Looking outward and at the future I believe that my nation is starting to feel the pains, neglect, and economic denials we experience. White citizens of North Carolina and around the world are denied their basic needs due to the Covid-19 and the murder of George Floyd tipped the cup over. Jobs, Education, Social Interaction, Leadership, and Beliefs are essential to living our lives in stability. When you treat us as Covid-19 is treating you, any added level of injustice tears at the roots of our communities and as George Floyd's murder was broadcast through a cell phone, we lashed out in anger and pain because it added too much to our suffering.
I study elected officials to keep my community aware of their works every day. There has always been one governor that has robbed me while I supported him. So I stand against a high tide and state my equality through a Write-in campaign. These types of injustices, stripping Black businesses of intellectual property; never awarding contracts to minorities; denying health care and compensation; refusing to provide access to water, electricity, and the modern communications tools to rural areas; refusing to point out the penal system as a source for perpetual enslavement; and persisting in subjugating Black children in North Carolina through films and lessons on the Confederacy while glorifying their statues are all inhumane and keep the fires of racism burning here in our state.
I ask that the media organizations listen to all the citizens equally and fairly to limit their damages caused through media influence. I ask you to interview the victims you defame before publishing lies. I ask you to focus on the positive and innovative projects and events, namely for our businesses, to bring about a greater level of trust from Black people in North Carolina. I ask you to support the minority media companies and provide grants to keep them alive. They are not your competition and should work as a source for what Black people consider important.
As Governor, I will prioritize the following:
1. Establish new laws that protect the minority citizens of North Carolina, such as prohibit police officers from engaging in choke holds when arresting citizens.
2. All citizens targeted for arrests or holding a weapon, must respond verbally to ensure that a child is not holding a toy with headphones on.
3. Business contracts awards would distribute with equity to ensure that all communities have tax bases that can afford to finance schools, colleges, renovations, clean streets, and social activities and events including access to virtual events and classes.
4. All elected officials must check in with constituents monthly providing meeting locations, newsletters, and reporting bills and laws.
5. Each county of the state will receive reports from the Governor on what is happening for your specific county working with your state and US representatives and senators. Communications is the key to providing equity and addressing issues that effect our citizens.
6. Remove all Confederate Statues to give Black people a loving view of North Carolina's White population to confirm that love is shared between us.
I ask that each citizen of the state, practice justice in your everyday activities. Treat each other with respect and allow each fellow citizen his or her dignity. Give each person five minutes and hear them speak before summing them up based on prejudices and preconceived notions about others.
North Carolina was a leader in the Confederate Government that practiced violent injustices. This is not North Carolina today and never will be again. We are a state in the southern region of the United States of America and we are indeed always striving to be a united people.
Constance Lav Johnson
Write-in Candidate for Governor of North Carolina
VOTE November 3, 2020.