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What the Right just doesn’t get about the Moral Marches

Moral MarchIn an apparent effort to provide air “both sides” of the issue, Raleigh’s News & Observer posted two essays side-by-side this morning on its editorial page — one extolling the growing movement for justice in North Carolina by Rev. Barber of the North Carolina NAACP and the other an editorial criticizing it from the Lenoir News-Topic.

Setting aside for a moment the fact that this is kind of like matching LeBron James (Barber) against a high school player (the News-Topic) in a game of one-on-one, the two essays are helpful in illustrating a critical fact about the leaders of the modern Right: They just don’t get it.

According to the defenders of Jones Street at the News-Topic:

“[The protests] are pointless…because the scope of the so-called injustices being highlighted are both limited, failing to rouse outrage in general public, and easily addressed by democratic means.”

Is that so? Skyrocketing inequality and suffering (and even hunger) in the world’s wealthiest nation is a “so-called injustice”? And it can be “easily addressed”?If this is so, why have both of these problems been ignored and allowed to get dramatically worse for decades under the leadership of both political parties?

Sorry guys. It’s not that simple. The list of critically important issues held up by the Forward Together movement and given voice by Rev. Barber are a lot more than just a handful of grievances that can be fixed with a bill or two (or even an election or two). Indeed, they highlight some fundamental flaws that have emerged in our democracy that will take decades to repair — if we’re lucky. Bringing real justice to our economy is a lot different than fixing a list of broken streetlights.

It’s understandable that some folks on the Right find Barber and the movement he helps lead annoying and that they wish it would go away. Unfortunately, for them, that just ain’t gonna happen.

5 Comments


  1. Tim Peck

    February 13, 2015 at 9:40 am

    “Unfortunately, for them, that just ain’t gonna happen.”

    It’s not unfortunate at all. Barber’s tantrums have given NC a Republican majority. Keep it up, Rev.

  2. ML

    February 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I’d say it had much more to do with the gop’s ability to take advantage of a crisis during the Great Recession and the corruption of many prominent democrats.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    February 13, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    The general populace in NC could care less about Barber and the more on Monday circus. No matter how much the drive by’s provide publicity it is being soundly ignored by most out there. I have raised the topic to several people in several parts of the state, and no one really knows who the dude is.

  4. david esmay

    February 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Democrats not showing up for mid-terms gave NC to the Regressive party. When you live in a right-wing gas bubble and everyone you come into contact with lives in that same ignorant bubble, of course they haven’t heard of Rev. Barber. The sad thing is he is only good press NC is getting on a national basis. Who cares what the Teabillies think.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    February 15, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Yeah…riiiiiight……and that explains 2012 how? I think the gas you are experiencing and smelling is your own May May.

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