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.