Given the statement below, I do not believe that anyone at the NC NAACP, or anyone from their ‘Forward Together Moral Movement’ has actually really read SB 22 – Historic Artifact Management and Patriotism Act.
If they had, they they’d know this protects the flag, historical artifacts, ALL places of remembrance and puts into place a process for future preservation. It was also filed in February, well before the Charleston shooting and the subsequent mass outrage over the Confederate Flag.
The very last paragraph in the statement below…wow. Who do they think they’re kidding? This is completely about partisan politics, has zero to do with ‘white supremacy’ and is yet another obvious example of the BlueprintNC attack strategy: Cripple, Eviscerate, Pressure, Slam.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2015
Contact: Tom Wolf, NC NAACP – firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-940-4441
NC NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement Outline Reasons for Holding “Protect the People” Moral Monday
RALEIGH, NC – At 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27, the NC NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement will hold a “Protect the People” Moral Monday at the North Carolina Capitol.
In light of the Governor and General Assembly’s recent passage of the “Historic Artifact Management and Patriotism Act” and their refusal to ban license plates bearing the Confederate flag, the NC NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement are holding a “Protect the People” Moral Monday because:
The Governor and legislature’s priorities concern not only the NAACP. They concern the entire Forward Together Moral Movement, made up of justice-loving North Carolinians of all races, creeds, classes, citizenship statuses, political affiliations, genders, and sexualities.
The recent passage of this law is not just about monuments. It underscores the cynical posturing of protecting monuments that represent a racist legacy before protecting voting rights, healthcare, public education, criminal justice reform, living wages, women’s rights, the environment, and all citizens of this state.
There must be real truth-telling about the legacy of the Confederacy. These monuments need markers explaining when and why they were erected and what the Confederacy stood for.
The Governor and legislature are stirring, with this issue and others, race-baiting politics similar to Jesse Helms’ politics of the 20th century.
The Governor and legislature passed this law approximately one month after the Charleston massacre, knowing the kinds of sentiments it would elicit among people who hold white supremacist views.
This is not about partisan politics, but about the pain of old wounds that have still not been healed and the government at the highest levels explicitly and implicitly giving license to honor the symbols and attitudes of white supremacy.
WHO: NC NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement
WHAT: “Protect the People” Moral Monday
WHEN: 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015
WHERE: NC Capitol 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh