And the GOP wonders why it struggles to attract minority voters

In recent months, there’s been some talk that the combination of the slow economic recovery and the President’s embrace of same sex marriage would somehow depress the support from racial minorities that he and other Democrats would garner in the November election.

Hmmm, maybe.

But as the 2011-2012 biennium of the North Carolina General Assembly has wound down in recent weeks, we’ve been reminded repeatedly why minority voters continue to support the Democrats by huge majorities (and why GOP claims about wanting to be a truly inclusive party when it comes to race) ring hollow for so many of these same voters: It’s about performance in office.

An obvious case in point: Overriding the Governor’s veto of the repeal of the Racial Justice Act — a law that attempted to ameliorate an obvious problem in our criminal justice system that virtually every minority North Carolinian intuitively grasps in his or her gut — and doing so within days of failing to include compensation for victims of the state’s racist eugenics program in the state budget after trumpeting promises to pass it.  These recent actions, of course, come after months of repeated attacks on immigrants that are sure to inflame the vast majority of Hispanic voters. 

While it’s clearly true that Democrats have a spotty record at best through the years on dozens of issues when it comes to promoting racial equality, in 2012 only the Republicans (along with a few conseravtive Democratic helpers) are willing to mount these kind of direct, unabashed, in-your-face attacks on people of color and the positions they favor by wide margins.

It seems a certainty that Democrats will be reminding minority voters of this reality in the months ahead. 



  1. Paula Wolf

    July 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    In a nauseating display of meanness, ignorance, untruths and racism, the GOP leadership of the NC General Assembly overrode Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the repeal of the Racial Justice Act. History will remember the inexplicable act of the 5 “Democrats” who voted with the Republicans to repeal this law. And, it will not be kind. 

  2. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    If we were honest here on this site, (it’s biased, not even handed) we would acknowledge that this law was nothing but a pretext of race being used as a means to eliminate the death penalty. Race never had anything to do with this law, elimination of the death penalty was the goal.

  3. James

    July 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    You are wrong, Frank. So the next time you refer to yourself as “we,” be sure to include an asterisk indicated that I’m not part of your royal family.

    Some things are what they are. The RJA is a reasonable approach to reduce racial discrimination in capital punishment … nothing more nothing less.

    People who believe it is a Trojan Horse to abolish the death penalty are fundamentally, undeniably and, apparently, proudly racist.

  4. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I must be getting close to the truth for you to make such an outrageous accusation. I am not racist, but perhaps you are one, to make such a charge with no basis.

  5. gregflynn

    July 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    This the same Frank Burns who said on BlueNC: “how do you know that you have never seen an illegal alien vote? Do you not associate with those brown people? I do.” So you’re not a racist, just a political dermatologist.

  6. Nonanon

    July 3, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Thanks, Frank, for gelling the issue. One can only wonder about the Rob Schofields of the world. Turning the truth into a lie, for their own what, amusement?

    Bemusement is more like it. Expect the vitriol to increase, until Christians are literally persecuted as in the 1st Century, because the devil knows his time is short, and is exceeding wroth.

    Come, Lord Jesus, come!

  7. Frank Burns

    July 3, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Thanks Nonanon, you can see from the tone of the replies above how the left likes to use smoke screens to mask their mischief. They could never get the death penalty overturned on a straight up vote, so they try sneaky methods like this and call it racial justice. The left sure is a sneaky, conniving bunch aren’t they?

  8. Frank Burns

    July 3, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Are you really a goofball or is that something you are striving to become? I would have never used those terms unless I was responding to somebody else who used those terms. You must be a lawyer or something, normal people don’t behave like this.

  9. david esmay

    July 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

    @nonanon, I see you’ve invoked the god clause, the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument. The time when people abandon myths created by bronze and iron age tribesmen sitting around in tents counting their wives and slaves, can’t come soon enough.

  10. Jeff S

    July 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Nonanon, you should definitely look forward to it, and an call it whatever you want. It’s more akin to laughing in your face – unless you keep trying to impose your mythology on everyone else – at which point you should definitely expect it to get more heated.

    God has historically been invoked for two reasons. 1) to explain the unknown (why does the sun rise) and 2) control the people. Reason 1 is largely gone, leaving only the idiots, the naive and the people looking to control them.

  11. gregflynn

    July 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Frank, the Smithsonian called. They want to put your computer next to Archie Bunker’s chair.

  12. Frank Burns

    July 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Tell the Smithsonian that they have the wrong guy. I am not a racist and my opposition to this bill is like most NC citizens, we don’t want the death penalty removed as a punishment for heinous crimes. Trying to get cute and call it something different won’t work.

  13. gregflynn

    July 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    The original text of the Racial Justice Act does not support your political speculation Frank.

    North Carolina Racial Justice Act
    No person shall be subject to or given a sentence of death or shall be executed pursuant to any judgment that was sought or obtained on the basis of race.

    Proof must show that one or more of the following applies:

    (1) Death sentences were sought or imposed significantly more frequently upon persons of one race than upon persons of another race.
    (2) Death sentences were sought or imposed significantly more frequently as punishment for capital offenses against persons of one race than as punishment of capital offenses against persons of another race.
    (3) Race was a significant factor in decisions to exercise peremptory challenges during jury selection.

    Some of the 156 people currently on death row may ultimately be resentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Some of the people now serving life might properly be eligible for the death penalty if justice were applied equally but that’s not going to happen.

    One would hope that prosecutors would be more vigorous in obtaining death penalty verdicts on the basis of evidence rather than relying on race to tilt the scales of justice. One could argue that the RJA would increase executions in the future if justice were to be applied equally.

  14. Doug

    July 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    My sympathy is with the victims and families of these horrible crimes. If death in prison is inevitable for these criminals , why even quibble about the difference in years ? In my opinion , they have no rights, and it’s a waste of time arguing about it..

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