The leader of the Camden County East chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) today slammed state NAACP president James Harris for getting involved in local politics without asking their members.
The leader of the local group, Lloyd Henderson, says Harris never sought the advice of NAACP members in the fifth district when he criticized Democrats for replacing a Black woman with a White man in the fifth district state Senate seat. Henderson said his group represents nearly 70% of the towns in the district.
Henderson, a past state NAACP vice president, said he supports Assemblyman-elect Donald Norcross (D-Camden) for the Senate seat left vacant last week when Dana Redd resigned to become the new mayor of Camden, and likes the idea of Camden City Councilman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson going to the State Assembly. He praised Camden County Democrats for their “continued commitment to diversity.”
“The local branch has a significant concern with repeated press allegations of anticipated job cuts that are due to occur with the incoming gubernatorial administration. It is a disturbing observation as an active local branch that inequity and over-representation of African-Americans in the unemployment rates along with the anticipated disproportionate rate of minority job losses in the state employment arena during the Corzine-Christie political transition of power is currently of great concern,” Henderson said. “Disparity in the unemployment rolls is a statewide issue [inclusive of the 5th District] that requires New Jersey State Conference NAACP attention.”
Henderson said that Harris will get support from the local group if he wants their help with non-partisan civil rights issues at the state level.