to city and county's letter to DOJ
The Meridian/Lauderdale County NAACP is not surprised at the blatant disregard, and denial of reality this county and city was recently charged with by the Department of Justice. Citizens are seeing this being played out daily in the volatile streets, poor schools, and dangerous communities here in our beloved city of Meridian. Yet, we focus upon the government’s motives, instead of facing the man in the mirror!
City officials are choosing to focus upon the motives of the Department of Justice, rather than focus upon what we the citizens have always been concerned about; our schools, our communities and our criminal justice system.
School children and their families, community neighborhoods and the citizens have to wonder; what is it going to take, civil unrest when we all must take up arms to protect ourselves; primarily because city and county officials continually believe we don’t have a youth development problem!
We should be very happy to have formed an alliance with DOJ. We feel strongly that this notification of the problems will benefit schools, communities and the overall city and county of Lauderdale. Yet we would rather be concerned about our image and reputation, rather than face reality. We are in a crisis as our young people try to migrate from childhood to young adulthood growing up in the dangerous streets of the city of Meridian.
The NAACP is a "total solutions provider" —offering expert urban community data networking consulting, design, implementation and maintenance of whole child youth development. The NAACP provides a wide range of community services, including community reform services, professional mentoring, urban cultural school systems understanding and real life applications.
Rev. Randle L. Jennings,
Mr. Gillespie leaves