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Vol. XXXIV No. si THURSDAY, September 4, 2008
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Area black Republicans lukewarm to
Obama's history-making nomination
BY LAYLA FARMER
THE CHRONIC 'l.t I
Democrat Barack Obama made his
tory last week when he became the first
African-American ever to be nominat
ed for the presidency by a major politi
Many view Obama's nomination as
a sign that race relations in America are
on the upswing. Yet, many black con
servatives contend that Black
America's overwhelming endorsement
of Obama is just one another indication
that race is still a factor.
Buncombe County Republican
Party Chair Timothy Johnson says
Obama is getting undue support from
blacks becausecof his race, not his pol
"Barack Obama shouldn't get a
pass because he is a person of color,"
said Johnson, a delegatecfor Sen. John
McCain to this week's Republican
National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
"I hope people take time to really ask
the hard questions."
Johnson, whose son is currently
serving in Iraq, supports the war and^
Photo courtesy of l^ax C ooper Photography
Timothy Johnson poses with US. Sen. Elizabeth Dole.
says that America needs a leader who is
well-versed in military affairs. That
leader is not Obama, he believes. 0
"Senator (John) McCain has the
experience; he has the wisdom; and
he's picked an excellent running mate,"
he said. "He's been on the front lines,
making a difference for our nation. He
has stayed committed to this country
for his entire adult life."
Forty-nine year-old Jimmy Bention
Sr., who lives in Monroe, is also a con
vention delegate. He says Obama's
success story is just one of many.
"His story is not the first story of a
successful black politician," Bention
said. Others who have excelled in the
political arena are shunned because of
their affiliation with the GOP, added
Bention, who cited examples like
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and
retired general and former State
Department leader Colin Powell
For Bention, determining which
candidate was worthy of the nation's
top elected office was easy.
"Senator McCain has caused my
blood to boil at times when I felt he
wasn't giving support to the party that
he needed to," admitted Bention,
"(But) on every level, he outshines the
The longtime pastor of Metrolina
Christian Center Church of God in
Christ, Bention says that the
Republican Party is the place to be for
African-Americans who support social
ly conservative causes such as anti
abortion legislation and bans on same
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'real' men to
BY LAYLA FARMER
THE CHRON1CLB ' -
Real Men Teach. It's more than just the name of one of
Winston-Salem State University's newest programs; it is the
belief of everyone who participates, from the students on up to
the Dr. Cynthia
of tne School of
visionary for the
lack of male role
models in the
one of the coordi
nators for Real
Men Teach. "The
designed to sup
port and increase
interested in edu
I f i t ft I cation."
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Kevin Wilson is the president of RMT. suuo" ,ana
r program develop
i er Myra Waddell
started Real Men Teach last spring in an effort to increase the
number of males in the discipline.
"It's a female-dominated major," admitted RMT President
Kevin Wilson, a senior education major. "Young kids, espe
cially males, cling to me because (male teachers aren't) some
thing they're used to seeing."
Boosting the number of minority males in classroom set
tings is especially important, says Sutton, who is the son of two
"The world is getting browner and browner," he comment
ed, "We need to make sure that the teaching profession reflects
Each participant is linked with three experienced educators
who can help them with social, academic and personal concerns
tha| may $fise over the course of their educational journey.
Students in the program are also expected to support and
encourage each other.
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Photos by Todd Luck
The Gospel Ice Cream Truck is unwrapped on Sunday.
Church unveils its
own ice cream truck
BY TODD LUCK
Call it an ice cream truck on
a mission from God.
Ready to depart on a deli
cious mission of evangelism.
Union Baptist Church dedicated
its Gospel Ice Cream Truck
Sunday before a crowd of
awestruck young people.
The truck will cruise the
streets of Winston-Salem, ped
dling more than just ice cream.
In addition to a sweet treat, cus
tomers will receive Christian
literature and a card with direc
tions to Union Baptist church.
Union Pastor Rev. Sir Walter
Mack Jr., came up with the con
cept. He believes it is a new
way to reach young people.
"Today, we believe we're
ministering to people from all
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Potior Sir Walter Mack Jr. came up with the concept,
Empty shelves have become
too common at Crisis Control
BV LAYLA FARMER
It's not like Paul Cribb has
n't seen empty shelves before.
Over the course of the
nearly ten years that he has
worked at Crisis Control
Ministries, Cribb has seem
supplies dwindle in the
agency's popular food pantry.
But Cribb, Crisis Control's
operations manager, has never
seen donations dry up as regu
larly as they have in the past
several months, as local resi
dents cut back on giving to ?
compensate for their own ris
"We've been hit really hard
t n i s
C r i b b
t i o n s
have slowed down ... because
people don't have the extra
Donations have been so
low that Crisis Control is
already $18,000 over budget
While donations have
decreased, families in need of
the free food offered at the
pantry have not. Demand is
greater these days because of
the same factors that have lim
organization helps local fami
lies and individuals in finan
cial crunches through gifts of
food, medication, and funding
for essentials like rent and util
ities. The income level of the
average family that benefits
from the services has
increased. Cribb said, a sign
that more families are falling
on hard times.
The strain is being felt all
over by organizations that pro
vide food to those in need. St.
Paul's United Methodist
Church has had a food pantry
for the past seven years. It has
seen the number of patrons for
its weekly free food distribu
tion double over the years. As
a result, the ministry has had to
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