White NC candidate: ‘I’m a member of the African-American community’

White NC candidate: ‘I’m a member of the African-American community’
Gary Shipman (Image: News & Observer video screen grab)

[Ed. – Is his name Vachel Dolezal?]

Asked about promoting diversity in North Carolina, a candidate for the state House said it’s not something he needs to talk about — because he’s lived it as “a member of the African-American community.”

Gary Shipman, one of three Democrats hoping to challenge Republican Rep. Holly Grange in a House district in New Hanover County, told the crowd at a park in Wilmington on Sunday that he has empowered members of the gay and black communities through his work as an attorney and official in the Democratic Party.

“I’m a member of the African-American community,” said Shipman, who is white. “I’ve been where you are. I’ve been in your communities.”

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Moderators of the event, “Suit up Wilmington Outreach,” asked candidates how they hoped to promote inclusion and “enthuse African-Americans” about their campaigns. Shipman, an attorney who lives in a Wilmington house valued at $638,000, said he was responding to remarks made by Leslie Cohen, another Democrat in the District 20 race.

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