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    [Ed. Professional Niggers in Da-House...]

    NAACP to target private business
    By Brian DeBose
    July 12, 2005

    MILWAUKEE -- The NAACP will target private companies as part of its
    economic agenda, seeking reparations from corporations with historical ties
    to slavery and boycotting companies that refuse to participate in its
    annual business diversity report card.

    "Absolutely, we will be pursuing reparations from companies that have
    historical ties to slavery and engaging all parties to come to the table,"
    Dennis C. Hayes, interim president and chief executive officer of the
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said yesterday
    at the group's 96th annual convention here.

    "Many of the problems we have now including poverty, disparities in
    health care and incarcerations can be directly tied to slavery."

    The group's strategy will include a lobbying effort to encourage cities
    to enact laws requiring businesses to complete an extensive slavery study
    and submit it to the city before they can get a city contract.

    Such laws exist in Philadelphia and Chicago, which can refuse to grant
    contracts because of a company's slavery ties although neither city has done
    this. Detroit and New Orleans are considering similar bills.

    "We need legislation with teeth," Adjoa Aiyetoro, professor at the
    University of Arkansas at Little Rock's school of law, said during a session
    on reparations.

    She said two banks trying to do business with Chicago have recently
    apologized for their role in slavery and promised to make amends by offering
    scholarships to blacks and money for other education projects that benefit

    J.P. Morgan Chase Bank recently completed an examination of its history
    and found that two financial institutions it absorbed years ago -- Citizens
    Bank and Canal Bank in Louisiana -- had owned more than 1,250 black people
    until the Civil War, procured as collateral on defaulted loans.

    The company apologized and officials said it will start a $5 million
    scholarship program for children in Louisiana.

    Wachovia Corp. was accused by a Chicago alderman of lying last month
    when it submitted its statement in January stating it had no knowledge of
    any involvement with slavery. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company later
    apologized and indicated that it would create an education fund or
    contribute money toward black history education.

    "They did the right thing in acknowledging it and taking the first step
    forward towards mutual understanding," Mr. Hayes said.

    And while private institutions are making slavery amends, NAACP Board
    Chairman Julian Bond said the federal government probably never will, citing
    the recent Senate resolution of apology for not passing anti-lynching bills,
    which eight senators did not sign.

    "If [lynching] is not a horrific enough of a reason to apologize, then what
    is?" Mr. Bond said in his keynote address.

    The Rev. Wayne Perryman of Mount Calvary Christian Center Church of God
    in Christ agreed that pursuing the federal government is not a fruitful
    option. The Seattle minister has filed two reparations lawsuits against the
    Democratic Party, saying its role in defending slavery and opposing civil
    rights bills during the Jim Crow era deserves an apology.

    "One of the problems in courts is that ... you have to show ... the
    government official who participated in it," Mr. Perryman said. "With the
    federal government the real problem is that it has never had a totally
    pro-slavery position, the Democrats did and supported it, while the
    abolitionists and Republicans did not."

    James Lide, director of the international division at History Associates
    Inc., a Rockville firm that researches old records, said determining how
    many U.S. businesses are linked to slavery depends upon definition.

    Almost every business has at least an indirect link to slavery, he said.
    For example, some railroad and Southern utility companies can trace their
    roots to businesses that used slave labor. Textile companies, for example,
    use cotton that was grown on Southern plantations.

    "There's never going to be a solid number because the idea of how you
    connect a company to slavery is more a political one than a historical one,"
    Mr. Lide said.

    During an event on economic inequality, Mr. Hayes said the NAACP will
    lobby other localities and begin protesting and/or boycotting companies that
    refuse to participate in its annual business diversity report card survey.

    The organization has surveyed the lodging, telecommunications, financial
    services, retailing and automotive industries for almost a decade. Many
    companies refuse to participate, particularly from the merchandising

    "We don't plan to allow them to continue to enjoy our African-American
    dollars while they continue to ignore us," said Nelson Rivers, chairman of
    the NAACP economic development committee.

    [Ed. What "African-American dollars?" You are always telling us you have
    nothing because you keep getting held back! Suddenly you are flushed with cash
    and make up 90% of the consumer market?? - take a walk, a-hole!...]

    This year's report card measured 55 companies on their efforts. Taken
    together, four industries got a C grade. Retail got a D, largely because
    five of the 11 companies examined did not respond to the NAACP's request for
    information, getting an automatic F.

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