Sharpton called for an escalation in peaceful civil disobedience and economic sanctions, although he did not say what those sanctions might be.
Turner Clayton, the Seminole County chapter president of the NAACP, reacted immediately to Sharpton’s warning, saying, “We hope that the citizens of Sanford will govern themselves accordingly. We are not calling for any sanctions, against any business or anyone else. And, of course, what Rev. Sharpton does, that’s strictly the [National] Action Network. We can’t condone that part of the conversation, if that’s what he said.”
Clayton said he believes that the expected 3,000 people who will attend Saturday’s march and rally in Sanford will realize the difference between Sharpton’s message and the NAACP’s mission.
“I don’t think they can confuse that,” Clayton said. “It’s just that they will have to make a judgment as to whether they want to follow the mission of the NAACP or follow what the Rev. Sharpton said.”
Hey, back a few years ago when I was doing advocacy with the homeless and I had the opportunity to attend a couple of NAACP meetings, I was really impressed with the agenda of the local chapter. There was none of the race baiting or hatred that I expected, they discussed stuff that any neighborhood meeting would have - what to do about a rising crime rate in their communities, how to help fun church-run youth programs, grafitti abatement, stuff like that.
Now, this was the Modesto chapter - I can't speak for any of the other ones.