In defense of the Fayette NAACP

Despite numerous false accusations lobbed at the NAACP in the media, this historic organization can only be accurately labeled as a true champion of equality, justice, diversity and inclusion.

In the early 1950s, the NAACP filed the landmark case known as Brown vs. The Board of Education and won. As a result, white and black children all over the South were required to attend the same schools like I did beginning in 1970 in Americus, Ga.

Wherever there is unlawful discrimination taking place, the NAACP has an obligation to first seek voluntary changes to eliminate discrimination which we did in Fayette County.

Several years ago, I personally appeared before the Fayette County Commission and asked them to voluntarily switch to district voting. The commissioners all looked at me as if I was crazy and promptly ignored my request and numerous other appeals for district voting.

Efforts to get district voting through the legislature were also thwarted.

So if there is no conspiracy to keep people of color off the county commission and school board, why vehemently resist changing to district voting?

It is a verifiable fact that historically to some degree or another, black people in America have systemically been wrongfully abused, used, discriminated against, neglected and exploited ever since we set foot on American soil.

Yet as Americans, we brave black folks are the ones who must constantly challenge America to live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all.

So with discrimination still being a constant reality more often than not, we find that people in control of Fayette County government have refused to voluntarily do anything to eliminate racial discrimination in Fayette County elections.

So what did you expect the NAACP to do? Did you expect the NAACP to continue to allow the votes of black residents to be diluted?

Did you really expect us to sit back and allow an all-white county commission and school board to continue making policy and decisions without any input from us?

Did you expect us to forgo seeking a court remedy that would give us the opportunity to elect the candidate of our choice?

If the federal judge orders a special election, you can thank all those Fayette County leaders who repeatedly dismissed the call to voluntarily change to district voting.

But thanks to the federal justice system and district voting, Fayette County now has a golden opportunity to finally embrace diversity and inclusion by bringing fairness to government and unity to our community.

As a very proud American citizen who served my country in the military for decades, I fully expect my vote for a county commission or school board candidate to count.

But with at-large voting, it has been proven that my vote and the votes of the black residents in north Fayette County are illegally diluted by a biased group of voters in other parts of the county who have statistically proven that they historically prefer any white candidate over a black candidate.

Thus, the Voting Rights Act and Judge Batten’s 81-page decision in favor of district voting gives me the expectation that we in north Fayette County will soon be able to elect the candidate of our choice, whether that candidate be black, white or otherwise.

Furthermore, shouldn’t there be people of color on the county commission and school board if we are to have diversity and inclusion in government? What is divisive about that?

And if our county leaders were color-blind, wouldn’t they be able to understand that district voting is the fairest way to elect county commissioners and school board members?

Honestly, I do not expect to get those who hate or attack the NAACP to agree with me. As a matter of fact, I full expect to be attacked, cursed and put down. Why?

Because there are a few hateful vocal minority of selfish people who really expect black people to be quiet and stay in our place.

Like vocal white supremacists of the Jim Crow era, they have no respect for the NAACP, outspoken civil rights activists and people of color in general because they expect blacks to be subservient, pay our taxes, cut our grass and be content to let white people make all of the decisions that affect us, our children and our communities.

But somewhere I heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tell Negroes to straighten up our backs because nobody can ride your back when you stand upright.

So call us uppity or upright if you will. That is the charge we have from that great black leader with an amazing dream.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, thousands of black Americans are reviving the spirit of activism that moved us to change things for the better.

Nevertheless, not all black people in Fayette County are willing to stand upright or associate with the NAACP because they may be too scared, apathetic or have been conditioned to not make waves or duped into conforming to the expectation that blacks should stay in our place and be subservient.

But the NAACP owes it to any person of color to show everybody that standing up for our civil rights is not only our duty and obligation, it is the only way we will ever gain the dignity and respect we deserve as real Americans.

So I call upon people of all races to join the NAACP as we fulfill Dr. King’s dream of loving everybody, even those who do not love us or what we do to make this world better.

So what can you expect from the NAACP in the future years to come? Expect the NAACP to continue bringing people of all races together to challenge racism wherever it exists.

The NAACP boldly aims to lovingly help those who are blind to racism because like many of our vocal NAACP-bashing citizens, they are blind to racism because they are not affected by it.

And because racism and discrimination has become so underhanded, sneaky and hidden in some cases, it’s us up to the NAACP to expose racism for all to see, because no else will. That’s what the NAACP has done for over 100 years.

What else can you expect? Expect that most blacks in Fayette County and those to come will try our very best to improve on what is already a great place to live and raise a family.

So, expect thousands of progressive blacks to migrate to Fayette County because we value the great education system here. We blacks have become very fond of getting a good education because education was once something that our enslaved ancestors were forbidden to get and maliciously deprived of, for centuries.

Most of all, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Fayette County soon becomes a county with a progressive majority/minority population. And I expect that district voting will allow white voters in a majority/majority district to elect the candidate of their choice, whether that candidate is black, white or otherwise.

John E. Jones
Fayetteville, Ga.

[Jones is the president of the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP. The local organization’s website is http://www.fcnaacp.org.]

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and the rest won't stop cause it is a cash cow. The average salary of a NAACP worker in the Fayette county area is $150,000.00 a year. Put into the mix it only meets a few times leaving you open to have a real job, and there is your answer to all this. They must churn stuff up to keep the money coming in.

If you go back and read his wording...he and DM seem to be closer related than we think.

I must say her senseless, hate filled prattle, day in and day out is disgusting. If you say the sky is blue, she turns it into a racist conversation by saying it must have brown in it or it can't be an equal sky. So she throws a little ..... up there to try to make it so. All this goes on just to churn up shytt and then she makes some stupid remarks about getting along with her neighbors of all colors to try to disguise her blinded hatred of whitie.

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$150,000 average salary, sugar? Huh?

Some questions:
1. What is a NAACP worker in Fayette County, what do they do and how many of them are here?

2. Who in the world contributes money to support these workers? Is there someone going around to black families saying "We need some contributions from you to push District Voting in Fayette County"? Are there actually people donating to NAACP?

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I have ..no.. idea what they do
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Thanks for your reasoned sharing. I'm sure there are many who feel as you do - regardless of color.

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If a group of individuals of another race were to go into a majority black area and carve a small section to specifically elect a candidate of their race, the NAACP would sue to block it.

The process you describe - gerrymandering - is used by politicians/parties/groups to achieve/deny voting power.

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Just more hate and claptrap from the naacp

The naacps have called for racial segregation while claiming that they are for bringing people together.

Mr. jones like most others of this purely racist organization don't walk the talk. He has basically called every white person that lives in Fayette county a Jim Crow racist. Jim Crow was a democrat, mr. jones. Where is the diversity in the leadership at the naacp and why is your group promoting segregation and dividing our county based on race?

You have no credibility sir. .

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Jim Crow was a fictional character

Sorry Joe, Jim Crow was a white guy in black-face performing as a mocking caricature of a stupid black person. He wasn't a Democrat and came into existence before the Republican party existed.

I know how concerned you always are for accuracy. Truth is always stranger than fiction.

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The NAACP is

Full of it. If it is so bad here in Fayette County, leave and go help in Clayton County. I own property there too, and they sure need your expertise.

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Questions for long-time residents

The primary basis for this lawsuit appears to be that no black candidate has ever been elected to the County Commission or School Board, and that blacks in Fayette County have been unable "to elect the candidate of their choice."

So I'm curious - how many blacks have run for these offices in the past? Of those who ran, how many campaigned on platforms that were palatable to the county's overwhelmingly conservative/Republican population? Judging by the NAACP's claims, there must have been hundreds of otherwise electable black candidates who lost solely because of race. Right?

As to being unable "to elect the candidate of their choice," have potential black candidates been prohibited from running for office in modern times? Have black voters been turned away from the polls?

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I have been here since 1983. I don't remember any black conservative republicans running for office. I believe a black conservative would have a good chance of winning. This is not just about putting a black candidate into office it's about putting a black liberal democrat in office. I myself would love for the NAACP to show us some statics on blacks that ran for office in FayCo. How many democrats? How many Republicans? What were their qualifications? How have blacks been harmed by the current system? You'll never get this type data.

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1983?

Interesting that you never heard of Dave Simmons or Ben Thomas. I don't think the officers of the NAACP read this blog - maybe they do. The system? In 2013 the issue is not harm - but opportunity to participate.

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African American ran for Sheriff in 2008

Dave Simmons ran for Sheriff in 2008 as a conservative Republican on a platform of protecting Fayette County from gang activity. He was soundly defeated in the primary.

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STF - Mr. Simmons

Should have been elected, he is a capable person that never had a chance to show what he could do for our county. Our loss.

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Mr. Simmons is First Rate

I agree PTCO. I met Mr. Simmons once and am very impressed with him.

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Ben Thomas ran for Sherriff in the 1990's

Not sure if he was liberal or conservative but he was an outstanding police officer in Peachtree City. Of course he was running against Randall Johnson and he lost, but Ben was definitely black.

The NAACP needs to be disbanded. They are already discredited.