NAACP leader calls on lawmakers to 'cease and desist'

Posted June 13

— State NAACP President Rev. William Barber called on legislators Tuesday to "cease and desist" from passing additional legislation until districts ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court can be redrawn and new elections held.

Barber repeatedly cited the unanimous ruling, unusual in gerrymandering cases, to urge lawmakers to redraw the maps immediately.

"Currently, we have an unconstitutionally constituted, illegal body leading our state legislature, and it has become evident that they are more entrenched than they ever were," Barber said at a news conference in front of the Legislative Building.

"They’re not in office because they won the election. They’re in office, according to the courts, because they cheated, and they used racial methods to cheat. And then, with illegal power, they have passed bills that have hurt all North Carolinians," Barber said. "They used that power – illegal power – to pass the worst voter suppression law that we saw in the nation, and the courts overturned that, too."

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger's spokeswoman, Amy Auth, said there's no precedent for lawmakers to abandon their work.

"The courts have rejected maps drawn by both Democrat and Republican-controlled legislatures in multiple instances over the past few decades, including maps drawn by former Redistricting Chair Roy Cooper," Auth said in a statement. "Just like those legislatures, we will not abandon our constitutional duties as we await specific instruction from the courts, and we will continue to focus on passing a balanced state budget that raises teacher pay, provides relief to the communities affected by Hurricane Matthew and puts money back into the pockets of middle-class families."


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  • William Sherman Jun 14, 11:05 a.m.
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    oh please, lets not attempt to elevate Barber to the status of Prophet. He might be a lot of things--but Divinely Annointed Prophet for certain ain't one of them. Opportunistic race baiting instigator would be more appropriate.

  • John Jones Jun 14, 11:03 a.m.
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    I have had a rental house in Durham for many years and the renters are moving out at the end of the month and it is going on the market the next day. 14 year old kid was shot last night on the next street over. I can promise you the area was not like that when I purchased it. That's all that needs to be said.

  • Kiara Babel Jun 14, 5:39 a.m.
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    I thought he was going away. Why is he not speaking out about the black on black crime in Durham.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Jun 14, 5:30 a.m.
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    Psalm 105:15 Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

  • Deborah Turner Jun 14, 1:22 a.m.
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    Why hasn't he addressed Durham's murder of young black children by other young black men ? Why does he ignore something this bad. What has he done to help ? He is NOT who he says he is...period.

  • Kenneth Jones Jun 13, 10:48 p.m.
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    Barber trying to be relevant. "Don't forget the big mac with that 20 piece. "

  • Nathaniel Lincoln Jun 13, 10:22 p.m.
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    Didn't this guy get kicked off a plane for being racist? I thought the NAACP fired him also, he was not "hangry" enough for their taste. Take whatever he says with a handful of food stamps and a 20 piece McNugget

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 13, 8:59 p.m.
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    hey guys I am in a minority district and the people elected to represent me are not of my liking but hey they won the vote....stop all this race card and race baiting...u win w win u lose u lose who ever gets the most votes wins !

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 13, 8:57 p.m.
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    why isn't he walking the streets of #durham making an effort to stop the killing and murdering?????

  • Thomas Williams Jun 13, 8:18 p.m.
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    He says we have an "illegal body leading our state legislature". This legislature was elected by the people of NC, and sworn into office by the courts. What is illegal about that? Secondly he says "They’re not in office because they won the election. They’re in office, according to the courts, because they cheated, and they used racial methods to cheat." He seems to be referencing the Democratic party here b/c they have a well known reputation of cheating and scheming and breaking laws to win elections in NC since most of us were in kindergarten. I can't figure out if Barber is not living in reality, or if he is mentally unstable, or if he is just blatantly distorting most stuff he gets free media time to talk publicly about. And, he lives by this claim that voters are being suppressed. Just how are they being suppressed? I don't see any laws prohibiting anyone from voting, although a lot of people voting should probably be kept from voting b/c they only believe what Barber