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This NC town is surrounded by farms. It
also struggles to feed its children.

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Posted By: Ribicon, 9/19/2021 10:01:26 PM

Chris Suggs flashed his million-dollar smile. Of course the boys could have something to drink on this hot, muggy day in Eastern North Carolina. But it was going to be a fruit juice pouch, not a soda or other sugary drink they could get at the corner store. Suggs disappeared into “The Hub,” a refurbished house that now serves as an unofficial hangout for kids in this hard-scrabble corner of Kinston.(Snip)But Albritton admits the endeavor has faced challenges. The mostly white group has had trouble drawing in members of the local community. The nonprofit also has found that many residents aren’t interested in gardening.


Lengthy Marxist admits, in effect, that although the tobacco and textile industries left long ago, no doubt on account of racism, the shiftless local black population sits there with nothing to do, waiting for the next handout. White do-gooders set up a community garden, but no one wants to help and besides, no one can be bothered to cook real food, preferring the junk bought with food stamps. All of this somehow is the fault of the Confederacy, Reconstruction, and the Jim Crow era, though the author can't explain why.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: AntiStatist 9/19/2021 10:15:21 PM (No. 920215)
The comment gets it exactly right.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: valinva 9/19/2021 10:48:59 PM (No. 920242)
Where I grew up there was one supermarket in a town of over 12,000. It was over a mile from the apartment where I lived. My mother did not drive and my father worked 2 jobs so he had the car and did not have the time to take her grocery shopping. I remember walking to that store to buy groceries with a pull cart just like most of our neighbors did. The article says the nearest super market is 1.5 miles away so they cannot possible get there to buy their groceries. BS.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Maggie2u 9/19/2021 11:27:32 PM (No. 920269)
I didn't read the whole article but I"m gonna take a guess here and bet that most everyone in that community has cable TV, cell phones, acrylic nails, hair extensions and tats. And most are overweight.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: 4Liberty2020 9/20/2021 12:32:13 AM (No. 920288)
My family live in rural Alabama and the nearest grocery store is 30+ miles away in 3 directions, the 4th is at least 50 miles, to get there all on back roads, no interstate or 4 lane highways. With a population of 340, those who have cars help their neighbors, black or white. They wish they could have a grocery store 1.5 miles from home. But, most all, young and old have gardens with fresh vegetables which they can for the winter months. Also, they get turkey, deer and wild pigs during hunting season and fish from the local rivers.They are not lazy, some of my family and friends are in their late 80s, early 90s and still hunt, fish and garden. They are not obese either. If you want to eat, you work for it. You don't depend on the government.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Son of Grady 9/20/2021 12:36:49 AM (No. 920289)
I "Go down East" 4 times a year right outside of Kinston for deer hunting season (Richlands). I love it because it reminds me of 50 years ago where we all eat lunch together, Black/White and get food at Piggly Wiggly. Everybody knows were all the same. Just work where and when you can. Everyone is pretty helpful to one another, It get's tough because of the floods from the Trent river when a hurricane parks it's self inland but it's a fair and good a place.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 9/20/2021 12:54:13 AM (No. 920297)
They get plenty of welfare money, and "aren't interested in gardening ". Lazy and unwilling to walk to get what is essentially free food. The stores nearby carry foods the do gooders consider bad....but you can bet that the stores carry what their customers will buy. Put in "healthy food " and they won't buy it, I'll bet.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Gina 9/20/2021 1:15:57 AM (No. 920304)
I've always had a large vegetable garden. As did my parents and before them my grandparents. I don't like buying store bought vegetables. Been spending my weekends and evenings putting up vegetables for the winter. I can't imagine not having a vegetable garden. Before we purchased our home, and rented one, I found the sunniest areas to plant vegetables.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Gina 9/20/2021 1:19:42 AM (No. 920308)
Was at the grocery store today. I always look to see how much they are asking for fresh produce. I could not believe how much they wanted for peppers -- a dollar each. I grow bushels of peppers and freeze them for the winter months. I don't buy peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash in the grocery store -- I grow them myself.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 9/20/2021 2:43:11 AM (No. 920336)
At a dollar a whack, #8, think how much you are saving, just on peppers. And home grown veggies are just great, plus you can grow your favorite varieties. My parents loved Silver Queen and Peaches and Cream corn....both really superb when they hit the boiling water about 2 minutes from the stalk.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Amoeba 9/20/2021 5:27:19 AM (No. 920379)
I get good food to eat every time I go through Kinston, NC. I eat at Kings. Neuse Sports Shop is a large fishing and hunting store. Goldsboro, Wilson, Greenville and New Bern are right down the road where there are plenty of jobs. There is a 'Global TransPark' located 3 miles from downtown Kinston that has a 11,500 ft runway and 26,000 sq ft terminal. If you WANT to work, jobs and opportunities are available in and around Kinston. The problem is that small business has to compete with a government handout for labor. I'm willing to bet you that the town government is populated with democrat communist's too.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: anniebc 9/20/2021 7:59:24 AM (No. 920476)
I grew up in that area. I remember when Kinston was much more productive. There was, at one time, a plan for massive growth from Raleigh to Goldsboro and Kinston. Goldsboro is growing while Kinston continues regressing. Gangs were a big problem there not too long ago as well. My grandfather and one of my uncles were farmers (mainly tobacco) in that area back in the 70s and 80s. Who destroyed the tobacco industry? Not Reconstruction. Not even Jim Crow. It was the same Jim Crow people though. You can't strip a town of a major industry with nothing to replace it and expect it to thrive. I despise the destruction of self-righteous, smartest in the world, entitled leftists. I remember the area the way poster #5 describes it.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: AntiStatist 9/20/2021 10:10:17 AM (No. 920569)
#11, I grew up about 30 miles south of Kinston, back when tobacco was king. Even worked tobacco when I was a kid, and the leaves were hand-cropped (sand-lugging was the worst), tied to sticks, and then set in those flue-curing barns to dry and cure. That was hard, itchy, miserable work. I did love the smell of those big tobacco warehouses when the crops were brought to auction market in those big burlap wraps. Pretty much all gone now, and I hate seeing those old flue-curing barns collapsing in on themselves. I remember the textile industry there, too. Of course, those all went outside the country later.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Talk2 9/20/2021 10:46:45 AM (No. 920606)
OPM keeps people from working and why not you say. Heaven help us if some people today had to fend for themselves. They couldn't do it because they've become addicted to the nanny state.
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