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Charlotte mayoral candidate lists 'white' among qualifications; GOP chair condemns

Posted September 5
Updated September 6

Robin Hayes, NC Republican Party chairman

— The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party has condemned a social media post by a mayoral candidate that listed her skin color among her qualifications.

Kimberley Barnette is one of three candidates in next week's mayoral primary in Charlotte. On her Facebook page, Barnette urged readers to vote for her, calling herself "REPUBLICAN & SMART, WHITE, TRADITIONAL." The post was soon taken down.

Chairman Robin Hayes said Tuesday any suggestion a candidate is more or less qualified based on skin color alone "is offensive to North Carolina Republicans." Hayes added "this type of suggestion has no place in our public discourse."

Barnett apologized later Tuesday if she offended anyone and says she wasn't suggesting she was a better candidate because of skin color.

She's running against two other candidates.


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  • Amy Whaley Sep 7, 11:05 a.m.
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    You are assuming Pam, I know he is half white. He has been referred to and called a black man ever since he ran for office and is known as the first black President of the USA. Furthermore, if anyone ever disagreed with his policy, they were accused of being racist and simply disagreeing because he is black. No wonder people forget he is half white.

  • Pam Price Sep 6, 5:11 p.m.
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    So many people seem to forget that President Obama is biracial.....

  • Dan Homiller Sep 6, 4:39 p.m.
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    There's nothing wrong with stating, as a fact, that a person is "white" or "black." That's different from listing "white" as a qualification for office, along with "smart" and "traditional."

  • Amy Whaley Sep 6, 3:53 p.m.
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    While I don't believe skin color makes any difference when it comes to character and ability, however; how is this any different than the common reference to Obama being black. Color only matters when the Democrats use it?

  • Catherine Edwards Sep 6, 3:46 p.m.
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    She was suggesting she was a better candidate because of skin color. Otherwise, she wouldn't have mentioned it.

  • Pam Price Sep 6, 3:18 p.m.
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    Well this is the Trump Republican Party..and, yes, he is responsible for this new onset of white power that has over taken the US since he started campaigning. That was his vision of a great america..and the closeted bigots latched onto him like a savior. The out of the closet bigots openly adore him because they know he has their backs. To support him, supports this new ideology. Glad my parents brought me up to look at a person's character and not their color, religion, sexual preference, etc. That's why I wouldn't like Trump no matter what party he represented.

  • Theo Bishop Sep 6, 1:31 p.m.
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    A lot of (GOP) is showing their true colors when it comes to being in power. They want to be superior over all other races in this country. This is a shame what have our country come to.

  • Hessian Diesel Sep 6, 12:44 p.m.
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    Well.....if Elizabeth Warren is Cherokee.....

  • Rod Runner Sep 6, 10:37 a.m.
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    So this is what we've come to?