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NC NAACP President: It's more important to attack policies that promote white supremacy

Posted August 19

— The president of the North Carolina NAACP called a news conference Saturday in light of recent events, saying it's not enough for activists to just remove Confederate statues.

Reverend Dr. William Barber said it's more important that politicians topple laws that promote white supremacy.

"You test politicians by the policies they pursue," he said.

Standing before a crowd at the Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, Barber said there's nothing courageous about condemning racist extremists.

"Question is, will these same political leaders renounce mean-spirited, race-driven and socially violent policies, the policies and agenda of white supremacy?" Barber said.

Barber has rallied against policies he feels are discriminatory against the black community for years with regular marches and protests.

In Saturday's conference, he attacked state laws he claims suppress the black vote, and he demanded a full restoration of the federal Voting Rights Act.

NC NAACP President: It's more important to attack laws that promote white supremacy

Barber also rebuked the state legislature for a law requiring local governments to get its approval before removing statues of historical figures, including those of the Confederacy. But he said just taking down statues is not enough.

"If you just pull down the statues, you don't pull down the statutes, the laws, the general statutes, we still have issues," he said.

Barber said he's not endorsing crowds to remove Confederate statues on their own, as happened Monday at the old Durham courthouse. But he applauded the peaceful demonstration in Durham on Friday.

"If you're going to march and fight for the statues to come down, let's march to the voting booths so we can take the policies down." he said.

Barber said any community that takes down a Confederate statue also has a responsibility to remove other barriers that still exist for the black community


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  • Jeffrey Derry Aug 20, 5:42 p.m.
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    What the heck is white supremacy? A noun, a verb, an adjective? Something tangible? Can measure? Confused by all these nebulous terms. Am I guilty of it? Or is this more from the people that want equal outcomes and shun equal opportunity?

  • Scott Satalino Aug 20, 4:58 p.m.
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    You have to admire the length Joe Eastland will go to in distributing his White Nationalist delusions. Many Whites want the Confederate abominations taken down immediately. And, p.s. Joe, Washington and Jefferson were not Confederates.

    It just can't be said loud enough.....The Reverend Barber speaks out for oppressed, the poor, the jailed, the hungry, those that are naked. The good Reverend speaks a truly Christian message.

    His critics speak the language of White Nationalism, White Supremacy, Pro-Slavery worship (which is what Confederate Monuments are), Neo-Liberal Economics and Religious Fascism.

    The Republican Party in NC (NCGOP) is as far away from the Party of Lincoln that was made up of African-Americans than ever.

    If you stood outside the NCGOP HQ you would be more likely to see Fish flying than an African-American going inside.

  • Tom Baker Aug 20, 2:48 p.m.
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    Because it takes some time to unravel more than 300 years of oppression and injustice. The more intelligent leaders know that and have been working with the likes of Barber towards progress. And then came the GOP in NC working hard to turn back the clock.

  • Ashley Moore Aug 20, 2:29 p.m.
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  • John Lobenstein Aug 20, 2:26 p.m.
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    Why is this suddenly Trump's problem?

    The "problems" identified and perpetuated by the creative victimologists existed/were created long before Trump even became a candidate. If these "problems" are as severe as Mr. Barber would have us believe why didn't Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama along with Gov. Hunt and Perdue fix them.

  • Tom Baker Aug 20, 1:27 p.m.
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    The mess Trump has created is on Trump to clean up. The same counts for the dinosaurs in the NCGA. I have no idea what stretch of imagination you are using to blame Barber for that.

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Aug 20, 1:06 p.m.
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    Mr Barber you are the blame for racism and hate because you refuse to work with Governor McCory and the Republican legislature, and to reach out to President Trump to try and make things better

  • Michael Bawden Aug 20, 10:54 a.m.
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    It is all about the benjamins!

  • George Brown Aug 20, 9:31 a.m.
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    Public service is the greatest calling. When capable white men back away from the responsibility it's alarming. Mr. Barber, you're a great man. Who will defend the American dream and Moderation in all Things like Socrates advised?

  • Agnes Szanto Aug 20, 9:02 a.m.
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    Looking at these comments, and the hate Rev. Barber invokes in these pseudo-racists who blame him for their own racism, suggests that he is pushing some real buttons. Good for him. He is a brave man, and a great speaker. His speech at the DNC Convention was a historic one. I am all with him, and will not let this comment line look like that there are no opposing voices to racism.