By Susan Myrick
On Feb. 26, North Carolina finally discovered who won the November election for governor.
Oh, sure, on Nov. 8, voters cast their ballots. On Dec. 6, Gov. Pat McCrory conceded a tight race.
But all that time, a lot of people thought the new governor would be that folksy, ol’ Roy Cooper they saw on the TV commercials. Only now, however, do we see the real Gov. Cooper: a radical progressive who detests anyone with qualms about allowing men into public bathrooms, locker rooms and showers used by women and girls.
Cooper wants Republican legislators to drop a provision in HB186, the proposed compromise to eliminate HB2.
But on Feb. 26 Cooper likened the compromise provision, which would allow for a vote by the people on local nondiscrimination ordinances, to allowing the old South to vote on the federal Civil Rights Act that ended the racist Jim Crow laws of the past century. In making this comparison, he equates voters in North Carolina today to the Democrat politicians of the Jim Crow era who wrote and enforced the racist law.
In saying this, Cooper is saying people who support HB2 are ignorant, violent racists. In other words, Cooper is really just like other radical progressives who detest anyone who opposes them.
This slur against the people of North Carolina also flies in the face of the historical facts. In North Carolina, it was the politicians in power and the media of the day – the News & Observer – who implemented and enforced Jim Crow, not the people.
The News & Observer, in a 2005 editorial, acknowledged the paper’s role in the White Supremacy Campaign and Wilmington race riots of 1898. Even so, the News & Observer can’t help but point a finger at the people of North Carolina.
“Many whites resented African-American advances, and the Democrat Party became their champion. Newspaper publishers – including Josephus Daniels, the founder and editor of The News & Observer – used their influence to stoke the racial animosity that catapulted Democrats in the 1898 elections.
“That animosity grew especially strong in Wilmington, the state’s largest city at the time, resulting that November in the torching of a black-owned newspaper and then violence that led to deaths and injuries of black residents. The following months saw the introduction of Jim Crow laws passed in Raleigh that weren’t wiped away until the civil rights movement of the 1960s and ’70s.”
North Carolina Democrats benefited from the White Supremacy Campaign for more than a century. Beginning with 1898, North Carolina was considered a one-party state. Not until 2010 did Republicans have majorities in both state chambers of the legislature, and only in 2012 did the people elect a Republican governor to go with a GOP-dominated General Assembly.
It appears that Cooper, a Democrat, believes that if given the chance, the people of North Carolina would vote to protect women and children by voting against more ordinances like the one Charlotte passed that allowed – and in the end required — men and women, boys and girls to use the same public restrooms.
Cooper, it would seem, wants to portray such a vote as abhorrent as racism by dragging in the Jim Crow label. Has Cooper given us all a glimpse of the cards in his hand and shown us that he will regularly be pulling out the race card and using it for political gain? North Carolinians are smart enough to know when a powerful person such as the state’s governor is demeaning them without cause and most certainly without evidence.
This is the second compromise Republicans have offered to HB2, and once again, it appears Democrats have no intention to compromise at all.