State News

More than 80 arrested at NC NAACP demonstrations

Posted June 10, 2013
Updated June 11, 2013

— North Carolina Republicans are pushing back harder against weekly protests as another group of demonstrators aligned with the state NAACP face police charges.

Many in the group of 84 people arrested Monday at the state legislature were clergy who say the Republican-controlled General Assembly is making policies that hurt the poor and children. 

"Biblically, we speak of a time when we care for the least of these, that we care for those who cannot care from themselves," said Rev. Clarence Shuford, of St. Phillip AME Zion in Greensboro.

The arrests bring the total over six rounds of near-weekly demonstrations to more than 350. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a growing number of left-leaning groups are lashing out at a host of GOP policies ranging from education to voting rights.

Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield spoke at the rally and former Congressman Bob Etheridge joined protesters in delivering education petitions to Gov. Pat McCrory's office.

Butterfield called proposed GOP legislation "absolutely disgusting" and "devastating to low-income people."

He also said his colleagues in Washington are taking notice.

"It is a widespread movement that is gaining momentum," Butterfield said. "The nation is watching."

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the party's newly elected chairman have labeled the group outside agitators who don't speak for a majority of North Carolinians. Republicans built on their 2010 legislative takeover with veto-proof majorities and a win in the governor's race. Congressman G.K. Butterfield NC congressman: 'Nation is watching' Moral Monday protests

Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said lawmakers have heard reports that many of the protesters are from out of state and that they aren't having any effect on Republicans in the legislature.

State Sen. Thom Goolsby, a Republican from Wilmington, has called the demonstrations "Moron Mondays" and the protesters "aging hippies." 

Brown said Goolsby is entitled to his opinion, but that he supports citizens' right to protest.

"I guess it's what makes this country great," Brown said. "Everyone has their point of view."

Charlotte Observer reporter Tim Funk was reportedly arrested as he covered the event.

233 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • stevek2 Jun 12, 9:17 a.m.

    Quote: Butterfield called proposed GOP legislation "absolutely disgusting" and "devastating to low-income people."

    Oh Really Mr Butterfield? That's Mighty Hypocritical coming from someone that is on the Senate Ethics committee and voted to seal Obama's records!

  • frosty Jun 11, 5:13 p.m.

    If the NAACP is protesting it then I am very probably for it. Good job GOP.

  • StevenNC Jun 11, 4:03 p.m.

    Damien, no, just the opposite. "Sugar coating" is writing "it was the People of NC who voted in the Republicans to draw those districts in the first place" to characterize what is a fundamentally undemocratic and unrepresentative gerrymandering.

  • lessismore Jun 11, 3:49 p.m.

    Teach a man how to fish and he will never go hungry. That means get a skill, get a job, be self sufficient, stop expecting working Americans to support you. Why is the NAACP against people working and supporting themselves?

  • Damien Thorne Jun 11, 3:45 p.m.

    "
    and who exactly is that?.....please link to source to the data that lets you know who these people are. Given that there are still more unemployed than there are jobs....how can you tell who is choosing to be unemployed and who really can't get a job."----Grand Union

    Can you link to any accredited data that disputes it?

  • Damien Thorne Jun 11, 3:44 p.m.

    """ i think the fine should be at least $500 and that will stop it." Why? The NAACP will pay it with YOUR tax money."

    "Really, and just how would they do that?"---Grand Union

    Because they are a federally funded hate group.

  • Damien Thorne Jun 11, 3:44 p.m.

    "Damien Thorne writes "That means it was the People of NC who voted in the Republicans to draw those districts in the first place. "

    "Actually, the problem is that it only takes a single-vote majority to redraw the lines in a unrepresentative manner, allowing a bare one-vote majority to give itself, say, a 32-vote majority in the subsequent election. Once a slight majority artificially creates itself a supermajority by gerrymandering, the supermajority exists not by virtue of a supermajority of the voters, but by gerrymandering itself."-----StevenNC

    Actually for all you wrote you could have just said what I wrote was true. All you did was try to sugarcoat that FACT.

  • Grand Union Jun 11, 3:27 p.m.

    "" i think the fine should be at least $500 and that will stop it."
    Why? The NAACP will pay it with YOUR tax money."

    Really, and just how would they do that?

  • affirmativediversity Jun 11, 3:21 p.m.

    Rev. Clarence Shuford, of St. Phillip AME Zion in Greensboro....hmmm, how politically active is this so called Rev and his church?

    Anyone for the IRS requested a list of their members and their political affiliations or their donors and their political affiliation?

    Just wondering because while they are protesting anything and everything Republican they are completely ignoring the dismantling of one of the most important legal precedents set by their sponsoring organization that will have a far more profound effect on the so called "poor and disadvantaged"

  • dbcooper41 Jun 11, 3:18 p.m.

    i think it's kinda funny that McCrory was afraid to go out and meet the school kids. his spokeswoman even lied to them and said he was in a meetig until 5:00 when he was actually playing catch. cut and paste this into your browser and check it out. http://progressnc.org/pat-mccrory-throws-kids-a-spit-ball/

More...