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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP says newly discovered notes by the prosecutor in the Wilmington 10 case show he engaged in racial profiling to select 12 people more likely to convict the suspects.

The Rev. William Barber held a news conference Tuesday in Raleigh to discuss the notes by Jay Stroud in the case involving the burning of a white-owned grocery store after a police officer shot and killed a black teenager. The notes were taken in the first case, which ended in a mistrial.

Ten activists were convicted of the arson in 1972 and jailed until 1980, when the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions.

The NAACP and other groups are asking Gov. Bev Perdue to pardon the activists.

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  • Guest111

    Absolutely! When I hear NAACP I can’t help rolling my eyes and saying “oh Lord, here we go again.”

  • Guest525

    It’s truly sad to see that people still carry such ugliness in their soul against another race. Many feel that African-Americans should forget about what happened in the past…how and why should we? The 1898 riot destroyed black owned businesses, those people still have relatives alive today, their businesses burned, ran out of town, thrown out of elected seats here in Wilmington, no to forget are steps for repeating. I suggest research of history online at http://www.unc.edu

  • Guest525

    Please explain what they’ve done to fuel racism, and how they’re not helping to promote causes for all people, not just African-Americans. Thanks.

  • SurfCityTom

    they’re not trying to Blame Bush.

    On the other hand, they would scream bloody murder if there was a WET or White Entertainment Television. But it’s okay to have BET or as it is known, Black Entertainment Television.

    Drive by a public housing project. What’s the ratio of black to white?

    Watch the EBT cards being issued monthly. What’s the ratio?

    How about those free cell phones? What’s the ratio?

    Go look at Medicaid. What’s the ratio?

    It’s time for the NAACP to focus on parental involvement in the lives of children living in the projects and dropping out of school at 16. It’s time for the NAACP to start teaching young African Americans there’s more to life than bling bling.

  • I’m sorry for you Guestarticulatore as YOU are the one who is in denial. Sad really. You are part of the problem.

  • Guestarticulatore

    The NAACP is fulfilling a vital role for the benefit of the African American communities who, to this day remain disconnected from the mainstream of “white” society. Tell me, Guest6858, what do you do when you are not twisting facts against the victims of racism to call them racists???? Do you run a Holocaust denial website on the side?

  • Monkey Junction

    I knew this story would attract the azzhats like flies to honey.

  • The NAACP has done more to fuel racism and more to harm blacks than any other person, organization, etc. in the history of this nation. I have never seen another group of people who blindly follow an association more. People, they are not out to help you…they are out to help themselves and they’re making fools out of you in the process. Like it or not, it is the way it is.

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