If the Racine Chapter of the NAACP as it currently operates ceased to exist tomorrow, what significant effect would it have on black Racine? Gloria how would you answer that question?
When did you and your organization decide to stop representing civil rights?
Did it happen when Thomas Holmes called looking for help in this civil rights lawsuit?
Did it happen when Frazier Funeral Home was denied the purchased of the Women’s Club?
Did it happen when LaShonda Lang called looking for help in her son’ questionable police suicide?
Or did it happen when you found out Racine County has the largest African American prison population in the county?
No, it could have been when Craig Oliver and Michael Shields wrote a report on the civil rights (color of Law) in Downtown Racine and the NAACP would not back them up?
Justice for ALL, not just those City of Racine Officials prefer.
From the Funeral Home that proposed to purchase the former Women’s Club, Ginger Lounge, and the unfair treatment of Thomas Holmes and Park 6, and Rosie’s Bar – a pattern, or practice, if you will, of behavior and treatment has emerged from City Hall that borders on criminal. This Pattern, or Practice has now been revealed, and Racine needs to be investigated – starting at the Mayor’s Office
Preventing abuse of this authority, however, is equally necessary to the health of our nation’s democracy. That’s why it’s a federal crime for anyone acting under “color of law” willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive a person of a right protected by the Constitution or U.S. law. “Color of law” simply means that the person is using authority given to him or her by a local, state, or federal government agency.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.
Asked about how they felt about the NAACP, the men, Deonte Cottingham, 30, and Stephen Harris, 25, both of Racine, said the association lacked visibility.
“I personally feel they should promote themselves, make themselves more available,” said Cottingham, trimming the hair of a young client.
Harris was bit more stinging in his criticism.
“They seem like a Yacht Club now. The real NAACP was when Martin Luther King was around, if you ask me,” he said.
Asked where he would point a young person who wanted to get involved in civil rights work, he said he would have to think about it for a while, but that “it wouldn’t be the NAACP.”