“The principal of the political school called me and said, ‘Governor, we have problems. We have alumni and big donors who don’t want you to come back to Duke to be part of that audience. school of politics,” McCrory said in January 2021, referring to a job at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
“You know what I said to him, I said, ‘If I come back to, if I come back to campus, will you serve me at the lunch counter?’ And I meant it.”
“Speaking of the ultimate blacklist, it was the African American students at A&T University in North Carolina who wanted to eat at the Woolworths counter, the lunch counter. And they turned them down. They were blacklisted because of the color of their skin,” McCrory added. “Other people are now being blacklisted because of our policy. And that’s both wrong. It’s both deplorable. And we need to call that out.”
Earlier in the segment, in which McCrory and his guest talked about conservatives and alumni from former President Donald Trump’s orbit being “blacklisted,” McCrory said Duke originally intended to inviting him to be part of the School of Public Policy, but only rescinded after faculty and students protested.
“I was blacklisted by Duke University, I was – all the former governors of North Carolina were invited to work at Duke University’s Public Policy School, Terry Sanford Public Policy School – former governor,” McCrory said. “And so I went to talk to them and they said, ‘We would love for you to help us. And it wasn’t for money or anything. And within an hour of believing there were protests and signatures of students and faculty signed up saying, ‘We don’t want Pat McCrory back on the Duke University campus anymore.'”
Jordan Shaw, spokesperson for the McCrory campaign, told CNN that McCrory’s comments were clear and that he “has seen firsthand how the far left uses cancel culture to advance its extreme program.
“Governor McCrory moved to Greensboro in 1966 and was keenly aware of the profound impact the Woolworth sit-ins had on this community and on the nation,” Shaw said. “These students were and are heroes to him because they stood up against the ultimate evil. And their example inspires Governor McCrory to call for nullifying culture where it exists today, whether in politics, religion, academia, business or the media.”
A Duke University spokesperson told CNN it was inaccurate for McCrory to say that “all former governors of North Carolina have been invited to work at Duke University’s Public Policy School. and declined to comment further.