Sunday sampler

Raleigh: David Zucchino, who won the Pulitzer Prize and now writes for the New York Times, has written a book about the murders of African Americans by a white mob in Wilmington and the takeover of its government in 1898. The News & Observer, where Zucchino once worked, tells the story. “Here, in the U.S., he said, the threatening image of the criminal “other” is alive and well, still being used by some white supremacists against African Americans and Hispanics, and by some political leaders, including in North Carolina, are still working to curtail minorities’ voting rights and political access. ‘Some of these same forces are very much at work today,’ Zucchino said. ‘There are some politicians who are willing to stoke those fears.'”

Winston-Salem: Somewhat related to above, did you know that Democrats want to take away your guns? A resolution to be considered in Davidson County — and likely passed by the Republican-majority board of commissioners — declares that the county will not allocate resources or assist in the enforcement of a gun-control law. (My bet is that this is supported by the same people who oppose sanctuary city resolutions, but consistency isn’t an intellectual strength.) Listen to the county sheriff: “Sitting in his office, Simmons said he doesn’t really think people are at risk of losing their guns, but if someone does come for them, he has got a plan. ‘I know what the sheriff will do is protect our people if someone comes to take their rights away,’ he said. ‘I don’t want people to be afraid. I deal in solutions.’ He is vague on the details of his plan but mentioned that it involves deputizing a lot of ‘good’ people.”

Greensboro: Somewhat related to above, the News & Record publishes an N&O story raising the question of the effectiveness of domestic violence protective orders. And the intro is about a guy who was ordered by the court to stay away from his ex-girlfriend, but didn’t. He killed her. “A 2003 federal Office of Justice Programs report still cited today noted that nearly half of all abusers charged with killing their partners had previous arrests, and nearly a third of the victims previously had called police.”

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