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Posted Thursday, June 13, 2013
Siler City, NC - Received the following email from Cynthia Gordy of Advancement Project from New York City about Thom Goolsby’s piece (Moron Monday shows radical Left just doesn’t get it). Advancement Project is located at 1220 L Street NW, Suite 850 Washington, DC 20005
Weren't we told that the Moral Monday protests were North Carolina driven?
My name is Cynthia Gordy. I’m with Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization that works with local communities and is currently providing support for the NC NAACP’s Forward Together Movement. In response to a recent op-ed by criticizing Moral Mondays, written by Senator Thom Goolsby (“Moron Mondays shows radical left just doesn’t get it”), I submit a Letter to the Editor from Chatham County resident Lenore Yarger. As a young minister and participant who was arrested in one of the Moral Monday protests, she counters Sen. Goolsby’s mischaracterization.
I’ve attached Lenore Yarger’s Letter to the Editor for your consideration, and copied and pasted it below. Thank you, and I hope to speak with you soon.
Senior Communications Associate
Responding to Sen. Goolsby
It was with great difficulty that I read Senator Thom Goolsby’s piece (Moron Monday shows radical Left just doesn’t get it, June 7). Goolsby and his colleagues are the ones who don’t get it. First, he generalizes a multiracial group of thousands of North Carolinians as “white, angry, aged former hippies” – omitting the esteemed ministers, doctors, lawyers, historians, college professors and students who make up the movement.
Then Goolsby unleashes an ill-informed rant around this question: Where were these protests back when Democrats controlled North Carolina? Well, if the Democratic-led General Assembly had used their 140 years of power to viciously attack the poor, civil liberties and voting rights, then you’d better believe there would have been protests. Yet in only six months, this Republican-led legislature has cut the earned income tax credit for over 900,000 North Carolinians and rejected federal funding to expand Medicaid for 500,000 without health insurance. They want to crush the ability of poor families to enroll in pre-kindergarten, and increase the sales tax on groceries, haircuts, and prescription medicine – all while hatching plans to give an estate tax break to North Carolina’s 23 wealthiest families. Goolsby himself introduced a bill to repeal the Racial Justice Act and speed up executions. This is shameful.
Goolsby did, however, get one thing right – we are angry.
Lenore Yarger, Siler City
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