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Friday Feedback for February 20, 2015


Refreshing to hear ... a more nuanced discussion of the nature of history and how it needs to be taught. -- Delthea Simmons

In reference to last week’s CoastLine show on offshore drilling, Alina asked:

Where can we listen to the archived version of this if we missed it live?

For Alina and other: all of our CoastLine shows are archived, usually later on Wednesday afternoons. Each show is in three parts.


Hi, Good Morning. I just heard your headline about the three individuals whow were killed, I believe it was near [?] UNC-Chapel Hill. I don't think it's fair for you to start that headline saying that it was being investigated as a hate crime before you have that information. What if that had been 3 white males that had been killed that were Christians. Would you have instantaneously made the assumption that it was a hate crime, or is it just because it was a white man, Andy Hicks, against 3 Muslims. Poor reporting, NPR.

It’s not clear whether the caller is referring to local reporting, the Associated Press, or NPR. No matter. We don’t decide whether the incident was a hate crime or not. But if authorities make the decision to treat it that way, we will report that fact.

In reference to this week’s CoastLine, and our interview with Philip Gerard, author of Cape Fear Rising, Larry Reni Thomas wrote:

Thank you for keeping the 1898 Wilmington Massacre in the news. It seems to be a story that won't go away. I am an African-American Wilmington native, Chapel Hill, NC-based writer/radio announcer (who used to work at WHQR) who has written two books--"The True Story Behind The Wilmington Ten" and "Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!: A Fictional Account of the Wilmington Ten Incident." They are both related to the 1898 massacre. I am also involved in an upcoming documentary movie called "Wilmington On Fire" about the descendants of the victims of the massacre and their efforts to receive financial compensation for their losses. One of the participants in the movie is Dr. Lewin Manly, a grandson of Alex Manly. Stay tuned for that. By the way, I have visited Chicago several times, and found it to be a quite segregated city, just as much as Wilmington. In fact, there was a riot in Chicago that was probably an aftermath of the 1898 massacre. It was called The Red Summer of 1919. Thanks again!

Carter Tarrer wrote:

Thank you for championing the unveiling of 1898. Citizens of our area lost family members during that dreadful, violent time. The pain of that loss persists in our community today. Let's bring it into the light and share the grief, and celebrate our hope for healing and community.

Bette Bauereis wrote:

The Philip Gerard [interview] was annoying. I grew in up southeastern NC and the Wilmington of 1989 when Prof. Gerard came here is NOT the Wilmington of today. The implication that Wilmington is still caught up in the past is divisive and not progressive. No Southerner I know is proud of the South’s part in slavery. While the past is prologue to the future we can learn from it in many ways.

And Delthea Simmons wrote:

Great interview and refreshing to hear on the public airwaves a more nuanced discussion of the nature of history and how it needs to be taught.

Christy Smith wrote concerning a recent interview with Alexa Doran, UNCW Graduate Fellow at WHQR:

What a talented poet! I love "the offering lies not so much in the puppet, but in the strings"!! Truly, an inspiration!

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