When mayoral candidate Kimberley Paige Barnette took to Facebook to garner support for her Charlotte, North Carolina GOP run, she didn't lead with her experience or qualifications. Instead, the 52-year-old candidate decided to take a more direct approach. In a since deleted Facebook intro, Barnette implored voters to select her on the September 12th ballot based on the fact that she is “REPUBLICAN & SMART, WHITE, TRADITIONAL.”
Who needs a platform when you have privilege? With Trump in office and the unveiling of casual supremacy, a whole new level of audacity is reigning in these streets. Still, in the case of Barnette, it seems that this unapologetic sense of entitlement has back fired. According to The Charlotte Observer, Barnette ranks last in the city's three candidate GOP primary.
On Tuesday, in a statement to local station WBTV, Robin Hayes chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, condemned Barnette, saying "This contest will not be decided based on the skin color [of] the candidates. Any suggestion that a candidate is more or less qualified for political office based on their skin color alone, is offensive to North Carolina Republicans and we condemn it."
After getting her hand slapped for saying out loud what should have been relegated to inner circles, Barnette attempted to clarify her intro in an email sent to QNotes, a North Carolina gay publication stating, "I'm not prejudice. I do not judge other people. Other people judge me. What is the difference? I say I'm white. Others describe themselves as example transgenders. Are they labeling themselves? I'm also a divorced mother of two adult children. I accept others as who they are. I have traditional conservative views when it comes to family and friendships." Epic fail.
So much to unpack, here. Ma'am, we aren't sure what any of this has to do with the fact that you listed "white" as a bonafide credential for political office.
Kimberley Paige Barnette turned the old HRC "white Americans" 2008 dog whistle into a trumpet solo.
Uncle Trump is gassing up these fools. https://t.co/xErHjtSDZj
— Herb Mitchell (@Pelicaine) September 4, 2017
— Lisa Conant (@lisaloveshjff) September 4, 2017
And, there you have it. This is where we are folks.