race riots erupt in southeastern high schools
demonstrations and race riots erupt at high school, pepper spray, students arrested, principal collapses, high unemployment, NAFTA job layoffs...
Race riots erupt in North Carolina high schools
At Purnell Swett High School, which is located in Pembroke, North Carolina, race riots involving hundreds of students erupted Monday and Wednesday this week. Many students were suspended and arrested. Also on Wednesday the priniciple, Mr. Revels, had a heart attack during the fights. Pepper spray was used to break up the riots. Some students said the fights were mainly between blacks and native americans. Pembroke is also home to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (plenty of racial tension there too). High unemployment has hit here since NAFTA caused textile jobs to move out of the United States. Robeson County is now mainly agriculture with Campbell's Soup Company and Mountaire Farms (chicken processing plant) being the main employers along with the city, county, and state.
I-95 corrider, which runs by here from Florida, acts as a major thoroughfare for drug trafficking, mainly heroin and cocaine. Since the Robeson and Hoke County School systems have come under fire by the courts for not providing an adequate education for all low income students, the local schools here have been put under the underfinanced microscope recently. Also, there is heavy pesticide spraying by local farmers and an intensive West Nile Virus spray campaign underway by municipalities. Breath deep, right? Robeson County is approximately 25% caucasian, 25% african-american, 25% lumbee indian, and 25% hispanic.
The Lumbee Indian tribe has been seeking official federal recognition as a native american tribe for a long time, but is still denied. Fort Bragg military base is within 30 miles of here (providing MANY low flying airplane encounters), and the groundwater is heavily polluted. There are plenty of credible science studies linking pesticides, chemicals, and aggression. When will government wise up?
So getting back to Purnell Swett High School, there is a long history of violence here. Robeson County is North Carolina's dirty little secret which the status quo will continue to ignore as long as they are allowed. Will candidates for the United States Senate, Elizabeth Dole and Erskine Bowles, mention Robeson County if they have a serious debate? I doubt it. Pembroke (It used to be called Scuffletown) is ground zero for the weirdness in Robeson County. Rember the E. Coli and toxic mold outbreak at Prospect Elementary School in the fall of 2001? Prospect is less than 10 miles from Pembroke, and with all of the hog, turkey, and chicken open-cage transfer trucks blowing through here, it's no wonder prostitutes looking for their next crack -cocaine hit avoid the main highways. Big Agriculture and the Democrats (let's not forget who scored big from all those nasty factory hog farms) run this state which is quickly headed toward the bottom. Another example of the violence here is shown by a Robeson County School Board member admitting using an axe handle to beat his teenage daughters.
Who will benefit from this inept school system? Why the Christian schools and the Home Schooling movement of course. Christian school enrollment is skyrocketing here. The governor of North Carolina tried to get the lottery approved to balance the increasing deficit in the budget this year, but the churches don't want any form of gambling. Violence, yes, Gambling, no. The horse racing industry tried to get an OK for horse racing-gambling in North Carolina, but the churches defeated that. Same thing with medical marijuana. In Robeson County, it is illegal for a small farmer to raise a chicken, hog, or turkey, then slaughter it for sale to the public. It is illegal for that same, now bankrupt, small farmer to raise a horse, then try to enter it in a local race to make some money and get some recognition. Multinational corporations run this state government and so does Big Agriculture. Try to find some non-Roundup Ready soybeans in Robeson County, bet you can't do it. But you see, around here, it's just "Don't hurt me Boss, I'll register Democrat again" !!!
For another time, I will write about another insane situation in North Carolina, the complete trashing of the once-beautiful Green Swamp wilderness area, soon to be the giant landfill for the trash from the capital city of Raleigh, home of the most incompetent and crooked legislators in the nation.
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