I thought that the porn pay-per-view titles that I find on my cable system digital guide just after the regular movie channel listings were amusing enough. Then I ran across this one today on SYFY. I had to take a screen shot of it. "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid"? Really? People watch this stuff? No wonder SYFY ratings have been down.
Raleigh, N.C. — State NAACP President Rev. William Barber held a news conference Friday and responded to a Republican House freshman who accused Barber of "racist diatribes" and having a "race-baiting attitude."
"I don’t take
stuff like that personally," Barber told reporters as supporters stood
behind him. "He can have his opinion. We believe in freedom of speech.
We have a responsibility to correct him."
Rep. Michael Speciale,
R-Craven, along with all other state lawmakers, received an emailed
version of a statement last week by Barber on proposed voter ID
In the statement,
Barber calls voter ID initiatives "national propaganda efforts by the
far-right to justify the obvious tactic to suppress the votes of
minorities, youth, disabled and the elderly," and urges Republican
legislative leaders to abandon their push for such a law in North
WRAL News obtained the email Speciale sent in response, in which he accused Barber of tarnishing the "proud history" of the NAACP.
do minorities and the elderly a disservice when you assume that they
are incapable or incompetent to the point that they cannot provide a
photo ID to vote," Speciale wrote. "Your comments, both today and in the
past are racist and inappropriate, therefore, I request that you
remove me from your email list."
Speciale did not respond to calls and emails for comment or clarification.
like he picked up a book from the '50s or '60s and regurgitated the
same answers from that day, instead of listening to what we’re saying,"
Barber said Friday. "He sent that as a way to try to divide and conquer,
and it won’t work."
Speciale isn't the first eastern North Carolina Republican to
call Barber and his group racists. In 2011, former Rep. Stephen
LaRoque, R-Lenoir, did the same thing.
and NAACP Vice President Curtis Gatewood turned the tables on lawmakers
during their news conference, charging that the General Assembly is
"If a policy is going to have a disparate impact upon
blacks (and) minorities, we're going to call it what it is," Barber
said. "That is why we call it systemic racism."
Leader Edgar Starnes said the reasons for voter ID legislation are
getting lost amid the charges and counter-charges.
"I call on all
members of the legislature and of groups with an interest in this issue
to focus on policy rather than on emotion. Issues as important as this
often generate emotional reactions," Starnes said.
remarks by NAACP attorney Al McSurely during the news conference
regarding the origin of Speciale's email caused another dust-up.
don’t really think he wrote this letter. I think he gave it to one of
his Civitas people and said, ‘Let’s go after Rev. Barber,'" McSurely
Civitas and Dallas Woodhouse, state director of Americans
for Prosperity-North Carolina, whom McSurely also mentioned, both
released statements Friday, calling on McSurely to retract his
“It is appalling that McSurely, an attorney and
therefore an officer of the court, would make such an utterly false
claim,” Civitas President Francis De Luca said in a statement. “He has
no basis for making that charge: He made it up out of whole cloth. He
should retract this lie immediately.”
"I had nothing to do with
this email, nor did Americans for Prosperity. To infer that I am
responsible for the content of this email is a lie and Mr. McSurely
knows it," Woodhouse said in a separate statement. "I intend to hold
Mr. McSurely responsible in front of the State North Carolina Bar for
his unethical conduct."