The Wake Community Network is demanding that the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, apologize for the comments made at Tuesday's Wake County school board meeting by the Rev. Curtis Gatewood.
In a statement today from Joey Stansbury, who runs the conservative web site, he says members of the school board minority faction should attend today's NAACP press conference "to condemn the hateful and divisive rhetoric of 'Reverend' Gatewood."
Gatewood, the 2nd VP of the state NAACP, was nearly arrested by police for not giving up the podium Tuesday. He called school board chairman Ron Marigotta a "white racist'" and said he was going to hell.
Barber called today's press conference to complain about Margiotta's "here come the animals out of the cages" comment at the board meeting.
Here's Stanbsbury's statement:
So the North Carolina NAACP will hold a press conference this morning. My question? Will the “Reverend” Curtis Gatewood, former head of the Durham NAACP and 2nd Vice President for the North Carolina NAACP State Conference of Branches speak again?
Will he tell us we are all going to Hell again? Will his fiery rhetoric rise to the level where law enforcement officers are forced to intervene again.
Or will the NAACP keep him out of the picture?
I would encourage School Board Member Keith Sutton or his diversity associates – Kevin Hill, Anne McLaurin and Carolyn Morrison to join the NAACP this morning. It would be an excellent opportunity for them to condemn the hateful and divisive rhetoric of “Reverend” Gatewood. But I doubt they will. They’ve silently encouraged the circus that has become Wake County School Board School meetings.
Kevin Hill has sent out emails claiming he wants to “stir up the pot” against the majority. So the loud abrasive comments, wishing board members to “go to Hell” and the repeated berating of school board members from the podium would seem to come with his blessing. We’ve seen nothing to suggest otherwise. (http://blogs.newsobserver.com/wakeed/questioning-the-school-board-committee-assignments?storylink=misearch)
We’ve also seen nothing from School Board Members Kevin Hill, Anne McLaurin or Carolyn Morrison to show concern for the out of control nature of diversity proponents at Wake County School Board meetings. They’ve sat idly by and allowed it to continue. It seems to come with their blessing also.
If Chairman Margiotta deserves criticism, it is for his generosity to allow those with views contrary to his to passionately express them at school board meetings - more so than at any governmental body I’ve ever witnessed. And that generosity has been abused. The meetings have become a media circus, with diversity proponents fomenting as much division as possible. Diversity proponents have personally berated school board members from the podium, used profane language (telling board members they are going to Hell), mocked school reform advocates while attempting to speak and created unruly noise and distractions while board members attempt to conduct business.
No other governmental body would tolerate what has occurred at Wake County School Board meetings. Ever been down to the General Assembly? The Sergeant at Arms would throw them out of the chamber gallery and perhaps out of the building for what diversity agitators have done.
The antics of the other side have become so inflammatory that it culminated this week in the need to bring in police and sheriff’s officers. This need proved true when the Reverend Curtis Gatewood proceeded to tell reform board members Deborah Prickett, Debra Goldman, Chris Malone, John Tedesco and Ron Margiotta they were “going to go to Hell” and refused to leave the podium. The “Reverend” Gatewood clearly attempted to create a media situation and provoke his arrest by officers.
Chairman Margiotta recessed the meeting to calm down tensions and attempted to return the meeting to normalcy. Diversity advocates would have none of that.
Wake County’s character education policy speaks of being “considerate” and “courteous.” Seems diversity agitators seemed to have missed that day in class.
What is sad is that diversity agitators have feverishly sought to protest and express outrage at the new board for policies yet to take effect. Where have they been while current policies caused the graduation rate for socio-economically disadvantaged students to plunge to 54.2%? To them it’s only been classified as a “problem” or “challenge” or “difficulty.” When will the fact that almost half of poor students in Wake County Public Schools don’t graduate rise to the same level of crisis diversity agitators express toward the new board members? 40%? 30%? 20%? One would have thought that alarm bells would have sounded at 54.2%. That would force them to acknowledge that Wake County’s diversity emperor has no clothes. Me thinks they protest too loudly.
The Reverend William Barber asked for an apology from Chairman Ron Margiotta, which he graciously gave without hesitation or spin.
Will the Reverend Barber provide us one for the Reverend Gatewood? Doubt it.