NAACP Prop 19 Endorsement Subject of Criticism by Black Leaders

You may recall that last week we relayed that NAACP President Alice Huffman announced that the organization endorsed Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization initiative. Now the leader is facing criticism from over 20 black community and religious leaders who have called for Huffman’s resignation. The NAACP was the first major mainstream organization to offer its endorsement of the ballot measure, much to ire of disagreeing leaders. Those who opposed Huffman’s decision to endorse the initiative say it will hurt African Americans and that legalization is not an issue the organization should advocate for. The LA Times reports that Bishop Ron Allen stated at a press conference:

“Why would the state NAACP advocate for blacks to stay high. It’s going to cause crime to go up. There will be more drug babies.”

When the NAACP announced its endorsement, it cited the disproportionate number of black men that are arrested for marijuana possession, even though whites are shown to use the drug more. Read more here.

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