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By Jim Vincent, President,
The NAACP would like to thank the
City of Providence for acting quickly and decisively when a noose was
discovered and reported at the DPW on Monday. The alleged perpetrators
were identified, and punishment was swift and sure with one individual being
terminated and the other subject to a suspension.
Over the last three years throughout
America, the number of instances of hate have risen rapidly. Our nation is as
racially divided now as it was over 50 years ago.
In America, one of the most
potent racist symbols is the noose which symbolizes the lynching of black
people by racist white supremacists who sought to bring fear and intimidation
to black families, in general, and black men, in particular.
In a just society, these symbols of
hatred and division cannot be tolerated.
Though we applaud the City of
Providence for their swift actions, we urge the City to consider mandatory
racial diversity training for all City employees.
The NAACP remains optimistic that we
will get past this period of racial division and someday see America live up to
its promise that all men and women are created equal!
Jim Vincent is in his 5th term as the president of the NAACP Providence
Branch. He is also the producer and host of the Jim Vincent Television Show.