NC NAACP welcomes “journey” marchers amid threats
OF THE WILMINGTON JOURNAL
The NC NAACP has welcomed the “Journey for Justice” marchers to North Carolina amid vile racist threats that have thrown caution toward their activities.
The Wilmington Journal has learned that during the state registration process by which the civil rights organizations invited locals to join the national march through the North Carolina leg of its 860-mile trek from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C., at least one racist named “Jim Crow” with the supposed email of “HangAnigger@coons.com”posted the following on the NC NAACP registration site online:
Black lives only matter when white person kills them. What about all the niggers that kills niggers. Y’all will always love in the projects and slums. You never will live or be looked at like the white man. We are white and we own this country. Go back to the jungles you bunch of porch monkies. That nappy and greasy hair you got is so nasty. And your crusty, crinkled up toes. Nigger, nigger, nigger.
Under “organization” the registrant wrote, “Ku Klux Klan.”
The registration was received at 9:30 p.m. last Friday.
Rev. William Barber, president of the NC NAACP, told The Wilmington Journal that normally, “We don’t always talk publicly about” these kinds of threats that he and his group receive, but because the marchers from Alabama were scheduled to be in the state for seven days, “…we have alerted the authorities [including]…the highway patrol.”
Of primary concern to Rev. Barber was that the racist registrant checked yes to the question of whether they would be attending today’s Thursday, Sept 3rd march and rally in Raleigh at 5 p.m..
With the Charleston church shooting massacre by a young white supremacist last June still fresh in the church and civil rights communities’ minds and heart, Barber and others are now taking such possible threats much more seriously than before, especially with the ever-growing presence of guns in the nation.
Rev. Barber said the NC NAACP “has no way of tracking where the registrations came from.”
The march from Shaw University this afternoon at 4 p.m. through downtown Raleigh, followed by a rally and program featuring the “Journey to Justice” marchers led by NAACP Pres./CEO Cornell Brooks at 5 p.m. in the Bicentennial Mall at 5 p.m., is the culmination of several celebratory activities since the marches crossed the North Carolina – South Carolina last weekend.
On Monday they held a “Voting Rights Teach-in” at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh. Tuesday saw the delivery of a letter from the NC NAACP statewide to the congressional offices in 17 cities statewide demanding that the stalled 2015 Voting Rights Advancement Act, “… be brought to a hearing, voted upon and passed to restore and strengthen the 1965 Votings Rights Act.
“While we will continue to fight in the streets, in the courts, and at the ballot box at the State level, we are part of the mighty National NAACP,” Rev. Barber wrote in a statement. “We demand that Congress get to work and fix the shambles the five justices made of our sacred Voting Rights.”
“The NC NAACP, the Forward Together Moral Movement, our local NAACP branches, are the blood stream of the National America Journey for Justice,” Rev. Barber continued. “We demand Congress act to restore, strengthen, and advance the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 that was introduced in the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy and in the House by Representative Terri Sewell. Bring the bill to hearing. Vote for it. Release a statement pledging your support. Join the Journey for Justice now.”