AG Stein Memorial Day email invokes Jan. 6

Attorney General Josh Stein briefs media from the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. Photo via N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

RALEIGH — Attorney General Josh Stein’s campaign sent an email on Monday, May 31, to supporters invoking the Jan. 6 protests in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day.

“This Memorial Day is different. It comes just four months after a terrible assault not only on our nation’s most important building and the federal representatives inside, but on our democracy itself. And it comes as we are emerging from the deadliest public health pandemic in more than a century,” the email stated.

Stein’s office was aggressive in pursuing leads related to North Carolinians who were in Washington on Jan. 6.

On Jan. 8, Stein tweeted, “My office is supporting federal law enforcement efforts to investigate NCians who participated in the raid on the U.S. Capitol. If you have any information about a NCian who participated in this lawless insurrection, please email [email protected].”

He did not, however, condemn riots and other lawless behavior in Raleigh last year caused by protests against law enforcement.

On June 3, 2020, Stein released a lengthy statement, part of which read, “the systemic racism that African Americans experience — whether it’s in the criminal justice system, in the economy, or in the health care system — is wrong… I will fight with you.

“This message is mainly for white people — we have to do the work. I hope you will join me in taking advantage of some resources for educating ourselves. Please consider looking into resources from Duke University’s Racial Equity Learning Arc, We Are (Working to Extend Anti-Racist Education) or some other anti-racism curriculum. And taking the Unconscious Bias quiz might help you.”

Stein’s office did not return multiple emails sent by North State Journal seeking clarification on his office’s work in assisting authorities looking into both events.

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