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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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