Local & State
|Men defend Charlotte NAACP chief against character attacks|
|Activists support President Corine Mack|
|Published Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:14 pm|
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP President Rev. Corine Mack is running for re-election on Nov. 19. Men in the local community activist community came to Mack’s defense at a press conference last week to rebut criticism of her management style.|
Mack, who is standing for re-election on Nov. 19, has been the subject of a whisper campaign online and in media accusing her of poor management of the chapter. Last week, 18 activists – all but one of them men – slammed the criticism, including a letter to The Post by Mack’s predecessor the Rev. Kojo Nantambu, as examples of chauvinism.
“Miss Mack is a champion,” said B.J. Murphy, a radio host and community activist. “She’s a warrior, she is a defender of black people and the oppressed. We want to thank her for her leadership, we want to thank her for her courage. I feel that people who work hard and make a sacrifice to make life better for us should be supported. Attacks on her character and negative remarks about our family are unwarranted, and they must stop today.”
The activists admitted Mack is confrontational – “Every person who’s been standing here at one point in time had their differences with Corine,” said Darrell Gregory, the chapter’s first vice president – but that direct style makes her an effective advocate. The public criticism against Mack, they insist, is unfair and unfounded.
“None of us are perfect, but we are grown men and grown women,” Gregory said. “Grown men and grown women handle their differences in private. If you say you love your people, your Black and brown people, you don’t handle your business in a negative public forum.”
Mack’s supporters point to her accomplishments as branch president, including confronting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police’s use of force against civilians, criminal justice reform and pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage. She also helped Charlotte land next year’s national NAACP convention.
“While a lot has happened, there is so much more to be done,” Mack wrote supporters in her re-election pitch. “With you (sic) continued support, we will champion our advocacy for economics, equality and education.”
“For this to go on without a response from us, as men and as elders in our community” is irresponsible, he said. “We must have a response.”
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