Politicians on the left in North Carolina seem to have a proclivity for mocking other states when making a point. Remember former governor Perdue lashing out at Mississippi?
The latest example came from William Barber. Rob Christensen, in this News and Observer article about the passage of voter photo ID yesterday, quoted Barber, president of NC’s NAACP as saying;
“Any time it can be said that North Carolina is more regressive than South Carolina, that’s a bad day.”
Surely Mr. Barber knows that South Carolina’s new United States Senator is an African American. According to Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Tim Scott is one of only two African Americans serving in the US Senate now. And, in 2011, according to Rep. Rowdy, African Americans made up 1/3 of South Carolina’s Congressional Delegation – North Carolina doesn’t come close to that percentage.
And then there’s South Carolina’s new Governor, Nikki Haley. According to Wikipedia:
Haley is the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina and the second Indian-American governor in the country, after fellow Republican Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. She is also the third person of color elected as governor of a Southern state, after Virginia’s Douglas Wilder and Jindal. At the age of 41, Haley is the youngest current governor in the United States.
Barber made the disparaging remark to Christensen in discussing his support of an amendment to the North Carolina voter ID legislation seeking to include a provision included in the new South Carolina voter photo ID law. The provision allows voters with reasonable impediments to acquiring photo IDs to vote without them. I doubt Mr. Barber would care for the rest of South Carolina’s ID requirements though. The State of South Carolina accepts only 5 IDs (unlike the NC legislation HB 589 that accepts 15 different forms of ID none of them needing to be valid).
South Carolina law requires one of the following:
- S.C. Driver’s License
- ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
- S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
- Federal Military ID
- U.S. Passport
I posted this video yesterday, but if fits so well in this blog, I can’t resist.