December 19, 2014
Contact: Rev. Andre’ D. Knight, President, (252) 544-2949
Rocky Mount NAACP Hosts the NC NAACP in a Town Hall Meeting to Discuss the KKK Social Media Posting
Rocky Mount, NC – The Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP announced today that it is scheduling a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, December 22nd at 7 p.m. in the OIC Auditorium at 402 E. Virginia Street to discuss the recent KKK social media posting by several Nash Central High School students. Rocky Mount Branch President Andre’ Knight stated, “The NAACP has heard the cries of children, parents and the community about the light manner in which the offensive Instagram posting initiated by Nash Central students has been taken by the Nash/Rocky Mount Schools. This forum is designed to do what Superintendent Anthony Jackson has asked the community to do, ‘help our students get through the stuff by being honest with them and most of all, showing them by our actions how to resolve conflict resolution appropriately.’”
Knight continued, “We are receiving numerous complaints from students and their families that black children are being disciplined if they even mention the incident while these young girls who posted clear images of the worst expression of hate in our country have received protection from the schools. If this is true, this is the time to openly and publicly discuss what has and is taking place. Rev. Dr. William Barber, the NC NAACP President, will lead the discussion with the community in order to facilitate the ‘teachable moment’ that the Nash/Rocky Mount Schools would like our community to engage in and help place into perspective the seriousness of the error of tolerance towards hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan that have an active, violent and widespread presence in America and in the greater Rocky Mount region.”
President Knight concluded that, “It is clear throughout numerous examples that we see in the media and in attitudes from many everyday citizens, that racial intolerance is becoming socially acceptable again. The NAACP was created to address that attitude and end the acts of violence and discrimination that come as a result. Clearly, our job is not done. This forum provides an opportunity for Nash/Rocky Mount School Board members, the Superintendent and his administration, staff and all parents and students throughout this school system and others to join us on Monday to have a conversation that is vital and to help us develop our approach and plan moving forward. We will embrace the young girls and their families who initiated this offense if they are willing to publicly step forward and offer sincere apologies to the entire community. If not, we will discuss the next steps that our leader, Rev. Dr. Barber will ask us to make.”
Note: I am a Life Fully Paid Member NAACP Rocky Mount Branch and I support this meeting. Read the Mission Statement for the NAACP and don’t listen to Ignant Racist White Folks and Ignant Safe Negroes who say otherwise. They can twist the mission all the want but the mission statement stands and we will carry out the mission.