Civil Rights Leaders Raise Concerns Over Race Issues Following Shooting

Civil rights leaders in Greenville held a meeting Thursday over their concerns about race issues following the shooting that killed two men in downtown Greenville.

The two victims were white. The suspect is black. Authorities are still searching for James Richardson.

Rufus Huggins is the Pitt County Chapter President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

He presented pages and pages of comments posted on news websites that he says expressed racial overtones and retaliation on the black community.

Huggins said the comments on internet websites create tension that's taking the focus off the crime and inciting racism.

The comments "incite the community and dispute the community," Huggins said. "It indicates we're going back to the 60s and 50s, and then we got problems, we got problems."

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  • by Guardian0125 Location: EastNC on Jul 29, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    Well said: "Yet, white men commit more crimes against CHILDREN...let me say that again....CHILDREN than any other segment of the population. Does that mean all white men need to be deemed potential sex offenders? White men are more likely than any other segment to kill their families then themselves when they lose their jobs or fall into financial ruin." Maybe that's because a higher percentage of black men are in jail or deadbeat dad's and NOT actually being active participant's in the family setting? Just looking at the statistics ya know. So, of course those who spend more time around their families/children will (statistically) have a higher rate of incident/crime in those related areas ;o)
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Jul 19, 2009 at 12:24 AM
    Omg thats funny! Let a white person shoot two black people and see what happens! I mean C'mon! A white COP can't shoot a black CRIMINAL without being put through the ringer and accussed of being rascist! Even though he/she was just doing their job and trying to protect their own life OR the life of another! These people are ridiculous to say the least. "Officer"- Absolutely!
  • by Tired Location: Pitt County on Jul 9, 2009 at 09:15 PM
    Can anyone tell me why the Reflector has decided not to print letters to the editor ,' concerning the rise of Black crime? They print what ever Rufus says.
  • by MIKE Location: greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    where was rufus or whatever his name is last year when that white thug shot at the interracial couple at walmart.... the same comments were being posted about the white community, and no one came out of the wood work to speak on race then..... it's does still work both ways right??? matter of fact the sclc made sure that he was charged with a hate crime... however now 2 people are intentially dead due to this murderer and he was outraged that this might go down as a hate does the sclc stand up for only 1 group of people and get away with it??
  • by Disappointed Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    This can not be fixed by the Police Dept, the Mayor or the city council. Only the black community and its citizens can fix this problem, and they choose not to do it. Greenville is headed down the path of larger cities, the politicians are too politically correct to talk about the elephant in the house. So, I think until change in the community and society happens, here we are.
  • by P on Jul 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Good point Fedup. And to this date sometimes people say I was responsible being white when I didn't have a thing to do with what happened 200 yrs ago. I have friends that are black that have been told to stop acting white because they live in a nice house. They raise their children properly. They behave. I have taught every one of their children and mom says to me I made a difference in their child's eyes. Parents need to take responsibility for their action and their children and stop blaming others. They need to look at what their children are doing. A lot of these leaders always throw the race card and they need to look at their own communities first. This is for all those politically correct so called leaders. Some of them are pure BS!
  • by Bottom Line on Jul 9, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    People need to start taking responsibility for their own actions. Why does blame always have to be placed elsewhere? Simple theory that I believe in, you leave me alone, I leave you alone.
  • by Segregation Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    Wise One, if segregation is the answer, what about those of us who are from both races? There are a lot of bi & multi racial people. You can no longer place people in one racial category.
  • by g-mack Location: GVILLE on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    Have you taken a look around the world is not black and white only,nor is greenville the problem is world wide.But we live here let us all take a bite out of crime before it eat away any more of our community.the greenville leaders can not change the pepole unless the people want the change.bring in new blood and let the same bad guys stay? now tell me, how that adds up,like a flame in the wind.put on your thinking caps and get working one person at a time.My thoughts are still with the families.
  • by jimbo on Jul 8, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    Thanks fedup well said.

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