WSOC-TV, Dec. 2
Charlotte, NC — The NAACP and The Black Political Caucus are responding to racially charged comments made by Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James.
About one hundred people showed up in front of the Government Center Friday morning, Dec. 3. Members of the NAACP, ministers, educators, and politicians arrived for what was billed as a news conference, but felt more like a rally.
In an e-mail, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James described the urban black community as “a moral sewer”.
“By characterizing the black community as a moral sewer, we are collectively and soundly offended,” said Charlotte Black Clergy Association’s Dr. James Samuel.
James fired back in a statement. He says, “I believe the NAACP continues to ignore the fire burning in their own home.”
Citing statistics showing that blacks make up most of the arrests and jail population, he says, “The facts are what they are.” and “I will not sit idly by while another generation of black children is lost.”