Places like North Carolina often get picked on for a racist reputation, and plenty of people there reject the characterization—rightly!
And then there's this guy.
Don Yelton is known as "The Rush Limbaugh of Western North Carolina," which is quite the reputation to have earned.
The Buncombe County Republican precinct chairman and GOP executive committee member tells The Daily Show that he's been "called a bigot before," and doesn't seem to smart at the description much.
He goes on to say that laws that are intended to limit access to voting for young people and blacks don't bother him a smidge.
"If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it," he said.
Not so fast. The NAACP filed a lawsuit against North Carolina's new voter laws, saying they target blacks, and the U.S. Justice Department filed a similar suit on the same grounds. The new law passed by Republican supermajorities and signed by a GOP governor requires photo identification, shortens the window to vote in, bars same-day voter registration and disqualifies some ballots.
But hey, if Republicans like Yelton can trot out the age old excuse that one of their best friends are black, it's cool right?
Wrong. Please allow me to clarify. As your friend, dear reader, and a member of a few minorities—woman, Middle Eastern, fan of Master Chef Junior—I can comfortably say I have been friends with a few bigots in my lifetime.
A note to all bigots who like to boast about having a (fill in the blank) minority friend: Having a minority friend and remaining a bigot doesn't mean the bigot is tolerant.
It means your minority friend is extremely tolerant.
Original article from TakePart
- Rush Limbaugh
- North Carolina
- Western North Carolina