PushBlack: North Carolina’s Gon’ Be Alright




Hey PushBlack Fam! As of late, we’ve been in our feelings thinking about voting rights and how they’re currently under attack in North Carolina.



Hey, PushBlack fam! As of late, we’ve been in our feelings thinking about voting rights and how they’re currently under attack in North Carolina. One day, we discussed the similarities between Selma and right now. The other day, we talked about how Reconstruction paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Today, we’re wrapping up our three-part voting series by discussing North Carolina’s 2010 elections, and how they changed the game for the state. Specifically, the election’s outcomes helped certain politicians strip marginalized folks of their inalienable rights.

He wants to buy North Carolina, but it’s not for sale.

North Carolina boasts several metropolitan areas, a growing economy, a top tier university system, and ever-increasing diversity. Despite all its assets, there are still folks that are hell-bent on rolling back the state’s forward-thinking policies. Enter Art Pope, the business mogul who funds an ecosystem of politicians and institutions that attack people who fight for social justice. Read this long-form article that chronicles the role of Pope’s money in controlling the state’s General Assembly, and how what he did in 2010 is impacting us today. Through it all, we gon’ be alright because groups like the state’s NAACP, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Democracy NC, and countless others aren’t intimidated by Pope’s billions of dollars.

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Moral Mondays protestors are here to stay.

Last year, Bill Moyers produced “State of Conflict: North Carolina” – a documentary that gives a real-world example of how money in politics disrupts the lives of women, low-income people, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and many more people. Watch this video to see North Carolinians stand up to politicians who tried to gut the state’s most promising efforts like diverse K-12 schools, unemployment benefits, and the right to vote. This hour-long documentary is about more than North Carolina. It’s about what might happen to America if we don’t continue fighting to keep the 1% from owning the political process. Watch the first five minutes, and we guarantee you won’t press the stop button.

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Darrell Scott @DLScott06