NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Calls Out WRAL for Hypocrisy Over KKK Editorial Cartoon

NBC News affiliate WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina, published an editorial cartoon that portrays state school board members who oppose Black Lives Matter’s critical race theory curriculum as members of the KKK. Board member Olivia Oxendine, who opposes it, is an American Indian.

If the state allows the curriculum, children would be indoctrinated about race-based, homosexual, and “transgender” identities and taught that the traditional family should be destroyed.

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson also opposes the curriculum, and he held a press conference to criticize WRAL’s implication that he and the rest of the GOP are bigots. Robinson said he’s wholeheartedly in favor of people being able to voice an opinion, “no matter how vile someone may think it is.” But he calls out WRAL’s hypocrisy.

“Now here we are, second day of Black History Month, one day removed from television stations, newspapers, and other [media] celebrating February 1 down in my hometown of Greensboro, where people took a stand against racism and bigotry. And on the second day of Black History Month…the first black lieutenant governor has been portrayed as [KKK] by one of the largest news outlets in this state.”

Robinson said the person who drew the cartoon is not a private individual, and the cartoon wasn’t a post from someone’s Facebook page. “This is a newspaper that goes out to millions of readers.” He said it was his understanding that an eighth-grade social studies teacher drew the cartoon. If true, the person is “teaching these falsehoods.”

Robinson said WRAL, which would stand for racial equality, didn’t even know when he was sworn into office. The cartoon doesn’t really bother him, he said. WRAL’s hypocrisy bothers him. The organization portrayed a black man as a Klansman because he’s in the GOP. He said his office isn’t going to stand for it. He’s not going to go along to get along. He reminded people that the GOP didn’t support the KKK. Watch the full press conference for more.

Note: WRAL issued a statement about the offensive cartoon:

Editorial cartoons are creative and provocative, using hyperbole and satire. No one believes Republicans on the State Board of Education are members of the Ku Klux Klan. The editorial cartoon by Dennis Draughon is meant to point out that these members of the State Board are trying to wipe out from the social studies curriculum the record of racism which includes the Klan and the segregationist practices that were imposed in our state and nation’s history.”

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  1. Evidently WRAL wanted to pay homage to the new “president” who was mentored by none other than Democrat Senator and Wizard of the KKK Robert Byrd – I have always been curious if Biden himself was a member of the democrat boys club.

    • I am a Pennsylvania boy and many years ago I was assigned to C Troop Ninth Cavalry at Scranton, Pennsylvania and my young junior officers would regal me with stories about the stupidity of President Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden. President Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden has accused our once and future President Donald John Trump who I have known about since 1963 of being a “draft dodger” the fact is that whilst at New York Military Academy he was a great baseball player and was being scouted by collages to play baseball for them and he messed up his leg playing baseball. On the other hand President Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden who was a basketball player and lifeguard was mysteriously granted several deferments so he would not have to go to that tropical paradise Vietnam. What do you think happened?

    • Remember: Justice Hugo Black–regardless of his early affinity for the Ku Klux Klan–would have a significant influence on the legal careers of Earl Warren, William Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia.

  2. Excuse me my late father personally knew Senator Robert Carlyle Byrd and utterly despised him he always referred by various extremely offensive names but always referred to by his official title “The Grand Kleegal of the Clarksburgh Klavern! When Senator Robert Carlyle Byrd died I asked him if he was going to urinate on his grave. He looked at me and said “Boy when I left the United States Army I promised myself I would never stand in a long line again. I stole that comment from him and many others have stolen it from me.

  3. Mary Jane Mumpower

    Why can’t news organizations just report the news in a fair and objective manner, then let the people decide. I’m all about freedom of speech but depicting the G O.P. as Klan members is beyond reprehensible. Its extremely divisive and its really sad that a news organization would allow something like this to be published. Can you imagine if a Republican had depicted democrats as such? If im not mistaken it was Democrats who originally started the KKK but that doesn’t mean that that’s who they are today. We should all step back and put things into perspective. Democrats have one agenda and Republicans have another agenda. Why can’t they come together and find common ground and work together for the good of the American people?

  4. Mary Jane Mumpower

    I do feel that I should clarify that it was not the democrat party that started the KKK but faction of democrats. I wouldn’t paint the whole party with that broad brush. I know both sides can be divisive at times.