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Ignorance Begets Ignorance in North Carolina

I'm not sure why Republican North Carolina Congressman Robert Pettinger is apologizing.  He spoke the truth that was in his heart and because he was being interviewed by a white journalist, he felt comfortable saying what he did.  In case you haven't heard, Pettinger told the BBC the "protesters in Charlotte hate white people because white people are successful and they're not."  Yep, that's what he said and then he tried to back peddle with an apology.  He said his intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for us because of failed policies.

Well let's examine what he said his INTENT was.  He said he wanted to discuss the lack of economic mobility for blacks because of failed policies.  What specific failed policies was he referring to?  What he failed to mention was the institutionalized racism that exists in North Carolina and the rest of the country. What he failed to mention is his own state has instituted laws to specifically keep minorities and other poor people from advancing economically.  What he failed to mention is North Carolina has a very deep history of racism and racist politicians who disguise themselves as "patriotic" for the good of their constituents.

One way NC keeps minorities and poor people from advancing economically is because of it's minimum wage of $7.25/hr.  The state also has an "Employment-at-Will" policy which means that unless there is a specific law to protect employees or there is an employment contract providing otherwise, then an employer can treat its employees as it sees fit (including the assignment of demeaning tasks) and the employer can discharge an employee at the will of the employer for any reason or no reason at all. It is also up to each employer to decide if its employees may see their own personnel file or not

Although I am not from the Tarheel state. I am old enough to remember former Republican Senator Jesse Helms and his dogged stance against civil rights.  As an executive vice-president of Capitol Broadcasting Corporation and news director for its WRAL-TV and radio stations from 1960 to 1976, he used the media platform to spew his racist viewpoints.  He was a champion of white people in North Carolina---having been elected to the United States Senate five times.  Some thought when he left, he would be the last of the "good old boys" but in steps Republican politicians like Pettinger and Governor Pat McCrory to pick up where Helms left off. 

IGNORANCE BEGETS IGNORANCE and white baby boomers are to blame.

Thanks to Governor McCrory and the republican led state legislature, effective October 1, a new law goes into effect stating that recordings made by law enforcement agencies are not public records, to establish whether, to whom, and what portions of a recording may be disclosed or a copy released, to establish the procedure for contesting a refusal to disclose a recording or to obtain a copy of a recording, to direct state or local law enforcement agencies to provide, upon request, access to a method to view and analyze recordings to the State Bureau Of Investigation and the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory.

So law enforcement now has the right to kill unarmed black people without fear of a recording being used against them.  That just tells me to have my camera phone ready AT ALL TIMES.

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