NC's racist family cap law

In all the rush of the current NC legislature's shenanigans, one blatently racist bit of NC law has been forgotten about - family caps.

Slate has a piece about state "family cap" laws, which limit welfare benefits for recipients that have more children. They cropped up under the Gingrich "Contract with America" days, based on stereotypes of "welfare queens" "gaming" the system to get more cash. Family cap laws are under discussion in California.

Many studies have shown the laws do not work. Instead, they drive families into "deep poverty", making them a bigger burden on charities and other parts of the public system. More importantly, the author points out that these laws are a "compassionate conservative" form of eugenics, inserting the state in family planning issues.


Gene Nichol does it again: The white people's party

Gene is required by the state legislature to sign off on his commentaries with "He does not speak for UNC." That's unfortunate, because UNC and every other institution in America would be blessed to have his eloquent words spoken on their behalf. Too bad Republicans have their eyes and ears covered.

Today's missive speaks to an issue that is the elephant in our collective room. Simply put, the Republican party looks nothing like America in the slightest. So no matter how much spin and PR they put forth, the truth is laid bare for everyone to see.

Klansman and former NC Gubernatorial candidate arrested after shooting spree

A lifetime of hatred leads to tragedy:

The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who has extensive ties to North Carolina. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, ran for governor of North Carolina and for the Senate in the 1980s under the last name Miller.

According to police, the attacks happened within minutes of one another. At around 1 p.m. a gunman shot two people in the parking lot behind the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. He then drove a few blocks away to a Jewish retirement community, Village Shalom, and gunned down a woman or girl there, Douglass said. Officers arrested him in an elementary school parking lot a short time later.

It appears this nutcase was working his way down to small children when they caught up with him. I'm going to do some digging to see how many votes this dirtbag received back in the day, but here's some more history to contemplate:

Racism in the Democratic Primary for House 2

The Democratic primary race for NC House District 2 (which includes Person and Granville counties) has a tinge of racism that needs to go. As The Rant recently noted, Dalton Huff, a Democratic candidate running in a three-person primary, apparently got confused when registering for his political party. Huff's Facebook page includes an "essay" from 2010 that advocates Southern secession from the US, suggests "listless Negros" were manipulated after the Civil War, and claims that the Civil Rights Movement was actually the "black power movement."

Some Christians

A friend in divinity school told a story yesterday that made me angry. As a first year student, she was assigned to intern at an evangelical church here in North Carolina. Everything was fine until the church discovered she was a black woman. That discovery prompted the church to reject the internship and withdraw from the program altogether.

Some Christians.

Alamance officers shared and joked about violent racist video game

The Department of Justice filed documents this week showing evidence that officers in the Alamance County deputies - some in leadership positions - shared and joked about a violent racist video game.

“Captain Mario Wiley emailed several other ACSO employees a link to a game premised on shooting stereotypical Mexican figures, including pregnant women and children, as they attempt to cross the U.S. border,” the document explains. “Blood splatters on the screen as the figures are shot, and the final screen of the game shows how many ‘wetbacks’ one has killed.”

Mandela’s long walk almost ended by execution

Today, we know Nelson Mandela as the man who ended apartheid and inspired the world with his steadfastness and his forgiveness. But that legacy was very nearly extinguished by the death penalty.

The night before his sentencing at the 1964 trial for his resistance to a racist government, Mandela prepared himself to be executed. He scrawled an unapologetic statement that he planned to read to the judge after the sentence was handed down. Thankfully, he never used those notes.

NC's exports: tobacco, textiles and racism

North Carolina's reputation takes another hit, courtesy of the KKK:

A North Carolina Ku Klux Klan (KKK) group says that it made a mistake when it accidentally targeted a predominately black Florida neighborhood in an attempt to recruit more members.

“You say this was a recruiting effort; however, your group targeted a predominately black neighborhood,” WFTV’s Ryan Hughes told KKK leader Robert Jones in a telephone interview.

“Well, we don’t have no way of judging where we’re putting the fliers at,” Jones explained.

Normally I would accuse the speaker of using a double-negative in an attempt to conceal the fact that he does have a way of judging where they're putting the fliers (at), but this guy is plainly an idiot. Not only was his mama eating a steady diet of mercury-contaminated fish while she was carrying him, she was also biting the ends off thermometers and sucking the juicy mercury out to chase down the fish.

North Carolina's Monster Voting Bill: A tale of voter suppression

by Amy Tiemann

A white Republican challenging black students' right to vote has a 97% success rate at removing these young minority voters from the rolls. Is that what we want for North Carolina?

It is starting to sink in that North Carolina's new voting laws go way beyond voter I. D.--which is problematic in itself--and lead straight into voter suppression. Now the U.S. Justice Department is suing the state for alleged racial discrimination in the laws. We thought era of poll taxes and bogus literacy tests was over in North Carolina, but now it looks like Justice Department intervention is necessary to keep our moderate Southern state from tumbling into new era of voter suppression.

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