THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

He’ll Take the Pink Slip

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on July 14, 2008

Last week infamous former United States Senator Jesse Helms, left, (R-NC) died.  The long time Senator was seen by many as a leading opponent to civil rights and not above using race in elections to drive a wedge and clinch victories as he was accused of in his 1990 reelection effort against former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt who happened to be African American.

Despite his checkered past on race relations and apparently in reverence of his 52 year political life the Governor of North Carolina Mike Easley (D-NC) ordered that the flags of the state be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of Helms.  However one state employee said not me and resigned from his employment rahter than lower the flag himself.  

L.F. Eason was interviewed by Chicago Tribune about why we quit and what his “beef was with…Helms…It was just incredible to me to hear this man, time after time after time, have this bigoted, racist propaganda, and people still elect him. It’s really sad. I think Jesse came along at a time when we could have gone so much more progressive. I never, ever could tolerate the man.” 

Hopefully someone in North Carolina will appreciate Eason and reward him handsomely for his show of courage.

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