Republican Mark Robinson Will Be North Carolina’s First Black Lieutenant Governor

Republican and political outsider Mark Robinson just became the first black lieutenant governor of North Carolina, defeating an opponent who has been involved in state government for 25 years.

According to unofficial results posted by the North Carolina Board of Elections, Robinson won the seat by a margin of about 3.3 percent or just shy of 178,000 votes.

Robinson’s Democratic opponent Yvonne Lewis Holley, who is also black, told local ABC11 reporter Tim Pulliam that she had conceded the race Tuesday evening.

While Holley has spent a quarter of a century in politics, Robinson entered the arena after his speech about gun rights at a Greensboro City Council meeting went viral in 2018. In the video, which has garnered more than 4 million views, Robinson slammed government officials for restricting the Second Amendment rights of peaceful and responsible citizens.

“You want to restrict my right to but a firearm and protect myself,” he said. “Law-abiding citizens … we’re the first ones taxed and the last ones considered.”

“We vilify the police and make the criminals into victims,” Robinson added. “We want our rights and we want to keep our rights, and by God, we’re going to keep them, come hell or high water.”

Robinson, whose website notes he is an Army veteran and a Christian, is also a supporter of school choice and the pro-life movement.

In North Carolina, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run separately, so Robinson will serve alongside incumbent Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper is a Democrat, having beaten Republican challenger and current Lt. Gov. Dan Forest by about 5 percent of votes statewide.

Despite the historic nature of Robinson’s victory, major media outlets appeared to give the Republican little attention. Google and Twitter searches of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN revealed no results with Robinson’s name since before Election Day as of this writing.


Black Voter Drags Biden At Town Hall, Asks Reason To Vote For Him Besides ‘You Ain’t Black’

Cedric Humphrey, a black voter from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, asked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden what reason he could give to young black voters to cast a ballot for him instead of staying home on Election Day.

“Many people believe the true swing demographic in this election under the age of 30, not because they will be voting for Trump, but because they won’t be voting at all,” Humphrey said. “So my question for you is, besides ‘you ain’t black,’ what do you have to say to young black voters who see voting for you as further participation in a system that continually fails to protect them?”

Biden cited the need to ensure black Americans can generate wealth, and promised he would “provide $70 billion for HBCUs for them to be able to have the wherewithal to do what other universities can do because they don’t have the kind of foundational support they need.”

ABC Moderator George Stephanopoulos did not interrupt to mention the fact that President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill in 2019 to permanently provide more than $250 million in annual funding to the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.

Biden also answered Humphrey’s question by touting his passion for the criminal justice system, to “make it fair and make it more decent.”

The Biden campaign’s criminal justice platform is part of a major effort to distance the Democratic candidate from the 1994 crime bill he sponsored as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2019, Democratic rival Sen. Cory Booker called Biden the “architect of mass incarceration.”

“We have 5 percent of the global population but 25 percent of the world’s prison population,” Booker said to the Washington Examiner. “For [Biden] to not have a more comprehensive, bold plan to deal with this is unacceptable to me, especially because he is partly responsible for the crisis that we have.”


EXPLAIN? Graham says during forum ‘African Americans & immigrants’ can go anywhere in SC, as long as they’re conservative

October 10, 2020

Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham is one of the funniest lawmakers I’ve met and very politically savvy. But his statements during a candidates forum Friday night were downright weird and just the opposite of being politically savvy.

Graham should explain. Was he just being funny? Maybe, but it didn’t come across that way and is trending pretty seriously across social media all Saturday.

He said during the Friday forum after being asked about what he would do to quell the civil unrest that African-Americans and immigrants “can go anywhere in this state” as long as they are “conservative, not liberal.”

Friday nights forum was in lieu of the debate that was supposed to take place that night against his opponent for the South Carolina Senate seat Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, who is black.

I seriously didn’t believe the clip at first because I’ve never heard the Senator say such a thing. An email was sent to see if there is a response to this statement. I will update the story with any response given from the Senator or his team.

You can follow Sara A Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.



Flashback: CNN’s Don Lemon Asks If Kamala Harris Is ‘African American’

Former Vice President Joe Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate on Tuesday, reigniting public debate over her ethnicity.

The Democratic National Committee called her “Black” and “Asian American.” But it also called her “African American.”

Harris was born in California to a Jamaican father and an Indian American mother. She was raised in Berkeley, California, and moved to Canada when she was twelve.

She has characterized herself as “from Oakland,” a city with a large African American population, since she was born in the Kaiser Hospital in Oakland. But she has also characterized herself as Asian American and South Asian American.

While many Democrats and Harris’s supporters lashed out at those questioning whether Harris was “African American,” CNN host Don Lemon posed the question himself last year.

In February 2019, Lemon was debating April Ryan, CNN political analyst and White House reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, on whether Harris was “African American.” Lemon said:

The people who are saying, ‘Is she Black enough?’ That’s bull, that’s B.S. But to want a distinction to say, ‘Is she African American? Or is she Black or is she — whatever. What’s — there is nothing wrong with that. There is a difference between African American and being Black.

Lemon went on: “Latino people are people of color, but they’re not Black. They’re Brown people. OK?”

Ryan protested: “She is a Black woman.”

Lemon responded, “I agree with that. But is she African-American?”

He added, “There is a difference. There is nothing wrong with that. No one is trying to take anything away from her… . All she had to do was say, ‘I am Black but I’m not African American.”

Ryan then argued, “Many Africans landed in Jamaica and all these other places.”

Lemon responded, “Jamaica is not America. Jamaica did not come out of Jim Crow. I’m just saying.”

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