A Charlotte, N.C., mayoral candidate is receiving harsh criticism for listing “white” as a qualification for the job.
“VOTE FOR ME!” Kimberley Paige Barnette posted Facebook. “REPUBLICAN & SMART, WHITE, TRADITIONAL.”
Many will disagree with the smart part if she thinks being “white” makes her more qualified than someone else.
Barnette is a former Mecklenburg County magistrate making her first run for office and she significantly trails the other two Republican candidates (who are also white) in the Sept. 12 primary, reported WBTV.
The original post has since been taken down, and her Facebook account deactivated.
On Tuesday, the Republican Party chair expressed his disapproval and even quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in his statement.
NCGOP Chair Robin Hayes in a statement:
The Charlotte mayoral contest will be decided based on who can best promote public safety, provide economic development, and improve critical infrastructure needs. This contest will not be decided based on the skin color the candidates. Any suggestion that a candidate is more or less qualified for political office based on their skin color alone, is offensive to North Carolina Republicans and we condemn it. This type of suggestion has no place in our public discourse. With violent confrontations in the streets under Mayor Roberts, we have seen the dangers to public safety when a Charlotte mayor fails the leadership test of bringing all people together. We believe that bringing people together starts with the Republican belief that government should deliver critical government services in a colorblind way, and in a society that judges all people by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin.
In a televised debate last month, Barnette criticized last year’s protests of the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott as “an expression of Democratic behavior (the behavior of a democrat)”. She also said that she doesn’t want more “lower-income people” in Charlotte.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)