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  • 2AMANDA2 May 31, 2011

    parcman... i somewhat see your point. as a black woman i'm not a fan of things like affirmative action because i would like to get jobs and opportunities on my merits. on the flip side, i do realize that without affirmative action... i wouldn't be considered for a lot of those opportunities unfortunately because of my race. those programs were put in place to assure that minorities get some of the same opportunites as others. as for race-related questions on applications and such... there is no legal requirement to answer them and most now have the option "decline to answer" or "i prefer not to answer" or some variation

  • 2AMANDA2 May 31, 2011

    gman007... how is that the definition of racism? the organization and others like it was created because all races OTHER THAN European Americans were not treated equally or fairly. or were you offended by my use of the phrase European American? I just call it like i see it. There are Native Americans (original americans), African Americans (though there's more white africans than black), etc... why shouldn't white people be called European Americans if everyone else is listed by their country of origin.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 31, 2011

    Picture in your mind...someone smoking in the non-smoking section of a restaurant. If you tell him to STOP, it is YOU who the smoker will say is rude. Ironic, isn’t it.

    Same thing here.

    This leader (in the majority racial population) doesn’t want to accomodate the minority. He’s “done enough” for them. He’s finished with all that “accomodation stuff”. So, he lashes out at the minority leader as RACIST. In reality, LaRogue needs to realize that he’s smoking his racist cigarette in a room full of other people and extinguish that puppy.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 31, 2011

    For those people denying that White Advocacy groups exist, here's a list of 21 that exist in the U.S. alone.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_white_nationalist_organizations

  • ProudBlackSingleMother May 31, 2011

    LaRoque is my hero!!!!!!!

  • parcman May 31, 2011

    the article stated...Tea Party extremists seized the Republican Party and declared war on African Americans, poor people and other minorities....now how is a party that is a response to the excessive " taking" of peoples money got a doggone thing to do with race?...mr. barber can spew all kinds of garbage about race, start arguments by race baiting and down right lies about people.i and many people feel the same way. how can blacks move forward and truly be equal members of society by including race in everthing? if you want special treatment just because of color then that is racism.if mr. barber truly wants blacks to be equal members of society it looks to me like he would fight to have all references of color removed from all avenues of life including the postal exams, contracts with the state, hiring quotas and etc. until this happens i must believe that he and the naacp are trying to exploit other races and will do all that is in my power to promote other races to make them equal.

  • gman007 May 31, 2011

    'thanks for showing your ignorance... the NAACP is for ALL races other than European American..' 2amanda2.

    Now, that's ignorance, but the perfect definition of racism.

  • SARCASTICLES May 30, 2011

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR UPDATE: The previous post that enraged the racists by calling them racists has been removed. The ORIGINAL POST, once again:

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR: The shed-yuled cross-burnin' for this weekend has been cancelled due a shortage of narrow-mindedness and ignorance, and a lack of blind hatred.....naw, just kiddin'....there's PLENTY! Just take a gander at these posts. ;)

  • 2AMANDA2 May 30, 2011

    hi_i_am_wade said...
    "It is time for the media to ignore the racists at the NAACP. Until we stop focusing on race, racism will always be around. Disband by force any organization that caters to a person's race unless they are all represented. Where is the NAAWP (white) and the NAAOP (oriental) and the NAALP (latino) and the NAAPIP (Pacific islander)? There is a black caucus in the senate, so where is the white caucus and the oriental caucus and the latino caucus and the Pacific islander caucus?"

    thanks for showing your ignorance... the NAACP is for ALL races other than European American. no need for all the other break downs. no one jumped on mr barber's back when the NAACP stood up for the hispanic families in stony brook whose homes have been removed without their knowledge.

    i may not always agree with his methods, but he is the president of the state NAACP for a reason. folks have the right to bote him in AND out so he must be getting results!

  • mwilson110 May 30, 2011

    I have first hand experience with Rev. Barber. It's not so much what he wants to accomplish, but his methods are deplorable and extremely divisive. Rather than seeking better race relations, his methods serve to widen the divide. Steven LaRoque has more courage than most. It is unfortunate that someone had to stand up like this because he will pay a price in the media. There are a lot of minorities doing things for the right reason, but Rev. Barber's tactics overshadow anything he may be doing good. There is only one side - Rev. Barber's.

  • RM24 May 30, 2011

    Some right wing bigot wrote - "Good for you Representative LaRoque. I think 3/4 of NC Population feel the same way and the other 1/4 is the pot calling the kettle black." There it is!! We knew that was coming. It would be the most amazing thing in the history of NC if the right wing bigots actually propped up Rep. LeBigot for Governor or (too funny!) President! Please, bring that on, and be ready for what happens when you support the 21st century version of George Wallace. Good luck, kids!!
    geosol

    If you cant win the argument then call names. Geosol you are great at that. HOW about adding something with meaning instead of name calling. THEN people may listen.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 30, 2011

    This man stands by and is willing to allow innocent children to go without food in NC by not helping the unemployed return back to the workforce. This man is killing innocent children in NC by starvation so pay no heed to this back stabbing lying republican.

  • jackmanjumper May 30, 2011

    This comment is not from a family member and I wholly agree that the NAACP leadership is a racist bunch, hiding behind a leader that can hardly carry on a conversation, much less make a point without blaming everyone but the blacks for the current "problem" of the day. Mr.Barber does a great job using his collar.....no one should argue with a "Man of God". If this is the best that the NAACP can get to represent them, I believe they will implode their organization without any help. You would think Mr. Barber could stand up straight and make his points without needing oxygen.......Maybe next time......

  • rbutterw May 30, 2011

    By its very definition the NAACP is an organization which promotes a segment of our society based on it's skin color, thus vetting this as a racist organization. Unfortunately, we continue to perpetuate the division of our society with ongoing racial slurs and focusing on past prejudices which only move us backward. It is time we focus on the removal of ignorance from our society. We must pull ourselves out of this racial gutter. Comments from the NC NAACP leadership and any who would continually play the race card trap us us in the this gutter like an alcoholic looking for yet another drink in which to cry and share his misery.

  • lynnburke007 May 30, 2011

    All I want to say is that the comments from your family members don't count senator. Most of North Carolina voters do not agree with you and we are disgusted by your remarks. How did you jump to racism when all he did was point out the obvious!These new laws are going to severly impact the poor,black and white alike.Instead of name calling why don't you address the issue? Is it because you have no defense? Just remember senator that the poor still have the right to vote in this state, and last time I checked November is just five months away.

  • lkanzig May 30, 2011

    barber is deffinately a racist. the naacp is a racist group as well. barber will inject his little twisted version ino everything to make the issue about race, no matter what it is! as far as the naacp goes, well one of their chapters in the north will not allow a gentleman to lead their chapter because he is a latino. isnt the naacp against discrimination, or is it only to be used by them to promote their racist agendas? if other races had a group like the naacp, they would be all over it saying how racist it was and how it should be abolished. what makes them better than everyone else? barber and the naacp are just disgusting and should be disbanded for promoting racist hate!

  • Mr. Tibbs May 27, 2011

    Booker T Washington pegged the Barbours, Jacksons, and Sharptons of this country many years ago with this quote: "There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."

  • cantstandya May 27, 2011

    Rev Barber has brought race into this and many other issues which are not really black or white but just the way things are right now the economy,jobs and education,he alone has created this atmosphere he now is the center of and no one from the black community has spoke up to denounce him so what are we to think other than he speaks for all.

  • hi_i_am_wade May 27, 2011

    THANK YOU LAROQUE! The truth hurts, doesn't it? The NAACP should stand for the National Association for the Advancement and Continuation of Prejudice. Barber care's about one thing: Attention. Like a spoiled brat, the man cares about attention and he gets it from the media.

    It is time for the media to ignore the racists at the NAACP. Until we stop focusing on race, racism will always be around. Disband by force any organization that caters to a person's race unless they are all represented. Where is the NAAWP (white) and the NAAOP (oriental) and the NAALP (latino) and the NAAPIP (Pacific islander)? There is a black caucus in the senate, so where is the white caucus and the oriental caucus and the latino caucus and the Pacific islander caucus?

    Again, thank you Mr. Laroque for being honest. The quickest way to make someone angry is to be right.

  • halo229 May 27, 2011

    He hit the nail on the head!! Good job!!

  • Jackiemoon May 27, 2011

    Its a breath of fresh air to see someone stand up and tell the truth! Barber is nothing more than a racist that uses the race card every angle possible to sue someone to gain a dollar in his pocket. I say lets back LaRogue for President in 2012!

  • quaten May 27, 2011

    The problem with racists, is the other race. The problem with racsim, is so many races. The problem with race, is you can't change your own. The problem with change, is some racist with a problem.

  • IzzMad2016 May 27, 2011

    "must think that we should go back to the "yes'um master" days"

    You must be joking. I haven't read a single post that remotely suggests that and LaRogue's comments said nothing of the kind. Talk about baiting......

  • clickhere May 27, 2011

    double wow. I can't get anything through the censors tonight here, first time in 2 yrs. Barber and Laroque are 2 of a kind, on other sides of the fence. Eastern Carolina hasn't always voted for Laroque, so don't send him to sainthood and the Presidency ahead of his time.

  • ellisnlynn2 May 27, 2011

    I think the NAACP should update their name to National Association for the Advancement of African Americans....the N double A double A

  • lauraleigh May 27, 2011

    Well, of COURSE he's racist. Anyone lacking in substance, whose only argument has to be the accusation of race, who demands special attention and privilege on the basis of skin color is himself a racist. Let's face it: the NAACP is not the organization of MLK.

  • dws May 27, 2011

    it is what it is, and Barber's antics most assuredly need to be called out......

  • kmcneil65 May 27, 2011

    I'm black, and i dont care too much for Barber. But LaRoach and the folks on here applauding him have to ask themselves, what does his and your ignorant statements have to do with the issues that LaRoach and his 'gud'ole boyz' friends are ruining this state with.These mostly white booys in the NCGA, are hurting our white citizens on there efforts to suppress the ' unemployed, "underclass"( blacks). Barber and the NCAAP have nothing to do with this state of emergency. Why even go there, except to show ya true color

  • sawduster May 27, 2011

    Amen Rep. Stephen LaRoque, finally someone in govt with the guts to tell it like it is. And I agree with other comments that they (NAACP) keep the pot stirred just to raise more money. They hurt their race way more than they help.

  • carolinagirl1976 May 27, 2011

    I couldn't agree more Mr. LaRoque!! I applaud you for saying in public what I have been thinking for years. Mr. Barber is the worst kind of racist! He hurts those he says he is trying to help! Mr. Barber is the worst thing possible for race relations in NC! Wish Mr. LaRoque was in my district so I could vote for him!

  • Dr.Phil May 27, 2011

    Tell it Steve tell it.you seem to be the only one in Raleigh that has the courage to call a racist exactly what they are.And the REVEREND Barber is the biggest in NC...He always uses the race card when it suits him and his agenda...The NAACP should get a new spokesman...

  • geosol May 27, 2011

    Some right wing bigot wrote - "Good for you Representative LaRoque. I think 3/4 of NC Population feel the same way and the other 1/4 is the pot calling the kettle black." There it is!! We knew that was coming. It would be the most amazing thing in the history of NC if the right wing bigots actually propped up Rep. LeBigot for Governor or (too funny!) President! Please, bring that on, and be ready for what happens when you support the 21st century version of George Wallace. Good luck, kids!!

  • nctarheel59 May 27, 2011

    Well, I am happy that so many of you who probably did not live in North Carolina during "Jim Crow" and the segregation era have no understanding of how African-Americans and many white people feel about the Wake school board and its decisions. Heres a truth since ya'll seem to want to hear the truth. Many upper middle class and upper class folks move to all white enclaves (the suburbs of North Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest) to escape contact with people who are different from themselves. They don't like busing to help poor children of any race see the possibilities of achievement by going to school with children of successful people. The history of segregated schools in North Carolina is they fail not because of different funding levels per pupil but because the PTSOs and booster clubs do not have the financial resources or private business connections to upgrade athletic fields, purchase extra school supplies, band equipment not provided by the school system, etc. John Tedesco has be

  • Nancy May 27, 2011

    I will ask again - anyone care to name anything Barber has done to actually have a positive impact on the lives of those he claims he's 'fighting' for?

    Anyone?

  • skinnygranny May 27, 2011

    WOW. Finally a politician that tells the truth!

    ASTOUNDED!

  • quaten May 27, 2011

    Birds of a feather will flock together. If you want a good example of modern-day racism, go to church - look among your congregation, does the demographic suggest anything?

    You never hear any issues about churches being racially segregated, because they're full of voluntary participants. Yet - they mostly are - racially segregated.

  • Shine -On May 27, 2011

    The NAACP reminds me of the union before the mafia got into it. It was probably started as a 'good thing', but over time it has become infected.

    What is race? How many are there? If his views were even rnemotly similar to the rest........ well he would be able to get along.

    He is an extremist, and they come in all colors and fashions, look at Bin Landin and what the 'real' muslim faith thinks of him.

    He is a poor example of what he thinks he is representing.

  • Alex25 May 27, 2011

    TY LaRoque. STOP this MADNESS.

  • Telman May 27, 2011

    As were mine, the Blackfoot Tribe of the Iroquois Nation.
    Amen, the most mistreated people in american history, never asking for anything ridiculous. Let me add that barber is not representative of most black americans. The people I know are hard working family oriented people. barber represents the minority within the minority. He just makes a lot of noise.

  • aegunc May 27, 2011

    JordanvsBird--the income inequality, gaps in access to healthcare and education are still here and are tied to race. When you work against overcoming 400yrs of slavery & everything that came with it you have to expect that it will take sometime to close those gaps...

  • bcwise58 May 27, 2011

    Thank You Sir: Someone has finaly called out one of the biggest racist in this state. He's all about putting his self where he does not belong. More politicians needs to start speaking up in public "not just in private" and stand up for all the people of North Carolina.

  • backwards May 27, 2011

    Sometimes the truth hurts. Admit there is a problem and fix it.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    "...LaRoque said in an interview at his Kinston office. 'The modern-day NAACP promotes racism. That's what they're doing. They're stirring the racial pot. It's where they get their funding. It's how they get their influence.'"

    AMEN!!!

    Unless they keep stirring up trouble, they lose their $$$. What a shame they're not using those $$$ to truly educate and uplift people.

  • bullethole357 May 27, 2011

    Amen! The NAACP perpetuates racism so they can stay in business.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    KMS - "The NAACP is a very racist organization. This coming from someone who is black. The truth is the truth."

    WOW!!!

    Good for you.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    I find racism abhorrent, no matter where it comes from, and in my opinion, he and his whining cronies are some of the worst, and they give everyone they claim to be trying to help excuse after excuse for relying upon others instead of teaching them to believe in themselves, work for themselves, take care of themselves.

  • aegunc May 27, 2011

    LaRoque and any of you that support him must think that we should go back to the "yes'um master" days of being afraid to open our mouths when something needs to be said...well guess what folks those days are over and there is NOTHING you can do about it!!

  • JordanvsBird May 27, 2011

    Unfortunately, the organization does take sides. The NAACP had a valid purpose 40 years ago, just as unions did. These self-interested organizations are now obsolete and dangerous to our economy and country. Being black is no longer a disability. Why does the NAACP continue to cling to prejudice? If they really want to make a lasting impact, they should change their name and mission to help the unfortunate regardless of race.

  • grasshopperrtp2 May 27, 2011

    The only thing that allows evil to exist is for good people to do nothing.Mr LaRoque is good people.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    TA - " The NAACP is unbelievably racist and probably plays a bigger role in promoting racism than any other organization."

    I agree.

    They cause more division between people than ALMOST every other organization on earth, with the exception of SOME religions.

    And that's shameful!!!

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