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.

But operating the N.C. Republican Party as a white persons’ assemblage violates more than notions of aesthetics. Given our foundational aspirations, given our history and struggle, and given the moving and inspired premises of our national undertaking, operating as a white people’s party in 2014 is both stunningly immoral and overtly dismissive of our defining constitutive societal purpose. It shames us as a people.

The members of the White People's party, of course, are predictably up in arms now that they've been called out by the liberal professor. "I do more to hep the Nigra's than any other bidness in No' Carolina," says Governor Pope, as he rings up one more sale in his Dollar store.


We continue to be surprised

at how many Republicans post photos on Facebook and Twitter, proudly showing themselves at some GOP gathering or another. With very, very rare exceptions, those photos show all white people. Large gatherings, small gatherings; posed photos, impromptu photos; it doesn't matter -- it's photo after photo after photo of all-white GOP crowds.

More often than not, those white people are mostly old and overwhelmingly male.

And yes, every single elected GOP state legislator in North Carolina is white. GOP House? All white. GOP Senate? All white. In fact, the GOP Senate contingent is 88% white male. More on this particular phenomenon in the May 11, 2013 entry at BackwardNC.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014