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Friday, August 16, 2013
NAACP Attorneys Looking at Watauga, Elizabeth City Suppression of College Student Vote
From an NAACP emailed press release this a.m.:
McCrory: Stop the Coordinated Attacks on College Student Voting
extremists' Voter Suppression agenda was being implemented in two far-flung
college counties in North Carolina even before Gov. Pat McCrory got around to
reading and signing the Monster Voter Suppression bill last Monday afternoon. In
Watauga and Pasquotank counties, the 2-1 Voter Suppressionist caucus were
actively trying to strip students of their voting rights.
Out west in
Watauga where Appalachian State students are becoming more politically active,
the Suppressionist Caucus of the County Board of Election met at 9 o'clock
Monday morning to try to strip the early voting site from the campus of
Appalachian State in Boone.
"It was such an obvious backlash against the
students' increasing political power in local as well as state and national
elections, we immediately dispatched our District Director and our Campus Field
Secretary for Western campuses to Watauga to investigate," said Rev. Dr. William
J. Barber II, NC NAACP President.
In the northeast corner of the state,
the Suppressionist Caucus on the Pasquotank County Board of Elections, in
lockstep with the Watauga Suppressionists, began targeting the growing voting
potential of the predominantly African American student body at Elizabeth State
"We will be investigating the Pasquotank Board of Elections
actions carefully, including a site visit early next week," said Dr. Barber. "We
will conduct a Moral Monday to in Manteo," he said, "and then we will be meeting
with our Pasquotank Branch leaders to examine the best means to resist the
"Why would anyone want to keep our young people
from getting engaged in the American democracy we hold so dear? Why would anyone
be afraid of a group of young people voting in a local election this fall?" Dr.
Barber asked." I can only think of one reason." ...
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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