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NAACP Demands State Action Against Hate Crimes

Posted June 22, 2007

— The state chapter of the NAACP called on top state lawmakers Friday to get moving on the group's legislative agenda, saying failure to address inequality creates an atmosphere where bias can flourish.

Officers of the civil rights group delivered a letter to Gov. Mike Easley, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker and leaders of the General Assembly in which they listed acts of racism across the state in recent months.

The lack of action on legislation related to bias creates an impression that the state is happy with the status quo, said the Rev. William Barber, president of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

"When we fail to address these issues directly, we help create an atmosphere of acceptability, intended or unintended, to the radicals of racial supremacy," Barber said. "Racial discrimination, racial disparity, racial hatred and racial intimidation shall not be tolerated in one North Carolina."

More than 30 hate groups operate in North Carolina, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such groups.

NAACP officials ticked off a litany of recent examples of racial hatred, including cross burnings in Durham last year, church burnings in Greenville in January, a noose hanging in Raleigh and Ku Klux Klan hotlines in Granville and Vance counties.

"How is it, when you say we don't negotiate with terrorists, you allow terrorists to have a hotline here in North Carolina spewing racism?" said the Rev. Curtis Gatewood of the NAACP.

An Oxford couple also discussed an incident earlier this month in which they said a former Henderson police officer waved a gun and shouted racial slurs at them.

"We have to connect the dots. We cannot just say this is just about Oxford or this is just an isolated incident," Barber said.

The NAACP chapter unveiled its 14-point legislative agenda in February at the beginning of the legislative session. It endorsed issues ranging from expanding health care coverage to abolishing the death penalty.

The group also asked lawmakers to provide more education money to comply with the Leandro school-funding lawsuit, create a "living wage" that would be several dollars more than the current minimum of $6.15 per hour, and give collective bargaining rights to government employees.

Bills have been introduced to encompass most of those items, but only a few have received votes in committees or chambers.

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  • ladyblue Jun 24, 2007

    Can someone tell me how you can find out the number of bills being introduced. I'd like to contact the rep's to throw it in the trash can unless it states that blacks will be included in this hate bill, especially the NAACP and black panthers.

  • Steve Crisp Jun 24, 2007

    To NCMOMof3:

    That organization of which you inquire is called the police. They will take care of the matter. They will even assist you in speaking to the parents or grandparents of the boys and hopefully some sort of ancient punishment will be meted out involving freshly-snipped wood sticks.

  • NCMOMof3 Jun 24, 2007

    can someone tell me who I can lodge a complaint with when I can't drive down the road because 6 teenagers, whose race shall remain uncalled, are walking spread out across the road and are refusing to let move so I can drive past. All the while, calling me very ugly racial slurs. By the why, I'm European American,,,I guess that's the politically correct term. I'd like to know if the NAACP could help me. Isn't white a color?

  • atozca Jun 24, 2007

    Then again KKK=NAACP, same thing, different costumes

    Refiman2

    So True!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Refiman2 Jun 24, 2007

    I was talking about the hate crimes they partcipated in at the Lacrosse house that day, chanting racist comments about "those white boys" instead of referring to them as the 3 accused. If the KKK had held the same "rally", it would have been called a hate mob. Then again KKK=NAACP, same thing, different costumes

  • ImJustSayin Jun 24, 2007

    "Then I pointed out which races I was speaking of -- Japanese Asians versus American whites."

    I'm surprised some of our "african-American" friends didn't then complain that you discriminated against them by leaving them out of you'r little demonstration.

  • latin4change Jun 23, 2007

    yep - when a black man called my friend "white trash" in a restaurant - for reasons unknown - that was NOT a hate crime. hmmmmmm why? Oh yeah - its ONLY a hate crime when blacks are on the receiving end. And they wonder why others are sick to death about their throwing the race card.

  • latin4change Jun 23, 2007

    where were these trouble makers when the duke lacrosse boys were proven innocent - b'cuz that girl LIED!???????
    Oh that's right - they only stir trouble!
    Get the heck back to the hole yyou crawled out of man!

  • none123 Jun 23, 2007

    I hope the NAACP addresses the racial bias displayed in the Duke Lacrosse case. I think the reputations of the men cleared have been blemished because they are white.

  • SANDHILL Jun 23, 2007

    The only recent crime that was without doubt a hate crime was when ahab the arab ran his suv into the pit at Chapel Hill and admitted he wanted to kill as many as possible. Fortunately he failed but has not been charged with a hate crime. Now he wants to be forgiven and allowed to go to California to live "a productive life". This is nothing but intimidation by the naacp. You do not have to be white to be a racist as this story demonstrates. To me the tone of voice in the video reeks of hatred and "we aren't going to tolerate it". Who is he threatening? Perhaps he and the KKK could have a debate like the political candidates. That would be a real hoot!

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