Adam Serwer reports for MSNBC.
If you have to preface your remarks with a mention of your “black best friend,” you’ll probably regret saying what comes next.
Don Yelton, a former North Carolina Republican official, was compelled to resign Thursday after tossing around racial slurs during an interview with Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Yelton said he didn’t care if North Carolina’s strict voter ID law “hurts a bunch of lazy blacks who wants the government to give them everything.”
“The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt,” Yelton told The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi. North Carolina’s recent voting law, one of the strictest in the country, is currently being challenged in court on the basis that it makes it deliberately makes it harder for minorities to vote. At least one state, Texas, has argued in court that election laws are constitutional if they disenfranchise voters on the basis of party affiliation rather than race, an argument voting rights advocates find absurd.