Saturday, May 24, 2008
White Guilford County Commissioner Billy Yow Stands Up To Black Supremacists At Commission Meeting In North Carolina
As the prospect of a Barack Obama affirmative action Presidency looms ever larger, some mainstream whites are beginning to grow a set of bollocks and talk back to blacks who abuse them. A comment that Guilford County commissioner Billy Yow called a running joke was labeled racist by Commissioner Carolyn Coleman. Full story published in the Greensboro (NC) News-Record.
Yow's remark on Thursday May 22nd, 2008 came as Chairman Kirk Perkins recognized commissioners who attended a special legislative session earlier in the day at N.C. A&T. Perkins didn't call the names of all commissioners who went.
"We were there, too," Commissioner Melvin "Skip" Alston said over Perkins.
"Y'all look alike," Yow said, grinning as he interrupted the chairman.
Although Perkins kept talking about the session, Coleman, who moonlights as an NAACP harpie, interrupted moments later. "I want to make it clear, that, for him to make a statement like that, 'All of us look alike,' that's not funny," Coleman said.
The exchange capped a meeting marked with more interruptions among the commissioners than has been seen in several months.
Yow has waded into race-related issues before as a commissioner. In 2003 he compared the NAACP to the Taliban and white supremacist groups, comments that were later labeled racist by local NAACP leaders. That led to a vaguely written agreement that said the NAACP shouldn't be involved in county commissioner squabbles, but no apology from Yow.
Coleman is a national figure in the NAACP and worked in the civil rights movement in the Southeast.
After the meeting, which ended about a minute after Yow's comment, commissioners Coleman, Alston and Bruce Davis spoke about what Yow said. They agreed that Yow's comment was inappropriate. Coleman was the most outspoken. She said she didn't feel it was appropriate for a member of one race to say that members from another all look the same.
But on Friday May 23rd, Yow explained that his comment was part of a running joke going around the board for more than a year. Yow said Davis jokingly made a similar comment during previous chairman Paul Gibson's tenure. And back in April, when Davis tried to remember Shaw's name in a meeting, Shaw said "Linda" and joked, "I know, we all look the same." What Davis blamed on a "senior moment" received robust laughter from most of the commissioners at the time.
On the most recent mention of a group of people "all looking the same," Yow said Friday that Coleman was in a "foul mood" and that was why she jumped on the comment. "She hasn't played the race card lately and she got to do it," Yow said.
Alston said Friday that Yow's comment wasn't a joke. Alston is also black. "It's typical of Billy (Yow) to shoot off of the mouth like that," Alston said. "And when he does it, Carolyn (Coleman) and Bruce (Davis) and I try to call him on the carpet."
The commissioners are known for their candor and occasionally bitter exchanges. Conversely, commissioners sometimes also deliver one-liners that bring laughter to the room.
Alston and Yow each won re-election to another term in the May 6th primary. Alston made a crack about the outcome. "Maybe they made a mistake," Alston said about Yow's re-election.
But then Yow came back with the money shot against Alston. "If I was against you with my people, you wouldn't stand a chance," Yow said, "and I wouldn't against yours." Registered voters in Yow's district are 85 percent white. The electorate in Alston's district is 70 percent black.
While Billy Yow is obviously not a "white nationalist", he is to be commended for refusing to knuckle under to black politicans. When he compared the NAACP to a "white supremacist" organization, he made the important point that while black racial organizations are accepted by the establishment, white racial organizations are rejected. He also exposed the hypocritical double standard in racial expectations; whites cannot say what blacks are allowed to say. And finally, he also exposed the fact that blacks vote racially, which means it's stupid for whites to vote for Barack Obama.
Race hustling is nothing new to Guilford County black politicans. On December 28th, 2006, the Rhinoceros Times website reported that during a school board meeting on December 19th, Hayes criticized the Greensboro School District's Very Special Needs (VSN) program, claiming that it does not help advance black children, but only promotes academics for white students. But Hayes did not stop there. She then played the "slavery" card by saying that she thought the program was promoting a superiority complex of "slaves and slave masters mingling" by having the VSN students with students who aren't exceptional or advanced learners.
And on March 18th, 2007, local resident Eric Huey, who was running for a seat on the Guilford County Board of Education (but not against Hayes), took Hayes to task for complaining about the makeup of the construction advisory committee being all white, while providing no evidence that the committee was deficient or unresponsive to its mandate in any way.
But one of the major outbreaks of racial polarization took place in 1979, culminating in what is now known as the "Greensboro Massacre". According to the Official Authorized Version published by Wikipedia, it occurred on November 3rd, 1979 when five marchers were killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party while in a protest. It was the culmination of attempts by the Communist Workers Party to organize industrial workers, predominantly black, in the local area. However, a more candid account can be found in Chapter 3 of Glenn Miller's book, "A White Man Speaks Out". Miller was one of the white activists present at the event.