Charlotte, North Carolina has a black mayor, a black police chief, a black fire chief, a black school board chair, a black district attorney, and it will soon have a black sheriff — and the state’s former governor is very upset about this fact.
As governor, Republican Pat McCrory signed the most comprehensive voter suppression law in the nation. Indeed, this law was arguably the most aggressive attempt any state made to keep black voters away from the polls since the Jim Crow era. As a federal appeals court that struck the law down explained, state lawmakers studied racial voting patterns within the state, and then “enacted legislation restricting all — and only — practices disproportionately used by African Americans.”
Flash forward to less than two years after McCrory lost his reelection bid, and the ex-governor is now a talk radio host in Charlotte. And he’s not the least bit happy that his city will be led by black people.
“We’ve become a very segregated political system in Charlotte-Mecklenburg,” an agitated McCrory claimed in the opening of his radio show Wednesday. “The Democratic Party controls every political body in Charlotte-Mecklenburg,” and “the Black Political Caucus has total control over the Democratic Party.”
McCrory’s jeremiad against the fact that many black politicians have built successful careers in Charlotte came one day after African-American former police detective Garry McFadden crushed the county’s white incumbent Sheriff Irwin Carmichael in a Democratic primary election.
I’m beginning to think the fact that North Carolina’s vote suppression law “target[ed] African Americans with almost surgical precision” was not entirely coincidental!
Anyway, the fact that Donald Trump won the Republican nomination and retains the near-total support of his party is an unfathomable mystery.