A newly-elected member of the state house is in the spotlight after claiming in an email that the diatribes of the NAACP's leader are "racist" and a product of a "race-opportunist."
The email sent by Representative Michael Speciale was sent to NAACP state president Rev. William Barber last week. It was sent in reaction to comments by Barber about ID required at voting. In a statement, Barber calls voter ID initiatives "national propaganda efforts by the far-right to justify the obvious tactic to suppress the votes of minorities, youth, disabled and the elderly," and urges Republican legislative leaders to abandon their push for such a law in North Carolina.
Barber spoke at a news conference in Raleigh Friday morning. A subsequent news conference is being held in Greenville Friday afternoon.