UPDATE: Taking on domestic terrorism

 

For the communities we serve, domestic terrorism has a long and brutal history.

The images associated with blackface, the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi party, and Confederate memorabilia represent symbols of brutality and bigotry. NAACP members and supporters refuse to stand by and let hate continue to rise up and flourish under the Trump administration.

That’s why we demanded Congress take action and immediately look into the surge in domestic terrorism. They have heard our call and have started hearings that will improve—and save—lives.

These congressional hearings come not a moment too soon. Just take a look at some of the problems our community has faced in recent months:

 

  • The burning of African American churches in the South; 

  • The recent arrest of an active duty member of the US Coast Guardseeking to commit domestic terrorism targeting a number of African American elected officials; 

  • A 2018 domestic terrorist plot sending pipe bombs targeting African American legislators and outspoken opponents to the current president; 

  • A recent report showing the number of white nationalist groups “jumped by almost 50 percent” in 2018 and the main focus of their attacks are African Americans; and 

  • The disturbing issue of government surveillance of Black activists.


To be clear, these hearings are just the starting point. There’s more concrete action that needs to be taken, and the NAACP will keep demanding justice and equality until all of our families and our communities are safe.

I hope we can count on you to stay in the fight with us and continue working for a more just America.

Fighting forward,

Derrick Johnson
@DerrickNAACP
President and CEO
NAACP

 

 

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