[Originally published at BackwardNC]
Although what is illustrated next has always been evident, we found the actual data breathtaking when studying the topic of diversity in the Jones Street House of Pain. When you consider the GOP representatives and senators, about the only form of diversity you can identify is "Di more you consider dis, di verse it is".
Below the fold are the Republican and Democratic delegations of the NC House and Senate, respectively. Do you notice anything? We're not talking about the fact that there are fewer Democrats, that goes without saying. Squint your eyes and let it blur up a little bit.
Now do you see it?
Yeah, every single GOP representative, and every single GOP senator, is white. Nearly all of them are male. The NC Senate GOP is 88% white male, 12% white female. The NC House GOP is 83% white male, 17% white female.
WOW! We all kind of knew that was the case, but once it's in our face, it's still startling.
And it goes a long way toward explaining why the outrageous laws they continue to pass are particularly harsh on women and minorities.
We don't believe that you have to be "just like" someone else to relate to them and have empathy for them. Just because the people in control are almost entirely white guys doesn't mean that they couldn't govern for all and look out for everybody. But they don't, and they're definitely advancing the Bigoted, Ignorant, Close-Minded, Intolerant, Morally Superior, Old South Good Ole Boy Redneck Dumbbell stereotype. Their actions speak very loudly, and after years of progressive advancement, the rest of the nation is now viewing us as the Bigoted, Ignorant, Close-Minded, Intolerant, Morally Superior, Old South Good Ole Boy Redneck Dumbbell state -- in other words, The Old Backward State. It makes us a national laughingstock, but it also keeps businesses and tourists away.
They really don't care if they destroy North Carolina so long as they ram through the ALEC & Art Pope extremism.
Shame on them.