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NAACP takes 'Moral Monday' protest to Southern Pines

Posted September 9, 2013

— Protesters who criticized Republican policies outside the state legislature in Raleigh for 13 weeks this summer have taken their demonstrations on the road.

On Monday, the so-called Moral Monday protest is in Southern Pines' Downtown Park.

Led by the state chapter of the NAACP, the protests in Raleigh resulted in the arrests of more than 900 people who decried the GOP's "extremist agenda" on education, voting rights and unemployment, among other issues.

The Republican leadership has largely ignored the protests, or derided those who came out to oppose their agenda as "outsiders" and "morons" even as arrest reports show nearly all are from within the state and list occupations that include clergy, doctors, lawyers and teachers.

When the legislature left town at the end of July, the NAACP pledged to rally in all of North Carolina's 13 congressional districts. Recent stops have included Asheville and Charlotte.

Click here to watch the protest.

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  • ontherightside Sep 11, 3:13 p.m.

    Okay,not outsiders then,just the other.

  • gnostradame Sep 11, 11:32 a.m.

    Conservatives around here must be upset at the political damage protesters have inflicted on them and the national spotlight on their hateful, regressive policies. Won't be long until voters exact some payback for the damage they're doing to the state.

    "Public Policy Polling shows that the Tar Heel state's favorability declined from 40 percent to 30 percent over the past two years. When compared to the 2011 data, the state would have ranked 40th instead of ninth."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/north-carolina-poll_n_3882517.html

  • goldenosprey Sep 11, 9:20 a.m.

    "Rev. Barber is all about raising money for Rev. Barber. He does not care about actually solving the problems in the black community." westernwake1

    You make him sound just like a republican. It's curious you despise him so.

  • westernwake1 Sep 10, 7:10 p.m.

    "Barber isn't anywhere near an extremist and he hasn't taken cheap shots that have demonized any race." - issymayake

    Barber is an extremist. Have you seen his behavior at Wake County School Board meetings? He has continiually stirred the racial pot and taken cheap shots with no regard for the truth (see the Duke Lacrosse case).

    Rev. Barber is all about raising money for Rev. Barber. He does not care about actually solving the problems in the black community.

  • josephlawrence43 Sep 10, 4:53 p.m.

    They go to Southern Pines, and WRAL toddles along behind them like an obedient child. WRAL would better serve its readership/viewers by concentrating on current events rather than rehashing the same old stuff.

  • Karmageddon Sep 10, 3:15 p.m.

    When they get to Southern Pines they should just keep going south all the way to Cuba

  • issymayake Sep 10, 1:11 p.m.

    Many people both black and white are doing much the same things to help all of society. In addition, most people (both black and white) are not taking cheap shots from isolated events to demonize a certain race for their own agenda as Barber, the NAACP, and some other extremists are doing.
    Paladin2

    The NAACP is an advocacy group. Barber and his group believe that policies being pushed by our G.A. place people that they listen to at a distinct disadvantage. Thus they 'advocate' for those people.

    Barber isn't anywhere near an extremist and he hasn't taken cheap shots that have demonized any race. Have you met him? Have you talked to him or his family members? Have you spoken to anyone who has worked with him over the years?

    Most commenting have no idea what his motivations are, nor do they know the purpose of the NAACP. Barber isn't setting fire to clinics, or doing anything extreme. He might be advocating for a position with which you disagree; but that's his right.

  • goldenosprey Sep 10, 1:00 p.m.

    The NC GOP is a defacto dictatorship by gerrymander, headed by Art Pope and supported/bankrolled by Pope's Civitas, ALEC, the Koch Brothers, Wall Street bankers, hedge fund managers and the right wing entertainment complex for the sole benefit of the top 1%. Their primary goal is to demonize anyone who opposes their radical, backwards agenda as a "socialist" or a "race-baiter". It's interesting to see the reactionaries squirm when the mainstream corporatist media merely hints at what a laughingstock the state has become. Hopefully most voters will throw the yoke of these fringe righties off the people of this once beautiful state.

  • Paladin2 Sep 10, 12:55 p.m.

    Issymayake, many people both black and white are doing much the same things to help all of society. In addition, most people (both black and white) are not taking cheap shots from isolated events to demonize a certain race for their own agenda as Barber, the NAACP, and some other extremists are doing.

  • Paladin2 Sep 10, 12:38 p.m.

    Moral Monday is a de facto political action organization headed by Barber and supported/bankrolled by the Democratic Party, labor unions, liberals, and the liberal media for the sole benefit of the Democrat Party. Their primary goal is to demonize the Republican Party and those who are against the liberal ideology. It's interesting that the media has no interest in the approprateness of this. Hopefully most voters will continue to see through this vendetta.

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