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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County NAACP president says County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office are racist. Bernest Hewett made the accusations Friday morning on the Big Talker FM. We spoke with him on the phone this afternoon.

Hewett says he is constantly confronting commissioners about issues that blacks and minorities are having in the county. He says commissioners just don’t listen.

“Me coming all the time, not part of the time and raising these issues and you don’t do anything, that tells me and gives me a sound basis of my accusations,” said Hewett.

Hewett says the proof of racism in Brunswick County is in the numbers.

“I have proof that there was no major black contractors into the stimulus money funds or there was no EEOC plan in this county,” said Hewett.

Charles Warren, the only black member of the Brunswick County Commission, has also made similar allegations of racism against fellow commissioners

“I do feel for Mr. Warren,” said Hewett. “If you pull the minutes from county commissioner meetings, no matter what comes up, it’s always a 4-1 vote. Everybody votes against him.”

Earlier this month, Warren filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office claiming he was harassed by commissioners as well as by sheriff’s deputies. After investigating, the sheriff’s office said the claims were unfounded.

“The investigation was done by the sheriff’s department,” said Hewett. “If my complaint is against the sheriff’s department and they do the investigation, it’s going to be very hard to find anything wrong.”

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram says Hewett’s allegations involving Warren’s investigation are over the top.

“We have investigated a number of investigations into the deputies’ behaviors or misconduct of deputies,” said Ingram. “For Mr. Hewett to say we’re investigating deputies unnaturally and that we’re not going to find anything is completely ridiculous.”

We called members of the County Commission and County Manager Marty Lawing about Hewett’s accusations, but they have not returned our calls.

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27 Comments on "Brunswick NAACP President claims county officials are racist"

2015 years 10 months ago

“Donate some of your dollars to me and I can leave that section of society and join you.”

Assuming that you are not permannetly disabled, please allow me to say, “Get off your lazy rear-end and pay your own way through life.”

Why should ANYONE have to support you?

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree a whole lot with the conservative black man, but what justifies the existence of the NAACP is the existence of people like the ones that have posted comments about this article. This article was about a couple of peoples bad experience in one county. I guess this gives racist white people the right to write disparaging comments about all blacks and black organizations. How can you compare the KKK to the NAACP please someone please send a link or article to me showing one instance of the NAACP raping, hanging or putting on “costumes” to hide their identity. Come on guys, I hear some of the most ignorant comments about welfare and jail coming from these racists. There are lots of whites in jail, on food stamps and welfare. It’s not a black thing. Sad, racism is still alive and thriving in Southeastern NC.

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 10 months ago

How can one compare the two? Easy they are both FULL of racists pigs. Racism is still alive and thriving, not just in southerstern NC but all over the world. Racism comes from all people of all nations of all colors.

2015 years 10 months ago

That was awesome!

2015 years 10 months ago

naacp = klan with a tan. There isn’t any difference in the desired results of both the naacp and the kkk. They both want to have the people of ‘their’ skin color get ahead of any other skin color.


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