The Gate Keeper response: I am glad to continue to see history in its making. Time for black men to get their rightful spot. Good black men are some of the most compassionate folk and when it comes to law enforcement that is much needed. Don’t get it twisted because I didn’t say some white men are not compassionate, my point is when we as black males want to serve then we should be given an opportunity to serve.
An interesting and underreported trend emerging from yesterday’s elections: a historic sweep of black candidates in county sheriff’s races.
The state’s seven largest counties – Buncombe, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake – all elected black men to their county’s top law enforcement positions. Five of those counties – Buncombe, Cumberland, Guilford, Durham, Forsyth – did so for the first time ever.
Each of the new sheriffs will replace a white man in those roles, several of whom are are long-serving GOP institutions in their counties.
In Guilford County Danny Rogers ended the 24-year run of Sheriff BJ Barnes, a Republican figure so powerful and popular he was considered largely unbeatable.
Issues of racial profiling, advancement of minorities and immigration played a part in the campaign. (Read more)