"The Twin City's Award-Winning Weekly"
VOL. XVIII, NO. 23
U.S. with racism
NEW YORK (AP) ? Haitian immigrants on Mon
day condemned the repatriation of their countrymen as
a racist betrayal of the freedom and justice they came
"Had we been any other country ? white or Span
ish ? we would have had a chance," said Florence
Comeau, a spokeswoman for the Haitian Affairs Com
mittee in Brooklyn, where most of New York's 300,000
Haitians live. "The Cubans can come in any time. The
Cubans are people, the Haitians are people, but one is
light-skinned and the other is not"
The deportation of 10,000 Haitians from the U.S.
Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, began over the
weekend. The refugees had been detained there since
they began fleeing their homeland last fall when the
democratic government of President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide was ousted by a right-wingmilitary coup.
The Bush Administration denied the Haitians polit
ical asylum in the United States, arguing that they were
fleeing poverty, not repression. The U.S. Supreme
Court agreed last week, paving the way for the deporta
"These people think America is a country of free
dom, and every day they are talking about Statue of
Liberty," said Jean-Marc Joseph, a staff member at the
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Seeks tu amend
! GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) ? A Goldsboro minor* ?
ty group is asking a federal judge to amend its $10 bil
lion lawsuit against NCNB to include its merger part
ner, C&S/Sovran Corp;, as a co-defendant The group
also wants to add two plaintiffs to the case.
The North Carolina Communities Empowerment
Socio-Economic Corp. filed the $10 billion suit against
Charlotte-based NCNB in September.
Shareholders of NCNB and C&S/Sovran Corp.,
which had headquarters in Atlanta and Norfolk, Va.,
approved the merger of the two into NationsBank in
The request by the Goldsboro group to amend the
lawsuit would also add two black business women,
Hilda Parker of Goldsboro and Henreitta Mathis Canty
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White candidate may emerge
By SHERIDAN HILL
Chronicle Staff Writer
As final lines are being drawn for the state's
new 12th district, five Democratic contenders ?
all black ? are tossing their hats into the ring, but
the possibility of a white candidate emerging can
not be ruled out.
The district snakes through the state along 1-85
and 1-40, and will be one of the longest districts in
the state. Legislators waited in vain this week for
? U.S. justice officials to approve the state's plans for -
new congressional and legislative districts.
Where are the voters?
As now proposed, the North Carolina counties
with the most voters are Mecklcnburg 162,136
(106,476 black); Guilford 135,395 (73,234 black);
| Durham 91,518 (54,175 black); Forsyth 53,174
: (40,078 black).
Will a Republican run?
The 12th district is expected to be about 86
percent DemocraL With only 14 percent Republi
I can voters, it would be difficult for a Republican to
Will a whUe Democrat, run?
Insiders gay thai if the black candidates stay
above-board in their campaigning, chances are
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small that a white candidate will emerge. The Crick
is that they have to go into each other's political
backyards to woo voters ? and they'll have to win
them by playing up their own strengths, not their
contender's weaknesses. The black candidates must
run clean campaigns. If one of them starts slinging
mud, the door may swing open for a white candi
date to emerge. The district is expected to be
almost 58 percent black, but whites traditionally
turn out in larger numbers at the pools. If a strong
white candidate comes forth and conditions are
right, a white Democrat could be elected.
When will the districts be final?
* The General Assembly adjourned Jan. 24 after
passing its second congressional redistricting plan
and sending it to the Justice Department for
Under a bill enacted Monday, redistricting
plans approved by Thursday would have office
seekers filing from Feb. 10 through March 2 ? the
same period adopted in December, when lawmak
ers moved it back by a month.
Any plans still in question after Thursday
would have the opening date for filing moved back
to Feb. 17. Local elections and any plans for
offices approved by the Justice Department would
go forward on Feb. 10.
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Cook Middle School profiles black professionals
City's entrepreneurs share
success stories with students
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By YVETTE N. FREEMAN
Community News Editor
Students at orfe of the local middle
schools recently had the opportunity to
hear the success stories of some of Win
ston-Salem's African-American entre
preneurs and business people in celebra
tion of Black History Month.
The program "Black Profiles" was
held at Cook Middle School Monday,
Feb. 3, to expose the students to positive
African-American role models in the
Maxine Freeman, the school media
coordinator who initiated \hf program,
?said the purpose of the everit was "also
to share with them (the students) some
positive information about making wise
choices concerning making the right
friends, making good grades, and setting
goals for themselves."
The program was in the form of a
talk show with the panelists being inter
viewed by Andrea Bush, the school
guidance counselor, followed by a ques
tion and answer session with the stu
dents. The guest panelists included Rudy
Anderson, vice president of Ambassador
Builders; Renita Thompkins, attorney;
Ed McCarter, co-owner of Special Occa
sions; Leroy Allister, owner of Ran
dolph's Accounting and Tax Service;
Cynthia Allister, owner of Scholar Aid
Ltd.; Ernie Wade, director of Minority
Affairs at Wake Forest University; Chan
dler Lee, owner of Classic Cadillac
Classic GMC Truck, Inc.; and Lee
Cameron, a radio personality with
WKZL radio station.
During the program, each of the
panelists told the students how they
reached their current positions in the
business world and how getting an edu
cation was important in attaining their
According to Freeman, the program,
which was a collaborative effort of the
media staff and the guidance department,
was a complete success.
"I think it was very successful
according to the feedback I received
from teachers and students," she said.
"In one instance, a student said that he
had heard all of this information before
but that he felt this particular panel of
Maxine Freeman (left), media coordinator and Andrea Bush (right), guid
ance counselor, coordinated the program "Black Profiles" at Cook Middle
School in celebration of Black History Month.
speakers really meant tfhat they said."
Freeman expressed her appreciation
to the guest panelists for their participa
tion, and Leon Henry of WMQX radio
station and Contract Office Furnishings
for their assistance in the production of
the program. She added that hopefully
all of the students in the audience also
appreciate the efforts of those who par
ticipated in the program and will take to
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