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OPINION The chronicle Ernest H. Pitt Publisher Emeritus 1974-2015 617 N. Liberty Street 336-722-8624 elaine Pitt Business Manager Donna Rogers Managing Editor wali D. Pitt Digital Manager Our Mission 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. We have much to be thankful for this year While the election results might make many peo ple say, "Say what?", we have much to be thankful for this year. *Kalvin Michael Smith has been freed from prison, although he-still plans to fight to clear his name. The Chronicle reported.(http://www.wschron free-fight-will-continue/) that after a Nov. 9 hearing that freed him, Smith left prison Nov. 10. "God is good," shouted Augustus Dark, Smith's father after the ruling that freed Smith from prison. Dark said, "This is a day I have been looking for ? ? 1 Photo by Tevin Stinson Volunteers help fill boxes with a week's worth of food on Saturday, Nov. 12. Operation Thanksgiving ' Blessing, an annual event that provides food for families in need, was sponsored by The Chris Paul Family Foundation and the Triad Dream Center. ward to for a long time. I can't put into words all the emotions that are going through my head." Smith was sentenced to 29 years in 1997 for the robbery and brutal beating of Jill Marker inside the Silk Plant Forest store that left the pregnant woman with severe brain damage and blindness. The entire time Smith has maintained his innocence and much of the evidence unveiled in recent years proves that. While the judge's ruling makes Smith a free man, he is still not considered innocent legally. The motion filed only addresses the sentencing on the armed robbery charge and the judge ruled that Smith had served enough time on that charge. Smith sup porters say they will continue the fight. ?The community had the pleasure of spending time with several community stalwarts before they left this earth this year, namely: former N.C. Sen. Earline Parmon, Darryl Hunt, Mo Lucas, Rodney Ellis, Rolland Greene, Carl Wesley Matthews, Carl Russell Jr. and Mildred Peppers. These people influ enced so many others, so we will be hearing from them through others. For instance, the Rev. Alvin Carlisle, pastor of Exodus Baptist Church, has said Parmon influenced him to run for the presidency of the Winston-Salem Branch of the NAACP. Look for results of the election in the Dec. 1 issue of The Chronicle. ?There are many organizations that help the poor and homeless in Winstqn-Salem and Forsyth County. There are many good-hearted people who" contribute to those organizations. ?We have had eight years under the first African American president in the United States. This presi denf did not have scandal in his administration. He fought as hard as he could for the American People, but Republicans fought him at every turn. We are thankful that President Barack Obama will have a rest from the daily politics of the presidency as of Jan. 20,2017. ?Readers of The Chronicle, who keep us ground ed in our mission, and advertisers are supporting us. Thank you and we look forward to continuing to serve you. ?After this election season, we are thankful that God is still in control. ? ' i CoUR Volts Swe] 3 WoX BEEN COUNTED I 3 QOVEMOR J LETTERS TO THE EDITOR White teacher wants to help in the fight against injustice To the Editor: I am an Exceptional CTfildren's teacher at a combined middle/high school in East Winston, where nearly all of the students qualify for free and reduced-priced lunch. On the day after the election, one of my African-American students asked me whom I voted for. After 1 explained my dismay that my candi date didn't win, she asked, "Why are you worried? You're white." I responded that I don't think it's fair when people are judged or treat ed poorly based on the color of their skin, which seemed to satisfy the stu dent for the moment. But because the classroom isn't the best place to express political views, we moved on to the literary analysis and the rest of the day's lesson. I want to give a more complete answer, though, and I hope you won't mind if I use this forum to elaborate a bit. First of all, I want to acknowl edge the amazing bravery in the stu dent's question. The students and I are only just beginning to get to know each other, and there is a fair amount of risk involved for a student of color to ask a white teacher to examine her own white privilege. Secondly, I have already seen the fear on student's faces and heard their voiced concerns. [President elect DonaldJTrump has given us plenty of clues about his governing style before the election, and I believe we should expect that he will follow through on his threats to deport immigrants, expand racial profiling programs like "stop and frisk," and continue to stereotype and objectify women and others not part of the majority culture. Not only do I think this is unfair, but I think there is a good chance Trump and his supporters may undo or set back what little progress we've made toward equality for all Americans in the little time he may spend in office. So I am not happy about that - not at all. I fear for all of us, but I don't intend to sit on the sidelines. I intend to fight. Friends, this is where I need your help. I know that my whiteness blinds me each and every day to the true experiences that people of color face. I appreciate the patience you have showed me in my interactions with you and I will continue to cele brate with you the small successes both in and out of the classroom with students. Please allow me to walk along side you in the fight against injustice, bigotry and hate. Tell me how I can help and be most useful. Brooks Jones 'Winston-Salem Note: Brooks Jones is an educator in Forsyth County and a graduate of Salem College. Ministers' Conference t grateful for help with Disaster Relief Project Dear Mr. Ernie Pitt: On behalf of the Ministers' Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity (MCWSV), I would like to thank you for your generous support in making our Disaster Relief Project a success. _ m Our efforts to assist those affected by hurricane Matthew would not have been effective without your kind donation of basic living essen tials and your propensity to publish, in The Winston-Salem Chronicle, the message of this collaborative work in our community. We consider your contribution, to be an expression of your confidence in our faith organization to serve our community and beyond, for the greater good of the people. With your donation of goods and solicitation for others to participate, we successfully delivered, 23 pallets of needed living essentials in Goldsborq, North Carolina. The Winston-Salem Chronicle reporter, Mr. Tevin Stinson, served with outstanding professionalism and kindness. Thank you again for your charita ble contribution to the Ministers' Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity. Bishop Todd L. Fulton Ministers' Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity Preside/it Senior Pastor at Mount Moriah Outreach Center Kernersville, NC Let's use our reason to continue building local coalitions To the Editor: Sunshine and rain ... As a non-profit civic educational organization founded by Imam W.D. Mohammad(AS), [American Coalition for Good Government] ACGG encourages all of our associ ates and community members to stay engaged in your civic responsibility to make America a "more perfect union." Assess, plan and implement your local efforts to improve your local communities based on the quantifiable needs of your communi ty The Presidential elections have resulted in some citizens feeling like it's raining on them and others feel like the sunshine is favoring them. As people of faith, we know that both rain and sunshine comes from the Most Merciful and Gracious Creator. That reality grounds our emotional response in reason instead of rage. Let's use our reason to continue building coalitions with others who accept the universal principle that "every human being-is endowed with certain unalienable rights ... among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Continue to assess, plan and implement your local efforts to improve your local communities. Be 2 mindful of the political climates which may impact your local com munities and plan accordingly to continue building the model commu nity for the benefit of humanity. Civic engagement is more para mount and needed from every local community. ACGG is a non-partisan organization and reminds all citizens to reflect on the source of both rain and sunshine. You are invited to listen to American Muslim 360 on Tuesday from 9 p.m.-10 p.m to stay informed and engaged in your civic responsi bilities. Contact us at www.theamerican, , Fleming El-Amin, Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator,; 336 575-0895. Fleming El-Amin Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator American Coalition for Good Government (ACGG) Winston-Salem Trump selection of Jeff Sessions for AD is'alarm ing choice' To the Editor: We face an alarming choice in the selection of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as the chief law enforcer for the United States of America. Senator Sessions' civil rights record is appalling and should disqualify him from Senate confirmation. Senator Sessions has continuous ly obstructed the progress that we've made since the historic Civil Eights legislation of the 1960s. Senator Sessions has blocked legislative efforts to ensure racial equality in minority communities, including his opposition to President Obama's judicial nominations and full enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. Having previously been denied a nomination by members of the U.S. Senate over concerns about his views of African-Americans, Senator Jeff Sessions will very likely face an uphill battle in being confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States. The Attorney General must run the Department of Justice with a total commitment to the rule of law and must guarantee minority citizens their fundamental constitutional rights. The Congressional Black Caucus stands ready to oppose Senator Sessions' confirmation, as we adamantly believe his appoint ment will set us back in the advance ment of civil rights and race relations across the country. US. Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D NC) Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus ' k Washington, B?. - .-J* ?*, v_f 1 V

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