State NAACP denies 'racist' charge

Posted June 2, 2011

— Members of the state NAACP spoke in support of the organization and its president Thursday, a week after a state lawmaker charged the civil rights group with racism.

In a May 14 email, Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, wrote, "I have no interest in receiving anything from a Racist such as William Barber. He and the NC NAACP represent everything that is wrong with race relations in our state and country. You should be ashamed of yourself for continuing to promote racism but that is the modern day legacy of the NAACP as a racist organization led by Racist individuals who are Cowards."

Barber said he was shocked by those words.

Courtney Patterson, an NAACP representative of Sampson, Duplin, Johnston, Lenoir and Wayne counties, said Thursday that the organization is "far away from racist.

"We basically represent all people and especially those who are disenfranchised," he said.

The NAACP has been outspoken in protesting actions of the Republican-controlled state Legislature, including support for vouchers for private schools and a requirement that voters present photo identification.

Barber, president of the state NAACP, was arrested May 24 as he spoke out loudly while the state House debated a budget bill. Barber said legislators are cutting programs that provide education, health care and other support for the poor.

LaRoque reiterated his support for the Senate's $19.7 billion state budget proposal Thursday, listing 10 points where he says it helps people more than the plan presented by Gov. Bev Perdue. 

"The governor’s budget saddles counties with many expenses that ours does not," he wrote in a statement. "It’s a compromise. The Legislature is meeting the governor more than halfway. She should compromise."


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  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jun 7, 2011

    I support LaRoque, he had the strength to say what EVERYONE has been thinking for years.

  • scvmcdoc Jun 3, 2011

    Good job hiding the story WRAL. you didn't leave it with the other stories it was with yesterday. I had to really search to find it.

  • pebbles262004 Jun 3, 2011

    They are the biggest racist that I know. Black people are alot more racist than white people and everybody that works in the public knows that.

  • littleriver69 Jun 3, 2011

    Nothing short of laughable!! Same old story, time after time.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 3, 2011

    One comment about the word "color" menition before in the NAACP name, meaning all races of color. I think I'm old enough to remember when this organization first came out. At that time all blacks were referred to as "color" hench the wording in the organization names. Times may of changed the mean since then, but orginally it was mean for blacks ie "color people". It sure was not in the beginning for Indians, chinese, arabs or mexicans.

  • Alexia.1 Jun 3, 2011

    'Good grief. If you truly believe that black people under 40 don't "really face racism of any significance," I honestly do not know what to say to you. There is a commenter that specifically said "Yeah, I'm racist" in this comment section.' --jtw123

    I didn't say it did not exist at all. There are whites who do not like blacks. There are likewise blacks who do not like whites. I often hear complaining about how a person's great, great... great grandfather was a slave. During that time, most whites were poor and owned no slaves. Slaves were an expensive luxury.

    After slavery was abolished, there were widespread problems. Of that, there is no question. After MLK, though, things did change and a person of any race who gets an education can succeed. Nothing is stopping a person of any color from being a scientist, doctor, lawyer, etc. As I said, in many affluent areas, you find Asians. Hispanics are more and more successful. Race does not hold one back anymore.

  • TheAdmiral Jun 3, 2011

    "2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. "

    Two Words: Affirmative Action.

  • TheAdmiral Jun 3, 2011

    "And how long do you think it will be before there is a gay president?"

    We already had one.

  • chevybelair57sd Jun 3, 2011

    Since your moderater refuses to post most of my comments, I'll try again. The donations for the NAACP go up when they get news coverage and down when it's quiet so it behoves them to stir the pot. Yes their racist and yes Dr. King would be appalled at their actions in the US. I have never heard them tell folks to work at their lives, or espouse education. All they say is the white man isn't teaching you correctly and will hold you back because you're black. Dr. King never preached entitlement, only equality and todays NAACP has strayed from this path by miles.

  • TheAdmiral Jun 3, 2011

    dldobbins -

    You are absolutely right. And I am sick and tired of the NAACP discriminating against me because I am white.