Things are getting heated in Orlando at the NAACP convention.
Over the weekend -- and this was before the Zimmerman verdict was announced -- black conservatives led by Deneen Borelli and the Rev. C.L.Bryant issued a press release asking the NAACP "to publicly denounce the racial attacks against black conservatives."
As noted in my Thursday column,Borelli and Bryant are leading the charge against the NAACP's decision to become a group representing progressives as opposed to its founding objective of representing African-Americans.
We have obtained a copy of the Borelli-Bryant press release that went public late Friday and are re-publishing it below verbatim -- as the mainstream media makes it a point about ignoring black conservatives and their challenge to the liberal black establishment. We will not be ignoring this challenge -- which is as worthwhile as it is newsworthy.
Friday, July 12th, 2013
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
Black Conservatives Ask the NAACP to Condemn Progressive Racism at the Orlando Annual Convention
Orlando, FL- FreedomWorks Outreach Director Deneen Borelli and Senior Fellow Rev. CL Bryant will attend the NAACP Annual Convention in Orlando on Sunday, July14th and Monday, July 15th before the keynote speeches to ask the NAACP to publicly denounce the racial attacks against black conservatives.
Reverend CL Bryant commented, “As a former NAACP branch president in Garland, Texas, I was punished for my outspoken belief that as a Baptist preacher, my rights come from God, not the government. The NAACP has strayed from the principles of empowerment and opportunity. We are here to remind the leadership and the membership that the NAACP stands for the ‘advancement of colored people,’ not the ‘advancement of colored progressives.’”
FreedomWorks Outreach Director Deneen Borelli commented, “As a black conservative, I’ve been attacked for communicating my values of individual liberty and economic opportunity for all Americans. The NAACP refuses to defend my right to express my views, despite my numerous attempts to contact their headquarters. Sadly, this once venerable civil rights organization has morphed into a political arm of the progressive movement, and it reserves its advocacy for left-wing causes and individuals. We are asking the NAACP to end their selective representation of black victims of racial discrimination, and to provide a voice for black conservatives to speak at their events.”
The 104th NAACP Annual Convention will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819.
On Monday evening from 6-10pm ET, FreedomWorks will host a free screening of Rev. CL Bryant’s documentary, Runaway Slave, for attendees of the NAACP Convention followed by Q&A for those who want to learn more about the discrimination against black conservatives. The screening will take place at the Adair room of the Westin Orlando Universal Blvd Hotel (across the street from the Convention Center), 9501 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819.
FreedomWorks is a grassroots service center to a community of over 6 million activists who believe in individual liberty and constitutionally-limited government. For more information, please visitwww.FreedomWorks.org or contact Jackie Bodnar at JBodnar@FreedomWorks.org.
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