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Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Black Panthers Newberry Rally Exposes Severe Racism In N.C. & S.C.

Praise God!

Thanks to the New Black Panthers Party now the entire nation knows that severe Racism in the form of Lynching is still alive in states likes North & South Carolina.

Even though for the most part South Carolina is more open to correcting Civil Rights disparities than North Carolina, Anthony Hill's recent dragging death proves South Carolina too needs more work in the area of Race Relations.

Just because North Carolina doesn't publicize its Hate crimes in the Media, doesn't mean it isn't happening because North Carolina is still one of the Racist states in America too.

Mission Accomplished!

Newberry, SC Law Enforcement officials have intentionally refused to charge the suspect (White) who shot Anthony Hill (Black, former U.S. Soldier) than dragged his body 10 miles down a road, with a Hate Crime because they don't want Feds "snooping" into their business.

Instead of standing with the New Black Panthers Party, local NAACP leaders are keeping their distance.

This is why I NO longer support the spineless NAACP organization.

At New Black Panthers Party Rally Hundreds Protest Handling Of Black Man's Slaying

Pumping fists in the air and hoisting signs that read, “Black Power” and “Justice for Anthony Hill,” a hundred or so demonstrators marched Saturday from a Newberry neighborhood park to the Newberry County Courthouse, rallying for a new day in race relations in this small town in central South Carolina.

Some came because, they say, local police pull black motorists over without cause, question black youths whenever they’re unsupervised and do not pursue crimes against blacks as vigorously as those against whites.

Others came because they believe the school system treats black students differently from white ones.

Still others came because of concerns over substandard conditions in the city’s public housing.

But all agreed the area’s racial tensions can no longer be ignored after a white man, Gregory Collins, was arrested in early June in the shooting death of his coworker Anthony Hill. Hill’s corpse had been dragged behind a truck for 11 miles, police said.

“Anybody who says prejudice is gone, I’m sorry but they’re wrong,” said Marquesia Abney of Newberry who demonstrated Saturday. “People need to wake up. I hear a lot of people around here say, ‘(This crime) has nothing to do with me.’ But if you live in this community, if you have kids, it does affect you. The message has to get out that people can’t do things like this.”

“It’s time people wake up,” added Abney’s friend Mike Raiford of Newberry. “Wake up and realize we get treated very poorly in this community.”

A group of local and national reporters worked the event while law enforcement officers from the city, county and state surrounded the peaceful event, some on foot, others in ATVs, on motorcycles or in vehicles.

The crowd, which included several demonstrators who came in from other states including Georgia and Texas, eventually swelled to several hundred at the courthouse to join in chants and prayers.

Police have Collins in custody, having arrested him a few hours after the incident.

That’s not enough, said Malik Zulu Shabazz, president of the New Black Panther Party, the primary speaker at Saturday’s event. He claimed during Saturday’s rally that Collins did not act alone and implied he should be put to death for the crime.

Instead, Shabazz said, law enforcement is sitting on its hands in an obvious hate crime.

“This case is an outrage. Gregory Collins has not even been indicted. That’s right. Over 40 days after (the) dragging and murder,” Shabazz yelled to the crowd through a megaphone on the court house steps. “When a man is dragged behind a pickup truck, that is a modern day lynching.”

But is it a hate crime, fueled by racial hatred?

Those interviewed in the crowd disagreed.

Some said the brutal nature of the crime is a undeniable echo of the South’s racially intolerant past when black men were lynched for failing to obey white men’s rules.

Others suspect that this was a crime of passion, the details of which have yet to be released to the public. Rumors swirl that Collins and Hill were at odds over a woman.

Others shrugged their shoulders in uncertainty over the true nature of the crime.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster acknowledged Saturday that unsubstantiated rumors are making the rounds in town about a woman.

“But we have not received any credible information,” he said.

As for whether it’s a hate crime, Foster said it’s up to the U.S. Justice Department to make that decision. South Carolina has no hate crime statute.

As for other claims made by Shabazz including that Collins did not act alone, the sheriff said, “He’s obviously got information that we don’t have.”

Residents lined the route, watching as demonstrators marched by, chanting “I’m black. I’m beautiful” and “Long live Anthony Hill.”

“I don’t see the point of it,” said Ken Gunter, a white Newberry resident who watched the march from the sidelines. “I don’t see the hate crime.”

Gunter speculates it was a spur of the moment crime over private matters that had nothing to do with race.

Fellow watcher Paul Willis of Newberry agreed.

“I’ve talked to both blacks and whites and we don’t see what this has to do with race,” he said.

N.C. NAACP President Responds To Wake Co. School Board Meeting Ban

The President of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP spoke out after he and three others were arrested during a Wake County School Board meeting last month.

Rev. William Barber and the others were charged with trespassing for disrupting the June 15 meeting. Following the arrests, officials sent a letter warning them to stay off school property or face legal action.

In response, Barber issued a statement Friday which said, "let them send us a thousand letters. What they need to do is send a letter of apology for wrecking the nationally acclaimed diversity policy and slowing the struggle to improve excellent educational opportunities for poor and minority children."

School officials said they can attend meetings if they provide written notice ahead of time and ask for permission

Meanwhile, Barber plans to hold a news conference before Tuesday's Wake County School Board meeting to make several demands from the board of education.

They include stopping segregation and promoting diversity, providing equity in funding, hiring and retaining high quality teachers, creating smaller class sizes, focusing on math, science, history and reading, promoting parent and community involvement and eliminating inequities in suspensions, graduation rates and performance.

The news conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol building.

Large Crowd Expected For New Black Panther Rally

The New Black Panthers Party is planning to rally in Newberry Saturday in response to the murder of a man who was later dragged behind a truck for several miles..

Officials are expecting a large turnout and they're concerned about crowd control.

The group says they expect thousands of people to show up at the march.

The New Black Panthers say the murder and dragging of 30-year-old Anthony Hill, a black man, is an obvious hate crime. They've been demanding justice since the incident occurred in early June.

A suspect, 19-year-old Gregory Collins, was put behind bars without bond just hours after the murder.

Authorities continue their investigation, but say it's unclear as to whether it was a hate crime.

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Sources: FBI, Fox News,, Newsweek, The State, WXTL, Youtube, Google Maps

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