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'We stand on mighty shoulders'.

Chicago Tribune editorial writer and syndicated columnist Clarence Page gave somewhat of a history lesson for NCEW NCEW National Conference of Editorial Writers  members and guests at the convention awards luncheon.

He told of the sacrifices of Ida B. Wells Ida B. Wells, also known as Ida B. Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931), was an African American civil rights advocate and an early women's rights advocate active in the Woman Suffrage Movement.  Barnett, who used her editorial pen to decry de·cry  
tr.v. de·cried, de·cry·ing, de·cries
1. To condemn openly.

2. To depreciate (currency, for example) by official proclamation or by rumor.
 racial lynchings in her home state of Mississippi. She moved to Chicago after threats on her life. One of the founders of the NAACP NAACP
 in full National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Oldest and largest U.S. civil rights organization. It was founded in 1909 to secure political, educational, social, and economic equality for African Americans; W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B.
, she continued writing and fighting for equal rights for African-Americans and women until her 1931 death.

He spoke of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, who left Missouri (ahead of an angry mob) after publishing an account of a lynching in 1836. Lovejoy's press was destroyed and he crossed the river into Illinois. Three more of his presses were destroyed but Lovejoy pressed on, writing until he was killed by a pro-slavery mob. He was thirty-five years old.

"We stand on mighty shoulders," Page said, "and carry on a strong tradition."

Page said he had prepared his remarks for the Pittsburgh convention in 2001. He had planned to speak on "building a bridge to a new multiracial mul·ti·ra·cial  
adj.
1. Made up of, involving, or acting on behalf of various races: a multiracial society.

2. Having ancestors of several or various races.
, multicultural century." He said he planned to advocate better communication across racial, ethnic, and gender lines and talk about how opinion writers could help.

But the Pittsburgh convention, scheduled to start on September 12, 2001, was cancelled after the terrorist attacks on New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 and Washington. Now, Page said, we as a nation, have overcome some of our prejudices but in the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile
 have made room for new ones.

Profiling, he said, is practiced by all races, but not all embrace the theory of what he termed smart profiling. "Smart profiling," he said, "looks more deeply than the superficial characteristics of race and ethnicity." Conversely,

"stupid profiling can alienate entire communities when their cooperation is needed."

Stupid profiling, he said, helps terrorists who "sell the lie that America is waging war" against various ethnic and religious groups.

He noted in closing that when candidates start spinning their spin on their issues, "it is up to us to nudge them to talk about the public's issues."

Bonnie Williams is editorial page editor of the Anderson Independent-Mail in South-Carolina. E-mail Williamsbc@IndependentMail.com
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Title Annotation:Convention 2004
Author:Williams, Bonnie Calhoun
Publication:The Masthead
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Date:Dec 22, 2004
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