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Ernest H. Pitt
The Chronicle is dedicated to serving the
residents of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
by giving voice to the voiceless, speaking truth
to power, standing for integrity and
encouraging open communication and
lively debate throughout the community.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered a
blunt message [recently] that is worth remembering
as we assess the risks and hazards in the world
"Hate crimes themselves are the original domes
tic terrorism" Lynch said in her first official visit to
Durham, where she grew up and attended high
school, since she became attorney general.
She harkened back to the terrorist attacks on the
World Trade Center in 2001, and then harkened back
"I remember literally after 9/11 talking to civic
groups about the trauma the country faced with those
recent terrorist attacks, and reminding them that
many of our citizens had been subjected to similar
ones in the past."
Her remarks, in the wake of the massacre of nine
African-Americans at a Charleston, South Carolina,
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tragedy closer to home - the
slaying in Chapel Hill of
Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu
Salha and Raza Abu-Salha.
Lynch said she could offer
no updates on the
Department of Justice
inquiry into whether that
was a hate crime ...
In recent months, we've
been reminded often that,
while not dismissing the
threat of international ter
rorism, we would do well to
heighten our focus on the domestic terrorism to
which Lynch referred. In February, the Southern
Poverty Law Center published a study that conclud
ed the majority of domestic terrorism comes from
"lone wolves," disturbed individuals acting alone
like the Charleston suspect, Dylann Roof
The center's study "included violence from both
the radical right and homegrown jihadists," a press
release from the center reported. But the center par
ticularly called on federal agencies to "reinvigorate
-Attorney General Loretta Lynch
their work studying and analyzing the radical right,"
SPLC's Mark Potok said.
The domestic terrorism numbers are widely
acknowledged to be understated. Some police agen
cies fail to report them to national databases. And
some victims may not report hate violence because
of "a sense that nothing will be done," Richard
Cohen, president of the law center, wrote in The
Washington Post." "This is particularly troubling,"
he wrote, "because we're in the midst of a strong -
and often violent - backlash to the growing diversity
and tolerance in our country." y
We've seen too many manifestations of that back
lash and will sadly no doubt see more. That's why
the new attorney general's admonition to heed
domestic terrorism here [recently] was so very reso
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Over 3 ?00 people from across the state and nation gathered in Winston-Salem on July 13 for the Mass
Morial Monday March for Voting Rights.
the nation how
To the Editor:
Greetings and Thanks to All
On behalf of the more than 60
members of the March for Voting
Rights Winston-Salem Organizing
Committee, Kim Porter and I, Mr.
Isaac Howard, President of the
Winston-Salem ^Brtfich IJtAACP and
Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of
the NC State NAACP, we would like
to simply express our appreciation
and say thank you for providing gra
cious hospitality, protection and pro
fessionalism toward the more than
6,000 citizens and visitors last week
in preparation for March, Rally and
Voter Suppression Trial.
Community leaders and residents
ffom this city and surrounding areas
were well received with excellent
service. Visitors who came from
cities across the state of North
Carolina and many other states told
us how impressed they were with our
city and felt great hospitality as soon
as they arrived.
The City Manager, Assistant City
Manager, Mayor Allen Joines and the
City Council greeted, welcomed and
assisted visitors to our city in a cour
teous and friendly manner.
We especially want to express our
profound gratitude to the professional
and efficient police officers of the
City of Winston-Salem, and others
within our Public Safety Department,
who were instrumental in creating an
atmosphere for a peaceful demonstra
tion from the start of the week of
activities until the end of the week.
Participants felt very safe under the
vigilant watch of our public safety
The Public Works and Sanitation
professionals extended fine service
during the week prior to the march
until the end of the various events,
including an exceptional job rendered
the day of the march and rally.
Due to the heat factor, some of the
marchers experienced some fainting
incidents; however, because of the
excellent training and expertise of the
Forsyth County Emergency Medical
Service and the Winston-Salem Fire
Department, people were given
prompt attention and these incidents
were taken care of in a professional,
timely manner. Because these work
ers took care of these emergencies so
quickly, the rally and march contin
ued without interruption.
During the educational teach-ins
at various libraries and recreation
centers in the city, the recreation
workers and support persons from the
Recreation and Parks Department and
the Public Library demonstrated great
expertise and professionalism, and
we say thank you.
Servants of the people in
Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
showed the nation how it is done, to
protect and to serve, to be govern
ment of, by and for the people. Kudos
to all City and County employees
who made us proud!
set for Aug. 1
To the Editor:
The purpose of this letter is to
inform you of the Neely School
Ribbon Cutting scheduled for
August 1,2015 at the school, which
is located across the street from 150
Neelytown Road, China Grove, NC.
In the early 1900s, shortly after
the end of slavery, Julius Erastus and
Katie McKenzie Neely were con
cerned that their African-American
children did not have an opportunity
to become educated. They lobbied
family and friends along with the
superintendent to assist in building
and staffing a one-room school.
Over 1,400 children were educat
ed at the Neely School from 1908
1948. In 2010, the grandchildren of
the school's founders and school
alumni formed a foundation to
restore the school building to its
prior appearance. The school is
located on the Neely Family Home
Site, which also includes a nature
trail to the original location of the
The school has been restored and
the public is invited to attend the
Ribbon Cutting, which will begin at
11 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015.
The attire is casual.
Mary Neely Grissom
Historic Neely School
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