Monday, June 22, 2015

Local NAACP Branch Speaks out about hate crimes

Charles Hampton, president
of local chapter
 (photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)
The Winston County Branch NAACP, is concerned about the hate crimes that are being committed in this country - most recently the killing of nine innocent African Americans at the historical Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Local President Charles Hampton is releasing to the local media the Press Statement from the President of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference. Ironically, this was released on June 19, 2015, Juneteenth Day, which was being celebrated across the nation. Juneteenth Day is the day - June 19, 1865 - that slaves in Galveston, TX found out they were freed when they were actually freed January 1, 1865. Hampton stated that he is sad to say that the descendants of the slaves are freemen but are being subjected to hate crimes more than a century and one half later. Below is the press release:

From Derrick Johnson, President, NAACP Mississippi State Conference - June 19, 2015

The cowardly acts of Dylann Roof are incomprehensible. We can not begin to understand the amount of hate and mental illness that would drive an individual to sit among people during their time of worship and then open fire on innocent people. There's no question in our minds that this is a racial hate crime and should be treated as such by state and federal authorities.

National NAACP President Cornell Brooks has called on every state conference to stand together and show our support for the Charleston community. We will not cower in the face of this cowardly act. Instead, we will continue to pray for the families involved in this tragedy and we will continue to organize our communities to advocate against hateful acts like this by calling for swift justice in this case and other hate crimes.

Again, our heartfelt prayers go out to the families of the victims of this massacre and it is our sincere hope that the killer will be brought to justice bringing a small piece of healing to their lives as they attempt to move forward after this terrible loss.