The Oakland branch of the NAACP has been accused of leaving ‘a stain on the rich tapestry of progress’ after it advocated for tougher policing in the crime-wracked Californian city.
Justin Phillips, who is black and writes a weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle on race and inequality, launched a scathing attack on the NAACP on Thursday.
Phillips strongly rejected a July 27 letter by the Oakland NAACP in which they condemned the ‘progressive policies and failed leadership’ of their city, and demanded tougher sentencing, more police officers on the streets, and criticized the Soros-backed District Attorney, Pamela Price.
Phillips said the letter was a betrayal of NAACP values in the city.
Justin Phillips, who writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle on race and inequality, on Thursday condemned the Oakland NAACP
Cynthia Adams is the president of the NAACP in Oakland
‘From the revolutionary spirit of the Black Panthers to the impactful Black Lives Matter protests, Oakland’s legacy is steeped in Black defiance against oppressive systems,’ Phillips wrote.
‘The Oakland NAACP’s recent actions are a stain on the rich tapestry of progress woven by generations of the city’s sons and daughters.’
He called for the removal of Oakland NAACP’s president, Cynthia Adams, who in the letter said Oakland needed to declare a state of emergency to deal with soaring crime.
‘It’s time for the Black community in Oakland to have new voices speaking on its behalf, ones that are actually dedicated to dismantling systemic racism and advocating for true liberation,’ wrote Phillips.
‘The Oakland NAACP is not up to the task, and the stakes are far too high to continue to gamble on their misguided leadership.’
Adams and the Oakland NAACP have not responded to DailyMail.com’s for request for comment.
In her July letter, Adams painted a damning picture of Oakland, home to 434,000 people.
‘Oakland residents are sick and tired of our intolerable public safety crisis that overwhelmingly impacts minority communities,’ she wrote.
‘Murders, shootings, violent armed robberies, home invasions, car break-ins, sideshows, and highway shootouts have become a pervasive fixture of life in Oakland.
‘We call on all elected leaders to unite and declare a state of emergency and bring together massive resources to address our public safety crisis.’
Since Adams’ letter, the situation has only worsened.
In the week ending September 24, all violent crime was up by 21 percent, year on year, and shootings were up by 6 percent.
Motor vehicle theft has soared, with a 51 percent rise, while burglary is up 39 percent and armed robbery is up 38 percent.
Homicides are down by 2 percent, however.
Adams argued that black residents ‘are disproportionately hit the hardest by crime in East Oakland and other parts of the city.’
She continued: ‘But residents from all parts of the city report that they do not feel safe.
Adams, a retired teacher, who joined the NAACP as an activist in 2006, said that the ‘anti police rhetoric’ had made the city less safe.
‘Failed leadership, including the movement to defund the police, our District Attorney’s unwillingness to charge and prosecute people who murder and commit life threatening serious crimes, and the proliferation of anti-police rhetoric have created a heyday for Oakland criminals,’ she said.
‘If there are no consequences for committing crime in Oakland, crime will continue to soar.’
Pamela Price, the Alameda County district attorney, was elected in November 2022 and took office in January this year.
Pamela Price took over as Oakland’s District Attorney in January, with her campaign given a huge boost by George Soros’s Justice PAC, which works to elect progressive prosecutors
A civil rights lawyer with no experience as a prosecutor, she was backed the Soros-founded California Justice PAC and ran on a platform emphasizing bail reform and fairer treatment of blacks and Latinos in the criminal justice system.
She has faced scrutiny in the handling of high-profile cases, including in the murder of toddler Jasper Wu, and the killing of Home Depot loss prevention employee Blake Mohs, who died while trying to stop a theft.
A recall campaign is gathering steam, in a bid to oust Price.
‘Save Alameda For Everyone’ or S.A.F.E., announced on Thursday that their recall petition was approved by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.
The group said it has 160 days to gather 73,195 valid signatures from Alameda County voters to qualify for the ballot.
Carl Chan, president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and a recall proponent, said in a statement obtained by CBS News: ‘District Attorney Pamela Price has absolutely failed the people of Alameda County. Crime is spiraling out of control. It’s time to stand up for victims of crime and their families to bring justice back to Alameda County.’
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