Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statement regarding comments from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT SEPARATING BABIES FROM PARENTS: NOT BIBLICAL BUT DIABOLICAL!
DETROIT (June 15, 2018) – One has to ask the question, “America, how low can you go?” In a recent speech, made before law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Beauregard Sessions, said, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”
In this cherry-picked, pitiful, exegetical reflection of scripture, it takes us back to a time during the enslavement of Africans in America. For it is this passage as well as a few others that were often used to keep the enslaved in check, docile, and controlled. It was also used in Nazi, Germany in order to maintain the order of the state during the time of Hitler. It is an abomination of the message of God to allow morally bankrupt political leaders to co-opt the very essence of the Christian faith. It is a mask to hide their human treachery, which is a stench in the nostril of God.
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statement on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
DETROIT (May 16, 2018) – Mother’s Day is usually a time for families to gather together to honor women, matriarchs, and significant individuals who have spent their lives raising their children. It is not a day that any mother would want or perceive as a moment where she might be forced to bury her child.
The shooting death of Derek Leon Roberts, age 34, on Mother’s Day 2018, apparently at the hands of Rami Ali Jaber, a clerk at the Citgo Gas Station, located on the corner of Southfield and W. McNichols, provides an unfortunate tragic example. From all indications, it appears there was an exchange of words between Rami Jaber and Derek Roberts. Mr. Jaber reportedly came from behind the standard glass enclosure and fired a fatal shot to the chest of Mr. Roberts. This is another tragedy that impacts two families. Many of us thought that glass enclosures were designed to protect and secure the proprietor from possible burglary or other inappropriate activity. Therefore, one would think there is no obvious reason, if your life or other individuals is not at risk, to come from behind such an enclosure. Mr. Jaber was arraigned and charged with first degree murder in this incident. The Detroit Police Department and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office indicates there is both video and audio information which may detail what occurred at the station.
Our hearts go out to the family of Derek Roberts in the loss of his life. This should not have occurred. There is no way one can adequately replace a life that has not yet been fully lived. We are not insensitive to the fact that the family of Mr. Jaber is also damaged as a result of his life that will now change forever.
The Detroit Branch NAACP issued the following press release on
Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
DETROIT (May 8, 2018) – Today’s announcement by Mayor Mike Duggan of a special program to end driver responsibility fees for nearly 76,000 Detroiters is indeed welcome news. Nearly 350,000 Michigan residents have been affected by this terrible law which finally will end in October of this year. SB614 allows for the Workforce Development Training Program, which will enable drivers to get their driver’s license back much sooner. This law, coupled with the horrendous high insurance rates imposed on citizens of Detroit and other communities, diminishes the quality of life, prevents access to jobs and education, and can lead to unnecessary conflicts with law enforcement.
The 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner is rapidly approaching. We look forward to a powerful and historic presentation from keynote speaker, the Honorable Senator Cory A. Booker of New Jersey.
The theme for this year is WE CAN’T REST NOW, THE STAKES ARE TOO HIGH! We see confusion occurring at the national level from the administration currently in the White House regarding voting rights, income inequality, gun violence, and the recent bombs dropping in Syria. As we continue to witness the investigation into the Russian interference in the national elections, none of us have the luxury of resting from our civic responsibilities.
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 President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following statement in regards to the recent death of Winnie Mandela.
“The passing of Winnie Mandela marks a significant point in the life of those who sacrificed so much to obtain justice, freedom, and dignity. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, known as “Nomzamo” (the mother of the nation), was the reason that many of us in the west were well acquainted with Nelson Mandela. For 27 years, from 1963- 1990, while Nelson Mandela was in prison, it was Winnie Mandela who was the face of the Anti- Apartheid Movement.”
The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.
DETROIT– It will take more than a presidential proclamation creating a historic park for Martin Luther King Jr. to bring to an end the divisive, hateful, and racist rants of America’s 45th president. For the president to use the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a smoke screen to camouflage his own vicious and vile racism, does a disservice to the one known as the Drum Major for Peace and Justice.
Trump said, in proclaiming the nations newest park, “Today we celebrate Dr. King, for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear: that no matter the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God.” Yet, in his remarks identifying persons from Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as coming from “shithole countries” only 24 hours earlier, it clearly demonstrates the innate contradictions residing deep within the spirit of this president.
Often in the law enforcement community, in order to determine whether or not an individual has a propensity for certain types of behavior, they look for a pattern. In identifying Donald Trump as a racist (one who uses prejudices plus power), the pattern has long been established. Let us review some of his history.
Please join us on Saturday, January 27, from 1-5 p.m., as we partner with the National Commission for Voter Justice, for an important listening session on voting in Michigan. We want to hear from you! Come and share your experiences.