(National Sentinel)Â Pandering: A white Democratic candidate for Congress from North Carolina made the bizarre claim that he’s a member of the “African-American community” in response to a question about ensuring diversity in office.
Gary Shipman, who is running for the U.S. House, and other candidates were asked byÂ â€œSuit Up Wilmington Outreachâ€ leaders how they planned to get blacks into their campaign and how they would raise diversity.
â€œIâ€™m a member of the African-American community,â€ Shipman said. â€œIâ€™ve been where you are. Iâ€™ve been in your communities.â€
One female candidate offered to go to black-led events in the community, but Shipman responded that he didn’t need an invitation because he was already a member.
Later, in response to grilling from local media, Shipman appeared to walk back his comments, explaining that he doesn’t really see himself as being black, just invested in the black community.
â€œIâ€™ve eaten at many a fish fry held by my â€˜brothersâ€™ and â€˜sisters,â€™ â€˜auntsâ€™ and â€˜unclesâ€™ in that community; Iâ€™ve celebrated birthdays, births, marriages, graduations, Christmas, Thanksgiving,Â July 4, etc., with many members of the African-American community,â€ Shipman wrote in an email to The News & Observer, as reported byÂ The Daily Caller.
Shipman is challenging incumbent Rep. Holly Grange, a Republican.
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