Pushback: NC GOP state rep. calls out state NAACP “leader” on racism, voter ID lies

At least one GOP state rep here in NC is sending the message to state NAACP “leaders” that their racism and demagoguery will NOT allowed to go unchallenged. Via WRAL:

RALEIGH, N.C. — State NAACP President Rev. William Barber held a news conference Friday and responded to a Republican House freshman who accused Barber of “racist diatribes” and having a “race-baiting attitude.”

“I don’t take stuff like that personally,” Barber told reporters as supporters stood behind him. “He can have his opinion. We believe in freedom of speech. We have a responsibility to correct him.”

Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, along with all other state lawmakers, received an emailed version of a statement last week by Barber on proposed voter ID legislation.

In the statement, Barber calls voter ID initiatives “national propaganda efforts by the far-right to justify the obvious tactic to suppress the votes of minorities, youth, disabled and the elderly,” and urges Republican legislative leaders to abandon their push for such a law in North Carolina.

WRAL News obtained the email Speciale sent in response, in which he accused Barber of tarnishing the “proud history” of the NAACP.

“You do minorities and the elderly a disservice when you assume that they are incapable or incompetent to the point that they cannot provide a photo ID to vote,” Speciale wrote. “Your comments, both today and in the past are racist and inappropriate, therefore, I request that you remove me from your email list.”

Barber’s juvenile, typically race-baiting response – via News 14:

“It’s like he picked up a book from the 50s and 60s and just regurgitated the same answers from that day rather than actually listening to what we were saying empirically and analytically,” said N.C. NAACP President Rev. William Barber.

Barber said he didn’t take the e-mail personally, but is using it to point out other issues he has with the General Assembly. Reverend Barber also threw the racism claim right back at state lawmakers.

“When you pass a medicaid policy that you know is going to cut the difference between black and white uninsured rates by half that’s racial disparity. That’s systemic racism,” said Barber.

Let’s take a look at REAL “systemic racism” – as spouted by Barber himself:

Barber is well known in the Triangle for his theatrics and three ring circus tactics. He inserted himself into the Wake County school assignment plan debates, turning it into a civil rights issue and making claims the new assignment policy was in essence racist. He makes a career out of being arrested and causing scenes all over North Carolina.

Click that same link above to see video of his ridiculous antics.

And in 2011, a (now former) state rep. went off on Barber – much the same way Speciale did – after Barber accused the Tea Party of being racist:

RALEIGH, N.C. — An eastern North Carolina lawmaker is standing behind his characterization of the NAACP and its state president as racist.

Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, sent a May 14 e-mail to the NAACP, in response to an announcement from the group about a Greenville news conference to protest budget cuts proposed by Republican lawmakers.

The announcement read, in part, “Tea Party extremists seized the Republican Party and declared war on African Americans, poor people and other minorities.”

“I have no interest in receiving anything from a Racist such as William Barber,” LaRoque wrote in his reply, referring to the state president for the NAACP. “He and the NC NAACP represent everything that is wrong with race relations in our state and country. You should be ashamed of yourself for continuing to promote racism but that is the modern day legacy of the NAACP as a racist organization led by Racist individuals who are Cowards.”

Barber said Friday that he was shocked by the comments, but LaRoque said he has no intention on backing off.

“I’m sick of getting these race-baiting, racist-type action alerts, e-mails, whatever you want to call them,” LaRoque said in an interview at his Kinston office. “The modern-day NAACP promotes racism. That’s what they’re doing. They’re stirring the racial pot. It’s where they get their funding. It’s how they get their influence.”

Barber said he’s raising awareness and fighting to stop what he calls a frontal attack on civil rights, economic justice and education. He and several others were arrested Tuesday during an outburst at the General Assembly.

I oftentimes hear Democrats claim the GOP should “reach out” to the NAACP to try and bridge the “racial divide”, but what’s clear to me is that as long as there are despicable self-serving “leaders” of liberal black “civil rights groups” like Barber, the divide will remain. Not only because they still believe it’s 1830, but also because they make their livings off of stirring up hornets nests by claiming to see “racism” under every rock. These types of disgraceful individuals have misused the term so much that it’s become dumbed down to mean “anytime a white conservative disagrees with a black liberal.”  Sick. What would MLK, Jr. say?

Whereas Southern Democrats of long ago days gone by allowed their morally reprehensible racist attitudes towards people of color to intimidate them via a variety of cruel methods into not speaking out, not voting, and not being part of the political process – because they wanted to keep them subservient to Southern whites, today’s Southern Democrats (black Southern Dems in positions of power in particular) use their watered down, meaningless version of the word itself to try and intimidate their well-meaning political opposition into cowardice and silence over disagreements on policy – and ironically enough, these “leaders” do it to enslave both black people AND white people in a whole different way than we saw in the 1800s: directly to the government itself.

Hats off to Speciale, LaRoq, and anyone else in this state – Republican or Democrat – who will openly challenge the status quo when it comes to the liberal dogma perpetuated by both black and white Democrats on the issue of racism. Remaining quiet while they spew out their bile only emboldens them to keep it up, which does a disservice to the good people of the state of North Carolina. It’s time to stop being quiet about it and start keeping it real.

Count me in.

FYI – Headlines You Might Have Missed This Week

It’s impossible for Phineas and I to write about everything we want to cover, considering work and personal responsibilities. Here’s a round-up of some headlines from this week you may have missed.

—– NYT: Hackers in China Attacked The Times for Last 4 Months – Really? Only for the last four months? I would have guessed for the last 60 years or so ….

—– Twitchy: Snort: Senators reportedly in ‘shock’ over Hagel’s ineptitude, bumbling – Not a good day for Chuck Hagel yesterday.

—–Charlotte Observer: Gov. McCrory should butt out – The Charlotte Observer’s full scale war on new GOP Governor (and former Mayor of Charlotte) Pat McCrory continues. Their columnists, some of their regular writers, and their editorial page have been hammering him since before he even took office, because he has the nerve to challenge the status quo and ruffle delicate liberal feathers at a time when the state unemployment rate is in the top five worst in the country. This territory is new for The Observer, considering our history of Democrat Governors the Observer has routinely failed to critically scrutinize until AFTER they’ve left office. Republican Governors, rare indeed in this state, are apparently an exception to the paper’s unwritten rule. ‘Natch.

—– AP: Alabama standoff continues as official says child held hostage in bunker cries for parents – Please keep this little boy and his family in your prayers.

—– USA Today: Geraldo Rivera ‘contemplating’ Senate run
Sigh. Say it ain’t so.

—– NBC: Boy Scouts close to ending ban on gay members, leaders – This news is meeting with mixed reviews. Liberal types are hailing the Boy Scouts as “turning a corner” on “equality” when in actuality a lot of this has to do more so with donations drying up from people and corporations being bullied by the Liberal Gay Gestapo ™ rather than a “principled” move, and the Boy Scouts were running out of options. Also, could the timing be worse for this announcement, considering back in October the revelations of the so-called “Perversion Files” the Boy Scouts kept for decades on allegations of sexual abuse against young boys by Scout Leaders – information they kept from law enforcement and parents? Time Magazine reported at the time:

A law firm that represented a former Boy Scout who had been the victim of child sexual abuse on Thursday released a large online volume containing more than 1,200 files on Scoutmasters and other volunteers accused of pedophilia or sexual abuse. The files span some 20 years, from 1965 to 1985, and are part of a record compiled by the Boy Scouts of America with the intention of keeping abusers out of scouting and away from vulnerable youth. The full record is believed to date back as far as the mid-1920s and may involve as many as 100,000 children.

If even 25% of the allegations are incidents that actually happened, is there any wonder why the Scouts had this policy in place for as long as they did? Most gays are not abusers, but it would appear that abusers were targeting young boys in the Boy Scouts in alarming numbers. I report, leaving political correctness by the roadside, and you decide.

Oh, and speaking of child sexual abuse, how many parents are comfortable having their kids go to LA Unified School District schools these days? The outrageous dereliction of duty there on the part of school administrators is staggering.

—– The immigration reform battle heats up. Senators Rubio, McCain, David Vitter, and even the President himself are in the spotlight this week as the warring factions gear up for a prolonged fight. Déjà vu and all that.

—– Gabby Giffords was the star of the show at this week’s gun violence hearings. She paints a sympathetic picture considering the horrific attempt on her life that has forever changed her, but as I’ve said before, this is a debate that deserves careful and thoughtful consideration and debate of all options, not emotion-based proposed policy “solutions” that will do more harm than good.

—– Last but not least, Mark Steyn on the Beyonce inauguration lip sync “controversy”:

Whether Beyoncé was lip-syncing to the band or the band were lip-syncing to Beyoncé is like one of those red pill / blue pill choices from “The Matrix.” Was President Obama lip-syncing to the Founders, rooting his inaugural address in the earliest expressions of American identity? (“The patriots of 1776 … gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.”) Or maybe the Founders were lip-syncing to him as he appropriated the vision of the first generation of Americans and yoked it (“preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action”) to a statist pitch they would have found utterly repugnant.


Please feel free to use this as an open thread. TGIF!!

Poll: Obamacare, new govt regulation fears among top reasons small biz aren’t hiring

Via Gallup:

Owners Are Not Hiring For More Than the Usual Reasons

When owners who are not looking for new employees were asked to evaluate eight potential reasons they are not doing so, overall business conditions headed the list as usual, including not needing new employees at this time (with 81% indicating this as a reason), worries that revenues or sales won’t justify adding more employees (74%), and worries about the current status of the U.S. economy (66%).

However, 61% of owners pointed to worries about the potential cost of healthcare, 56% to worries about new government regulations, and 55% to worries about cash flow or the ability to make payroll. Thirty-two percent point to it being hard to find qualified employees.

At the bottom of the list, but still at a surprisingly high level, 30% of owners say they are not hiring because they are worried they may no longer be in business in 12 months. This is up from 24% who had the same worry in January 2012.



The lack of improvement in small-business-owner self-reported net hiring over the past 12 months is consistent with January’s lack of year-over-year improvement in Gallup’s P2P (Payroll to Population) employment rate. Small businesses continue to hire fewer employees than they are letting go, while overall full-time U.S. employment is, at best, keeping up with the growth of the U.S. population. The lack of improvement in small-business hiring is also consistent with the estimated -0.1% annualized growth rate for fourth quarter GDP.

On the other hand, small-business owners’ net hiring intentions turned positive in January, consistent with the improvement in the quarterly Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. While owners suggest little improvement has taken place in the net hiring in the past, their hopes for future hiring have improved compared with where they were immediately after last year’s November elections.

Finally, the fact that so many owners say worries about such things as potential healthcare costs and potential new government regulations are holding back hiring is troublesome for the job market outlook. Still, probably the most worrisome response is that 30% of small business owners fear they may not be in business 12 months from now. This a bad sign not only for small-business hiring and capital investment, but also for the overall U.S. economy in 2013.

Are you paying attention, unemployed Obama voters?  (Rhetorical question) o=>