The National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People’s North Carolina State Conference (NC NAACP) is condemning Jodie Brunstetter, the wife of a prominent North Carolina state senator and supporter of Amendment 1, who allegedly claimed earlier this week that her husband advocated for the measure to protect the “Caucasian” race. Brunstetter apparently made the comments to another white woman while handing out literature in support of the provision to prohibit same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships in the state constitution.
“The alleged comments by the supporter of Amendment One would be less concerning if they did not fit as a piece of the cynical puzzle of race-based political agendas and money found in the forces and rationales behind the Discriminatory Amendment,” Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, president of the organization, said in a press release. He also connected Brunstetter’s remarks to the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) strategy of dividing the African American community on the marriage issue:
The reality is that the extreme right wing forces behind this amendment are the same people waging a public policy campaign against African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, the poor and other minorities. Therefore, the alleged comments and the well-documented rationale represented in them are not surprising. They only serve to help connect the dots between a regressive, race-based strategy to pass Amendment One and the larger attack on the rights of minorities for the purpose of maintaining power in the hands of the few.
Local news stations are also picking up on the story, noting that Brunstetter and her husband, Sen. Peter Brunstetter, are denying the allegation. Watch the NBC 17 report: