Gloucester County NAACP decries racial attacks
Journal Staff Report | 11/19/2016, 11:16 a.m.
The Gloucester County NAACP is denouncing the un-American like conduct of some fervent President-elect Donald Trump supporter by announcing that it will take pro-active measures to defend and protect all residents of Gloucester County from the hate-filled behavior occurring across the country against minorities and others.
In the wake of the election of President-elect Donald Trump, a series of racially motivated incidents driven by the emotional fervor of the Republican candidate’s victory is making the Gloucester County NAACP increasingly uncomfortable about the future of race relations in South Jersey and the country.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups nationally, reports there has been more than 400 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since the election on Nov. 8.
Loretta Winters, local president of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, said, “Unfortunately, our worst nightmare has become a reality. We must stick together on this issue and make sure that racially offensive comments are dealt with swiftness and justice.”
Expressing outrage with reports of incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation, Winters is appealing to all people who support justice for all people to go into overdrive in seizing on these horrific incidents of racial intolerance, to call for unity and justice to deal with those that threaten our country’s principals of justice and equality. “Gloucester County is proud to have great diversity amongst our population. As part of this diversity, there are many individuals and organizations that fear the divisive tactics of some fanatical supporters of the President-elect can lead to more racially motivated attacks against persons of color and others.”
“The Gloucester County NAACP will activate a strategy
with our allies against those that engage in derogatory racist, homophobic, anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric that only serves to destroy the fabric of our country’s diversity,” according to Winters.
“We welcome all people who support a stronger and greater America to join us in a call for healing the divisiveness of the presidential campaign and bringing us back together as one America with different political views, focused on building a better America for all,” said Wilfredo “Wil” Rojas, communications chair.