Emphasizing that the NAACP is officially non-partisan but not non-political, NAACP President William Barber spoke to the Progressive Democrats of North Carolina's state convention in December of 2007. The loyalty must be to principles of justice. He talked about building a new progressive coalition for change in the state. "You can't put new wine in old wineskins because the old wineskins will burst and they can't maintain or hold onto the newness....You have to use new wineskins." Video clips below:
New Wine and Old Wineskins
Click below for Part II. In this section he talks about institutional racism.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006: The UNC Center for Civil Rights, the Black Law Student Association and the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity hosted Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II for an inspiring lecture and subsequent conversation on race and poverty. Rev. Barber encouraged each member of the audience to be "a conscientious objector" on issues such as resegregation, the abandonment of low-income children, and on the vast problems of poverty in this country and in the world. Rev. Barber spoke eloquently and passionately about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., emphasizing the need to organize progressive voices and stand by our constitutional and moral obligations to a society built upon justice. He encouraged the students, faculty, community members, and staff in attendance to "object" to being simply comfortable in our environment and to take a stand on issues of poverty and segregation. Listen to his powerful speech.
Helping to Build a New Progressive Movement in North Carolina
'We' Is the Most Important Word in the Social Justice Vocabulary. The issue is not what we can't do, but what we CAN do when we stand together. With an upsurge in racism/hate crimes, criminalization of young black males, insensitivity to the poor, educational genocide, and the moral/economic cost of a war, we must STAND together now like never before.'