Publisher's note: This post, by Francis De Luca , was originally published in the Budget & Taxes, Elections & Campaigns, Politicians & Politicking section(s) of Civitas's online edition.
While the Rev. William Barber, head of the NCNAACP, likes to call opponents extremists and rant about the immorality of legislative actions, he never mentions one important detail concerning his personal interest. An organization associated with his church, Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation, of which he is the founder and still chairman, has bellied up to the taxpayer buffet to the tune of over $1.15 million in recent years. A quick search shows some but not all of the taxpayer dollars garnered by his organization (State Agencies come from NC Open Book:
As the head of the NCNAACP and the organizer of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ), he is the originator and ringmaster of the "
Money Monday" protests. Barber has said in many places that the HKonJ organizations are the organizers and force behind the "
Money Monday" protests.
It is a collection of groups that, like Barber's group, has benefited handsomely from taxpayer dollars. While he cloaks his actions in morality and even the trappings of Christianity, going as far as wearing religious garb at the protests, his interest is really about that least religious of concerns - Mammon, or money.
He and his cohorts in the HKonJ organizing group
do not want to lose access or control of the taxpayers' dollars. This may very well happen if the current legislature continues to reduce taxes, reform government and stop funding special-interest groups.
So remember from now on to refer to the Monday protests by their proper name
Money Monday" !