Sunday sampler

No sponsored story on the front page this week! Instead, read the story in the Hickory Daily Record about the Hiddenite flood. It’s a sad, dramatic, compelling tale.

Asheville: The Citizen-Times features a story published by the USA Today network about how the Civil War and the Confederacy is portrayed in textbooks. (The link is to the story in the Montgomery Advertiser because it’s hard to find on the C-T site.) “For much of the 20th century, southern classrooms treated Black history — when they touched the subject at all — as a sideshow to a white-dominated narrative.” It’s a good story. And one that my student Anna Pogarcic wrote about from a different angle: What is being taught in a classroom today.

Fayetteville: The Lumbee Indians are the largest tribe east of the Mississippi, and it still isn’t fully recognized by the federal government. Both President Trump and President-elect Biden support that recognition so it might finally get it, and the access to federal funds that come with it. The Observer explains.

Hickory: Five people died last month when a flood swept through the Hiddenite Family Campground. The Daily Record tells the heart-wrenching story. “The water, now 20 feet deep and hundreds of yards across, seemed to come from two directions, creating a tide Flowers could not fight. ‘You couldn’t swim in it, it would suck you under,’ Flowers said. ‘It was almost like a riptide.'”

Raleigh: I went to watch the Christmas flotilla in Morehead City last night. I was joined by hundreds of people on the waterfront, most of them unmasked. Social distancing was difficult, if not impossible. So, I was interested in the N&O’s piece about skepticism of COVID in rural areas. “’There’s a little bit of, ‘You’re not going to make me wear a mask’ kind of mentality, I think,’ Bob Davis, one of the restaurant owners, said. Even after living in the area for decades he still had a difficult time articulating why so many in rural areas refused to do something simple in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. ‘Maybe it’s a sense of independence.'”