NC NAACP president focuses on past violence

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Submitted: Wed, 06/27/2012 - 3:38am
Updated: Wed, 06/27/2012 - 12:26pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber was in Wilmington Tuesday night specifically to address the issue of the Wilmington 10 and the incident that led to their arrest four decades ago. We asked the Reverend about a current issue in the Port City and what guidance he would offer the community and young people in light of six young men arrested in connection to the robbery and murder of a Chinese food delivery man.

Barber said the rally for pardons for the Wilmington 10 was not the time or place to discuss the recent crime.

“I’m not going to mix the two,” Barber said. “I will talk to you about that separately. The NAACP and African-American people have always been against murder or death of any type. What we are talking about here tonight is when law enforcement and prosecutors and the court system manipulate justice.”

While Barber left without directly addressing the question about the murder of delivery driver Zhen Bo Liu, he did e-mail us later to again say he would talk with us about the issue. We hope to speak with him soon.


  • Guest 10101 says:

    Perhaps the good Reverend is a tad more interested in good publicity to further his career than in actual justice or in providing guidance for the community. That comes across as more than a little disingenuous.

    What better time could there ever possibly be to address the current Wilmington incident than now?

  • Guest6548 says:

    There is no money in speaking against his own people for a crime they committed. What type of man, specifically a Reverend, would not comment and even make a huge deal about such a crime?

    Hey Reverend, those 6 black boys killed that delivery driver because he was Chinese. Does that racism not count to you and your NAACP? Or does it only count when it lines your pockets? Do you only have a comment when it benefits you?

  • PublicAvenger says:

    I wonder if he’ll “focus” on a murdered deliverly man ?

  • Guest757 says:

    Barber left without addressing the question regarding the murder of the delivery man. But you all know that if it was reversed he would have answered any questions and takin time out to visit the victims family… He just showed the people of Wilmington exactly what kind of man he REALLY is.. It is all just one sided…
    and NO the Wilmington 10 should NOT be pardoned…

  • Nathan says:

    Justice was served swiftly and efficiently when it came to the arrest and charging of these black youths, and rightfully so.

    Yet, it took a national uproar for anything to be done in the case of George Zimmerman and Treyvon Martin.

    The murderers of Liu deserve the full punishment of the law. As an Asian-american myself, I’m well aware of how people view those of my ethnicity as ‘easy pickings’, so to speak. But in this case the innocent was served well by the system. The problem of the opposite happening, especially with minorities, needs to be addressed.

  • Old Man says:

    Barber is no “Reverend”. He reveres nothing except sticking it to non-blacks. People of color should rise up and ride him out of this state on a rail. He does nothing to advance anything but himself.

    The Wilmington 10 deserve no pardon. If they had stayed away from Wilmington in 1971, places would not have burned, people would not have been shot, and no one would have died. They all share the blame for the death and violence they created then.

  • Guest910 says:

    For the driver lost in such a horrible crime, I think that community these boys came from should raise some money to help with funeral burial costs, and to assist the family. After all he died delivering food to the neighborhood, taking a risk that cost him his life in the end.

  • DITTOS says:

    We ain’t pardonin’ no thugs!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    here we go again.

    Let’s dwell on something from another era. Let’s ignore the facts and use the race card to try to justify bombings, murder, and mayhem; and at the same time score thousands of dollars for those convicted.

    Let’s stay in the comfort zone and not address the issues of today. Let’s not address the crime in the streets, countless murders, and hundreds of young men, statewide, going to prison for violent crimes.

    One other point. That man is a walking heart attack waiting to occur. ObamaCare would surcharge the dickens out of him for health insurance.

    But then, why face the current facts?

  • MAGMIKE says:

    Wow! That was a BAD move. It would have looked a lot better if he just answered the question.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    40 years from now the NAACP will be here in support for the Wilm 6.

  • Paul Earthing says:

    Your question to Mr. Barder is provocative but necessary. I am eager to read Mr. Barber’s response–if and when he gives an answer.

    Thank you, WWAY, for giving in-depth coverage to current local issues. And I thank you for having the journalistic courage to ask difficult questions in an attempt to establish objectivity.

  • nchilltopper says:

    Why would he take the initiative to use this stage as a platform to call for an end to the violence being perpetrated by his people? His only motive is to glorify these criminals as innocent people. If it had been six white men that committed this violent act he would have had “not so Sharpton” and Jesse Jack___ flanking him. bet you would’ve gotten a statement out of him then!

  • anne says:

    He came here with a focus – the Wilmington 10 and that is what he is focusing on.

    You can pretty well be sure that if the victim would have been a black man the protests would be going on and the rhetoric would be flying

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