Sister Toldjah, Red State, June 9, 2020
Yesterday I wrote about how the owners of Ace Speedway, located in Elon, North Carolina, had become celebrities of sorts in North Carolina over the past few weeks by continuing to defy Gov. Roy Cooper (D) over the outdoor gathering limit outlined in Phase 2 of North Carolina’s “reopening” plan.
To date, owners Robert and Jason Turner (father and son) have done it three times, with the last one being Saturday. Saturday’s race was especially noteworthy as it was held in spite of the fact that Cooper’s attorneys had sent a strongly worded letter to Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson demanding that he take action against the owners of the speedway for their failure to obey the state’s Phase 2 outdoor gathering limit of 25. Johnson initially told the media that he would cite the speedway’s owners Saturday but didn’t, because Saturday’s race was billed as being part of a peaceful protest:
This sign is outside of Ace Speedway tonight.
Governor Roy Cooper urged Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson to enforce his executive order in phase 2, which said no more than 25 people can gather.
— Amanda Ferguson (@_amandaferguson) June 6, 2020
At least 2,000 were in attendance, which is a far cry from the number of protesters who packed into the streets last week for the George Floyd marches. Some single-day crowd estimates for the Charlotte protests had the numbers between 10,000 and 15,000.
Fans are beginning to take their seats for the racing at Ace Speedway tonight. Everyone entering is being temperature tested and having their photo ID documented to have a method of contact tracing. pic.twitter.com/F2NSdwdlgL
— Chris Weaver (@chris8video) June 6, 2020
Basically what was happening here is that the speedway’s owners exposed the governor’s Phase 2 hypocrisy. If groups of 10-15,000 can cram together on a street to protest without temperature checks and without contact tracing measures put in place, why can’t a speedway reopen that not only is doing both, but that also did so on First Amendment grounds?
Because Cooper is all about controlling the people and not governing them, here’s how his office responded today:
Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered a North Carolina stock car speedway to close immediately, saying it is “an imminent hazard for the spread of COVID-19.”
This comes after Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson said he would not cite Ace Speedway for violating the state’s prohibition against mass gatherings.
Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said in an abatement order issued to the speedway on Tuesday that the racetrack could reopen if it presents a plan showing it will follow state guidelines.
In addition, the plan must be approved by the NCDHHS for the speedway to reopen.