It seems that someone is always getting offend and as a result, they lose their focus. When I wrote about the NAACP, I was giving my perspective just like I did with all the other blog posts I made. I don't see why that was a reason for people to get upset. I'm an adult and if I have a problem with a person, I let that person know I have a problem with them. I don't go to everyone that person know and hope they eventually find out that I have a problem with them. Just because I'm not interested in becoming a member of the NAACP does not mean that I'm not willing to be supportive of your efforts. We are in a battle here in Lumberton and we can't continue to get side-tracked by non-issues. I've tried to work with the NAACP and they're really a big disappointment and before I get involved with them again, I'm going to take the stance of a doubting Thomas. During the civil rights era, there weren't any NAACP chapters in the South; they were all located in the Northern states. According to the NAACP's charter, their mission is "To promote equality of rights and to eradicate caste or race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; to secure impartial suffrage; and to increase opportunities for securing justice in the courts, education for the children, employment according to their ability and complete equality before law." There was nothing in that clause that said that it was necessary to establish a chapter to achieve those goals. When I made the comments about the NAACP, I was questioning their reason for wanting a chapter established before offering any assistance when that wasn't their way of doing business in the past.
You may not like what I had to say, but you don't need to let my concerns distract you from the issues at hand. It is my hopes that you press forward and let the board of aldermen know that you mean business. I know there is all this talk about wanting to get rid of Hobson, but just as I said the other day, when Bobby Gibson appointed Hobson as chief he didn't break the law. At this month's board meeting, Bobby Gibson made a point to bring in Nicholson and Company to put an end to the issue of the $86,440 deficit in the water department. That is the issue that need to be addressed, and once we've tackled that issue, then we can move on to other issues. Do you really think Bobby Gibson is going to vote to terminate a police chief he appointed; especially after his brother and his nephew allegedly assaulted Todd Adams over the weekend at his mother's house and the only person that went to jail was Todd? Focusing on Dennis Hobson may be something that gets people riled up, but the focus needs to be diverted to the members that promoted him to that position. Does that mean we don't have recourse against officers that are abusing their authority? No, but we must fight them in Jackson not in Lumberton. We can't continue to focus on Stephanie Mullings because she's doing what the board allows her to do. There are some people that have proof of the cover ups and billing issues taking place at city hall and it's time that they bring it forward and make the board answer some tough questions. We can't fight with invisible weapons. We can't continue to have that it's my way or no way mentality. Bobby Gibson and Timothy Johnson have sanctioned the chaos that's taking place in our neighborhoods. They've been more detrimental to our communities than Governor George "Bull" Wallace of Alabama did in 1963 when he ordered the police to spray protestors with fire hoses and released the attack dogs on those that tried to escape. All of us may not be on the same page, but we must remain united in order demand accountability from our elected officials. The board thinks they have settled the issue of the missing money, but now is the time that we let them know that we have information contrary to what was said by Nicholson and Associates. We need to stay focused and we need an even larger group in attendance for the next meeting because once they're presented with the proof, they're going to have to give us some answers.