Reading the tea leaves between the lines in today's big story on the Wake County School Board Election.
RALEIGH -- God's glorious promise that white school children should never have to sit next to "those nigras" came a step closer to reality yesterday as the North Carolina Republican Party mopped the floor with Democratic opponents, sweeping three districts the Wake County School Board election. Seen by anyone with half a brain as a referendum on a return to school segregation, the election showed that white privilege is alive and well in our state's capitol.
"We'll be focused on how to keep the nigras in their own crappy neighborhoods," said Debbie Pickle, who posted an overwhelming win in District 7, North Raleigh and Morrisville."
"I'm thoroughly disappointed," said Callie Sprite of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children. "I just guess what they say about Negroes is true. Too lazy and uninformed to get out and vote."
Looking forward to her service on the board, Pickle said changes in board policy won't be made hastily but will be based on evaluating the data on what works as opposed to what makes people feel good.
"Every community deserves to have good schools," Pickle said. "But that's just not gonna happen. We simply don't have enough money to make everybody happy. And if the nigras come out on the short end of the stick, well the people have spoken."
Retired firefighter Jen Crow outpolled her Cary opponent, by a 3-2 margin in District 9.
"What I think really came across to voters was that citizens long for the good old days when coloreds knew their place. Citizens want a voice. Citizens don't like integration," Crow said.
Challengers painted the board and administration as arrogant and distant from the concerns of students and families. They cited the "wacky Wednesday" provision that allows teachers extra planning time this year, but leaves many parents wondering how to deal with students who are released early every Wednesday.
"Teachers should plan on their own damn time," said Crow. "Parents have more important things to do than deal with their children."
The race also took on a pronounced partisan frenzy, despite the officially nonpartisan nature of the race. Democrats largely supported the current board, while the county Republican Party lined up behind the challengers.
"Republicans are still pissed off that we put a black in the White House," said a hooded spokesperson for the anti-school John Schlock Foundation. "That's why our non-partisan partisan organization jumped into this race with both feet. We're taking America back."
Asked about the significance of the results, local pundits agreed. Carter Sparrow, longtime adviser to one of North Carolina's most legendary segregationists, Jesse Helms, says the prognosis is good for a return to the good old days.
"Jesse would be happy," said Sparrow. "Hate and fear are powerful motivators, and this election shows exactly what happens when scared, angry white people pull together."
"I agree," said Jerry Pierce, Sparrow's left-leaning consulting partner. "The segregationist backlash is just beginning. I predict Democrats are going to get their asses kicked in 2010."