April 15, 2007
Contact: Richard McIntire
April 17 (tomorrow) --10 a.m.
NAACP CALLS ON COMMUNITY, INDUSTRIES TO STOP USE OF RACIST, SEXIST LANGUAGE, CONCEPTS & IMAGES
WHO: NAACP Interim President & CEO Dennis C. Hayes; NAACP Chief Operating Officer Nelson B. Rivers III; NAACP National Youth & College Division Director Stefanie A. Brown; NAACP National Board of Directors members
WHAT: Press conference announcing and outlining details of the NAACP’s ‘STOP’ Campaign
WHERE: Roy Wilkins Auditorium – NAACP National Headquarters, 4805 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 – 10 a.m.
WHY: The STOP Campaign is an initiative of the NAACP Youth & College Division that seeks to “stop” the demeaning images of African Americans in the media, particularly with respect to the portrayal of African American women. Due to the overwhelming number of racially disrespectful incidents that continually occur, the STOP Campaign is not only needed, but urgently so. The NAACP recognizes that when it comes to forming ideas and establishing norms, nothing is more influential than the images and concepts delivered into our lives on a daily basis by radio, TV, film and the Internet. The NAACP equally recognizes the need for balance within the African American community in regards to what music, film, and media we deem acceptable.
Those that are given access to the public through mainstream media must be put on notice that they have everything to lose by spewing racist ideas and rants. When required, the Association directly confronts racism, the use of defamatory language and racist actions.
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (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.