A refreshing take on access to education

By: - June 3, 2008 12:18 pm

   As some politicians stoke anti-immigrant sentiment for their own political gain and many others cower in fear and refuse to confront it, it is refreshing to hear a clear, powerful voice for justice for undocumented residents and their children.  Rev. William Barber, the President of the N.C. Conference of the NAACP, continues to be such a voice.

Barber weighed in on the debate about access to higher education for undocumented students on this week's News and Views radio show on the North Carolina News Network. Here is part of Barber's take.

It always amazes me in a country whose history was about accepting people and bringing people in, that we then turn around and want to deny people, particularly children. That's vicious. It does not represent the best of government and we cannot be suckered into that kind of a fight with those who want to produce the kind of fear-based politics because they don't have any other kind of record to run on, when they were wrong on the war, wrong when it comes to health care, wrong when it come to poverty, wrong when it comes to the economy, so the only thing folk can do is turn people against one another."

That pretty much sums it up.

(Listen to the entire interview with Barber about the immigration debate and the recent People of Color Legislative Lobby Day here on

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Chris Fitzsimon

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina. [email protected] 919-861-2066