The Charlotte-Mecklenburg chapter of the NAACP made headlines this week by threatening to boycott major tourism events in Charlotte.
Chapter president Rev. Kojo Nantambu said the civil rights organization would consider the strategy starting with next month's CIAA basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena. Other targets could include the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament and perhaps the 2012 Democratic National Convention, should Charlotte earn hosting rights. Nantambu's threats come on the heels of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' decision to use the Martin Luther King holiday as a snow makeup day. Jan. 17 was approved as a makeup day two years ago, but Nantambu insists CMS's decision disrespects King's memory as well as the wishes of African Americans who want the holiday left alone.
Would a Charlotte boycott work, given the impact it would have on businesses that depend on tourism dollars? Or is the NAACP taking on the wrong crusade when its focus should be on CMS policies?