Friday, 22 Sep 2023

Republican front-runner for North Carolina governor attacked Civil Rights Movement: 'So many freedoms were lost'


Republican front-runner for North Carolina governor attacked Civil Rights Movement: 'So many freedoms were lost'

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, the state's first Black lieutenant governor and the GOP front-runner for the 2024 gubernatorial race, repeatedly lambasted the "so-called" 1960s Civil Rights Movement, lamenting that "so many freedoms were lost during the civil rights movement."

In a CNN KFile review of his media appearances over the last five years, Robinson baselessly claimed that the Civil Rights Movement was a communist plot to "subvert capitalism" and used "to subvert free choice and where you go to school and things like that."

"So many things were lost during the Civil Rights Movement. So many freedoms were lost during the Civil Rights Movement. They shouldn't have been lost," Robinson said in a March 2018 podcast episode.

Robinson made many of the comments on the podcast "Politics and Prophecy" with host Chris Levels on Freedomizer Radio, a station whose slogan says "Freedomists Freedomizing Freedom." Levels is a conspiracy theorist who has shared 9/11 truther posts on Facebook, called the Olympics an illuminati event from Satan and shared posts saying Jews control nearly everything in society.

Robinson's previously unreported comments criticizing the Civil Rights Movement starkly contrast the rhetoric he recently espoused highlighting his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina, as "an epicenter of the Civil Rights' Movement." Greensboro was home to the Woolworth lunch counter sit-in-protests in 1960 started by four Black students, one of whom - Clarence Henderson - Robinson later befriended after launching his political career.

Robinson is currently seen as the GOP favorite for North Carolina's gubernatorial race, where he will likely face Democrat Josh Stein, the state's attorney general. The current Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, is term-limited.

After publication, Robinson published a video with Clarence Henderson, a civil rights icon, saying that he "couldn't be more proud" of Henderson's work in the Civil Rights Movement and now. Robinson ended the video by saying, "I'll tell you what. You made history in this state once before. I'm gonna make history again."

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