The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the shooting of Brennan Walker.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
DETROIT – 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. diagnosed for the nation its most dangerous and deadly spiritual ulcer. Yet today, there are still too many in our communities who have failed to heed his prescription to see our character because they are too blinded by our color.
America still suffers from an illness rooted in an assumption fueled by a false perception and sustained by our racial condition. The recent shooting at 14-year old Brennan Walker, at a home in Rochester Hills, while simply trying to find his way to school, by a white homeowner, is another case-in-point. According to young Mr. Walker, after he knocked on the door for directions, he stepped back, a lady came to the door and started yelling, “Why are you trying to break into my house?” He indicated he was simply asking for directions. Herein lies the assumption. He is a black youth, at a white door, in a suburban neighborhood, therefore he must be trying to break in. Immediate reaction: grab your gun, shoot first, ask questions later.
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony along with ACLU Michigan, Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL), Atty. Leonard Mungo, Congressman John Conyers Jr. and the Michigan State Conference NAACP led a press conference on Tuesday, October 10 calling for Governor Rick Snyder (R-Michigan) to meet and address:
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue’s role as the Director of the Michigan State Police (MSP)
MSP’s current lack of diversity
MSP’s testing practices
On Tuesday, October 3, Rev. Anthony sent an official request to Gov. Snyder for a meeting, details and data on MSP’s number of African Americans, Latinos, other minorities and women as troopers and senior staff since the federal consent decree removed in 1993.
The recent message posted on the Facebook page of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police, is beneath the office of this department and is a tragic reminder of a lack of fundamental understanding. This is particularly true in the matter of the right to publicly protest. The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still ring true today, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Perhaps Col. Etue needs to be reminded of the State Constitution of Michigan, Article 11, Public Offices and Employment, Section 1, Oath of Public Office: “All officers, legislative, executive, and judicial before entering upon the duties of their respective offices shall take and subscribe the following oath and affirmation: I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the U.S. and this state that I will faithfully discharge the duties of….. according to the best of my ability.”
The Detroit Branch NAACP invites you to our Energy Justice Training and Roundtable on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Please join us and come learn more about how to become an advocate around Energy and Environmental Justice. During this event there will also be training sessions on Accessing Solar Energy in Urban Communities and representatives offering tips on lowering your utility/energy bills. The Roundtable discussion will be with leaders in the Environmental and Energy justice field, the Michigan Public Service Commission and DTE Energy. This event is being Co-sponsored by Vote Solar and the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
Please see the attached press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board Superintendent search.
DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools Community District continues to face challenges as well as opportunities to both stabilize and move our school district to higher academic heights. It is a school district that has been plagued by financial, academic, and personnel obstacles. The newly elected Board of Education is to be commended for its efforts to bring to solvency, as well as to re-establish the school district of Detroit into a first class, academically proficient, and student- learning center for the people in this community.
Victory! Thank you to everyone who called, emailed, and contacted your local elected officials and Governor Rick Snyder to stop House Bill 6066. Please see the press statement below given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.
Please see the attached press statement given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP during a press conference held today, Thursday, December 8, regarding Michigan Voter ID bills 6066, 6067 and 6068. Voters are encouraged to contact Michigan State Senator Arlan Meekhof’s office at (517) 373-6920 to say NO to Bill 6066. Stay tuned for upcoming information about our Day of Action on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday, December 13, 2016!
Please see the attached press statement from Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the recent ruling by federal court Judge Gershwin Drain to block Michigan’s ban on straight party voting.
The recent ruling by federal court Judge Gershwin Drain to block Michigan’s ban on straight party voting is a victory by all who believe in democracy. This ruling, which pushes back the ban on straight party voting, gives those citizens who live in our urban communities in particular, a fair chance without the imposition of long lines, insufficient equipment, short staff, and sometimes inadequate information at polling places concerning their proper location. This is often due to a lack of financial resources from the state as well as laws which impose photo ID requirements, and proof of American citizenship beyond normal identification. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said:
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves. And the only way they can do this is by not voting.”
In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson said “we are all Federalists, we are all Republicans.” It is important for some who make the laws under the banner of party affiliation, to remember your specific origination. According to Jefferson:
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action, according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
For those who believe that the current legislation coming forth from the Michigan House of Representatives, now awaiting the Governor’s signature, is the answer to the problems facing the Detroit Public Schools, guess what? You’re wrong!