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Sam protestors should light candle


Thursday, September 6, 2018

I sympathize with the feelings of those who took part in bringing down the statue of a Confederate soldier known as “Silent Sam” on the Chapel Hill campus. But this is hardly the way to express those feelings. What was accomplished was wanton vandalism and destruction of public property which is a crime (as well as desecration of a memorial site), not an act of free speech and freedom of assembly.

How might these supposedly well meaning folks find a way to do something positive and constructive rather than negative and destructive? How about “light a candle, rather than curse the darkness?”

Why not erect monuments rather than destroy them (and do the research, raise the money, etc., necessary), for example, to honor the work of blacks, in many cases black slaves, who often built the roads, bridges, railroads, dug the canals to drain marshes to create farmland, and all the other “heavy lifting” required to build America and make it great?

Or erect monuments to honor more North Carolina blacks, such as the founders and early faculty of St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh (a few miles from where “Silent Sam” used to stand). The college, originally St. Augustine’s Normal School, was initially opened in 1867 as a school for former slaves. How about a statue of Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, an outstanding educator, writer, and scholar from the school, an inspiration to anyone, black or white?

Or you don’t have to build monuments to create a positive legacy. There are dozens of ways to volunteer to help disadvantaged children, be they black or otherwise. To mentor them, to give tutoring help, and offer a hand up in so many ways.

It requires your time, and dedication and patience, and probably isn’t as big an adrenaline rush as a boisterous demonstration and tearing down a statue, but it does more to move America into a positive future.

Ernest Marshall



Humans of Greenville


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


November 17, 2018

Recent Daily Reflector editorials and comments in the Public Forum have raised my eyebrows and my concerns about the sustainability of the human race. How can we continue if we are our greatest enemy? Every person I know has, and is entitled to, a unique perspective and personal opinion. Our…

November 16, 2018

A recent submission in the Public Forum suggested that to follow Jesus, I must vote Republican.

For me it is a life-long struggle and my highest calling to be in the fold of the good shepherd. Nonetheless, I don’t believe that scripture suggests that I can take my stand beneath the cross of…

November 15, 2018

In 1986, internationally-renowned singer Janet Jackson made the inspirational song, “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” Elected officials should actualize the meaning of that song. Oftentimes, elected officials make shallow promises, kiss babies, and hypocritically “press the…

November 14, 2018

Consider the following Republican presidents: Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Each a two-term, or twice-elected president; each a more disastrous presidency than its predecessor on the list (Nixon posing a threat to the Constitution via Watergate, Reagan posing a greater threat…

November 14, 2018

Orange County District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett recently compared Silent Sam to Hitler and, by extension, the human suffering of slaves to that of the Holocaust. Based upon her remarks, it is not clear how well Judge Scarlett knew Sam or Adolf Hitler.

Statistically speaking, Sam had not…

November 13, 2018

This letter is in response to the letter titled “Unjustly defaming Dixon again” by Willie Roberts that appeared in the Wednesday, Oct. 31 edition.

Roberts stated that “White women have historically been used, wittingly or unwittingly, to destroy black men’s lives. Their…

November 12, 2018

What’s with you, Vic Corey? One second you are crowing how Trump is the reason for you being richer, the next you are, as always, worshipping your idea of a “new Christian.”

First, the U.S. is not a business; it is a country. Trump’s planned bankruptcies, his finding ways…

November 11, 2018

Is it any wonder that the attendance is dropping in the NFL when you can only pay the head man, Roger Godell, $40 million a year and have as many as five commentators sitting around a table in their $500-plus suits as they blurt out that which you and I are looking at? Not to mention another two…

November 11, 2018

With regard to the letter to the editor from David French concerning illegal immigration, I would respectfully ask Mr. French to do more research before citing any more misinformation. According to the Cato Institute and other sources, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration” (2017)…

November 11, 2018

With mid-terms behind us, the next Greenville election is for 2019 mayor and City Council. For six months following the 2017 election, I made no public statements and granted no interviews, preferring instead to observe actions of the new mayor and council.

Folk ask if I’ll run and perhaps…

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