Gary Burgess – one of a gaggle of candidates seeking the GOP nomination for Superintendent of Education in South Carolina – will hold a press conference on the grounds of the S.C. State House next month.
What’s he up to? According to his campaign, Burgess – who is black – will “officially request (that) the South Carolina Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) end the boycott of South Carolina.”
“Dr. Burgess believes that leadership must tackle the big issues which impede the advancement of South Carolina’s school children,” a statement from his campaign read. “One of the duties of the State Superintendent of Education is to foster an atmosphere, throughout the state, which is conducive to teaching and learning; therefore, as a candidate for this office he feels compelled to help resolve this issue so South Carolina can be about the business of educating all children. He would like the energies of our civil rights, social, heritage and cultural organizations to focus on the uniqueness of South Carolina and how our common history, as one people, must be used to make this state the number one teaching and learning environment in the nation.”
The NAACP imposed an “economic boycott” on South Carolina in 1999 owing to a version of the Confederate Flag flying over the S.C. State House. A compromise in 2000 moved the flag off of the dome (and out of the state’s legislative chambers), but that did not appease the NAACP.
Of course beyond the politically correct National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), few have paid the boycott any mind …
If the NAACP were only as passionate about actually helping to advance colored people.
JAY – do you ever post on any thread that does not have to do with race?
Sure he does,but he ALWAYS comments on any post to do with Race
Seems like a reasonable guy.
There’s a boycott? Who knew?
“…few have paid the boycott any mind” is a conclusion based on ….what? is SC one of the poorest states in the country or not? i can’t say for certain but is it not possible that the state being full of angry shitheads has caused us to miss out on some economic development?
Give 10 million and they will give you a lifetime award Gary! These folks are no different than the Jackson’s and Sharpton’s of the world. They are true Blackmailers!
The Quakers and the Harlem Globetrotters are also honoring the boycott. Ironically, the SC NAACP continues to hold its “Freedom Banquet,” its biggest fundraiser, in Columbia.
Isnt Burgess the guy who tried to solicit sex in a park with a MALE police officer?
I would suggest the NAACP update their protest in my following three point plan:
1. Instead of wide-ranging issues to boycott, they need to laser focus on JUST the flag. Nothing else.
2. They need a name and shame campaign of legislators who still support flying that god awful symbol of oppression, traitorous villainy and forced human bondage on public state house grounds, buildings, license plates, etc.
3. They need a twitter, facebook army to pressure businesses and corporates to not locate here, scale down operations or otherwise cease operations until the flag is gone.
Boom. Problem solved.
I wonder if those that are truly racist would be working behind the scenes to keep the flag flying so as to use the boycott keep black organizations out, something they couldn’t do of their own accord.