Target: Don Yelton, former Buncombe County Republican Chairman
Goal: Urge Republican official to apologize for making blatantly racist and disparaging remarks about African American and youth voters.
Don Yelton, Buncombe County, North Carolina’s Republican precinct chairman and GOP executive committee member, recently made an appearance on The Daily Show to discuss voter restrictions in North Carolina. He stated that these laws would be hurtful to democrats and included the comment “if it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.” He also said that he did not mind if the law hurt “lazy college students,” as well.
There has been controversy over the years about voter restriction laws, particularly in southern states where laws appear designed to prevent certain groups of people, particularly African Americans, from voting. Yelton admitted that this type of discrimination does occur, and stated that he does not have a problem with it.
These comments are another example of an extremist Republican expressing archaic ideas about minorities. These comments were racist and discriminatory, and it is a disgrace that we have elected officials like this representing our people.
After Yelton’s appearance on The Daily Show, the Buncombe County Republican party apologized for Yelton’s actions, and Yelton resigned, but this does not amend the republican’s offensive comments. Yelton himself should apologize or retract his bigoted comments. Please sign the petition below to insist that Don Yelton admit that he was wrong in his statements and apologize to everyone whom he has offended.
Dear Don Yelton,
Your recent comments made on The Daily Show, which discriminated against African Americans and young people, were bigoted and offensive. Laws that prevent any American citizens from exercising their right to vote are unconstitutional, and your support of these laws makes you less of an American than those you are discriminating against.
Your resignation was the correct action in this situation, as you should not be representing the people of America. However, I think it is necessary to make a personal apology to all of those whom you have offended. Please do the right thing and correct your mistakes.
[Your Name Here]
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