Page 2 The News Argus December 7, 1990
Racism was evident in Gantt-Helms Race
On November 6th, it bccame clear that
racism in the political arena is a sad reality.
Whites came out in record numbers
to support Jesse Helms and Blacks came
out in record numbers to support Harvey
If the supporters of either of these
men were asked about the pertinent issues,
how many could discuss the issues? The
sad reality is that people defied the
teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr., a man
who believed in “the content of the
character and not the color of the skin.”
Many would argue that the election was
not based on race, but how could a
Republican Senator Helms get re-elected?
The answer is obvious. White Democrats
support the party, but not Black candidates.
It is high time that blacks and whites
become more educated on issue-oriented
politics. Many Black leaders were pushing
a straight Democratic ticket. How can
the.se leaders could be so blind? IfBlack.s
vote a straight ticket, the vote will be
continually taken for granted. N o political
party is going to work for people who are
not politically, economically, and socially
I am a Republican . It is my intention
to .send a message to the Democrats that
their non -support of Jesse Jackson and
Harvey Gantt will not be rewarded by
my membership. In learning issues that
are advanced by Republicans, Louis
Farrakan, and otJier leaders agree that if
we wait on government to uplift our race,
we will remain in dire straights.
I could not possibly support a
Democrat who wanted social programs
without emphasizing education of the
people who use social programs as well
as training programs to improve their
situation. It would also be hard for me to
support anyone who agreed with
governmental waste such as the S800,000
research project that was passed in the
Democrat- conu-olled House that was
supposed to study why people fall in love.
I classify myself Republican because
of issues and not race. The political
brevity rests in the willingness of our
fxjople to participate in issue oriented
politics. This is a plea for all people to
become more politically aware. We
cannot continue to be as politically
backwards as we are. We must all strive
to enhance the political climate not only
in the state of North Carolina, but
throughout the counu^.
- J. Elliot Pritchett
Photo by Rolando Bennington
dicing vote have no reason to voice complaints
STApp WRITER ^ diifercnce. Such issues like abortion, realize i^iat if everyone who said that to take advantage ot this right. Great
Black Americans have even died just for
the right to vote, but we take the privilege
La.st month. North Carolina
experienced an historical moment—the
United States Senate race between
former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt
and Senator Jesse Helms. Harvey Gantt
could have been the first Black senator
in North Carolina, but something terrible
happened on election day. Some people
just didn’t take lime to exercise their
right to vote.
It seems to me that in such crucial
times as these, you would want to make
a difference. Such issues like abortion,
social security, and educational funding
are problems facing this state. Yet, we
failed to register and the registered failed
to vote. Nevertheless, when taxation
comes and funding is short, those people
will be the first to complain.
Many people just failed to take the
time out of their busy schedules to go
vote. That seems like a very frail excuse
to me unless you work from 6:30 a.m. to
7:30 p.m. I doubt very seriously that was
the case. Some people even said that
their vote would not count. Do you
realize iJiat if everyone who said that
would have voted, maybe Gantt would
have won? The worst of it is that these
people act like the election did not even
phase them in the least Trust me, when
financial aid is short, your grandparent’s
social security is cut, or when the state
dictates when a woman can have an
abortion, it will affect you.
How can something so important and
valued (the right to votfe) be taken so
likely? Our forefathers suffered long and
shed blood and tears just so we can have
the right to vote. Yet, many of us failed
Gantt maybe could have won and
been the guiding force that North Carolina
so badly needs. You could have made
the difference if you would have voted.
So if you did not take advantage of the
right to vote, a lot of loss is due to you.
Your conscious should be feeling guilty.
Black Americans redeem yourselves.
Register and vote in the next election. It
may already be too late!!!
Let’s not forget those who are protecting us in the Middle East
JY JOANIE TUm F ..
BY JOANIE TUTTLE
News Argus Editor
As our country prepares to celebrate
Christmas 1990, many Americans feel like
they should be contributing more than they are
to “Operation Desert Shield".
I think this need to do something stems
from the helpless feeling many pieople are
With the number of troops that America
has serv ing in the M iddle East, there are plenty
of service men and women to go around for
everyone to help. All of the news reports have
told us how much it means to the service people
to receive mail from anyone at home. So Ram
family let’s show the people who are willing to
put their lives on the line for us, how much we
Individuals, groups, and corporations like
AT&T are lending a helping hand by donating a
one-page fax sheet free of charge to any fjerson
who has immediate family or friends serving in
the Middle East. If you would like to lake
ad vantage of this generous offer, visit one of the
400 AT&T Phone Centers around the country
and ask for a “Desert Fax Form.” AT&T will
deliver the faxed copy within 48 hours. The
only unfortunate part of the“Desert Fax”, is that
it is a one-way service; Armed Forces people
can’trespondbyfax. For additional infomiation.
call 1-800-555-8 111, ext 3 6.
Those who are interested in sending a
greeting or package to any serviceman or
woman spending Christmas in the Middle
East may include any of the following;
disposable razors, shaving soap (aerosol
products will not stand the heat), sun screen
lotion, pre-sweetened, powdered drink
mixes, playing cards, puzzles, crossword
books, toiletries (lip balm, toothbrushes,
stick deodorant travel-size shampoo and
conditioner, soap, pre-moistened towelettes),
insect repellent (for sand fleas), hard candies
(no soft centers), gum, baked goods that age
well, such as poundcake.
Packages and or letters being sent to a
serviceperson that you do not knowpersonally
should be addressed to Any Soldier or Airman
or Marine, Operation Desert Shield, APO New
York 09848-0006. For Sailors: Any Sailor,
Operation Desert Shield, FPO New York,
09866-0006. If you are writing to a specific,
person, include his or her name, rank. Social
Security number, military unit and APO or FPO
One fmal reminder, Saudi Arabian customs
prohibit non-Muslim religious or suggestive
material, as well as jx)rk products, and alcohol.
Additionally letters and packages must not
exceed70 lbs. and must have first-class postage.
News Argus Stajf
Maurice Odine Ph. D.
Mass Commimicaiions Dept.
Michael 1 Parker
Craig T. Greenlee
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