(Columbia, SC) — The Columbia branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) stands resolute in the fight against racial disparities and emphasizes the importance of holding leaders and institutions accountable for their role in embracing
DIVERSITY. In response to recent events, the branch expresses its firm commitment to addressing the realities faced by people of color.
“What are the people that are making these inhumane decisions afraid of? Wake up, people of color!” exclaimed the Columbia SC Branch NAACP president, in response to the persistence of racial disparities within society. The branch recognizes that race undeniably shapes the identities and quality of life for people of color. Despite progress made, racial disparities persist within our society, leaving lasting wounds that must be acknowledged and addressed. The Supreme Court’s recent decisions have displayed what the branch refers to as a “willful ignorance” of these realities.
“Change will not change until WE change it.” The Supreme Court took away our ability to teach and train our youth,” emphasized the Columbia SC Branch NAACP. The branch firmly believes that education is a powerful tool for empowerment and combating racial disparities. Recent restrictions on teaching Black history and diverse narratives in schools have hindered the progress toward a more inclusive society. We emphasize the importance of reclaiming this power and ensuring that the word “VOTE” is implanted in the minds of all individuals.
“We must educate those to understand the importance of their vote,” the branch asserts. By educating and empowering individuals, particularly people of color, about the significance of
their vote, we can create a more equitable society. Voting is a fundamental right and a means to effect positive change in our communities and institutions.
Derrick Johnson, our National President of the NAACP, emphasizes the organization’s determination not to be deterred or silenced in the pursuit of justice and equality. By actively challenging leaders and institutions, the NAACP aims to promote accountability for their actions or lack thereof, in fostering diversity and combating racial disparities.
“When We FIGHT, We WIN,” proclaims the NAACP. The branch acknowledges the challenges and obstacles faced in the pursuit of justice and equality. However, it firmly believes in the
power of collective action and resilience. By standing united and advocating for meaningful change, we can overcome barriers and achieve victories that benefit all members of society.
The Columbia SC Branch NAACP (Richland County) further emphasizes that all colleges, universities, and corporations must commit to “DIVERSITY NO MATTER WHAT.” stated NAACP National President Derrick Johnson. In order to create a truly inclusive society, it is essential for institutions of higher education and corporate entities to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion at every level.
By fostering diverse and inclusive environments, these institutions can provide equal opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds, ensuring that no one is left behind.
The branch calls upon colleges, universities, and corporations to make a steadfast commitment to diversity, not as a mere buzzword, but as a fundamental value and practice. This commitment should be reflected in recruitment practices, hiring decisions, and inclusive policies that create an environment where all individuals can thrive.
The Columbia SC Branch NAACP invites the Richland County community, leaders, and
institutions to join us in this fight for justice and equality. By standing together and empowering each other, we can create lasting change, address racial disparities head-on, and build a society that embraces DIVERSITY in all its forms.
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https://naacp.org/actions/diversity-no-matter-what We are: “ON FIRE FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE”