NAACP steadfast and immovable in the fight against discrimination, prejudice and hatred
The local St. Mary’s County Branch NAACP Unit 7025 expresses wholeheartedly the sentiments of this statement released by our National Organization following the unlawful hate rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va. “The blatant racism on display in Charlottesville is absolutely disgusting. It’s hard to believe that in 2017 we are still plagued by so much race-based hatred.” The St. Mary’s County Branch concurs with Derrick Johnson, interim president of the National organization that at all levels, “The NAACP will always stand against hate and any persons who threaten the moral right of our community.” “These kinds of actions should come as no surprise, however. We are living under an administration that campaigned on hatred, discrimination and xenophobia. They have given permission and a platform for bigots, like the right-wing, white nationalists in Charlottesville, to thrive and spread violence.”
We acknowledge President Trump’s dis-a vow ment of the hatred which resulted in the loss of life in Charlottesville. However, the sentiments he expressed in his most recent comments on these issues are unacceptable and continue to promote divisiveness and spew resentment on “all sides.” While Trump has taken the tangible step to remove Steve Bannon from his team of advisers, the blight of white nationalism continues to plague our nation. Symbols of the Confederacy in our communities for many represent inaccurate information about the history of the Confederacy. Those who protest the removal of these symbols under the guise that they represent “heritage, not hate” ignore the near-universal heritage of African-Americans whose ancestors were enslaved in the South. It trivializes their pain, their history and their concerns about racism — whether it’s the racism of the past or that of today. There is no doubt among reputable historians that the Confederacy was established upon the premise of white supremacy and that the South fought the Civil War to preserve its slave labor. It’s also beyond question that the Confederate flag was used extensively by the Ku Klux Klan as it waged a campaign of terror against African-Americans during the civil rights movement and that segregationists in positions of power raised it in defense of Jim Crow.
Moral leadership from the court house to the White House is paramount. Vigilance in protecting the rights of all now more than is critical to our democracy. Local, state and National leaders must work together to ensure that the “great” United States of America will become even greater. President Johnson continues with, “We must help to bridge what divides Americans rather than widen the gap between us.
In the meantime, the NAACP stands strong with our brothers and sisters in Charlottesville and all who are gathering, marching and singing for peace. We are and will continue to be steadfast and immovable in the fight against discrimination, prejudice and hatred — and we are not afraid.”