Why The NAACP Changed Direction: The Breakup That Needed To Happen

The DCN response: It is time for a change should always seeking to make things better.

For history’s sake, we must discuss why the storied NAACP recently decided to transition into new leadership. From working as a volunteer in the Association on the state level as a student, reactivating a chapter, organizing a branch, to ultimately becoming a member of the national staff, I’ve had an experience only few can claim. Surely, there are deeply ingrained issues that must be addressed but choosing the right leader is key to success.

This is why telling the story right is important.

We must understand how we messed up and make corrections. We (staff members) knew leadership was in crisis when many had to plead why saying “All Lives Matter” was problematic and why those affiliated with #BlackLivesMatter were gaining more traction when branches couldn’t barely get energized for the organization’s own marches. (Read more)

Butterfield Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandered State Legislative Districts




For Immediate Release



Date:  June 5, 2017


Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office:    (202) 225.3101

Butterfield Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandered State Legislative Districts


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s decision regarding North Carolina’s legislative districts:

“The Supreme Court’s ruling today completes the judicial appellate process for legislative redistricting.  The Court has once again told North Carolina what I have long known to be true- that its history in making voting decisions is discriminatory.  The General Assembly must fairly redraw legislative boundaries to protect the interests of minority voters.  The Court again made clear that the state cannot use race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries.

“The General Assembly is required by law to expedite the redrawing of legislative boundaries.  The remaining question is whether the new legislative elections will take place this year.  The people of North Carolina should not be required to wait until 2018 to live in a constitutionally drawn district and be represented by a legislator who is lawfully elected.

“The legislative elections should take place in the fall of 2017.”