The goal of FDU is very similar to the attempts by the national Republican Party to reach out to African Americans following Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012. Using misleading statements such as “Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican” and pushing John Birch Society-style segregationist propaganda such as the old chestnut that Soviet communists were behind the Civil Rights Movement, the attempt is to create a new and false narrative of race in America since the Civil War. Ironically, in the filing for the non-profit status for FDU, Raymond personally guaranteed that “No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda.”
Raymond is also the sole administrator of two facebook pages and two facebook groups created to disseminate Republican propaganda. One called, “Black History, The Democrats, and a Conversation” and another entitled “Black History, the GOP, and a Conversation”. The page on Democrats lists Democrats from the late 19th and early 20th Century who abused the rights of Americans and the Page on the GOP lists 19th Century and early 20th Century Republicans who helped advance the cause of black equality.
The “University” board is 100% registered Republicans. Ironically, the board is 70% white, and only 20% of the members are from outside of Forsyth County. On the board are many names well known in local right-wing circles including:
Scott Cumbie – Chairman of the Forsyth County GOP
- Lori Goins Clark – Former GOP School Board candidate
- Cornelia Groce – A Forsyth County Representative to the NC GOP Executive Committee
- David Griffith – Candidate for Forsyth County Sheriff who has made claims that the current Republican Sheriff is a “RINO” (Republican in Name Only)
- Patricia Messick – Republican, and President of Messick Properties who own rental properties all over Winston-Salem
- Pam Lofland – Forsyth County tea party activist who barely lost out to Raymond for the position of Chairman of the Forsyth Board of Elections and, more than once, had to be told by officials to back off while acting as a poll worker at the Forsyth County Government building in May of 2012. She was aggressively harassing anyone who did not agree with her that Amendment One should be passed and specifically harassed people she assumed were “gay.” This included CCD editor Chad Nance, whom Lofland later directly stated she thought was “gay” because he was seen at the polls handing out fliers against Amendment One.
Raymond’s partisan political activities raise more than a few questions about his motives. This background, along with his attempts to shut down WSSU’s polling place and to place sheriff’s deputies at the polls in Forsyth County, bring into question his and Civitas’ assertions about Director Coffman. In fact, it was Coffman who poured cold water on Raymond’s wish to bring back the Jim Crow intimidation technique of placing cops at the polls. Was Coffman disrespectful and dismissive? Perhaps. There is a difference, however, between insensitivity and painful truth. Ken Raymond is incompetent in his position as Chairman of the Board of Elections and has a targeted and clear partisan agenda. That is the truth.