the county news
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 through Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 through Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Habari Gani:
A Focus on Recent Events
Soldier in woods
By Makheru Bradley
Makheru Bradley
Mass Shootings America
Between the Buffalo Massacre on May 14, which left ten people dead and three wounded, and the Uvalde Massacre on May 24 at Robb Elementary School, resulting in 21 people being killed, including 19 children, and 17 others wounded, the Gun Violence Archive (GVA) counted 15 other mass shootings (4 or more people shot in one incident) in the United States. The 15 other shootings killed 12 and wounded 69 people. Per the GVA, there have been 230 mass shootings in the US so far in 2022. In 2021, the US had 693 mass shootings, compared to 611 in 2020, and 417 in 2019.

According to data collected from Gun Policy, the US leads the developed world in gun deaths, with about 12 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people. The people being killed by guns are getting younger and younger. The massacre in Uvalde took the lives of two 9-year-olds; fifteen 10-year-olds; and two 11-year-olds. In Monroe, NC, 4-month-old Da’mari McClendon was killed along with his father, Darion McClendon, 25, when someone opened fire at a family cookout on May 29. All signs point to a long bloody summer in 2022.

Per NPR: “In 2020, gun violence overtook car accidents to become the No. 1 cause of death for US children and adolescents. For years, researchers at the University of San Francisco and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have compared the rates of firearm deaths in the US and other populous, high-income countries — mostly nations in Europe.

Their most recent study, which looks at data from 2015, finds that the US accounts for the vast majority of firearm deaths among children. Across the 29 countries in the study, the US accounted for almost 97% of the firearm deaths among children 4 years old or younger, and 92% of firearm deaths for those between the ages of 5 and 14.

One factor in America's high level of gun deaths is the massive number of guns in the country: Civilians in the US own an estimated 393 million firearms, according to a 2018 study by the Small Arms Survey. That's nearly 46% of the estimated 857 million civilian-held firearms in the world. That's a striking proportion, when the US has just 4% of the world's population.”

Soldier in woods
The sale of assault rifles to the American public should be banned
My father’s family in Western North Carolina hunted for food. As a child I remember visiting my grandparents and seeing rifles and shotguns throughout the home. They primarily hunted, quite successfully, with Winchester 30-30s, and Springfield 30.06s for deer, and with shotguns for rabbits and squirrels. Hunters do not need AR-15s to kill their prey, and certainly no one else needs such a weapon. More ↠
AN EXCLUSIVE: Justice Coalition raises serious questions about NAACP head
By Cash Michaels
Cash Michaels
If there is one thing Rev. Dr. Cardes H. Brown Jr., Lifetime member of the NAACP, wants everyone to be sure of is, neither he nor any of 50-plus member NAACP Justice Coalition have any interest in destroying or tarnishing “the oldest, boldest and most feared” civil rights organization in the nation.

Cardes Brown
Cardes Brown
But Dr. Brown insists that the current administrative leadership of the organization he gave his life and soul to many years ago are the ones set to destroy it, and its purpose, unless those who know and care stand up to them and their alleged questionable deeds.

He points the finger squarely at NAACP Pres/CEO Derrick Johnson, who took over leadership in 2017, outgoing Board Chair Leon Russell, and Tennessee NAACP Pres, and Board member Gloria Sweetlove.
Derrik Johnson
Derrick Johnson

And if anyone questions his allegations, Dr. Brown also points that same finger to the NAACP Justice Coalition website (, which features a breakdown of their initial Article 10 complaint after the questionable Oct 23rd, 2021, Executive Committee elections that saw incumbent NC NAACP Pres. Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman lose to challenger Deborah Dicks Maxwell, president of the New Hanover County NAACP Chapter, along with other incumbent officers.

The NAACP Justice Coalition maintains that the entire election process was flawed and improperly managed by Administrator Sweetlove contrary to the NAACP Constitution and Bylaws. The coalition has demanded that the election be held again per the bylaws, but Johnson has dismissed their complaint, and suspended all NAACP Justice Coalition members, More ↠
Blacks on both sides of gun control issue

By Cash Michaels
Roy Cooper
Gov. Roy Cooper
On Saturday, May 28th, the last of ten African Americans killed in a racist gun massacre by a white teenager armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle at Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, Ney York two weeks earlier, was memorialized and buried.

Friends, family, and even civil rights leaders led by the vice president of the United States, all came together at the funeral of 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, the oldest victim, to say that something must be done about the wanton gun violence that has strangled the sensitivities of the nation once again.

“Enough is enough,” proclaimed Vice Pres. Kamala Harris to the congregants, later adding to reporters, “An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in civil society.”
Mark Robinson
Harris wants a national assault weapons ban.

The cry also came after 21 people, including 19 children, were also senselessly murdered by a crazy 18-year-old gunman with an AR-15 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas just days earlier.

Just one day after the Tops Supermarket massacre, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, a Black Republican many say wants to be the state’s next governor, reportedly told a Nash County church that he owns two AR-15 semi-automatic rifles so he can fight back “in case the government gets too big for its britches.”

“Cause I’m gonna fill the backside of them britches with some lead,” Robinson bellowed, the nation still in shock in the aftermath of the Tops massacre.

Two weeks later, this time after the mass murder in Uvalde, Robinson - who rose to fame More ↠
Retired teachers across our market continue to promote teacher recruitment and benefits
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Picture L-R: Cabarrus County officers: treasurer Evelyn T. Miller, Secretary Melanie Hudson, Region #3 Co-Director Gene Griffin, President Wilma King Means, and Region #3 Co-Director Ira Lavern Reed

Region #3 of the North Carolina Retired School Personnel held their spring conference at South Piedmont Community College.

The next local meeting is scheduled for June 6, 2022 at 11:00AM.

To join the meeting use call in number: 980-247-9903, and a Zoom connection will be emailed prior to the meeting.