John Hood says he's "confused by the odd behavior" of the state NAACP and its leader, the Rev. William Barber, when it comes to their opposition to the changes going on in Wake County's schools.
In a column today, Hood, president of the conservative John Locke Foundation, notes all the actions that the NAACP has taken over Wake ending the diversity policy. But Hood said Barber didn't stage sit-in protests when other North Carolina school districts "years ago adopted student-assignment policies identical or similar to the policy Wake County is about to adopt."
"Why is Wake being singled out?," Hood writes. "Is it because its neighborhood-schools policy is being adopted resolutely by a conservative board rather than being adopted reluctantly by a liberal board bowing to public opinion and the clear direction of the federal courts? Is it, in other words, about politics rather than education?"
Barber is referenced as part of a larger column by Hood in which he also writes about the state's looming ban on sweepstakes gambling and Congressman Bob Etheridge's recent video confrontation.