NAACP Chairman Calls For A Stepped Up War Against Racism

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

( - The chairman of the NAACP last Sunday night accused the Senate majority leader of being "KKK compliant" and urged local chapters of the civil rights organization to continue to be the "foot soldiers" in the war against racism.

NAACP Chairman Julian Bond in a speech before the Pennsylvania state chapter said local groups still have plenty of work to do because racism is still alive at the dawn of the new millennium. Bond said he believes that as the country presses to make its computers Y2K compliant, some people "seem to be KKK compliant. It shows up when Trent Lott, the majority leader of the US Senate, fraternizes with white supremacists and when South Carolina refuses to lower the Confederate flag that flies over its capitol."

Lott's spokesman told that Bond "doesn't have his facts straight." Lott earlier this year was criticized for having spoken at events sponsored by the Council of Conservative Citizens based in Mississippi. It was later revealed that several prominent Mississippi Democrats, including state Attorney General Michael Moore, also addressed the group. C of CC has denied it is a racist group but has said it does believe in "genetic purity" for all races. Lott has said he does not support any form of racism.

The Pennsylvania conference said it continues to push to end discrimination in a confectionery union in Philadelphia and is fighting bias cases in the Social Security administration that are scheduled to be heard by the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC).

The group also noted as a victory the hiring by Governor Tom Ridge (R-PA), of a black chaplain at the state prison in Somerset. Many NAACP members see that as a first step in stopping the cycle of incarceration that "plagues inmates of color."