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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  • by ed on Nov 16, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, (NAACP) Vision Statement The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination. now this say one thing does another .. no diffrent then NAG, Women again Abuse, etc... all say they back all gender and race.. fact is they dont.. when was the last time one saw a shelter for abuse men and kids.. when was the last time NAACP didnt use a race card in a speech or slam another .... when did NAG (NOW) ever talk with out slamming the male gender... so they are the very cause of most of the divide... like unions outdated and no longer help but massive hindrance
  • by Maurice on Nov 16, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    Another tid-bit...the NAACP began by calling themselves The National Negro Committee. Again the name says it all
  • by Maurice Location: Meridian on Nov 16, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    For those of you old enough to remember, black people were at one time called colored people. this is when the NAACP was formed. It has never stood for people of any and every color. It represents "colored people" as the name implies at the time it was formed. To say it is for anything other than advancing black people is an outright lie. It's a shame they don't use their influence to promote opportunities available to blacks. Many blacks that have taken advantage of what is available to them have naturally risen to deserved and respected prominant positions. But that takes hard work, something the NAACP does not promote.
  • by Anthony on Nov 16, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    As a member of The coalition for a Better Group against Any and All for the betterment of.........well, you get my point.
  • by Ted Location: Meridian,Ms. on Nov 16, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    FBI the good white people here in Meridian already do have a naawp its call the K.K.K.
  • by John Gault Location: Meridian, MS on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    Deborah made a comment that needs to be addressed: She said "at the tea party you don't see any black people, scan the room at their meeting." First of all, the statement is false because there are black people who attend Tea Party meetings. Second, it assumes a cause and effect that doesn't really exist. If all Tea Party Meetings are open to the public and there are NO rules preventing anyone from attending, is it the Tea Party's fault that more blacks aren't attending? Good government is good for everyone: black, white, hispanic, or purple with green polka-dots. Tea Parties believe in Constitutional governance and fiscal responsibility. How can that be considered racial in any way? Last I checked all men and women were created equal and they all bear equal responsibility for ensuring our elected officials are good stewards of the Constitution of The United States. The real question should be why aren't more blacks supporting Tea Parties?
  • by ed on Nov 15, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    what I have seen of the DNC and the rest of the their party they need more then a black-eye... after all they pulled and not care.. acorn is one group they back and used to the max but then as it gets busted they toss it under the bus like they have done with all that they are done using.. another thing I will no have someone to tell me i will do this this or this or go to jail.. who are they to mandate WE THE PEOPLE.... they the US was different in many ways THIS government was allowed by the people for the people with LIMITED POWER this over time has changed
  • by FBI Location: Meridian on Nov 15, 2009 at 04:46 AM
    Its not a black thing? Correct me if im wrong but doesnt NAACP stand for National Association for the Advacement of COLORED PEOPLE? We need to start a NAAWP!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    I'm not sure what the tea party is about other than trying to give the dems a black eye on EVERYTHING they try to do but I do know about the MS chapter of the naacp and MJ. If he wants to "dig deep" into things (MPD) maybe someone (IRS) should look into him.What seminary did the rev go to?--Give me a tax break and a free ride University? Does the guy even have a church? If so does he preach on political issues? That would be a conflict (church vs state).His racist black millitant approch didn't go over so now he's the calm and loving voice of reason.Give me a break!We have ALL seen who you and your group is.You could care less about whats best in ANY given situation as long as your warped sense of entitlement (not equality)is satisfied. You and the local naacp are an embarassment and degrade the very people you say your trying to serve. Why don't you shut your mouth, go to a real seminary and try listening for a change. God used the jaw bone of an ___,I'm sure He'd use the other end.
  • by ed on Nov 13, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    NAACP is about divide same as ACLU both had a start with meaning but lost on the way... neither will back any person unless it means money or TV time for them... this has been a fact for a while as seen... as far as the tea party grass roots.. its about government taking over removing the rights of all through mandating law do or else.. time moves on and as ACORN starts to fall all that had tires with that group and there are many will see it all exposed... My personal opinion of what i have read so far of this leader of NAACP isn't never will be about working together but divide and control .... under the banner of equal rights.
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