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  • jlhpcarew Feb 1, 2013

    Wonderful!!! and completely true. How can Barber say he is for minorities, elderly, etc., when all they do is tell people they are victims. ID is a necessity to be a productive member of today's society. Why would the NAACP want to keep people from this? SS is now sending SS payments by direct deposit. You need a valid ID to open a bank account. With the ACA coming online you will need a valid ID to prove who you are to get insurance. additionally if they expand Medicaid under the ACA, those people will have to prove who they are by showing ID. With all the problems they've found with Medicaid, people should be showing ID now to make sure your truly able to receive it. You need an ID to drive a car, get a job, get prescriptions filled, etc. I am sick of hearing Barber state untruths as if they were fact!! Ever see his news conferences? There's more people on stage than in the crowd listening.

  • luv2shop418 Feb 1, 2013

    Wow....WTG Rep. Michael Speciale, finally someone to put Barber in his place. Bravo, I stand behind you 110%.

  • jhk0704 Feb 1, 2013

    I cant believe that Rev. Barber tried to compare this to the Poll Tax and Literacy Tests. What a unbelieveable reach and uninformed and uneducated comment. It is unbelieveable the lengths that this man will go through to try and keep the hate and racism alive. Way to go Rep. Michael Speciale

  • pookietoes2 Feb 1, 2013

    Outstanding Rep. Speciale. Thank you

  • Wake1 Feb 1, 2013

    Kudos to Mr. Speciale for calling it like it is!!! We need more folks willing to stand up for what is right & stop being bullied by the PC propogandists! Barber has been allowed to use these scare tactics for way too long!!!!!!

  • Rollin Like PDoobie Feb 1, 2013

    Very well written and to the POINT! I'm very eagerly awaiting the Dr's response. I'm sure at some point he'll claim Speciale is a racist and demand that he be removed from his seat. Sorry Barber, speaking the absolute truth is not racism. Bring some real facts into your agenda and maybe someone will take you serious!

  • Sweetgrl3 Feb 1, 2013

    Way to go Rep. Michael Speciale. Someone finally spoke the truth. I would like to frame this email in the office of the NAACP. Could not have said it better myself. Barber you need to sit down and shut your mouth. You and old jackson need to just go!

  • same ole story Feb 1, 2013

    House freshman calls NAACP chief 'racist' in email Finally a politician tells it like it is!!!!

  • atozca Feb 1, 2013

    "calling the group and its leader "racists" and "race-opportunists" This is misleading WRAL, Rep. Speciale didn't call the NAACP racists or race opportunist...he called out the rev for his "racist diatribes and your race-baiting attitude." And again, "Your comments, both today and in the past are racist and inappropriate."

    I personally having no problem calling Barber a racist. He proves himself to be one every time he makes a comment.

  • kmanc4s Feb 1, 2013

    Excellent email Rep. Speciale!!! Very well written and completely truthful!

  • GodSaveUsFromLiberals Feb 1, 2013

    I wish our representative from Johnston County had said that. I would be so proud!

  • censorbait Feb 1, 2013

    Told the unvarnished truth. Never apologize for telling the truth. NEVER!

  • Smiling Feb 1, 2013

    Stand by it Speciale!!! You spoke the truth and it's time for the truth to prevail.

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Feb 1, 2013

    WRAL - your liberal bias is so blatantly obvious - just report the news or I'll go elsewhere for my information. LuvingLifeInTheSouth

    LuvingLifeInTheSouth, I suggest you go elsewhere for your information if you can't take the truth...

  • greg11 Feb 1, 2013

    It is refreshing in politics when people have the sense to speak up and aren't afraid to tell the truth. Mr. Barber is an embarrassment to his organization. He should be replaced by someone who could actually do some good for the advancement of colored people, instead of playing political games.

  • injameswetrust2003 Feb 1, 2013

    It's the truth.

  • godshelper Feb 1, 2013

    Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven
    Job well done. Seems like someone with their head screwed on correctly. I stand with him on this matter. A photo identification should be required and requiring one has nothing to do with race. It has to do with identifing who you are proclaiming to be. Not everyone is honest anymore and that goes for all races. Great job!

  • holmesap Feb 1, 2013

    SO PROUD OF THIS MAN ! Someone finally has the guts to speak the truth

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 1, 2013

    Why is this news? Anyone who post on WRAL boards, know that several have call the "Chief" racist and made some pretty strong comments about the NAACP. Yet they didn't do a new story " A lot of people think NAACP chief is racist"....

  • mm23 Feb 1, 2013

    no apologies necessary.............

  • oldnavychief Feb 1, 2013

    Thank you Sir for using your first ammendment right (which I spent 20 years protecting) to speak what so many of us have said and thought.....the NAACP was founded on need and principles years ago when there was a definite seems to exist now to be a an orginization the has to create problems to exist and to provide folks a chance to make fools of themselves in the media, especially in this state...once again, thank you and do not buckle under the NAACP and pc folks "firestorm" you are soon to find yourself in....I would wager you have far more supporters than detracters!!

  • texasncgirl Feb 1, 2013


    My day has barely started, and this totally made my day.

    Truth hurts.

  • miseem Feb 1, 2013

    Nowhere in anyone’s minds but yours and your fellow race-opportunists is race, ethnic background, or color of one’s skin mentioned, insinuated or inferred regarding the proposed voter ID laws.

    Of course, most of the people with no photo ID are minorities and poor. And generally vote for Democrats. But this legislation has nothing to do with disenfranchising them. It's just that it's worht keeping 10,000 eligible voters out of the polls to prevent those 2 people voting illegally.

    If one of these posters had sent an email similar to what Rep Speciale sent to a Dem representative and had a response similar to Barber's, the hate against that Dem rep would have been immediate. However, so far, I don't see any posters saying that Mr "Special" may have overstepped civil discourse expected of a legislator in his response. Of course, the GOP has pretty much abandoned civil discourse anyway.

  • foghat001 Feb 1, 2013

    Good. Someone needed to call Barber on his rants long before now.

  • lovethesouth1 Feb 1, 2013

    It's about time someone spoke up about this, and I hope he sticks to it. He's absolutely right. It's not racist to get a driver's license or a passport, and it's not racist to have to show photo ID when using your credit cards, so why is it racist to prove you're YOU when you vote?

  • Scubagirl Feb 1, 2013

    It seems (thankfully) that 98% posting on this story AGREE!!! That says to me that many, many more also agree. Wonder what kind of spin they'll put on it at the news conference?


  • mbatchelor44 Feb 1, 2013

    I agree with Freshman Rep. Michael Speciale. Only in the minds of the NAACP are there problems brewing up. I am so very glad that someone has the backbone to speakup. thank you.

  • jbyrd Feb 1, 2013

    Except for just a VERY few comments so far on this article. I agree with every single one of them.
    Exceptional and to the point email that is spot on in his description of why and how the current NAACP leadership is promoting racism in our country.
    Good for you Senator. We NEED brave honest men like you representing us.

  • Offshore Feb 1, 2013

    Finally, someone who points out that Yes, racism is a two way street.
    Michael Speciale, congrats on calling it like you see it. (as everyone else sees it as well, even if they won't admit it)

  • #7 Feb 1, 2013

    Good on him for speaking the truth. Whatever accomplishments that Dr. King thru his civil rights effort have been negated by the likes of Barber, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest of their ilk. They don't look for solutions, they look for handouts.

  • Kingfish Feb 1, 2013

    He needs to run for President. He'd get my vote!

  • huxter72 Feb 1, 2013

    Oh, come on. Mr.Speciale, blacks racist the naacp racist, come on now. No one would ever think a black or the naacp could be racist, nawhhhhh! Only whites are racist, haven't you heard.

  • cattailcabin Feb 1, 2013

    I just read all 136 comments and I only found ONE that supported Mr. Barber. All the others were in support of Rep. Speciale. That should speak volumes to both Mr. Barber AND WRAL! However, their agendas have always been and will always be clear... divide and keep the hate alive. It's so sad.

  • maggiesp7 Feb 1, 2013

    Amen! glad some one had the guts to tell him.

  • indrdw Feb 1, 2013

    I have no problem with a voter ID. Anyone that can get out to vote can get to the DMV to get an ID. The race thing is getting kind of old when many people are not as well off as some of color these days. Ones state of affairs these days is not dependent on color.
    Saying this, our state having republican controled legislature will not be interested in anyones equal rights. Most of them are so right winged. Before having such a majority they moved against all efforts to guarantee the safety of all students in our schools. By the way, enough representatives and senators had the wisdom to pass the legislation with the language for sexual orientation, perceived or otherwise. We all remember the constitutional amendment forbidding same sex couples to marry as well as limiting other equal rights the rest of us have. I believe the words of one Senator were 'I feel it is my duty to protect marriage'. I don't think this would have hurt my marriage, do you? In other words this person as

  • autismawareness Feb 1, 2013

    telling it like it is.

  • jambro22 Feb 1, 2013

    It is what it is.......

  • hvygee Feb 1, 2013

    Excellent call Rep Speciale ... Reverend, the truth is welcome in heaven but you obviously don't understand that ...

  • Hip-Shot Feb 1, 2013

    Finally an elected official with enough guts to say what everyone already knows (but kept silent due to pc).

  • tiblet Feb 1, 2013

    I support a voter ID to vote in NC. My family has a membership to the NC Aquarium and I have to show my photo ID to enter under my membership. The need to have a photo id is prevelant in all aspects of life in our society. I don't see how this is a racist issue that targets the elderly or minorities. And of course, now Dr. Barber will be holding a press conference to respond to the email sent by Rep. Speciale. What a joke.

  • nic Feb 1, 2013

    I hope he does not apologize because he has nothing to apologize for. He has freedom of speech just as Barber does and I tend to agree with Congressman Speciale. Thank you for speaking up.

  • willishelley Feb 1, 2013

    Way to go Rep. Michael Speciale. Its about time someone stood up to state the facts! Will the school system be able to do the same?

  • irishreb2u Feb 1, 2013

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its a duck !

  • kimndarcie Feb 1, 2013

    And, my apologies to Dr. Barber for misspelling his name in my earlier post.

  • saturn5 Feb 1, 2013

    Barber IS racist. We'll never get rid of racism as long as we tolerate it from people of color. It works both ways. You can't say racism is ok from one person because of the color of their skin.

  • bkahuna Feb 1, 2013

    Does the truth hurt Mr. Barber?

  • blakeselectricalsolutions Feb 1, 2013

    Good Job! Out of 136 comments there are about 3 negitive your on the right track Rep. Speciale. To WRAL it would behoove you not to try to put a negitive spin on this story, Call it what it is "the truth"

  • Cee-Lo Feb 1, 2013

    maybe some of you need read up on how/why the NAACP was created and FYI im for voter ID

  • wwyoud Feb 1, 2013

    I understand that some people will have difficulty getting to the DMV, but has anyone seen an objective review of how many of those who actually will have difficulty getting an ID have voted in the last 10 years? Not to say they won't vote in the future, but there's a LOT of people who don't ever vote... As for cost, I think NC has said the IDs for voting will be free.

  • Frank Downtown Feb 1, 2013

    Why should you have to have a photo id to vote? You don't need to one to buy a gun?

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