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Raleigh NC – Breaking News: NC-NAACP Statement on Racial Justice Act That Passed in the General Assembly Today

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE

NORTH CAROLINA STATE CONFERENCE

114 W. Parrish Street, Second Floor Durham, North Carolina 27701

866-626-2227       919-682-4700      FAX  919-682-4711

www.naacpnc.org www.ncprosecutorialmisconduct.com www.hkonj.com

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II                                                                                                                                    Amina J. Turner

President                                                                                                                                                              Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 15, 2009

Contact: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II —919-394-8137

naacpbarber@gmail.com

NC-NAACP Statement on Racial Justice Act

Statement of Rev. Dr. William Barber on concurrence of the passage of the Racial Justice Act in the NC Senate today:

Today, with a positive vote on the Racial Justice Act, North Carolina has taken another step away from systemic racism and towards a fairer and just community.  This is a victory for justice.

The NAACP opposes the death penalty, first on a moral basis and secondly on the basis that it is applied in disproportionate and discriminatory ways.  However, even if one is pro-death penalty, they should support the Racial Justice Act, which simply gives a judicial remedy when race has been wrongly used in its application. 

North Carolina has had eight people exonerated from death row since 1973.  The last three, who were exonerated in the last two years, have been black.

The NAACP applauds the North Carolina General Assembly for taking this principled step.