Blue NC: North Carolina: A Snapshot of Modern Day Race Relations?

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North Carolina: A Snapshot of Modern Day Race Relations?

Does anyone know what is going on in North Carolina? It seems that each day I’m shocked more than I was the previous day. First there was Barack Obama’s stop at Fayetteville’s Cape Fear BBQ & Chicken on Sunday. Let’s just say it didn’t exactly provide an image of racial equality and fellow Americans living as one in hopes of furthering the common good.


Not exactly a picture of race relations in North Carolina that would make you proud. In 2008, people are proud of a black man for going into the hostile white eatery rather than the more friendly black eatery nearby. Come on North Carolina. That has to be a joke. Right?

Then, Sunday there was that whole “Obama Bear” incident at Western Carolina University that prompted James to begin collecting firearms. (By the way James – probably a better idea to take a deep breath.)

Then, today we get the icing on the racism cake. Think Progress has a couple of videos of a decent size group of white McCain/Palin supporters protesting and shouting at a large line of people (almost entirely black) waiting in line to vote early this past Sunday. Here is Think Progress’s description of the scene:


On Sunday, the Washington Times’s Christina Bellantoni stopped by a polling place in North Carolina, where she reported that a “group of loud and angry protestors” — almost all of whom were white — were shouting and mocking voters — nearly all of whom were black. Bellatoni noted that people “were shouting about Obama’s acknowledged cocaine use as a young man, abortion and one man used the word ‘terrorist.’ They also were complaining that Sundays are for church, not voting.”

Everyone should watch the videos. Then, if you’re like me, you’ll probably watch to watch them again to make sure you’re really seeing what you think you’re seeing. Shouting at people standing in line to vote? Does that really happen in North Carolina? Correct me if I’m wrong – this is 2008, not 1957. Right? As with most of you, one image comes to mind when I see all of these events unfolding:




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