Carrot-Top was affected vicariously by the attack on the Republican Headquarters in Orange County a couple of weeks ago. A Molotov cocktail was thrown through the window and derogatory statements were painted on the walls of the GOP headquarters in Hillsborough. Furniture and several campaign signs burned inside the strip-mall office and the words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” were spray-painted on a nearby building. The firebombing, which classifies as an act of domestic terrorism, was defined by NC Governor Pat McCrory as an “an act of intimidation” and McCrory committed to finding “the individual or individuals who committed this assault on our democracy.” That attack on the Orange County Headquarters resonated throughout the nation gaining coverage in several national television and newspaper outlets.
However, for those here in Hillsborough, whether Republican or Democrat, the attack was incredibly personal and alarming. The headquarters exists in a strip mall connected to other businesses and within walking distance of several restaurants and gas stations. Orange County, and particularly Hillsborough, found itself on the front lines what Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence called “an attack on the American Political System.” The attack was perhaps intended to target the Republican Party, however, its aftermath created a wave of outrage and support not aimed at one political party but rather focused on decency, safety, and the true spirit and sense of what it means to be an American. The attack symbolized a loss to our political environment and as Americans, we could not let that loss mean defeat. Americans have never been the type of people to let things happen to them without fighting back and trying to affect positive change.
Only days after the attack Carrot-Top Owner Dwight Morris was having lunch at a restaurant only a few feet away from the Republican Party office that was firebombed. His sense of urgency and his own experience as a businessman in Hillsborough compelled him not only to check in on the well-being of those who staff the Republican Office but to also stand up to the attackers. That day after lunch, Morris walked over to the Republican Party office and made a personal donation. Carrot-Top would also donated several flags including large United States and North Carolina along with US stick flags and hand held American flags. “This is not who we are as Americans. What happened (the firebombing) was disgusting and devastating. That it happened in our country and particularly in Hillsborough was even more disgusting,” stated Morris, who is a Democrat and will not be voting for Republicans.
As a company, Carrot-Top focuses on and provides products that inspire American citizens to show their support, patriotism and opinions in a healthy way. Our country is built on the different opinions of diverse people and their right and freedom to express those opinions. Carrot-Top encourages every American citizen to exercise his or her right to vote on November 8, 2016.