A South Carolina Sheriff is under fire after comparing the NAACP to the Ku Klux Klan while also saying that the most racist people are minorities.
Chuck Wright of Spartanburg County spoke to the Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women’s meeting on April 7, saying, “I think the most racist people in America right now sometimes are minorities, small group minorities,” according to WYFF.
But wait, some of his best friends are black.
“I’ve got a chaplain who works for me. He’s an African-American, he is my brother and I love him more than anything. He doesn’t buy into that mess. A bunch of his friends don’t either,” he continued. “They don’t do the NAACP because I feel like that is a racist group as well as the KKK. I don’t care about them either.”
“I don’t want to be a part of no group that’s got something to do just because of your color. I don’t think they’re right,” Wright said. “I think if we would quit worrying about Democrats or Republicans and just love our neighbors as God told us to, we’re gonna be better. We’re just gonna be better.”
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Russell Lynch, an independent running against Wright for sheriff, responded by saying that Wright’s comments were “not conducive to solving those problems and addressing those issues and building those relationships with anybody, minorities included.”
“It’s an embarrassment to a law enforcement for a law enforcement professional to sum a group like the NAACP up as being a racist organization,” Lynch remarked. “Because the group I’ve been dealing with in Spartanburg, they’ve been nothing but good people.”
Wright responded later, calling it a “political bashing” to “stir up controversy” and said that he agreed that the Spartanburg NAACP chapter “tries to help everybody.”
“This is a political bashing, that’s all it is, to try to stir up controversy to draw some attention,” Wright told WYFF.
“I don’t care about any group of people who don’t like people just because of whatever color God made you. I don’t get into any group that does that. We have an NAACP here in Spartanburg that tries to help everybody. There’s a very small group within that group. They’re divisive, and I don’t buy into that mess,” Wright said.
“I certainly wasn’t pointing a finger at anybody. I don’t care about any group or any person who doesn’t respect you just because of whatever color God made you,” Wright added.
In 2011, Wright suggested that a woman who had been raped should have been carrying a weapon in order to stop the perpetrator.
“If she didn’t shoot the guy, she could have at least stopped him and made him leave her alone,” Wright said at the time.
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