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NAACP National Office Responds to the Dunbar Village Email Accountability Campaign

The following is a statement from the NAACP in response to the email accountability campaign launched following their joint press conference with Rev. Al Sharpton regarding bail for the suspects in the Dunbar Village rape and torture case.
E-mails misrepresent NAACP's position on Dunbar Village case

A series of viral e-mails circulating the Internet the past several days distort and misrepresent the NAACP's stance on the Dunbar Village gang rape case that began last June in south Florida.

The NAACP does not condone violence against anyone. Any suggestion to the contrary is not credible in light of the Association's long history of opposing violence against all persons.

In fact, it was the West Palm Beach Branch NAACP and area churches, among others, that provided assistance in the relocation of the victims in this horrific and inexplicable criminal matter.

"The NAACP cares deeply that justice be applied equally, without regards to race, but cares just as deeply that guilty parties be held accountable for their actions," said Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Florida State Conference, NAACP.

The NAACP National Office nor the Florida NAACP have taken any formal position on the case and both believe this situation will benefit from well meaning, interested parties allowing the facts to become further known and letting defense lawyers do their work.

"The lives of the victims in this case are irrevocably altered in the worst way," said NAACP Interim President & CEO Dennis Courtland Hayes. "While we respect the judicial process and implore that equal justice be rendered for all involved, we must also focus on ending the continuing plague of violence in our communities.

"The NAACP and its affiliates will continue to closely monitor the proceedings and details of this case, said West Palm Beach Branch NAACP President Maude Ford Lee, who added, "Earlier reports that my remarks support the heinous acts of the guilty parties could not be further from the truth."

There Was No Misrepresentation
This blog stands by every word that has been written about this incident. They may have been misunderstood, but that isn't the fault of bloggers and every single media outlet in south Florida who covered that debacle disguised as a press conference. Read the rebuttal to the "we were misrepresented by the bloggers" response. What is important is that Maude has backed away from her fool hearty misadventure.

Florida State President Agrees to Join Us on This Week's Podcast

The Florida State President of the NAACP who also sits on the national board has agreed to join us for the podcast this Thursday at 8:00PM CST. I think wisely folks have realized that there needs to be a dialog about such a serious "misunderstanding." We'll take your questions this Thursday at 8:00PM CST on the Black Women's Roundtable.

Reader Comments (12)

i hear them,

what i want to understand is, if they feel the white boys should not have been let out( and they should not have been)-Then why are they not over there saying that ? and working to get their butts back in jail for the horrific crimes they committed against the women in wpb ?

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwisdomteachesme

Dunbar Village is a rape camp. Plain and simple. It is the American version of the Congo.

Where are the police? You've got 4 little animals in police custody and 6 on the loose. We need to start a letter writing campaign and call the police and ask them about the other 6 suspects. If the victim was a white woman and child, those other 6 rapists would be in custody by now!

Regarding NAACP & Al - not surprised! Please be careful about involving these fools in any of your efforts in the future. They don't give a damn about black women and girls. Seeing those fliers made my blood boil. I literally had to take several deep breaths. There is NO excuse or explanation.

I really think our efforts should be focused on the police. They need to get the other six. NAACP is a waste of time and energy. All they'll do is lie, spin, and and press repeat.

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Thang

Gina... you done did it now!
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Gina --> I heard Al Sharpton backtrack on his radio show. I haven't seen Maude Ford Lee take responsibility for her stance at the press conference in favor of the DV rapists. Can you point me someplace to see where she/NAACP accepts responsibility for making poor judgement in the first place? This message from NAACP National Office doesn't appear to do that. Any guidance you can provide would be appreciated.

peace, Villager

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVillager


You never cease to amaze me. You're a rockstar; plain and simple.

I may have to refrain from calling into the podcast THOUGH. I can already tell you that I am probably going to abandon all of my home training and act a plum fool.

I wanna know whose tender and precious idea was it to create and distribute those fliers?

That will never sit right with me.

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

You're one to talk. You speak some hardcore truths about things I may not want to hear... but are still facts. We might not always agree but... I still respect ya.

I can't believed you cursed on air.
http://www.hairsmystory.com" REL="nofollow">hairsmystory.com

blkseagoat -
I agree. Those flyers are a sin against everything good and decent. For the NAACP and Al Sharpton to try to turn this into a Black-white issue when no racism was ever involved in this crime is a crazy, cop-out.

Tender, precious??? I never realized until finding this WAOD blog how harmful, uncaring, and arrogant the NAACP and NAN are. I was raised to believe these groups were formed to actually CARE about Black people - I now see they only care about themselves.

By supporting those males (i cannot call them Men or Boys because they are less-than-human to me) in the DV case, the NAACP and NAN disowned Black Women and invalidated those Black Men with legitimate claims against the justice system. Black people in Florida who TRULY have a case against the courts should be cringing because of the NAACP and NAN's actions. Pathetic.

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlena

I love that thought Lena. You laid out why what they did was so damaging . Not just to Black women and Black victims of crime, but to those who truly have been victims of injustice with LEGITIMATE claims of inequity.

I am trying to hold my mule until the podcast. hopefully I will make it.

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterg-e-m2001

Gina, Tom Petty has the right advice here. I know you know that.

I'm just saying, my granddaughter is counting on you.

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterarthur

They are not taking responsibility. My NAACP contacts here in Indy say that as best they can determine, WPB branch did not get a sanction from higher up to involve themselves in the case. A go ahead from higher up is supposed to be SOP before a branch makes a third party entry into a case. Lee's letter to the state chair explaining herself seems to bear that out, that they did not know that the WPB branch was going off the rez on this one.

If they were smart, they would shut the WPB branch down on this, announce it was an unsanctioned involvement in the case and back away. That would be a clean getaway and totally believable on the facts we have. But they are not doing that. They appear to be trying to stand behind the WPB President on this. Not smart, and if they are determined to go that route, then they are going to have to take their lumps.

This, taken together with the Vick case, demonstrates a real lack of strategic direction or command and control on the part of the NAACP national organization with regard to its local branch organizations.

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAaron & Alaine


Your conclusions are correct. WPB did not follow SOP... if there is such a thing and yes, they have decided to stand behind their local branch no matter what... I should note that this release is from the NATIONAL not the STATE office.

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterg-e-m2001

What the hell. I 'll call in tonight and I promise to remain respectful of the guest CEN, as long as they promise to make sense out of the actions of the WPB NAACP.

They had better clarify their position within 30 seconds of beginning to speak and had better end with a statement of contrition, a plan of action to support the victim, and a plan to call for the resignations of Delsa Bush and Laurel Robinson.

Lois Frankel would be the icing on the cake, but I have a feeling that some other group will re-introduce the recall efort.

April 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShane

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