October 4, 2013
To the editor:
On behalf of members and friends of the Richmond County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and other concerned citizens of Richmond County, we write this letter to express our complete dismay at the uncensored disrespect, blatant ignorance and reprehensible racial attack on our esteemed president of these United States, displayed by a poster exhibited on Highway 177, one of the main thoroughfares through the Dobbins Heights community.
As evident by the photos of this poster that has been texted throughout the county, calls received to the mayor of that municipality and the signatures of the officers and members of the NAACP aforesigned, many of our citizens find this poster an affront to the highest office in our land, regardless of political view or party affiliation.
As a learned body regarding the legal rights of citizens, we acknowledge that the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States guarantees and protects the rights of any citizen to freedom of speech. However, surely, the citizens of this fair county have not sunk to such a low that we are willing to turn blind eyes to this atrocity, which as it stands, serve to represent us, whether or not we agree with this poster.
We write to request that the Daily Journal contact any or all of the signatories, or other citizens, particularly persons of color, regarding their perspective of this exhibition, then issue a follow-up article within its pages. The NAACP does not claim that our position is representative of all citizens. We do, however, say our voice must be heard and our angst n oted, if only for the record.
Dr. Fred G. McQueen, president
NAACP Richmond County chapter
Rev. Dian Griffin Jackson
Minister of Religious Affairs
and 27 other signers