Most anyone with some knowledge would know what the letters NAACP stand for or at least if they can’t put the letters together they understand the organization represents an organization for the advancement of the Black population. The “C” in NAACP stands for ‘Colored’ an outdated term not used today to describe that segment of our population in this country.
One would think an elected official, a person elected by all races would have knowledge of the organization, but no not in Sussex County, and not on our County Council.
Councilman Sam Wilson, (R) who has in the past shown signs of not being over friendly with some minorities yesterday showed his continued ignorance in that area by stating he didn’t know what the letters meant. After prompting by Council President Mike Vincent, (R) trying to cover the blatant remark by Wilson saying “I know what it means, and I hope you do,” instead of backing off Wilson asks the question again about the organization.
The Lower Sussex NAACP Youth Council asked for $500 to sponsor a forum, nothing different from the groups which came forth to Council that day, and asked for and received grants which come from Council members accounts Wilson refused to give his $100 share.
Councilman Vance Phillips chimed in saying he agreed with Wilson because the grant was for a ‘certain race’. Wilson usually votes the same way as Phillips, I guess this was Phillips pay back for some of those votes.
Wilson held his ground when Councilman Cole motioned to divide the $500 between the other three council members saying he would not give any money.
Philips tried to redeem himself, probably realizing he was up for re-election after he made a dumb statement in behalf of his co-hart Wilson by throwing Wilson under the bus and voting along with the other three council members.
A funny side bar; last year when this same organization came up for a vote, Wilson reportedly had left the room for a personal moment, when Cole motioned $100 be given from each council members petty cash account and it passed, and council adjourned the meeting. When Wilson came in he asked what he missed; when told of the vote it was reported he went into a rampage. Phillips voted for that grant last year without comment.
While many are angry at Wilson’s remarks, you have to consider the source; here is a man who as a councilman stated he didn’t believe in the libraries receiving any aid from the county; “I’ve never been in a library in my life,” Wilson said.
I’m sure there are supporters of what Wilson said, especially in the district he represents, many of them self-proclaimed Christians like Wilson. Go figure in this day and time?