It’s September, and there’s something strange on Raleigh’s Halifax Mall. The giant inflatable uterus is nowhere to be seen. Neither are the American flags, remade in the image of the gay pride symbol. And the ridiculous signs – like this, this, and this – are gone too.
In Raleigh, Halifax Mall is blessedly quiet. But William Barber’s circus is not over – it’s just hit the road.
And William Barber wants to keep being the ringmaster. In an email sent to supporters, Barber encouraged supporters to hold their own Moral Monday events – but only if they get approval from the NAACP state office. In short, the organization is rigidly controlling its protests from the top down. So much for a people’s movement.
Judging by the most recent ‘Moral Monday,’ the “movement” is losing steam quickly. The protest held Monday in Southern Pines – which the NAACP deemed “incredibly successful” – managed to bring in only “dozens” of protesters.
The reason for this lack of enthusiasm is obvious: North Carolina voters are tired of the status quo. They’re tired of rampant spending and high taxes. And they’re tired of the same old games from a reactionary group of moneyed progressives.