NAACP to Target Private Business

Brian DeBose, Washington Times, July 12

MILWAUKEE—The NAACP will target private companies as part of its economic agenda, seeking reparations from corporations with historical ties to slavery and boycotting companies that refuse to participate in its annual business diversity report card.

“Absolutely, we will be pursuing reparations from companies that have historical ties to slavery and engaging all parties to come to the table,” Dennis C. Hayes, interim president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said yesterday at the group’s 96th annual convention here.

“Many of the problems we have now including poverty, disparities in health care and incarcerations can be directly tied to slavery.”

The group’s strategy will include a lobbying effort to encourage cities to enact laws requiring businesses to complete an extensive slavery study and submit it to the city before they can get a city contract.

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