dreams. It also gives those         school again and working with
Brigadier General. At retire-                   THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE              with disabilities and perform-      Donald Byrd and doing that
ment, Richardson was the                   DURHAM - Marion Wiggins had            ing arts talent a platform to       stint for a while, I decided I
senior        African-American           an exciting music career. Now he         expose their gifts.                 had enough of that type of life,
female officer on active duty.           wants to inspire others to have            Its motto is to teach students    so I gave my life back to
  The Triangle Tribune talked            one also.                                “old-school values with new-        Christ,” Wiggins said. “I got
to Richardson, 57, from the                “I’ve always had that desire to        school technology.”                 back in the church, and I start-
home she shares with her hus-            give back, and one of the ways I           “It’s not that we want to drop    ed recording gospel music.
band of 27 years.                        figured I could do that was              anything off, but we want to        God blessed me with a busi-
  Tribune: How and when did              through music. One of my                 make sure that the young peo-       ness with my wife, and I have
you enter the U.S. Army?                 dreams was to have a music               ple can look back and draw on       a mental health agency right
  Richardson: My first entry             school and a music studio, and           those values, and look forward      next door.
into the military was in 1972            God blessed me enough to have            and be prepared for the               Other features of the center
in a special program to recruit          both,” Wiggins said.                     future,” Wiggins said.              include a dance studio, and
college graduates into the                 Wiggins and his wife, Justine,           The Old School has a movie        woodwind, brass and drums
Women’s Army Corps officer               founded The Old School Com-              room where patients of People       classes. On the for-profit side,
corps. In that program, you              munity Enrichment Center a few           Helping People of N.C., a           there’s “the playground” with
decided if you liked the Army,           months ago to “instill and               provider of mental health ser-      professional tools for laying
                                                                                                                                                              Sasha Obama, 7, daughter of Democratic presi-
                                                                                                                                                                                             ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

and the Army decided if they             encourage and hope.”                     vices, can meet on Fridays to       tracks for CDs and a 10-foot
liked you and your attributes.             The nonprofit recognizes the           enjoy a movie..                     green screen for producing              dential candidate Barack Obama, blows a kiss to
I enlisted during my senior              talents and abilities of inner city        “I was brought up in church.      videos.                                 her dad while he addresses the Democratic
year in college, and I took the          youth and adults who don’t have          I started playing music in            “We’re trying to make this a          National Convention Monday in Denver via
Oath of Officership in May               the resources to pursue their            church. After getting back in                                               satellite. Looking on are Michelle Obama, the
                                                                                                                                                              candidate’s wife, and daughter Malia, 10.
                                                                                                                      See CENTER on 2A
  Tribune: What did desegre-
gation mean for the Army? For
this country?
  Richardson: It meant that
                                     Racial comment stirs controversy over subsidized housing
our nation, certainly at the                                                                                                        By Sommer Brokaw                    with a mental, developmental or substance
very highest levels, was ready                                                                                                        THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE              abuse disorder.”
to move on from segregation.                                                                                                                                              CASA plans to turn Mews’ 26 one-bed-
                                                                                                                           RALEIGH - “Alert, subsidized housing in
It set a lot of things into                                                                                                                                             room units into 18 units for working people
                                                                                                                         our neighborhood,” a red flyer distributed
motion. It helped to set up a                                                                                                                                           earning less than $31,000, and eight units
                                                                                                                         in the Glenwood-Brooklyn historic neigh-
new mind-set and a new will-                                                                                                                                            for those receiving state disability pay-
                                                                                                                         borhood near downtown Raleigh said.
ingness to get past segregation                                                                                                                                         ments. “CASA typically serves people with
                                                                                                                           The flyer referred to Community Alterna-
issues.                                                                                                                                                                 disabilities,” said Debra King, executive
                                                                                                                         tives for Supportive Abodes’ proposal to
  That kind of change does                                                                                                                                              director. “Mews Apartments is an expanded
                                                                                                                         buy the George’s Mews apartment complex
take a long time, but it started                                                                                                                                        focus of our mission.”
                                                                                                                         at the southeast corner of Glenwood
this irreversible momentum                                                                                                                                                But the flyer said the neighborhood has
                                                                                                                         Avenue and Washington Street.
that has really just set up a                                                                                                                                           been “kept under the radar” in relation to
                                                                                                                           According to its cached Web site, “CASA is
wonderful situation for people                                                                                                                                          the Mews development. It raises three
                                                                                                                         an independent nonprofit housing develop-
of color, people of different                                                                                                                                           major allegations: CASA isn’t complying
                                                                                                                         ment corporation which develops, owns
genders, races, ethnic back-                                                                                                                                            with the city’s scattered housing policy,
                                                                                                                         and manages decent, safe and affordable
grounds and religions.                                                                                                                                                  property values will go down, and crime will
                                                                                                                         housing for special populations in Wake
  (To read the entire article on                                                                                                                                        go up. It also has contact information for
                                                                                                                         County. Working through credible referral
Richardson, visit our Web site       Bob Bozart, a retired federal employee and longtime resident, holds a               channels, CASA has housed over 700 resi-
                                                                                                                                                                        city and county government officials and
at         sign he tore down from a lamp post in the neighborhood.                             dents who face the daily challenge of living

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                                                                          Yes, it is funny indeed that       child molestation. The old         Admiral. He was a submarine          the bottom. His training man-
                                                                        Republican Sen. John McCain          man fought as a colonel in the     commander in World War II            ual would have shown him
                                                                        accuses his opponent, who            Confederate cavalry and died       and      later     served       as   how to pop open the hatch by
                                                                        grew up on food stamps, as           in battle in 1863.                 Commander in Chief Pacific           pushing on a lever. However,
                                                                        being privileged and exhibit-          The McCain family carried        Command during the Vietnam           he never read the manual, but
                                                                                       ing poor judg-        on as bosses of sharecroppers      War. If you notice, Sen. McCain      he eventually pried open the
     115 Market Street, Suite 211 Durham, N.C. 27701                                   ment. There are       at the end of the Civil War and    is actually an IV, not a III as he   hatch manually with his fran-
                   Gerald O. Johnson                                                   few Americans         hasn't seen anything but           claims. He begins at post-           tic hands and floated to the
                                                                                       who have lived        wealth       since.      During    Mississippi. As a former mili-       surface. This disaster didn't
                           PUBLISHER                                                   a privileged life     Reconstruction and Jim Crow,       tary officer, let me assure you      hurt his career. Pop is a Four
                        Bonitta Best                                                   like that of          McCain's great-grandfather,        that there are perks and privi-      Star Admiral, and McCain

Barack Obama’s race
                             EDITOR                                                    McCain.               John Sidney McCain, served a       leges. Senior officers such as       entered active duty in 1958.
                                                                                          He     comes       couple of terms as the county      McCain's dynasty lived lives           Even with Pop, he still had to
                           OPINIONS                                                    f    r    o    m      sheriff. Hence, the future was     resembling European aristoc-         have combat duty to be on an
                                                                           HARRY       Scotch/Irish          laid for a combination of poli-    racy. There are free mansions,       Admiral's track. So in 1967 he

is not a competition
                                                                          ALFORD roots, and it is            tics and military in the occu-     maids, nannies, chauffeurs,          went off to duty in Vietnam.
                                                                                       believed that an      pations of this family. Keep in    replete with a formal social         Almost immediately, there
                                                                        early ancestor served with           mind that a sheriff in             calendar and high esteem by          was another mess- up.
                                                                        General George Washington in         Mississippi at this time con-      all living and working on the        Mysteriously on the USS
                                                                        the Revolutionary War. From          trolled the volume of lynch-       military installation. A child of    Forestall, an aircraft carrier, a
                                                                        the beginning of this nation,        ings and abuse of "uppity          a general or admiral could not       missile was set off and
                                                                        the McCain family has lived a        Negroes" as so illustrated in      be held accountable for any-         McCain's plane exploded. He
   DENVER - As Barack Obama officially becomes his party's              very privileged life.                movies like "Mississippi           thing. Crime and punishment,         miraculously escaped serious
presidential nominee, a great disservice to him, and to nation-           Let's go back to his great-        Burning."                          for the most part, were              injury, but 134 others died in
al civil rights leaders, is the notion that Obama is somehow in         great grandfather, William             This guy had two sons, and       exempt. They were, in effect,        the mishap, 21 planes were
competition with the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.            Alexander McCain. He was             he finessed them into military     princes and princesses. So           destroyed and the ship was
   In most instances, this is couched as young Barack Obama             born in North Carolina and           prominence. One went to West       when it came time for McCain         deactivated.      John      was
has surpassed the outdated race-based politics of the modern            settled in Carroll County, Miss.     Point and the other, McCain's      to become an adult, he knew          assigned to another ship and
Civil Rights Movement.                                                  There the McCain family pros-        grandfather, went to Naval         what was happening. He was           immediately another disaster
   For example, the Chicago Tribune published a front-page              pered greatly from slavery. He       School in Annapolis. The sen-      going to Naval School and            occurred. He was shot down
story a week ago under the headline "Jackson eclipsed in the            bought a 2,000-acre planta-          ator's great uncle became a        eventually       become         an   and captured. The rest of his
age of Obama." The story, written by David Greising, said               tion, which he called "Waverly"      Brigadier General and his          Admiral. His father would see        Vietnam years would be spent
"Obama's nomination will cap a period of striking change in             (ala Terra in Gone with the          grandfather became a Four          to that. It was an entitlement,      in a prisoner of war camp.
leadership of the African-American community. And Jackson               Wind) and 52 slaves. From            Star Admiral.                      so he thought.                       That was the end of his com-
must adjust in order to remain relevant in the age of Obama."           court and census records of            McCain Sr. was a very              He entered Annapolis as a          bat but, through the blessings
   My longtime friend Rochelle Riley, a columnist for the               1860, the slaves ranged in age       accomplished Admiral and           partying wise cracker. He            of Pop, he was still on the
Detroit Free Press, wrote a column under the headline "It's             from 6 months to 60 years.           hero during World War I and II.    hardly studied and eventually        Admiral track. We will talk
time for Rev. Jesse Jackson to retire from politics." She noted         They were mixed with "blacks"        He rubbed shoulders with           graduated in the bottom give         about that next week along
that when Jackson ran for president, people asked "What does            and "mulattos."                      such greats as Admirals            in his class. So what? Pop is a      with his "poor judgment"
Jesse want?" Riley wrote her column on the heels of Jackson               The significance of first gen-     Nimitz and Halsey.                 Four Star Admiral. He was so         issue.
                 professing an interest in castrating Obama. She        eration mulattos (mixture of           McCain Jr., the senator's        bad that during a flight class,        Harry Alford is the co-
                 observed "It's 20 years later, and I don't care

                                                                        Obama’s platform the same as Democrats
                                                                        African and white master             father, was also a career naval    he couldn't efficiently take off     founder, president/CEO, of the
                 what Jesse wants. And neither should America."         blood) is that they were nor-        officer and also attained the      and crashed the plane into the       National Black Chamber of
                   First, let's get a grip on reality. Even if Obama    mally products of rape and/or        highest rank, Four Star            Chesapeake Bay. It settled to        Commerce.
                 wins, that will not mark the end of black poli-
                 tics, as the New York Times magazine recently
                 proclaimed. Obama is the only African-
                 American serving in the U.S. Senate. In the his-
                  tory of the United States, only two blacks have
 GEORGE E. ever been elected governor. And if Obama                       I know that people wish            the language moved closer to       that section that proposes to        racial, ethnic, religious rea-
     CURRY were elected president, the Senate would again               some of us would just stop           the Clinton view of the gov-       alleviate this stress so they        sons - not mentioning the dis-
                  be lily-white, as it has been for most of its exis-                   complaining          ernment's role in ensuring that    could practically assume more        proportionate impact on
tence. Sure, Obama's election would be a political milestone,                           and let Barack       health care is affordable, the     of their responsibilities to         blacks.
but it would not change the fact that blacks are underrepre-                            Obama go on          notion of affordability was        their families.                        Moreover, the section on
sented in politics and everything good, and overrepresented                             and win this         clearly the dominant theme.          Then, when you look at the         affirmative action does not
in prison and everything bad.                                                           thing without          So this was a negotiated         entire platform, African-            mention African- Americans at
   Another flawed argument being advanced in connection                                 any critique of      issue in which both sides          Americans are mentioned              all, and this could also be for-
with the possible Obama presidency is that his election would                           what is going        seemed to win, but there           once - in the section on their       given, except for the fact the
prove there is no longer a need for affirmative action and                              on.                  should be some worry about         disproportionate exposure to         Supreme Court has created a
other social programs designed to help level the playing field.                           But I just can't
                                                                                                             the relatively anemic position     subprime home loans. We              notion of "diversity" that does
For the record, affirmative action has never been limited to                            do it, if not for    of the means by which gov-         have come a long way from
African-Americans. In fact, it can be argued that white women,            WALTERS the purpose of             ernment would make health          earlier versions of the
                                                                                                                                                                                     not privilege the historical dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                     advantage        of       blacks.
another oppressed group, have benefited from affirmative                                encouraging          care affordable.                   Democratic Party platform            Moreover, Obama has even
action more than blacks. In addition to women, other pro-               blacks to achieve a new level          Absent this, Obama's posi-       that cited the Fannie Lou            hinted at a conception of affir-
tected classes have included the disabled and other ethnic              of the use of political strategy     tion as included in the plat-      Hammer, Dr. Martin Luther            mative action is that is class-
groups. So to strike down affirmative action solely because a           in presidential campaigns,           form can be read to continue       King Jr. and others whose            based.
black man has been elected president shows an ignorance of              then to do so for the historical     to privilege the insurance         exploits paved the way for             Now, I am aware of the func-
how the program was designed to work.                                   record.                              companies and pharmaceuti-         substantial participation by         tion of the platform as a docu-
   No president - not even a black one - can or should be a sub-          In this case, it is worth not-     cals that set the price.           black delegates, and thereby         ment that is general and not
stitute for agitating on behalf of people who have been locked          ing that the Democratic Party          Another telltale sign of         democratized the Democratic          very policy specific, and that it
out of society. When police shoot unarmed African-Americans             platform that will be taken to       Obama's footprint is the inclu-    Party to make an Obama pos-          is intended to unite the party
in New York City, I want Sharpton on the scene. When black              the convention has now               sion of a section on the role of   sible.                               around common themes.
males are being railroaded in Jena, La., I expect Jackson and           become a document that               fathers.                             This version is rather ane-          All I am saying is that if it can
the SCLC's Charles Steele and NAACP leaders to show up. And             reflects the nominee's posi-           And, like his other forays       mic, not mentioning African-         be so specific as to support the
while they work from the outside, I want National Urban                 tions on a number of things.         into this arena, he seems to be    Americans in the section on "A       United Nations Convention on
League President Marc Morial to be working on the inside,                 The most interesting battle        talking to fathers as though       More Perfect Union" at all.          the Elimination of all Forms of
making sure that blacks ascend the ladder of success.                   was between the forces of            they were just lying around,         However, it does mention           Discrimination           Against
   The downside to social activism is that many of your own             Hillary Clinton and those of         not accepting their responsi-      Latinos,      Asians,     Native     Women, the White House
people undervalue your accomplishments while whites                     Obama around the wording of          bility because they don't wish     Americans, Americans with            Initiative on Asian-Americans
accuse you of being an ambulance chaser. To the latter,                 the platform plank on health         to.                                Disabilities and women -             and Pacific Islanders, ensure
Sharpton says he's not chasing the ambulance; he usually                care. Clinton wanted language          There's no hint of the reality   indeed; the role of women was        accurate counting of the
arrives first.                                                          that expressed her desire for        that although some fathers,        addressed throughout the             "growing Latino population,
   As for Jackson, he deserves to be roundly criticized for say-        universal health care that is        especially black fathers, are      platform document.                   oppose the Defense Against
ing he wanted to cut off the private parts of Obama. In addi-           mandated, Obama's emphasis           negligent, most of them are          But in the sections that argue     Marriage Act for gays, support
tion to being crude, it came across as petty jealousy. Obama            on making health care more           under significant stress from      for a prohibition on hate            the Convention on the Rights
                                                                        affordable for adults while

                                                                        Stephanie Tubbs Jones will be missed
has accomplished in 2008 what Jackson failed to do in 1984                                                   under-education, poverty, job-     crimes or profiling, it includes     of Persons with Disabilities,
and 1988. Moreover, it was Obama who had become the face                covering all children.               lessness, prison records and       the general prohibition of           there should be some mention
of change, not Jackson.                                                   In the committee, although         the like. There is nothing in      these acts against people for        of African-Americans.
   That notwithstanding, we should not ignore the contribu-
tions of a person who has devoted his entire adult life to the
civil rights struggle. We should not minimize his two presi-
dential runs that paved the way for many blacks to become
elected to office. Nor should we forget that Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., appointed Jackson head of Operation Breadbasket to              There are lots of stars at the     do for the campaign." And          have been steel for her to be        didate Nikki Tinker, though it
place more emphasis on economic justice. When you tally the             Democratic             National      when it was her turn to speak,     the first African-American           was unlikely that Tinker would
pluses and minuses, Jackson has accumulated far more pos-               Convention: Barack Obama.            she got up and turned it out,      woman to serve as an elected         unseat incumbent Democrat
itives than negatives. That's why he shouldn't be kicked to the         Hillary Rodham Clinton.              offering Delta members a           judge in the Ohio Court of           Steve Cohen. The polls didn't
curb by whites eager for a "post-racial" society or blacks who          Kanye West. Jesse Jackson Jr.        charge to remain involved in       Common Pleas.                        much matter to Tubbs Jones
want to supplant him as the No. 1 leader in black America.              More than four thousand dele-        social action.                       She had to be made of some         in this instance. She stood on
   A dangerous game is being played out before our eyes, a              gates who bring local and              Stephanie Tubbs Jones was,       steel, too, for her to withstand     her word and her friendship.
game in which we can have only one black leader. And some               national media wattage to a          more than anything else, a         a series of personal losses            Despite the speeches and
black leaders are abetting the game by insisting that Jackson           convention that is glass-ceiling     warm, wonderful sisterfriend.      with grace, losing no momen-         the stars, the Democratic
step aside and make room for them. There is room on the                 shattering and historic.             She was full of smiles, full of    tum in her political work. Her       National Convention is less
stage for more than one actor. And no one should ascend to                The stratosphere is dimmer         energy, full of zeal. Her first    husband, Mervyn, died in             rich, layered and nuanced
power by diminishing Jackson's contributions.                                          than it might         priority, always, was her care     2003, and, in the following          because Tubbs Jones is not
   Civil rights leaders are not in competition with Barack                             have       been,      and sensitivity to people. She     years, she also lost a sister and    here. There are too many
Obama. And nor should they be in competition with one                                  though, because       was never too busy to offer a      a parent. Sometimes she              moments that have the
another. We need all of them.                                                          Congresswoman         hug, shake a hand or take a        would exhibit just a touch of        poignancy of unrealized pos-
                                                                                       Stephanie Tubbs       photo with an admirer.             sadness for her losses, but          sibility, the sense that some-
 George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine                            Jones, D-Ohio,          To see that side of her was to   mostly she kept the smile on,        one essential, vibrant and rich
and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator                             won't be here.        revel in her love for people       the eyes dancing and the             is missing from the mix.
and media coach.                                                                          If there was       and her concern for their lives.   excitement for life.                 Business goes on as usual, it
                                                                          JULIANNE anyone looking            That loving and giving side          And then there was steel and       always does. And yet, in the
                                                                         MALVEAUX forward             to     persisted through her death,       integrity that kept her staunch      mix of the usual business,
                                                                                        Denver        in     as Jones was an organ donor.       and strong in her support for        there is a void, an aching
                                                                        August, it was this congress-        Still the smile and the giving     her friend, Hillary Rodham           sense of loss.
                                                                        woman, freedom fighter, leg-         are not the whole picture;         Clinton. The congresswoman             There is also joy and cele-
                                                                        endary and historic leader,          there was steel behind that        was out there for Hillary and        bration. Tubbs Jones lived an
                                                                        and sisterfriend.                    smile.                             indefatigable in her support         amazing life that deserves
                                                                          Her eyes literally danced and        There would have to be steel     for the New York senator.            commemoration. She men-
                                                                        her lips barely suppressed a         in Tubbs Jones for her to have       My word is my bond, she            tored hundreds, and was a
                                                                        smile when we talked about           been the first African-            told me when I asked if she'd        role model to thousands of
                                                                        the Democratic National              American woman to chair the        been pressured to switch             young women who learned

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                                                                        Convention at the recent Delta       powerful House Ways and            sides.                               from her that public service is
                                                                        convention in Orlando.               Means Committee. There               She looked forward to sup-         one way to make a significant
                                                                          "Girrrrl," she said mischie-       would have had to be steel for     porting Barack Obama, but she        contribution to our nation and
                                                                        vously, "this convention is          her to win a congressional seat    maintained enthusiasm for            our world.
                                                                        going to be something else."         in 1998; steel for her to lead     Clinton's campaign, for her            I will miss her smiles, her
                                                                        We sat on a dais like two little     the Platform Committee of the      work and for her next contri-        steel and the great energy she
        Send your letters, comments or questions to:                    girls in a classroom, whisper-       Democratic Party in 2004, or       bution. Clinton wasn't the only      would have brought to this
                   The Triangle Tribune                                 ing and passing notes.               to chair the House Ethics          candidate Tubbs Jones lent           campaign and to the continu-
               115 Market Street, Suite 211                               She tentatively agreed to          Committee; steel to call into      her enthusiasm and support           ing struggle for social and eco-
                    Durham, NC 27701                                    come to Bennett College for          question the results of the        to. At the Delta convention,         nomic justice.
             e-mail:                           Women sometime this fall,            2004 election. And, going back     she held a fundraiser for              Julianne Malveaux is presi-
                                                                        "depending on what I need to         in her career, there had to        Tennessee congressional can-         dent of Bennett College.
5A Business/Real Estate
                                                                                    SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                               Raleigh • Cary • Durham • Chapel Hill

Do you                               Verizon begins site preparation for King Memorial
need a will?                                                                                                                  ing a community of foundations, including The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and
                                                                                                                              The Pew Charitable Trusts who are working to support the memorial and
                                                                                                                              honor the legacy of King, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The John
 Financial                                                                                                                    S. and James L. Knight Foundation have contributed $3 million and $1 mil-
  Focus                                                                                                                       lion respectively.
                                                                                                                                “Today, we are proud to announce that Phase I Site Preparation has com-
                                                                                                                              menced on the first major memorial to honor a man of peace and person of
 SANCHEZ                                                                                                                      color on the National Mall, 25 years since a group of Alpha Phi Alpha
                                                                                                                              Fraternity members originated the idea of building a national memorial hon-
  A will is one of the most                                                                                                   oring Dr. King,” Johnson said. “I am also honored to recognize that today’s
                                                                                                                              contributions have lifted our fundraising total to $98.8 million.”
important documents you can
                                                                                                                                Verizon’s site prep work is part of $1 million in-kind contribution from
create in your lifetime.
                                                                                                                              Verizon to provide preparatory and infrastructure work needed at the
  Think of it as the financial
                                                                                                                              planned national memorial’s site. In addition to the donation, the Verizon
blueprint of the distribution of
                                                                                                                              Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, previously announced a $1
your assets after your death.
                                                                                                                              million contribution to fund the preparation and installation of a permanent,
Your will clearly states who will
                                                                                                                              educational component, also available online that will bring to life King’s
inherit your assets, when they
                                                                                                                              vision and contribution to the civil rights struggle.
will inherit and any conditions
                                                                                                                                Memorial Foundation executives who participated in the Monday photo
that must be met for them to
                                                                                                                              opportunity on the National Mall were Harry E. Johnson Sr., president of the
receive your assets.                                                                                                          Memorial Foundation; Dr. Ed Jackson Jr., executive architect, and Richard
  If you die without a valid will,                                                                                            Marshall, chief financial officer. They were joined by several Verizon execu-
the court does not have your                                                                                                  tives: William R. Roberts, president, Verizon Maryland and Washington, D.C.;
financial blueprint to follow.                                                                                                B. Keith Fulton, president, Verizon West Virginia; Howard Woolley, senior vice
Therefore, it has no way of                                                                                                   president, Verizon; Eric Reed, vice president, government relations, public
knowing how you may have                                                                                                      policy; Debra Speed, director, public policy & strategic alliances; Helen Hall,
wanted to distribute your assets.                         NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION                           director, government relations; John M. Salazar, director, operations; Karen
The state where you lived steps                                                                                               Campbell, executive director, Verizon Washington, D.C., and Aaron Dom,
in and makes the decisions for          WASHINGTON, D.C. - In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the March on             manager, construction.
you, according to the distribu-       Washington, Harry E. Johnson Sr., resident and CEO of the Washington, D.C.,               Johnson also announced today that the fundraising campaign goal has
tion schedule set forth in its        Martin Luther Kin, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, announced                  increased from $100 million to $120 million due to a number of variables
intestacy statutes.                   Monday that Verizon has begun Phase I Site Preparation of the Memorial.                 that have impacted the project since 2000. To make a donation, please visit
  The state’s decisions may or          Verizon will relocate several of its communication lines that run directly  
may not conform to your wishes        through the center of what will become the memorial core. Additionally, join-
or to what is best for the people
closest to you.
  Myth: “My assets are so small
that a will is not necessary.”
  Fact: Think again. You are gen-
erally worth more than you give
                                     Share ‘facts of life’ with your freshman
yourself credit. Even if some
possessions do not hold great           By Jason Alderman              rate balances by regularly          manage it properly. Try never
                                          SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE       entering all transactions into a    to owe more than 30 percent
monetary value, they could hold
                                                                       check register. One forgotten       of your credit limit on any
an enormous amount of senti-           Forget the birds and the        ATM withdrawal could cause a        card. Strive to pay off the full
mental value, and that’s some-       bees: One of the most difficult   cascade of bounced check or         balance each month; other-
thing you can’t put a price on.      - yet most important - discus-    overdraft fees.                     wise, the accumulated inter-
Failing to indicate who receives     sions you can have with your        Using non-network ATMs            est will add significantly to
these treasures in your will can     children before they head off     can rack up significant service     your repayment amount. Try
cause friction between family        to college concerns the finan-    charges. So choose a bank or        to avoid using credit cards for
members that lasts for decades.      cial facts of life. A few early   credit union with convenient        cash advances, which can
  Myth: “When I die, my spouse       financial missteps can dam-       ATMs or use your debit card         incur upfront fees plus having
will get all of my assets.”          age their credit for years to     for cash back when shopping.        interest accrue immediately.
  Fact: If you and your spouse       come, so it’s important to set    Ask if your bank provides free      Don’t be tempted by free give-
own assets jointly, at death your    your kids out on the right        phone or e-mail alerts when         aways or low introductory
share of the assets will automat-    path.                             your balance dips below a cer-      rates that often rise dramati-
ically go to your surviving            • Banking 101. If this is the   tain level, checks or deposits      cally after a few months. Look
spouse. What happens when            first time they have been         clear or payments are due.          for cards with no annual fee
your surviving spouse dies?          responsible for managing          Debit cards are safer than car-     and a lengthy grace period
What will your children receive?     more      than      a   weekly    rying cash and are accepted         before finance changes begin.
Does your spouse have the            allowance, teach them the         by most merchants. Ask if           Also compare cash advance,
financial skill to manage the        importance of tracking their                                                                             limits and accumulating too       It features a comprehensive
                                                                       your card offers “zero liabili-     late payment, balance trans-
family wealth?                       financial transactions. Start                                                                            much debt. All these missteps     workbook called Money 101:
                                                                       ty,” which means you pay            fer, over-the-limit and other
  Myth: “I can create a will on my   with tips for properly manag-                                                                            can lower their credit score      A Crash Course in Better
                                                                       nothing for unauthorized or         fees. A good place to compar-
own and save the legal costs.”       ing checking accounts.                                                                                   and make it difficult to bor-     Money Management, which
                                                                       fraudulent purchases.               ison            shop          is
  Fact: “Do-it-yourself” wills         Check account balances                                                                                 row money for a house or car,     can be downloaded for free.
                                                                         • Ease into credit cards.
often do not contain all of the      online or by phone every day                                                                             rent an apartment or even get       Your kids are about to enter
                                                                       Using credit cards responsibly        • Look forward. Before you
necessary components as              to know when deposits,                                                                                   a job.                            the most exciting period of
                                                                       helps build a solid credit his-     know it, your kids will gradu-
required by law. Anyone who          checks and debit card pur-                                                                                 To learn more about under-      their lives. Make sure they do
                                                                       tory, which your kids will          ate and start careers. Don’t let
might benefit from an invalida-      chases have cleared. Because                                                                             standing and building strong      so with their eyes wide open
                                                                       need later in life. But credit is   them start out with damaged
tion of your will can contest it,    they often clear instanta-                                                                               credit scores, have your kids     about the importance of
                                                                       essentially a loan that must be     credit that’ll take years to
and if the courts decide in his      neously, don’t write checks or                                                                           visit “What’s My Score            sound personal financial
                                                                       paid back so urge them to           repair. This means avoiding
                                     use debit cards unless you                                                                               (,” a        management skills.
favor, your estate may have to                                         tread carefully.                    making late payments, bounc-
                                     know your balance will cover                                                                             financial literacy program for      Jason Alderman directs
pay for all legal costs.                                                 Start with only one credit        ing checks, opening too many
                                     the transactions. Keep accu-                                                                             young adults run by Visa Inc.     Visa’s financial education pro-
                                                                       card until you know you can         accounts, exceeding credit
6A                                          Community Focus
                                                                           SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                             Raleigh • Cary • Durham • Chapel Hill

                                                Black students meet at NCSU jamboree                                                                                            School News
                                                                                                                                                                                  & Notes
  The NCCU School of Law Clinical Legal
Education Program has been ranked 20th
in the nation by preLaw Magazine, a
National Jurist publication. The Back to
School 2008 issue of the magazine is cap-                                                                                                                                   Five reasons to have ‘the talk’
tioned “Best Law Schools in Practical                                                                                                                                       1. Your children are actually lis-
Training” and ranks America’s law                                                                                                                                         tening to you. It’s time to be talking.
schools based on clinical opportunities.                                                                                                                                  A recent survey by The National
NCCU is the only law school in North                                                                                                                                      Campaign to Prevent Teen
Carolina to make the top 50. Yale                                                                                                                                         Pregnancies showed teens are most
University is ranked No. 1.                                                                                                                                               influenced by their parents when it
  The NCCU School of Law has litigation                                                                                                                                   comes to making decisions. The
and transactional clinics in criminal, civil,                                                                                                                             use of DVDs, books and good
domestic violence, family, juvenile, small                                                                                                                                research will help you become
business and veteran’s law. The school                                                                                                                                    more comfortable on how to begin
also has an Alternative Dispute Resolution                                                                                                                                the conversation as well as help
Clinic, a pro bono program, and a general                                                                                                                                 you dispel any common myths and
externship program, all of which offer                                                                                                                                    give correction information.
students opportunities for experiential                                                                                                                                     2. Adolescents need adult guid-
learning in an environment with low stu-        Members of the Christian fraternity, Alpha Nu Omega, perform at the Back-to-School Jam.                                   ance to make good decisions.
dent-to-professor or supervisor ratios.                                                                                                                                   Young people want to be heard and
Pamela Stanback Glean is the director of                       By Lori D.R. Wiggins                       lege.                                                           want to be involved in decision
Clinical Legal Education. Members of the                         THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE                       “I just got here, so I’m still trying to feel it out,” said   making. However, because the por-
clinical faculty are Attorneys Nelwyn                                                                     Taylor of Charlotte, who is undecided about a major.            tion of their brain responsible for
                                                  RALEIGH - Delisa Adams remembers her 2006               “But cultural events like this will definitely help me          adult judgment does not fully
Mpare, Page Potter, Greg Malhoit, Jennifer
                                                introduction to N.C. State.                               get involved with the school community.”                        mature until the age average of 25,
Brobst, Nakia Davis, Deria Hayes, Craig
                                                  “I didn’t know many people or know much about             Next to Taylor in line for a plate from the grill was         they still need and want adult guid-
Kabatchnick, Jeffrey Edwards, Dionne
                                                the area,” said Adams, a junior from Columbia, S.C.,      Melissa Young, 18, of Greenville. Young, whose plans            ance.
Gonder and Felicia Branch. Professor Mark
                                                majoring in biomedical engineering.                       lead to pharmacy school, said she chose NSCU for                  3. Schools teach about the physi-
Morris directs the ADR clinic as part of the
                                                  A quick fix: the annual Back-to-School Jam spon-        undergraduate studies because “Honestly? They                   cal health impacts of sex, but
Dispute Resolution Institute.
                                                sored by the Black Student Board to welcome stu-          gave me the most money.”                                        addressing the psychological
                                                dents to campus.                                            She’s pleased, too, that the Jam was a reminder that          affects is just as important.
 • Louis Molamu, registrar at the
                                                  “It’s a chance for N.C. State students, particularly    there are other black students on campus.                       Condoms can reduce the risks of
                  University of South
                                                African-American students, to get acquainted with           “It’s a good thing to get people together, because I          some STDs by up to 85 percent, but
                  Africa, has joined the
                                                each other and different African-American campus          really don’t see all these people during the day,”              it does not guard against the psy-
                  faculty as a visiting
                                                organizations,” sophomore Kornelius Bascombe,             Young said. “We need things like this to help us meet           chological and emotional impacts
                  professor.     Molamu,
                                                chairman of the organization, said.                       each other.”                                                    of sex. Studies show that both boys
                  who also serves as sec-
                                                  This year’s jam featured food, entertainment and          A meeting of the minds already took place for                 and girls who have had sex at a
                  retary to the UNISA
                                                an organization fair. About 400 new freshmen              Jasmine Harris, 17, of Raleigh, and Madavia Johnson,            young age are three times more
                  University Council and
                                                entered the university this fall.                         17, of Whiteville. The two found a shady spot, and              likely to be depressed than their
                  the Institutional Forum
                                                  It was just as Adams reminisced: the smell of a         shared plans and thoughts.                                      friends who abstained. Most
                  and Senate, will teach
                                                back-home barbecue wafting through the air; a lawn          “I decided to come to school here because I like              schools only talk about the short-
                  courses in business and
                                                fenced by information booths manned by represen-          their programs,” said Johnson, who wants to major               term affects of sex. Pick up where
                  behavioral sciences for
Molamu                                          tatives of dozens of student organizations.               in political science.                                           sex education leaves off, and dis-
                 the    fall    semester.
                                                  “I had a very positive experience at my Back-to-          Aside from academics, Johnson said she also chose             cuss the emotional and long-term
Molamu, who resides in Pretoria, South
                                                School Jam,” Adams said. “This is a great place to        NCSU for its aesthetics values; those largely not               affects.
Africa, previously served as head of the
                                                come, get free food, see and be seen, and learn about     afforded Historically Black Colleges and Universities.            4. Children and teens can become
Department of Sociology and later deputy
                                                the school. It’s also good to see a lot of the people       “I also chose this school because they have good              addicted to risky behavior.
dean in the faculty of Social Sciences at
                                                who came in with me who are here today as leaders         government funds,” she said. “I wanted to go some-              Dopamine is a chemical released in
                                                of these organizations.”                                  where with a beautiful campus and great amenities.“             the brain that makes a person feel
                                                  Adams is now president of the Society of Afrikan          But, for that moment, Johnson and Harris soaked               good when he does something
                                                American Culture, the oldest and largest black polit-     in the scenery of the lawn full of black students               exciting or rewarding. When it
  FSU has received a U.S. Army four-year
                                                ical organization on State’s campus. As SAAC presi-       abuzz with their debut or return to school, energized           comes to sex, adolescents become
contract to establish an off campus
                                                dent, she represents the political voice of the black     by the possibilities.                                           hooked to the behavior before they
Master of Social Work program at the Fort
                                                student government.                                         “It makes us feel more at home and acquaints us               are in a healthy, committed rela-
Sam Houston military installation in
                                                  Freshman Englann Taylor isn’t quite sure where          with people of our own culture,” Harris said.                   tionship. Make sure you discuss
Texas. Dr. Terri Moore Brown, chairper-
                                                she’ll find her social niche, or anything else, in col-                                                                   your family’s stance on sexual
son of the Department of Social Work,

                                                COLLEGE HAPPENINGS
submitted the proposal. The estimated                                                                                                                                     health and the reasons for those
contract for the affiliation is just under                                                                College in Norfolk, Va., where she served as asso-              positions.
$1.1 million. The program site is housed                                                                  ciate vice president of Academic Projects. Evans                  5. Casual sex can decrease the
in the Army Medical Department Center             DURHAM TECH                                             holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology              bonding abilities for future rela-
and School.                                       Durham Technical Community College welcomes             from Norfolk State, a Master’s of Science in                    tionships. Chemicals released in
  The award stems from the recognition                        Dr. Valarie J. Evans as the new vice        Guidance and Counseling from Old Dominion                       the brain prove that physical inti-
that there is a dearth of social work offi-                   president for Student Learning,             University, and a Doctorate in Community College                macy is purposed for relational
cers in the current active duty Army                          Development and Support. Also, as           Education from George Mason.                                    bonding. An individual who goes
inventory. The program was developed as                       of Aug. 1, Edward E. Moore is the vice                      • Moore returned to Durham Tech                 from sex partner to sex partner
a result of the Army’s desire to house an                     president      for   Finance      and                     in July, where he was first an                    causes his brain to accept that sex-
accredited MSW program that would                             Administration. In other top adminis-                     accounting instructor and later                   ual pattern as normal therefore
increase the number of uniformed social                       trative position changes, Wanda S.                        served as an affirmative action offi-             decreasing the ability to form
work officers. The number of social work-        Evans        Maggart became senior vice presi-                         cer, chief of student services and                meaningful, deep bonds. Studies
ers in the Army has significantly                            dent for Institutional Advancement,                        planning officer, and business man-               show that children who feel a sup-
decreased as a result of the recurring           and Jamie Glass’ title was changed to vice presi-                      ager/chief facilities officer. Moore              port network at home are likely to
                                                 dent for Corporate and Continuing Education.                           retired from the college in 1999 after            abstain from sexual activity, and in
deployments related to the War on Terror.                                                                 Moore
                                                  • Evans comes from Tidewater Community                               28 years of service.                               turn have healthier relationships.
2A                                                                       WWW.TRIANGLETRIBUNE.COM                                                                                             Sunday, August 31, 2008

Center reaches out to underserved                                       with stuff [equipment] like
                                                                                                                                                  Durham Housing
one-stop shop where you can
                                    school component and GED
                                    program in collaboration with       this, so I think this is a great
                                                                                                            hope and direction for people,
                                                                                                            then that lifts the community
                                                                                                                                                  Authority in trouble
get training from the begin-        Durham Tech.                        vision,” Cannady said.              up,” Wiggins said. “It has been       FROM PAGE 1A
ning all the way up the end - to      “We use music as a lure for         The classes are not free, but     a desire of mine for many               However, according to the latest confirmatory review by feder-
graphics design and the             students to go ahead and fin-       Wiggins hopes to be able to         years to give back some of the        al regulators, the agency’s rental voucher program for low-income
video,” Wiggins said. “We want      ish their education,” Fay           offer scholarships in the           things that I’ve been blessed         households rated at 48 percent for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31,
to be able to make DVDs and         Baker, director of operations,      future.                             with and also to be able to give      2007, and an overall performance rating of “troubled.”
videos for the artists to come      said.                                 “If we can get either the edu-    some kids an advantage in               HUD has three levels of performance: “high performer,” which
through.”                             Hillside High student David       cation sector or business sec-      life.”                                requires the public housing authority to score at least 90 percent;
  The piano labs, base guitar       Cannady is taking base guitar       tor or individuals to sponsor a        Wiggins is collecting old cell     “standard” if the PHA receives a score of 60 percent to 89 percent;
lessons and the movie room          lessons. “It’s good exposure        child, I’m sure that we would       phones to help raise scholar-         and “troubled” if the score is less than 60 percent.
are up and running.                 for people my age because           all see the benefits of it down     ship funds. For more informa-           Although McMahand says the DHA is up to 71 percent, the fed-
  There will also be an after-      there’s not a lot in Durham         the road. If we can provide         tion, call 220-8135.                  eral audit hasn’t confirmed that yet. Because the agency is in trou-
                                                                                                                                                  bled status, it is required to incorporate corrective actions and
                                                                                                                                                  completion dates in its current Corrective Action Plan and submit
Michelle Obama proves an inspiration to women                                                                                                     it within 45 days of the report issued Aug. 15.
                                                                                                                                                    One of the major findings stated the Authority didn’t ade-
FROM PAGE 1A                        should want a better world for      paid tribute to former first        woman; she’s a person I want          quately assess reasonable rent. It received a score of zero out of
piece came out, it made her         their children, and for them        lady Hillary Clinton, “who put      to point to and say ‘That’s my        20.
even more people-oriented,          “to know that the only limit to     those 18 million cracks in the      first lady.’ “                          McMahand objects to the finding. He said he would be looking
and it made her automatically       the height of your achieve-         glass ceiling so that our             In an attempt to put partisan       over some data and documentation before deciding whether they
connected to what we struggle       ments is the reach of your          daughters - and sons - can          politics aside, Obama spoke of        will file an appeal.
with as a nonprofit.”               dreams and your willingness         dream a little bigger and aim a     the “thread” that connects              The DHA also received a zero for expanding housing opportu-
  Rukiya Dillahunt, a Raleigh       to work for them.”                  little higher.”                     everyone. “All of us are driven       nities within the Fair Market Rent area. Still it passed in a few
activist with Black Workers for       Brown had wrestled with the          Bailey said that reminds her     by a simple belief that the           areas, including selecting from the waiting list, performing a sat-
Justice, agrees.                    decision of whether or not to       of another first lady.              world as it is just won’t do;         isfactory sample of quality control inspections, pre-contracting
  “Because she has been doing       return to her hometown of              “She is in a way parallel to     that we have an obligation to         Housing Quality Standards inspections and annual Housing Qual-
community service work and          Detroit to practice law.            Jacqueline Kennedy who came         fight for the world as it should      ity Standards inspections.
giving back to the community          “What Michelle Obama said         to the spotlight and took care      be,” she said.                          With exception to the reasonable rent complaint, McMahand
herself, it was so easy for her     really encourages me to stay        of the things she needed to           “We could relate to her no          said the poor performance did not surprise him.
to relate and explain who           true to who I am and to want        take care of and America            matter what race, color or              “We knew our status even before we submitted the report,” he
Barack Obama is and who they        to go back with the hope and        embraced her,” Bailey said          creed, as someone who                 said. “Our progress is the most important thing. I knew it would
are as a family,” she said.         dreams she inspired.”               said. “I think she’s a beautiful    worked hard and whose par-            take at least a year or two to get it back to the level we could all
  Obama said that parents             During her speech, Obama          woman; she’s a stately              ents worked hard to give them         be proud of.”
                                                                                                            a better life,” Brown said. “I felt     The waiting list for Section 8 rental vouchers is around 1,700.
                                                                                                            she did a fantastic job of mak-       McMahand said the list was 4,000 in 2006.
Subsidized housing ruffles feathers                                                                         ing a connection with people.”          Auditors will return early next year.

FROM PAGE 1A                                          young real estate developer who rents a nearby
CASA leaders with a plea for residents to voice       duplex, told the News & Observer: “There are
their opposition.                                     plenty of places in southeast Raleigh that could
   “They [CASA] paint a pretty picture, but they’re   host places like this.”
not all they’re cracked up to be,” said Bob             Octavia Rainey, a fair housing advocate who
Bozart, a retired federal employee, and longtime      sits on the board for Wake County Human Ser-
resident. “They come in like riders in the night.     vices, said she has received at least 15 calls from
It’s just about a done deal before the neighbor-      different minority organizations offended by
hood even finds out about it.”                        the comment.
   Bozart is concerned about the value of his           “That wasn’t a comment that you just kick to
property. He saw a sign on a light post in his        the curb,” Rainey said. “I found it unacceptable
neighborhood, “Pink Buys Houses Fast, Any             and so did a lot of black organizations. You can’t
Condition” and he tore it down. He implied that       make that kind of statement and paintbrush
the sign meant their property values would go         southeast Raleigh.”
down so they should sell. “They need to re-eval-        Although other residents don’t share Calla-
uate the value of my home,” he said.                  han’s view, they do have concerns, and Rainey
   King said the flyer has no validity. “It’s sad     said she can’t blame them for being skeptical.
some folks somewhere put misinformation on a          “Always remember, people are very fearful of
flyer but don’t sign the flyer. All of these things   the unknown and that’s human nature,” she
aren’t true,” she said.                               said. “Education could have been better, and
   She also feels like they are being “discriminat-   they could have had a better dialogue to help
ed against,” especially after Erin Callahan, a        ease the fear of the unknown.”

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