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  • randall0123a Jan 16, 2013

    "We beg the General Assembly – let's don't start with division," Barber said.

    You mean division, like labeling yourself by your color as in *-American, rather than as a unified nation of (non-hyphenated) Americans. Perfect example of Barber saying something on one hand and something contradictive on the other - whenever either suits his needs.

    If we want to talk about equality, then let’s make it ALL equal, across the board. If some Americans get free money, help with food stamps, subsidized housing, welfare checks, etc, then ALL Americans should get this equally. I work my tail off and can’t afford any entertainment or personal expenses. Where is my aid money? Though, I continue to be taxed, taking money I could use for my family so it can be given to another family. Equality, this is not.

  • randall0123a Jan 16, 2013

    “Rev. William Barber, the group's state president, called on Republican House and Senate leaders and new Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to work on finding ways to address poverty, such as promoting living wages and labor rights, equality in the education and justice systems and expanded voting rights.”

    Labor rights? Is someone being denied the right to work for any reason other than a more educated or better qualified person is also applying? Or, are we talking about the desire for unions, so a non-educated job seeker can make wages approaching what someone would make after the sacrifices of a college education. Thanks for driving up car prices by the way. Equal education? I am sure some schools have better teachers, but most people that want to learn need to study their tails off outside the classroom. Listening to a teacher lecture does not make you learn the material. Most of the people I have seen that complain are the same people that want shortcuts. Reap what you sow.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 2013

    Why doesn't the NAACP address that? Oh, wait, I know why.
    JohnDrescher

    Because if there is a man living in the house their entitlement benefits get cut, everyone knows that. Its the policy although I dont understand the reasoning behind it. It sounds pretty heartless to me.

  • That Explains It Jan 16, 2013

    etshoney, you are suggesting that requires delayed gratification, and that is something that goes completly against the social norms that drive the problem in the first place, and are counter to what the NAACP promotes.

  • That Explains It Jan 16, 2013

    The number one cause of poverty is children who grow up in one parent households. 73% of all black children grow up in a household with only one parent. Why doesn't the NAACP address that? Oh, wait, I know why.

  • baldchip Jan 16, 2013

    Sid2 said nothing about race. Matter of fact, welfarequeen, YOU were the one to bring race into the picture.

    Remember, when you piont fingures, 3 are pointing back to you. HUMMMMM????

  • goldenosprey Jan 16, 2013

    "Or are you basing this on stereotypes? Something you as a liberal chastise others for. Hypocrite" -CrmpsBr0

    No sense of irony? You accuse those who disagree with you of stereotyping when every reactionary post here agrees that all welfare recipients are too lazy to work, are only interested in freebies and would be making lots of money if only they had stayed in school. What rubbish.
    And you accuse us of hypocrisy when you would deny a hungry child a meal because it's welfare but you say nothing of the government's largesse to well-represented private industry. Right wing hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  • etshoney Jan 16, 2013

    Try using birth control and staying in school until graduation. It really is that simple. It may help if they have a little LESS in benefits making work a viable alternative. If you have a diploma you will make a lot more than minimum wage. Expand voting rights??? What give them 2 votes each??

  • Scare Crow Jan 16, 2013

    sweetsea2..........very well said! "My son says Daddy why is that man walking in the cold rain? I say Because he has no car. and he says Why? and I say because he can't afford one because he doesn't have a job that pays well, but he got the best job he could cause he flunked out of the 8th grade." That Mr Barber is what you need to address. Your trying to blame the population as a whole for the poor. I was in Foodlion yesterday and some man was trying to buy his malt liquor with his welfare food card. This is the problem.

  • censorbait Jan 16, 2013

    The NAACP needs to address poverty by telling many of their constituency to get an education, get off and quit selling drugs, lose the sorry attitude, bad language, sense of entitlement and quit making babies out of wedlock for the working taxpayers to support. That would do more to address poverty and crime than simply sending more unearned benefits to the indolent. But you will never hear that message being conveyed by this outfit and doubtful that anyone will even see this post.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 2013

    Expanding voting rights....what does that mean.....every US citizen can vote...this is not 1959.
    lessismore

    They are so certain there was voter suppression during the election even though Barry got 100% of the vote, which is a mathematical anomaly, in certain districts. but you know how they do, blame someone for the things they are doing themselves.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 2013

    Oh please!!! The Republicans could care less about anyone who's in poverty whether it's those who are less fortunate or the lazy.
    tracmister

    source? Or are you basing this on stereotypes? Something you as a liberal chastise others for. Hypocrite.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 2013

    More left wing talking points? Try more rightwing bumper sticker nonsense! Republicans DO NOT care about anyone less fortunate than themselves so they invented the rationalization that poor people are lazy and stupid and the outright lie that if you work hard you won't be poor, so they could sweep their moral bankruptcy under a rug.
    goldenosprey

    You libs thinking you are helping when all youre doing is enabling them. They make fun of you after you leave because they just hustled you for more freebies

  • bjohnsonatt Jan 16, 2013

    Getting out of poverty is so simple yet never talked about by the NAACP-Stay in school, don't have a baby while still in your teens, get married and then have children, don't have more than you can afford to feed (birth control is cheap, and now nearly FREE), raise your children with values like these and insist that they stay in school, be an involved parent-these are old-fashioned things but guess what? THEY WORK-they always did and we had a thriving middle class in the black community many years ago-when fathers were in their childrens lives and made a difference. Life is not that hard if you make the right decisions along the way.

  • raleigh-cary Jan 15, 2013

    Good post, Poboy

  • mchljam2 Jan 15, 2013

    Poboy1963 ABSOLUTELY right!! Today the biggest threat to the poor black male is another poor black male. All Americans regardless of color, need to have self pride, and pull themselves up by the bootstraps and provide for themselves, stop relying on handouts. We need to remember welfare was suppose to be a TEMPORARY fix to a problem, not a permanent lifestyle.

  • dontstopnow Jan 15, 2013

    POBoy1963 - You have the most directive and accurate post of the day, thanks!

  • lessismore Jan 15, 2013

    get out of poverty???.....it's call a job, working. Does Barber expect tax payers to support them forever?

  • chrisdebra2 Jan 15, 2013

    I suggest all who believe in God to read James, Chapter 2, verses 1-25 and modify your stance! Have a blessed day.

  • ConservativeVoter Jan 15, 2013

    The NAACP is now an irrelevant organization.

    It's stuck in the past.

    Now that we have an African American President, it's time for the NAACP to go.

  • lessismore Jan 15, 2013

    How much does this man earn....I mean how much is he paid? He does nothing to help the cause of those he claims he represents. If he wants to help them hold community events and shout out-loud....no children unless you are married, finish high school, finish college, don't depend on welfare, pay for your own cell phone, stop depending on government to support you. Pay your utility bill instead of buying that new pair of Nikies. Lots Barber could do to help his people but he concentrates on politicians.....and for what????

  • Sherlock Jan 15, 2013

    What is the NAACP doing to help, other cause trouble. Most of the time they do nothing.

  • lessismore Jan 15, 2013

    Barber sounds more like a union leader than someone associated with the NAACP. living wages, labor rights.....???? This is not 1949 Mr Barber...government sents the minimum wage and Dept of Labor sets rules for labor rights protections. Where has this man been for the past 60 years, what is he even talking about? Anyone who want to become educated has to apply themselves....educations opportunities are the best ever. Expanding voting rights....what does that mean.....every US citizen can vote...this is not 1959.

  • archangel44369 Jan 15, 2013

    " to work on finding ways to address poverty, such as promoting living wages and labor rights, equality in the education and justice systems and expanded voting rights"

    Lets break these demands down to their true and real meaning.
    1. Promoting living wages = increasing the amount of Welfare given to individuals
    2. Labor Rights = If you are a minority, you cannot be fired or let go unless a criminal act can be proven.
    3. Equality in education = You are not free to send your children to the public school of your choice.
    4. Minorities in prison will be treated better than the guards.
    5. Expanding voting rights = Allowing Felons to vote.

    Real nice Rev, real nice.. :/

  • lessismore Jan 15, 2013

    goldenosprey.... simple question...why is it that the majority of those on welfare could work, but refuse to do so.... Why should I pay you to not work, if you are able to work?

  • Poboy1963 Jan 15, 2013

    I honestly believe that Dr. King would be appauled at they way handouts are being given today from the entitlement crowd. He sacrificed his life on getting equal right for black Americans, whether it be educational, vocational and/or social. The more handouts that are given, the less those receiving those handouts appreciate what they get, therefore, their sense of social responsibility goes right out the window. THIS is the reason for the high crime rate in the housing projects, inner cities, etc. Lack of social responsibility breeds low self-respect. These individuals forget how their ancestors were treated during and after slavery. Their forefathers are rolling over in their graves watching their descendants throwing any sliver of work ethic they may have had right out the door. Rev'm Barber, how about switching gears, have the young ones to pull up their pants, stop having litters of babies and EARN some self respect. It'll be a lot easier for them to get THEMSELVES out of poverty!

  • rachel Jan 15, 2013

    economic justice means everyone gets the same opportunities- what each individual chooses to do with those opportunities cannot be legistated-sink or swim but whining gets you nothing

  • goldenosprey Jan 15, 2013

    "The Republicans could care less about anyone who's in poverty whether it's those who are less fortunate or the lazy."

    More left-wing talking points or are there facts to support this biased statement?-paultaylorsr100

    More left wing talking points?
    Try more rightwing bumper sticker nonsense! Republicans DO NOT care about anyone less fortunate than themselves so they invented the rationalization that poor people are lazy and stupid and the outright lie that if you work hard you won't be poor, so they could sweep their moral bankruptcy under a rug.

  • lessismore Jan 15, 2013

    tracmister..... republicsns believe in work and jobs, not welfare entitlements. Those who are able to work, should work. Those that can not work will always be taken care of. Democrats started paying women to have children....that was stupid. Democrats started food stamps and it has been abused. Democrats started subsidized housing and it has been abused. Democrats started medicare and medicaid and those have been abused. Majority of waste in this government spending is programs started by democrats to create more poverty and make people slaves to the democrat party....for votes. Anytime a democrats says republicans represent the wealthy are half right...but they represent anyone who wants to work and prosper. Democrats politicians believe in welfare and entitlements and blame the republicans for not supporting them... simple, slave to the democrats or some dignity if you want a job and work for what you have.

  • Alexia Jan 15, 2013

    There is poverty because people can't work due to illness or disability, and then there I'd poverty due to no desire to study in school or do what one should do to help ensure they are valuable contributors to society. Which group is he trying to help? I assume the latter and fixing that kind of poverty starts with that person doing something positive, not just holding a hand out.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 15, 2013

    "The Republicans could care less about anyone who's in poverty whether it's those who are less fortunate or the lazy."

    More left-wing talking points or are there facts to support this biased statement?

  • lessismore Jan 15, 2013

    And why is Barber talking to politicians???? Only one thing politicians have control of....money and spending.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 15, 2013

    Welfare and subsidized housing should be done away with. You refuse to work you gonna get hungry. You refuse to work, you gonna get cold.

  • lessismore Jan 15, 2013

    He should preach to his people, not politicians. Teach a man to fish and he will never go hungry....I remember reading that somewhere. Give a man a handout and he will be your slave, for more handouts. The democrats believe they can control the masses with entitlements.

  • lrfarms27572 Jan 15, 2013

    i CAN and WILL say that I would rather our gov't work on these issues instead of wasting time on things like gun.

  • lrfarms27572 Jan 15, 2013

    they are as poor as they want to be sid2

    Racist much?

    welfarequeen

    toward which race?

    more whites on welfare than there are blacks. percentage of blacks is higher but overall numbers are less than whites

  • Pleasepostmycomments Jan 15, 2013

    I urge the NAACP to do as the Police Chief in Durham did. Address the amount of Black on Black crime and the Black on White crime.

  • jackd418 Jan 15, 2013

    What do they want.Bigger flat screen TV's,Better i-phones?The poor I know live better than most working people.

  • tracmister Jan 15, 2013

    Oh please!!! The Republicans could care less about anyone who's in poverty whether it's those who are less fortunate or the lazy.

  • welfarequeen Jan 15, 2013

    they are as poor as they want to be sid2

    Racist much?

  • sid2 Jan 15, 2013

    they are as poor as they want to be

  • Terkel Jan 15, 2013

    "They've (Legisl're) also said they believe the best way to address poverty in the state is to help businesses create jobs."

    D'OH! No, no, economic justice means free cash, not work!

  • caddy2076 Jan 15, 2013

    Don't yank my chain about all this poverty. I live in a county that only 40% work and the rest receive some type of government assistance. Yet I stand in line at the grocery store and watch as these people use their food stamp cards and walk out to a new BMW, Volvo, Toyota, Mercedes, or Cadillac - all equipped with at least $4,000 worth of 22" chrome wheels and tires. Don't pee on my leg and tell me it is raining - I have heard this lie all my life and it is getting very old and sickening. Plus, I cannot afford the steaks and other expensive foods they purchase because I ain't got the money to do so.

  • Terkel Jan 15, 2013

    Falling into poverty may not "take laziness" today because of the 0 economy. What's the excuse for the last 50 years?

  • North Carolina Cutie Jan 15, 2013

    It don't take laziness to put you in poverty, don't speak to soon you never know you may end up in poverty yourself.

  • ncrepublican1776 Jan 15, 2013

    One of the best things about our new administration is that they will pay this clown no attention...

  • lessismore Jan 15, 2013

    Poverty has been the milestone of Obama's administration. Barber should ask Obama why he has put so many people on welfare, put them in poverty. We all know the answer....votes.

  • Bartmeister Jan 15, 2013

    Great. Rev. Barber and the NAACP is concern with ALL people stricken with poverty regardless of race. That's what the article says. I'm surprised.

  • stevee2 Jan 15, 2013

    When has The Reverend Barber ever wanted to focus on unity. Economic justice; code for redistribution.

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