posted on July 09, 2013 10:14
When Reverend William Barber steps up to a microphone wearing his vestments and clerical collar and lets fly with a haymaker calling Republicans immoral or characterizing Republican legislators as George Wallaces who want to turn back the clock to the days of Jim Crow – it’s just natural some Republican’s going to feel an itch to throw a punch back.
And that’s what the Civitas Institute did: It just reported Reverend Barber’s ‘raking in taxpayers’ money’ through his Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation – which has received $1.15 million in grants from taxpayers.
That haymaker, naturally, struck a nerve.
One of Barber’s supporters clicked onto Civitas’ website and punched back saying, Here’re fourteen reasons Republicans are fascists.
Which, of course, provoked a Civitas supporter into throwing another punch writing, How did Barber’s group spend its money? And did it pay him his salary?
Now Rev. Barber’s said some unkind things about Republicans and, in response, Civitas has asked him a harsh question – but it’s also a simple question for Rev. Barber to answer and clear the air.
And, if he does, that haymaker Civitas just threw may backfire.
But if he doesn’t, well, Rev. Barber’s likely to hear that question over and over again – every time he steps up to a podium.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:11 PM
Carter, reading this post here and the one you've presented just before this one shows just how absolutely screwed up politics today is. No one running for office these days seems to be worried about the massive problems our states and nation have. Unemployment absolutely horrendous. number of people living below the poverty level absolutely horrendous. Healthcare costs and premiums for healthcare insurance going up exponentially. Race relations as bad as it was in the 1960's. City, county, state and federal budget shortfalls through wasteful spending and fraud in entitlements and other poor uses of taxpayer dollars are threatening all of our lives.
But, what do we see the "two sides" doing? Name calling and character assassinations and worse. Our founding fathers have to be rolling over in their graves.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:25 PM
On a 1-10 this one is a 10 plus. Carter hits a home run. Wonder where the investigative reporters from the N&O are on this. Looks like a lot of N&O readers would like to know the answer to Civitas's question. Lets also find out where this money granted to his organization is being spent? Do the tax payers get their money's worth? Seems like when liberals mess up, and I mean really mess up, nothing ever comes of it, Bengazi, IRS, NSA, and on and on. Doesn't matter that this is more local, we need to get to the bottom and have a few questions answered. I feel 100% certain there is nothing there, but lets open the books and just see.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9:46 AM
The IRS 990 tax returns for Rebuilding Broken Places CDC, available online, shows Barber was not paid any salary by the group. Presumably, Civitas had access to them.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9:40 PM
I thought long and hard about saying this. Why not. About a year ago I was in Atlanta attending a trade show convention. At dinner the first night we were at a table with two guys from New York City. The conversation was surreal. These two New Yorkers had had enough drinks to open up and tell us southern boys just what they thought we were. The old picture of a bunch of good ole boys with few teeth, and waving a rebel flag, wasn't far from what they expected. They were actually suprised that we could talk and didn't slobber on our clothes. I went into my best act of a good ole racist white klansman. I made the following statement: "Hell when I was young we would hide out and catch young nigger kids walking to school, and when they knelt down to pray, we would sneak up behind them, hit them in the head, steal their bibles and throw them in the creek." To anyone with half a brain I was joking. This was as tongue in cheek as it gets. The two New Yorkers sat there with their mouths hanging open. They believed it. Where am I going with this? Choo has lost his mind. Well that night I learned a great lesson. When the N&O, or NAACP spokesperson Barber says that Republicans are trying to go back to the days of Jim Crow, folks from the northern reigons believe them. To us North Carolinians, we see how far fetched that statement is, but the north, they buy it. Not only did my northern friends believe my sarcastic story, they wanted to be my friend in an odd kind of way. It was like they wanted to make sure I didn't see them as the enemy. When the New York Times says we are only a breath out of segeration and slavery in the south, they actually believe that. Not sure if Hollywood has stuck the south with this sterotype but the races get along much better here in the south than what I see happening in the North. Perception, it's all that counts.