Leader Says NAACP Has Same Historical Mission

The Rev. Milton Johnson, president of the Meridian/Lauderdale County NAACP, says he believes the organization and its actions are misunderstood by some.

Plain and simple, he says the NAACP's motive is equality.

"Believe it or not, some would have you to believe that it's just a black thing. This is not a black thing," said Johnson. "It's a movement that's geared toward helping all the citizens of Meridian."

Johnson says with the aim of helping citizens, the local NAACP has been and will continue to be vocal in all areas. This includes: crime prevention, education and political appointments. It's in these areas where the group has recently been the most visible.

Johnson says there are mounting concerns within the NAACP about alleged racial profiling in the war on drugs.

"It's not just appearing overnight on the corners. The drugs are coming in by air, by water ways," said Johnson. "They're coming in by transfers on the interstate. Listen, if we're going to be aggressive on crime, let's not start at the bottom, let's start at the top."

It's at the top of the police department where the local NAACP has been and continues to address concerns. With Meridian's new police chief in the position for just over a month, Johnson says the NAACP's concerns about that appointment continue to grow.

"We're not going to stop, because the information we have disputes everything that he says he stands for," said Johnson. "We're not going back to 1960s. We're moving forward and we're moving forward together."

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