I wish someone would name names. I mean, Orage Quarles didn't pull the trigger on Stagner. Who did?
Moral Monday is all good all the time. If you are going to be silly enough to say you disapprove of some aspect of it, then at least have the integrity to state WHAT THE ASPECT IS, AND WHY.
Isn't Dana Cope himself a Republican? I know he was conservative enough to come into a black neighborhood and tell an RWCA meeting that he didn't think his child ought to have to go to elementary school at Stough and should be at Lacy instead. Obviously this didn't set too well with black leaders in the room who had children who had gone to Stough and grown up to be, e.g., interim cabinet undersecretaries in the Obama administration. For all the article's talk about opposite tactics, SEANC has the same problem that the NAACP has: The Republican Party as an institution routinely demonizes both public-sector employees and African-Americans as parasites, so any organization that wants to advocate for the interests of either or both of these groups will necessarily find itself in opposition to the Republican party, and therefore, by default, in support of the Democratic party. But the law explicitly prohibits both of these organizations from being overt about that, lest they lose tax-exempt status. So that leaves an opening for bad actors like Cope -- many state employees (idiotically) ARE Republicans. THAT is what needs to change.
Did we really just call 61% of the people who voted on May 8 hateful and small-minded? We have got to think of something else, especially from people who is job it is to figure out what to say.
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