Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, September 27, 2002


The Rev. Curtis Gatewood, president of the Durham branch of the NAACP, is again telling blacks to stay out of U.S. military efforts to fight terrorists abroad, despite a reprimand from the national NAACP last year over similar comments by Gatewood four days after Sept. 11.

"The NAACP can no longer afford to be hypocritically silent as African-Americans are used/recruited to conspicuously perpetrate injustices abroad, as we cry for relief from similar injustices at home," Gatewood wrote in a letter Thursday to national NAACP president Kweisi Mfume.

Gatewood said he would rather step down from the organization than agree to silence on the potential for a war against Iraq. On Sept. 15, 2001, Gatewood issued a call to blacks to refuse to serve in the war in Afghanistan. That earned him a stern reprimand from Mfume and the threat of being stripped of his local post.

In a statement issued Sept. 18, 2001, Mfume distanced his organization from Gatewood. "This is a time for all Americans to stand united and defend the ideals of a free and open society where terrorism has no place."

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