Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman of the Board, recently said that
the NAACP’s work for freedom and justice must continue in
order to thwart one of terrorism’s main goals – “disruption of
Kweisi Mfume, NAACP President and CEO, said “The NAACP is
strong and resilient in our resolve to help make America a
more united nation during this courageous test of time. Our
organization was founded to ensure that all Americans have
the freedoms and rights guaranteed by the Constitution. We
are, unapologetically, bound to the civil liberties that make
this democracy great.”
In a letter to the NAACP family and supporters, Bond said:
“As we mourn the enormous losses – personal and national –
inflicted on our loved ones and our country by the vicious
attacks in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania, we must
be careful not to be defeated by one of terrorism’s main
goals – the interruption of normal life and disruption of daily
“New York’s valiant Mayor Rudy Giuliani has asked Broadway
shows to perform again. Wall Street opened on Monday. The
wounded Pentagon is up and running. Baseball is in full swing.
America is back in business again.
“It is not business as usual but with greater determination
“We all applaud the heroism demonstrated daily by fire
fighters, law enforcement personnel and ordinary citizens and
we herald our public servants for their steadfastness. We join
our fellow citizens and people worldwide in condemning this
horrific, savage deed. We pledge our support for national
defense. We dedicate ourselves to ending terrorism.
“The NAACP was born to fight for freedom and justice in a
nation dedicated to those goals. Those twin towers –
freedom and justice – still stand. Because we believe in
freedom, our work will go on. Because we believe in justice,
we know the guilty will be pursued and punished.
“We vigorously condemn those bigots who blame feminists,
gays and lesbians and civil libertarians for this horror. We
recoil at how quickly a few yield to mindless prejudice,
attacking and killing Muslims and persons suspected of being
Muslims or Arabs. We praise President George W. Bush for his
visit to Washington’s Islamic Center and his forthright stand
against hate crimes and racial and ethnic profiling.
“We affirm the right of peaceful dissent, protected by the
First Amendment, now, when it is most at risk. We know our
Constitution can protect Americans’ security and America’s
Our work goes on. America goes on. We know our work is
America’s work – as we succeed, America succeeds. America
is strongest when her people are strong and free.”
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