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Message from the marginalized


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

In post-racial America, I walk in Uptown keenly aware of my identity — a heavy set black man, nappy hair and sizable lips, but I hope the hazel eyes and the glimpse of a smile provide reassurances as one walks by that I am, in-fact, “one of the safe ones.”

Surrounded by liberals, I continue to hear the narrative of a “post-racial America” where we are all treated equally, all while I attempt to minimize my presence to avoid scaring these same exact liberals. Frankly, I cannot feel safe in my skin for its seen as a threat even to so-called “allies.” The account of wanting to embrace who I am, but fearing to do so, is the story of us marginalized people in this “post-racial/xenophobic/homophobic America.”

Already suffocating from depths of emotions, we find ourselves disfranchised by the narrative of the media and liberals alike that we must understand the Trump supporter — the same one who doesn’t acknowledge Pride Month, the same one who wants to build a wall and kick out the most vulnerable of us, the one who wants to kick millions of people off of insurance rolls, the same one who supports, unequivocally, institutions that halt our advancement.

We reject such a notion to understand them and their cause, for they are neglecting our own. After giving away billions of dollars of free press to now President Trump, we wait for the opportunity to voice our vulnerabilities, frustrations and distrust with not only the current administration, but the system in itself. The narrative should be understanding us, not us attempting to understand them.

Demetrius Hicks



Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


September 18, 2018

Florence has kept us off the roads and out of traffic, leaving me to think about the type of driving that is becoming commonplace in Pitt County.

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September 16, 2018

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September 13, 2018

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September 12, 2018

As a product of public education and the daughter of a public-school teacher, I wholeheartedly support the Red4Ed movement. Attending May 2018’s march in Raleigh did nothing but reinforce my beliefs in the need for more funding for education, including raising teacher salaries. The sheer…

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September 10, 2018

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September 09, 2018

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers survey in 2017, the most pressing world issue for millennials is climate change. Ninety-one percent of those surveyed agreed with the statement that “science has proven that humans are responsible for climate change.”

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