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Thousands attend 'Moral March' in Raleigh on host of issues

Posted February 11
Updated February 12

— Thousands of people attended an annual civil rights march Saturday in Raleigh that in recent years has focused on fighting the conservative-leaning agenda in North Carolina state government.

But Saturday's 11th annual "Moral March on Raleigh" led by the state NAACP included speakers focused on opposition to actions by President Donald Trump, particularly on immigration. Other rallies held in Raleigh this year have been critical of Trump.

"There's too much going on in the world to keep staying silent," Tiffany Newkirk said.

Many said the current political climate — arguably one of the most contentious in recent history — is what drove them to come out and speak up.

"I'm here today just because silence is being content with the status quo," Erin Newkirk said. "All my life I've kind of been reserved and shy. And introverts are out."

Saturday's protesters planned to push for the repeal of House Bill 2, which limits LGBT rights and which bathrooms transgender people can use. Other topics included opposition to gerrymandering in redistricting and to the repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul as well as how they feel about the current administration.

The march began near Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium and ended near the old Capitol Building.

"People are starting to finally pay more attention and say 'Hey, politics does matter and I think that's a good thing. It's what the republic needs'," Bryan Parsons said.

While massive crowds filled the streets, not everyone is fond of the rally or what it represents. North Carolina Republican Party director Dallas Woodhouse said these views are not those supported by the majority of the state.

"It is a far left agenda that would massively raise taxes on the citizens of North Carolina, increase regulations and hurt job creation in North Carolina," Woodhouse said.

Despite varying views, many said there is one thing they can agree on — a lot more people are paying attention.

"I don't think we are going to go back to sleep. We the people are awake and we are going to stay awake," Paula Hope said.

"You know you come to things like this," Tiffany Newkirk said. "And maybe it doesn't change anything but it changes you. And that's why I keep rallying and keep marching."

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  • Charlie Watkins Feb 12, 12:26 p.m.
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    The Reve and Krispey Creme. Now that is a picture I will see in my dreams.

  • Steven Brown Feb 12, 11:44 a.m.
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    I'm waiting for the backlash from local business owners. These marches have to be affecting the bottom line for anyone with a store front in cities with frequent marches, I know I'm not going downtown for weekend lunches like I used to do frequently.

  • Charlie Watkins Feb 12, 10:04 a.m.
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    Attendance at the Moral March plus $1.07 will get you a coffee at many fast food restaurants.

  • John Townsend Feb 12, 8:35 a.m.
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    Your article is filled with almost no substance. The listed "crimes" are either not criminal or easily faked or not necessarily racist.
    In the wake of Trump winning, the SPLC gathered in tons of fake reports and the caterwauling began.
    Something mean was written in a "free speech tunnel"
    An alleged cross burning that any attention seeking fool could have put up.
    Hanging figures?
    Kids chanting on a school bus? Allegations with no proof is the trademark of SPLC fearmongering.

  • Michael Bawden Feb 12, 7:37 a.m.
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    Where is the ariel shot of the crowd?

    At least the Rev was smart enough to not have the march the same weekend as the Krispy Kreme run. Where the CHARITABLE UNC Children's Hospital crowd far out numbered the self serving Rev Barbour crowd.

  • Judy Loftin Feb 12, 4:20 a.m.
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    Most were from other states. We need to build a wall around North Carolina.

  • Tommy Frieda Holloman Feb 11, 11:48 p.m.
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    Where were all these people during the Obama 8 yrs when the same problems existed...Where?? Waiting for Donald so you could as usual blame it on the right...Don't disagree with the right to protest just how and who it's being directed toward...

  • Arron Lee Feb 11, 11:45 p.m.
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    Funny, the Dems seem to be the ones irritated these days. They're the ones protesting over everything that didn't go their way

  • Tommy Frieda Holloman Feb 11, 11:40 p.m.
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    Unfortunately comparing this dribble to the 1963 march shows how out of touch you are..Your "Democratic " party led us straight into a war we've never recover from...Fyi look how many of your party voted for the Civil Rights act...

  • Roy Pine Feb 11, 10:40 p.m.
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    My suburban, white family drove from Cary to be there. Try again.

    As the NAACP tweet stated, this was a diverse crowd in terms of age, income level, race, gender, etc.

    But then protests like this usually are, because no single demographic has a monopoly on being right. And your lot always dismiss them out of hand as a bunch of shiftless college students and burnt-out hippies.

    They said the same thing about the marches against the Iraq War, and they were just as wrong then. On both the demographics and the cause.

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