A Bit of Fuss

Not so long ago, the NAACP San Diego Branch took a vote to ask for a change in the NAACP’s State and National Policy.  In fact, we took two votes; one of our Executive Committee and then a ratification of that vote by our General Membership.

Those votes were conducted in a civil manner according to the NAACP Bylaws for Units and Robert’s Rules of Order.  This latter recommends that the Chair of any assembly (in our case, our President Clovis Honoré) maintain neutrality while the assembly deliberates and votes, casting his own vote only if it is necessary to change the outcome.  Our President followed those rules scrupulously, neither expressing his opinion nor favoring either side in the debate.

This has caused a bit of fuss, much of it beside the point.

However, we invite you to view this article, published on May 14th by Michael Meyers, president of the New York Civil Rights Commission and a former assistant NAACP national director.  In it, he explains the NAACP’s process quite well, and says nothing at all with which we, the NAACP San Diego Branch, disagree.

One thing Mr Meyers makes clear is this:

As such, there is no “local option” from such policies once adopted by the NAACP national board. And all units of the NAACP must abide by those policies

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, but we did say it slightly differently in an email to an inquirer on the topic:

As the resolution to which you refer is in opposition to a current position of the NAACP CA-HI State Conference and NAACP National, we will not publicly discuss or advocate for it, until such time as the resolution may be adopted.  The official position of the NAACP San Diego Branch remains in support of a moratorium on the expansion of charter schools.

We are in entire harmony with Mr Meyers, and thank him for his response.

There have been other commentators on this issue who seem to lack Mr Meyers’ grasp on (or perhaps respect for) the NAACP’s bylaws and democratic processes.  We invite such folks to learn from Mr Meyers’ article.

(Image credit: New Hampshire Public Radio)