The NAACP National Board of Directors,
by a unanimous vote, has opposed the nomination of Gerald
Reynolds to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of
the U.S. Department of Education. The NAACP's strong
opposition comes after a lengthy and thorough examination
of Reynolds' record on civil rights and his stated positions
opposing many of the very laws he would be charged with
enforcing should his nomination be confirmed.
Kweisi Mfume, NAACP President and CEO, said, " Reynolds has
consistently called for the elimination of a variety of
programs that have helped racial and ethnic minorities, as
well as women, the elderly, and disabled Americans. It is
inconceivable that a person with such strong convictions
should be charged with implementing and protecting the laws
for which he has shown such contempt."
"Frankly, the NAACP finds Reynolds' stated views on equal
opportunity programs, such as affirmative action to be
appalling," said Hilary O. Shelton, Director of the NAACP
Additionally, the NAACP Board voted to oppose Reynolds'
nomination because his views and record on civil rights
counter one of the cornerstones of the NAACP's mission:
equal access to a fair and decent public education for all
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