Thursday, February 4, 2016

Other News & Record Just Makes Up History

Okay, so maybe it's not all that important to most folks but if by chance you're a hard core NASCAR fan or a women's advocate the details just might be important to you. In that other News & Record for today in this day in history they posted the following article:

Note the date: Feb 4, 1973 and the place, the Greensboro Fair Grounds. The Greensboro Fair Grounds were bulldozed in 1958 to make way for the Greensboro Coliseum which stands on the exact same site.

And then there's this from Wikipedia:

"Louise Smith (July 31, 1916 in Barnesville, Georgia – April 15, 2006) was tied for the second woman to race in NASCAR at the top level. She was known as "the first lady of racing."[1]
She went as a spectator to her first NASCAR race at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1949. She could not stand watching the races, so she entered her family's shiny new Ford coupe in the race and rolled it. Her hometown Greenville, South Carolina paper featured photos of the wreck, and the town knew about it before she got home.[2] The race was the first race to feature three female drivers (Ethel Mobley and Sara Christian). The trio also competed later that season at the Langley Speedway.

She raced from 1949 to 1956. She won 38 races in her career in numerous formats: late models, modifieds (28 victories), midgets, and sportsman."

So while it might be possible that Lucky Lou Smith raced in Greensboro prior to 1958 she didn't race in Greensboro in 1973-- nobody did. As a matter of fact: I went to a Bloodrock concert at the Greensboro Coliseum in 1973 with a skinny girl from O Henry Oaks. Lots of young hippies, no race cars. I wasn't all that impressed with the concert.

And if Wikipedia isn't enough to prove the other News & Record liars how about

"Smith retired in 1956 but remained active in the racing world: She sponsored various drivers, and was involved in the Miss Southern 500 Scholarship Pageant at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. In 1999, she was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama. Smith died in April 2006, at the age of 89."

Not enough?  How about the Henry Ford Museum?

I can find no evidence that Louise Smith ever raced in Greensboro at all but I know without a doubt she did not race here in 1973-- nobody did. As a matter of fact: as NASCAR only used the Greensboro track in 1957 and 1958 and Smith retired from racing in 1956 it's doubtful she ever raced here at all.

Now ask yourself this: If that other News & Record can't be trusted to report something like this with any degree of accuracy, what can they be trusted to report accurately?

So what did happen on this day in history in Greensboro? From the Greensboro Police Department:

"Case #: 1973-4896
Victim: Anderson Brooks

On February 4, 1973 at 1:30 am, Greensboro officers arrived at 814 Cottage Grove Ave. and found Anderson Brooks lying at the bottom of the back steps of the residence. Brooks died due to multiple gunshot wounds."

His killer has yet to be found.

Or how about First Sit-In Participant Finally Gets Cherry Pie:

"In this February 4, 1973 Greensboro Daily News article, Harvey Harris reports on how the four original participants of the 1960 sit-ins at the Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter — Frank McCain, David Richmond, Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell..."

But no, the folks at that other News & Record with 125 years of archives to rely upon had to resort to making shit up. Does that mean they have 125 years of forged archives too?

Update: In looking back, maybe it's about more than NASCAR fans or a women's advocates. Maybe it's about Black History or the family of Anderson Brooks and the long neglected residents of Cottage Grove Ave, an East Greensboro street that has since been removed when The Grove housing project was torn down. (I used to drive a school bus there.) Maybe it's about telling how 4 students from NC A&T University were finally granted their rights as human beings. Maybe it's about how the News & Record would rather make up sheer nonsense than report history that might actually work to empower Greensboro's working classes black and white.