by AP Dillon
In the last installment, I laid out the back story and one of the main players pulling the multiple strings in North Carolina — NC Justice Center via their non-profit outfit BluePrint NC (BPNC). I left off the last entry introducing Reverend Barber as the face of ‘Moral Monday’ — the most recent series of BPNC campaigns and that is where I pick up this week.
The Reverend Doctor William Barber
Barber is the President of the NC NAACP, which in NC is a 501(c)(4) organization. Barber has a Masters in Divinity from Duke and a doctoral degree from a New Jersey university. He is pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro. Per his bio from the summit held in 2011″A NORTH CAROLINA SUMMIT: POVERTY AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE IN A TIME OF CRISIS“:
Rev. Dr. William Barber, President, NC NAACP
Rev. Dr. William Barber is president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP. He serves as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, a 120-year-old congregation with over 400 members and 30 active ministries. He is chairperson of the Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization involved with building affordable single family homes and senior citizen
housing and providing job training, affordable child care, and inner city revitalization in Goldsboro.
Barber has held adjunct faculty positions at both Duke University and North Carolina Central University, and is the author of the book Preaching Through Unexpected Pain. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Public Administration from NC Central University, earned his Master of Divinity from the Duke Divinity School, and his doctoral degree from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He has served as executive director for the NC Human Relations Commission, appointed by Governor James B. Hunt, and is a noted advocate for social justice issues in North Carolina
Be sure to check out all the speakers bios; it’s a who’s who of the organized Left in NC.
To be clear, the NAACP in North Carolina is 100% in the bag for the Democrats. There isn’t even an attempt to put on appearances otherwise. Over the years, Barber has used his position as a ‘Reverend’ to claim rights to the moral high ground which, of course, is whatever ground the Democrats are standing on. The use of the church, religion and morality used over and over by this man in order to score political points is shameful.
It should not be surprising to learn that Reverend Barber sits on the Board of Directors at the NC Justice Center, which we learned in my last article was the group that started BluePrint NC. It should also be noted that Reverend Barber is a big fan of… Reverend Barber. If there’s a t.v. camera in a 10 mile radius, you’ll find Barber in front of it, especially if it’s MSNBC as Sister Toldjah notes:
As does the beat with the North Carolina NAACP, who started the whole “Moral Monday” anti-GOP policies march tradition in late April, with initially just a few dozen who protested at the NCGA – including our own version of Rev. Al Sharpton: Rev. William Barber, who has become a frequent guest on MSNBC (surprise!). – Sister Toldjah
Reverend Barber has managed to insert him into every hot button topic coming down the pike in North Carolina and he usually ends up being arrested. To Barber, everything is a civil rights issue, every thing is racist and everything he says has to be delivered in a bellowing sermon-like voice. In a nutshell, Barber is well-known for his theatrics and his race baiting. You’ll see an example of just how far Barber pushes the envelope as we proceed.
The Rhetoric Of The Moral Reverend
Let’s cut to the chase and hear it right from Barber’s own mouth.
Wherein Trayvon Martin is the same as Emmett Till, according to Reverend Barber. This video was shot at the July 15th Moral Monday in Raleigh:
In the video below, Barber has taken his Moral Monday act on the road and is in Elizabeth city. He has called a ‘press conference’ but has no intention of addressing any questions. In the opening 30 seconds, Barber says that in response to the Voter ID law recently passed that they are bringing in the “best legal minds” but that they aren’t stopping there:
“We’re not gonna just shoot one bullet, we’re gonna shoot ‘em all.”
Read more about this incident here
Barber hasn’t stopped with attacks just on the NC General Assembly, he’s going after another target. That target is Art Pope — the Left’s equivalent of a local Koch Brother in North Carolina. Reverend Barber’s ‘moral’ answer to those pushing back against Moral Monday is to attack their livelihood, but in doing so, Barber is also attacking those employed by Pope. How is this being accomplished? Barber is using the NC NAACP to advocate boycotting two stores owned by Pope.
The pair had a brief interaction in public recently over this very tactic. For partial video of the exchange between the two, hit ABC 11. As the ABC 11 report says, ‘this is the first time the two have met’, one should not be surprised. Barber likes to talk at his base, not engage in actual discussion with the opposition. If Pope hadn’t been in the vicinity, this exchange never would have happened.
You can also read a transcript of the conversation at WUNC, but the net-net is Barber wants the NC General Assembly to spend more money. Barber predictably sides with Democrats who ran up $2 billion in debt to the fed and left NC with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
Not Picketing Alone
Fear not, the NAACP is not going this road alone. The AFL-CIO, responsible for many of the fast food strikes in North Carolina and nationwide, are helping to provide the foot soldiers. Also engaging in this activity is Democracy NC.
The North Carolina NAACP, along with the state AFL-CIO and Democracy North Carolina, have organized pickets in 17 locations across the state in December, starting with events at Maxway and Roses stores owned by Pope in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte. – Chris Kromm, Facing South
Remember that name, Chris Kromm and Democracy NC. You’ll see them again in this series. In the next installment, we’ll delve a little deeper into the “grassroots” movement called Moral Monday and those affiliated with it.
A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.