Letters to the Editor

More letters about the GOP ad

Regarding the absurd brouhaha over Sen. Barack Obama’s preacher: Good grief. I am a 60-year-old white woman with perhaps 2,250 Protestant sermons under my belt. I certainly hope I’m never called to task because I attended a church having a controversial minister. In fact, I hope I get credit for attending such a church.

In my opinion, no minister is worth his salt if he doesn’t upset someone every single Sunday he preaches. To impugn Obama for something his minister said over the course of 20 years of sermons is incredibly ridiculous. This is a predominantly black congregation whose life experiences are often quite different from ours.

Shame on the N.C. Republican Party for piling on this non-issue. I also urge anyone who really wants to know what the Rev. Wright said to listen to the complete text of those sermons (available online). Understand that many of the controversial statements were quotes from others, and not even his own. With several of those more inflammatory statements, he is disavowing those views.

And I ask you church-goers if you would want to be held responsible for every single utterance of your minister? I sure don’t.

Kitty B. Hicks

Raleigh

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The TV ad that N.C. GOP chair Linda Daves claims has nothing to do with Barack Obama appears a backdoor way to support Hillary Clinton. For this reason Daves should resign.

I am a Christian first, then a black, American, female, Republican, struggling business owner. Never in my 51 years have I witnessed a prouder group of new voters who see a brighter future.

If change means more men stepping up to be fathers, children excited about school, more families attending church and spending quality time together, more people working harder to feed their families, less gangs, fewer dropouts, a decrease in senseless murders and assaults, affordable gas and food prices, then I’m all for it.

Venita Peyton

Raleigh

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Why does the N.C. GOP leadership think that raising the spectre of racism in this state will somehow dampen America’s march to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a nation where we are measured by the content of our character and not the color of our skin?

A simple answer: They are still mired in the legacy of Jim Crow and pine for the old “yaasir” days.

Wake up, N.C. GOP. Those days are gone, and if this ad runs, anyone associated with it will be judged by the content, or lack thereof, of their characters, and North Carolina will vote —with their wallets, their patronage and their TV clickers.

Shame on you. Go back to your decaying plantation porches and pine away for the “good old days.” This state will march past you to the high road and to the real America.

Cathy McCarthy

Durham

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I am a black female, and I consider myself open-minded and progressive. I initially took exception to Michelle Obama’s comment that for the first time in her adult life she was proud of this country. Now, I’m not so sure.

After reading the three articles “N.C. GOP refuses McCain’s demand to pull Wright ad,” “Racial disparity lingers in voting for Obama” and “Independent ad will attack Obama in North Carolina,” I am truly appalled. Is this something we as North Carolinians or Americans can take pride in? Vertie Taylor

Goldsboro

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Hooray for Linda Daves, chairwoman of the NC Republican Party, who has now informed us what North Carolina’s values are: racism!

I am sure all North Carolinians are pleased to hear this!!

Elsebet Jegstrup, Ph.D.

Durham

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Linda Daves: Please do not presume to speak for me or my values. The ad you have refused to pull is right from the formerly successful Karl Rove play book — scare the “average Joe” into voting Republican by using race, a controversial and divisive figure and unflattering photos.

Democrats have spoken clearly in this primary. We are sick of politics as usual. We are sturdy enough in our democratic ideals to withstand the conversation about race. We are smart enough to drown out the ridiculous media circus. We are not going to hide behind the skirt of patriotism while we are lied to by our leaders. We will see through the muck and participate in the democratic process without manipulation.

Kim Hanchette

Raleigh

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The Republican refusal to pull their attack ad attempting to link Beverly Perdue and Richard Moore to Barack Obama’s former minister is indicative of the desperate tactics we’ll see before November. With a failed president in the White House and McSame waiting in the wings, what do they turn to — racism.

One would have thought the Jesse Helms era of race-baiting would not endure until 2008. Come on — North Carolina is smarter than this Republican “Southern Strategy” political tactic.

Gil Dunn

Raleigh

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I do believe the Republican Party’s ad should be aired. It has not been adequately explained why Barack Obama attended a church for 20 years that has Black Liberation Theology as one of its covenants and its overall stated black inclusiveness.

Obama first said he never heard of any of these incendiary sermons, then stated in his famous speech that he did hear Rev. Jeremiah Wright make incendiary statements. This ad is not so much about Wright as it is about the bad judgment of Obama, and Bev Perdue and Richard Moore tying their coattails to his political machine.

I believe it is imperative that the GOP run this ad. The old saying still rings true: the truth hurts.

Dennis Strickland

Raleigh

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Why should this strategy surprise anyone? North Carolina Republicans are so unimaginative that every few years they dust off the old racist ads, plug in new names and declare their opponents “too extreme” and trot them out as revelatory.

Erich Thompson

Greensboro

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I wish to add my voice to those who support the decision of the management of WRAL not to accept the false and tasteless ad submitted by the N.C. Republican Committee. This is not, as the Republican Party suggests, a case of censorship. It is a case of rejecting an ad that contains obvious errors of fact.

Allan Lang

Durham

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So, the N.C. Republican Party condemns Beverly Purdue and Richard Moore because they endorsed Barack Obama because he attended Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church and listened to his sermons for many years. Wow!

Let’s see: Wright spoke about the federal and state governments’ approval of slavery, slave quarters, auction blocks, forced plantation work, inferior schools, substandard housing and scientific experiments. Then he gets so fired up, he says not “God Bless America” but “God damn America” for treating African-American citizens as less than human and for failing the vast majority of those citizens of African descent.

I’m not black, but I don’t see where Wright said anything that was not factual. Therefore, the only conclusion I can make is that Linda Daves and the N.C. Republican Party, as well as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Raleigh’s very own Bill LeMay, who have all railed against Wright, support those issues that the Rev. Wright spoke out against.

Phil Leslie

Garner

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I am writing to congratulate WRAL TV in its refusal to air the distorted and divisive N.C. GOP ad and to encourage all other channels and stations to follow its lead.

Americans are ready to take back our position of world leadership by standing for unity, diplomacy and intelligent resolution of complex local, state, national and international concerns for the well-being of humanity and our world at large.

Neesa Moloney

Durham

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Your lead story informed me that the N.C. GOP attack ad against Beverly Perdue and Richard Moore connecting them with Barack Obama and Rev. Wright is going to be aired on local stations. The ad does not reflect North Carolina values. There are several subliminal coded race messages lodged in the ad.

The National Republican Party and Sen. John Mc Cain have asked the N.C. GOP not to air the ad. It has refused. It contributes to stirring up racial animus. The Clinton campaign has been conspicuously silent on this issue. Hillary Clinton and the N.C. GOP are not demonstrating sensitivity to my values and concerns.

Lydia Lindsey

Durham

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