Statement by NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous in response to Maine Governor LePage’s comments

January 14, 2011 /The Black Report/ – “Governor Le Page’s decision to inflame racial tension on the eve of the King holiday denigrates his office. His words are a reminder of the worst aspects of Maine’s history and out of touch with our nation’s deep yearning for increased civility and racial healing. “

Benjamin Todd Jealous is President and CEO of the NAACP. His father is from Maine and his family has been in New England since 1636.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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