NAACP Statement on Steve Bannon's Removal
NAACP Statement on Steve Bannon's Removal from White
Baltimore-The NAACP, the nation's oldest social justice organization, released this statement following the removal of Senior White House Strategist and known white supremacist Steve Bannon from President Trump's administration.
"The NAACP is glad to see Steve Bannon out of the White House," said Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP. "Ousting one key staffer, however, can't erase the words used by President Trump this week in defense of domestic terrorists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. President Trump provided permission for these hate groups to exist. Following the travesty in Charlottesville, Virginia, numerous other rallies and white supremacist groups are being mobilized across the country. These groups are not rallying for peace, or for the preservation of Confederate memorabilia. They exist purely to foment hatred and violence. And they march with the president's blessing.
"President Trump must
denounce in words and in deeds these white supremacists and
urge them to stop their senseless rallies and killings and
unlawful demonstrations. We further call upon the President
to remove the people who share Steve Bannon's poisonous
beliefs from the White House, including Stephen Miller and
Sebastian Gorka. President Trump needs to send a clear
message to our great country: That his administration
disavows bigotry in all of its forms, and that racist
ideologies simply will not be tolerated."
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About the NAACP
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP's work and our Economic Opportunity "Game Changer" issue by visiting http://www.naacp.org/issues/economic-opportunity/.