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UNC DEI under scrutiny, Anti-Riot Bill becomes law, Cary Man sentenced after J6 plea

No. 11 — Mar. 12-18, 2023



General Assembly asking for info on DEI at UNC campuses

A North Carolina General Assembly committee has sent a letter to the UNC System requesting info on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs and materials. This is part of a larger push to combat “divisive” ideologies like CRT and “anti-racism” in our state (and nationwide). The UNC System (and UNC-Chapel Hill in particular) has become a hotspot due to the influence and oversight of the GOP controlled legislature:

This Week in the Triangle
The Fight Against “Divisive Ideologies” at Major Universities in the Triangle
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) is just one of the major universities in the Triangle which has become a cultural battleground as both the governing authorities and grassroots/activist organizations are converging to combat the influence of “radical, divisive, and discriminatory” ideologies like Critical Race Theory and “anti-racis…
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Anti-Riot Bill Becomes Law

The anti-riot bill passed by the NC legislature has become law after Governor Cooper declined to either sign or veto the bill. HB40 will primarily increase the penalties for current riot-related offenses on the books. The bill passed the NC General Assembly with enough votes to override the governor’s veto. I wrote an article last month on why I oppose the bill:

This Week in the Triangle
Opinion: GOP Anti-Riot Bill is Dangerous Virtue Signaling
It’s not in dispute: rioting is bad. As a journalist, I did on-the-ground coverage at a handful of 2020/2021 riots or “civil disorders” in the Raleigh/Durham area. From my experience, I believe the “anti-riot” bill on track to make it into NC law is more likely to be used against peaceful demonstrators or political dissidents than it is to be used again…
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Cary man sentenced to 3 years, 4 months for spraying bear spray at attack on U.S. Capitol

Aiden Bilyard was sentenced to 40 months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer with a chemical irritant at the Capitol on January 6th. Bilyard also admitted to shattering a Capitol window with a baseball bat that he was handed. Both these incidents occurred near the “Tunnel” on the West Side of the Capitol where Rosanne Boyland died.

Two more NC natives who were in a group chat with Bilyard, Christopher Carnell and David Worth Bowman, were arrested just last week for January 6th related charges. Unlike Bilyard, Carnell and Bowman are not accused of using violence or force in their alleged activities at the Capitol.

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Media Gripe: “How extremists in NC and across US try to use national unease to grow and spread hate” (News & Observer)

Although this year’s “National Day of Hate” turned out to be a flop for the racial grievance industry, it didn’t stop the News & Observer from publishing a breathless piece warning of “hate” and “anti-government” groups here in North Carolina. Although the article pays bothsidesist lip service to the “tattered fringe of the far right or left”, it’s clear that this article is part of the broader movement to tar all right-wing or conservative causes with the brush of neo-Nazism and “extremism”. There’s no mention of the 2020 rioting and attacks on government buildings by the far-left here in North Carolina, or the more recent pro-abortion vandalism in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. I haven’t seen empirical evidence compiled here in NC, but I’m still fairly confident I know which “side” is responsible for more “extremist” behavior.


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