Lt. Gov. responds to editorial cartoon about social studies guidelines debate
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson responds to a Capitol Broadcasting Co. editorial cartoon that depicts him and other Republican members of the State Board of Education as members of the Ku Klux Klan. The board is debating social studies curriculum guidelines that would include the Klan, racism and other negative aspects of U.S. history.
I'm Michel widely, and I'm proud to be the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party and want to talk a little bit about what we've seen from the Democrats and their calls for unity A to all levels of the government and why we're seeing nationwide that while they're talking about unity, they're doing anything but acting in a unified in manner. When we see that President Biden has unleashed a torrent of executive actions, I think we're at 42 counting now over the first couple of weeks, which dwarfs the numbers of administrative actions that we've seen from any other president who has said that we're going to work on bipartisan legislative majorities and has absolutely not had any leadership whatsoever. In fact, they're working with Congress and with the Senate to push a very divisive and partisan impeachment process to try and remove a president that has already left office. That is, that is not the unity that we need. We have seen it where a vast majority of the American voters strongly opposed taxpayer funded abortions, especially overseas. And yet he has overturned the Mexico policy through executive action on gun again, not the unity that we need a tow where we are here, down in North Carolina on we're talking about education. We're talking about policies and instead of Governor Cooper in the Democrats working to get kids back into school instead of them working for school choice, we're talking about social studies, standards that are nothing if not divisive, in fact, that they're so divisive that when Republicans on the Board of Election decided to question them on to stand up and talk about what is in those specific standards, we get cartoons that they're calling them racist. Despite the fact that we have a Native American and a black members of that board who are now being called racist by WRL, I think it's absolutely beyond appalling Onda. We need to be able to hold Democrats accountable. If they're going to talk about unity and they're not going to act in a unified way, then we need to call them out for it. We need to see Unity, Way need to see leadership. I think Republicans across the board are very willing to act and engage in a bipartisan manner, whether it's up in Washington, D. C. Or here in Raleigh but they are refusing to do it in every single instance. And the torrent that we've seen from three actions from the president and from Governor Cooper and the Democrats here on the board of Elections show that they're not interested in unity they're interested in power on that is really unfortunate. So with that, I'm going to turn it over Thio, Lieutenant Governor, and let him speak. Thank you. Thank you, Michael. We appreciate that. Thank you so much. Thank you all for being here. Uh, let me start out by saying this, uh, I'm gonna preference these comments with this. This is not about anybody's or point of view. It's not about your freedom of speech. I'm wholeheartedly in favor of hearing everyone's opinion, no matter how vile someone may think it. ISS I'm wholeheartedly in favor of you being able to voice your opinion. But what I want to talk about here today is not about opinions. It is about what people who people say they are and who they proved themselves to be and the hypocrisy their own. Now, here we are. Second day of Black History Month one day removed from television stations, newspapers and other mediums celebrating February down to my hometown of Greensboro, where people took a stand against racism and bigotry. And on the second day of Black History Month, the second, the first black lieutenant governor off North Carolina has been portrayed as such by one of the largest news outlets in this state. Now this is not a private individual. This is not somebody's Facebook page. This is a newspaper that goes out to millions of readers, a newspaper that, if asked, would tell you they stand up for equality and freedom and justice that would stand up and celebrate Black History Month, a newspaper that did not even know that a black man was the date that I was, uh, put in the office on the steps. They weren't even aware of it right here in this town again. It's not about their right to say it. It's about them proven exactly who they are. That cartoon doesn't really bother me. What bothers me is the hypocrisy behind that's what bothers me that you would portray a black man just because he's in the GOP is a client that you would portrayed American Indian woman, a Native American woman Olivia Oxidant, who is a Lumbee Indian and who has had to face the client face to face. And they're egregious actions and had has had to fight against them, you would portray her. That's something that, Bob the hypocrisy is mind numbing folks. And I'm here to tell you right now this office is not going to stand by and let it go by on when I'm not gonna go along to get along. I'm gonna call them out on every every time because here it is. What I wanna know from WRL Is that who you are? Is that who you want to represent yourself to be in this state? And again, it's not a private individuals, not a private Facebook page that is a newspaper sells itself the millions of people across the state that would put something that violence. So he's standards we're talking about. They're not divisive. They're not giving us calls. So look at the way there. Rick put out things on social media about People are talking about this all across the state, people are waking up and see it. What's in these standards? There's some serious discussions to be had about and if they're not divisive, how in the world that we end up here? What I understand the person who drew this is an eighth grade social studies teacher. That's true. And he's teaching these falsehoods because, by the way, wasn't anybody in the GOP that promoted the cuts client and the ideals? Darryl, I could tell you who did that. He's promoting this. W R l What is he doing in this classroom? So the standards aren't in boxing, and this should give us Poles to pump the brakes, slow down and revisit this issue, not past the standards. On tomorrow on Thursday, we're busy investigating people for simply going to Washington, D. C. And yes, the vast majority of people who went to Washington D. C. Just went toe have their voice heard. There was a small minority who did very bad things and should be punished. But the vast majority of people who went to Washington D. C. Simply went toe have their grievances addressed. Now we're trying to hunt down those people, demonize those people simply for wanting to have their voices heard while a teacher in a North Carolina middle school withdraw drawing like that, depicting the first black lieutenant government as a clue. Class class. It's something we cannot stand for folks. It's something that I'm not going to stand for. Free speech. Yes, I'm all for it. But when your free speech proves you to be a hypocrite and I will say this public proves you to be a hypocrite and a liar, we won't stand solid for we're going to stand up against it. It's happening now, not continue. Toe. Make sure it's gonna happen in the future. As lieutenant governor, You guys have any questions? I'll open it up. Thio. Yes. You talk about a possible yes, but some people who are gonna watch you tonight I'm gonna think that you article created e realized that your post anti Semitic homophobic and sensitive post private, but they became public. So how do you respond to those concerns from people that say you are a hypocrite? That's a great question. And I'm glad you asked that. And here's the answer. Because when I made those comments as a private citizen and I explained this to you before till when I made those posts as a as a private citizen, I was speaking directly to issues that I'm passionate about, but as a public servant and I said this to you as a public servant, I have toe put those opinions behind me and do what you want for everyone in North Carolina on. I'm grown enough to do that. If I was a teacher, I would not have posted those things. A teacher should not have posted that. And if I ran a state wide publication like W W R A. I would not post something like that. It's all about where you stand at the moment when you speak. It's not about what you say because we all have the right to say these things. But it's about where you stand when you say that and who you're saying them to. That's the issue that I take here. I don't mind the fact that people have the right to say these things, but I do mind when they tell me that they're not racist, that they stand up for justice, that they stand up for equality and their their institution or their publication does that, and then they print something like that. That's the hypocrisy that I have a problem. Anyone else Would you be willing to sit down with the opposition to discuss still moving forward ways to overhaul Social? That's exactly what we're trying to do and see. That's that's my entire point with this. My entire point in this is this. I am willing to talk to anyone who wants to work on these social studies standards. In fact, that's what we're doing. The CPI has made it known that they don't agree with my stance on this, but the end up s to this point. The CPI and I have had a intelligent conversation about this. This is not an intelligent conversation, and it's again, it goes back to what I just discussed with him. It's coming from a person who should be having an intelligent, logical conversation about this issue, who stands in a position where his conversation should be intelligent and logical and decent. It's not a just a commentator. Disguise, not just a political commentator, and W. L R L has a larger responsibility than somebody who just has a private Facebook post. Can you bring us into What do you want? Yeah, it's go about recording on the table. Why, my major, my major opposition to it is that I think that the way to social studies standards aircraft right now that they 0.2 calling our our nation systemically racist and I'm diametrically opposed to that. I do not believe we live in a systemically racist nation. Nor have we ever lived in a systemically racist nation. Are there Racists now? Yes. Have there been racist in our history? Yes. Have they done vile and evil and disgusting things? Yes. Where they dealt with? Yes. Then we all have. We overcome them to a large extent way have. And we are still working in every segment of our community to root out racist and root out racism and running out of every institution in that it may be in. But we are using the American system off government to do that. We are using our court systems and our laws and the words of our founding documents to do that. And that's the argument that I had that the founding of this nation, our founding documents, our constitution, our system of government is not racist, is the exact thing that is helping us overcome racism today and will continue to help us overcome racism, racism in the future. That's what I have. That's my major argument against the standard. Some people on the other side will say that the Constitution was written. Black people were not considered even human beings. 100% human beings. That would be an example of systemic discrimination. You have Jim Crow laws. You have red line. You have a disproportionate impact of Kobe 19 with vaccination program. You have people that say that it has systemically big discrimination against African Americans. Your response. Okay, let's take the first. I suppose you're talking about 3/5 Compromise. See, this is another example of why we need to teach real history. The 3/5 compromises was put into our Constitution toe limit the power off slaveholding states in this nation. The slaveholders want to count their slaves as whole individuals for the purposes off having a population count that would give them control of our federal government. The 3/5 compromise prevented that. And why did it prevent that? And why was it place in? Because slavery was never a settled issue in this nation. There always been people the highest levels of the fall against the second thing Jim Crow. Yes, there were racist people who use the Constitution and our Supreme Court to set the standard of separate but equal. But again, the American system off government through hard work and perseverance would would prevail again. When, in the 19 sixties we overcame or the 19 fifties Excuse me Way Over came and crushed the system of Jim Crow with Brown versus Board of Education System, which was done through our Supreme Court. Our system of government worked. It stood up against racism. And I will submit this to you. The states that are having these problems with rolling out these vaccines. North Carolina being one of them, they are run by Democrats, the same people who promote these kind of ideas and lives. Right? So who is it? Who is it? This promoted systemic racism. Anyone else? Thank you all very much for coming here. Thank you very much. Thank you for everybody who's watching. Appreciate you. Thank