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NAACP official wants Campfield out
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 10/1/5 | TOM HUMPHREY

Posted on 10/01/2005 12:21:18 PM PDT by SmithL

NASHVILLE - An NAACP official on Friday urged Tennessee Republicans to censure Knoxville's state Rep. Stacey Campfield and demand his resignation as a lawmaker because he compared the Legislature's Black Caucus to the Ku Klux Klan.

Campfield, a white Republican legislator who has found himself a subject of national attention after being told he cannot join the Black Caucus, said his remarks have been misinterpreted and that he sees no reason to resign.

The latest round began with a letter sent to state Republican Chairman Bob Davis by Nashville NAACP President Arnett H. Bodenhamer, declaring that his organization is "incensed" that Campfield "made comments comparing the Legislative Black Caucus to the Ku Klux Klan."

"Given the Tennessee Republican Party's mission of equality and tolerance, I am sure you are equally disturbed by Rep. Campfield's position," Bodenhamer wrote.

"With this in mind, I am writing to request that you and your Executive Committee immediately convene a special meeting to censure Rep. Campfield and demand his resignation from the General Assembly."

When initially contacted about the letter, Davis said he had not seen it but indicated surprise because an NAACP representative had met with him a day earlier about the party's participation in "a gala about the Voting Rights Act" and "didn't say a word" about the Campfield issue.

Later in the day, Davis provided the media with a copy of his five-sentence reply letter to Bodenhamer but offered no further comment.

"The Tennessee Republican Party does not endorse racism or racist comments in any form or fashion," the letter states. "Our party was founded by President Abraham Lincoln who taught us that prejudice and bigotry have no place in our nation.

"I have been informed that Rep. Campfield has apologized for any misunderstanding and I trust that he will uphold our party's beliefs."

Chris Devaney, executive director of the state GOP, said he did not want to comment beyond the letter but indicated there are no plans to call for a special meeting of the state GOP Executive Committee to seek a censure or Campfield's resignation.

"We're going to take the man at his word and leave it at that," said Devaney. "I think if the man apologized over a misunderstanding, there is no need for a special meeting."

Campfield issued a statement late Friday declaring that "comments I have made in recent days have unfortunately been misunderstood, and for that misunderstanding, I apologize."

In an interview prior to the statement and before he had conferred with party officials, Campfield said he was "not intending in any way, shape, form or fashion to compare the Black Caucus to the KKK."

"The Black Caucus has done nothing even close to the terrible atrocities that the KKK has done the lynchings and cross burnings and things like that," he said.

Instead, he said the bylaws of the Black Caucus - not the organization itself - are comparable to the Ku Klux Klan because they limit membership to a single race. A copy of Black Caucus bylaws provided to a reporter state that membership is for black legislators.

"I was talking to their bylaws being racist, not that they as a group are racist," Campfield said. "I still think the bylaws are racist, and I stand by that statement.

"I could not join because I am white," he said. "I think that is the definition of racist when you define someone by the color of their skin rather than their character."

Campfield said he found Bodenhamer's letter to Davis ironic because the NAACP "supports inclusion and toleration" and allows whites to become members.

"If they think I should resign because I'm trying to be inclusive and help minorities, I just find that ludicrous," he said. "They're trying to stop me from helping minorities.

"I do not plan on resigning. I think, if anything, we need to push forward and break down the walls of separation that divide us," he said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: jimmynaifeh; naacp; naalcp; speakernaifeh; staceycampfield; tennessee; tennesseewaltz
Yeah, the NAACP won't wear white robes.
1 posted on 10/01/2005 12:21:18 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

...state Rep. Stacey Campfield and demand his resignation as a lawmaker because he compared the Legislature's Black Caucus to the Ku Klux Klan...
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The members of the Black Caucus are some of the most, if not THE MOST, racist people in this country. Professional troublmaking racists of the worst order. They should have really been compared to a mix between the ACLU and the NAACP. That would have been more accurate...


2 posted on 10/01/2005 12:25:51 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: SmithL

The NAALCP (that's a Rushism for those of you in Rio Linda) strikes again......"I could not join because I am white," he said. "I think that is the definition of racist when you define someone by the color of their skin rather than their character."


3 posted on 10/01/2005 12:30:41 PM PDT by shooter223 (the government should fear the citizens......not the other way around)
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To: SmithL
His real crime is to have the audacity to point out the hypocrisy of the race hustlers.
4 posted on 10/01/2005 12:32:18 PM PDT by Sthitch
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To: SmithL
A Republican is NOT allowed to join the Black Caucus?? Now who's racist?? The NAACLP displays incredible chutzpah but then again liberals are not exactly known for their devotion to the principle of color blindness.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
5 posted on 10/01/2005 12:36:33 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Sthitch
Exactly. It doesn't matter he's white. Or is the NAACLP trying to imply on blacks can understand "black issues?" We still live in a nation where people are judged by their skin color. And the Left has the nerve to attack people who point out this fact as "racist."

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
6 posted on 10/01/2005 12:38:19 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: SmithL

Could this be the old "do as I say, not do as I do!!" game the NAACP/Black caucus is playing here? Seems to me if those clowns don't want any one else's help in solving the problems they always seem to have, then they would welcome this guy with open arms! I think it is really funny as everything when they start screaming "RACIST" at the least provocation, when they, THEMSELVES, are the biggest bunch of racists going. They don't have any shame about it either, and continue to be the joke of the century. Is it any wonder they are being laughed at by their own folks? The NAACP is as useless today as a screen door on a submarine!!


7 posted on 10/01/2005 12:49:34 PM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: SmithL
Ouch! This fellow, really must have hit a nerve...

IMHO, the NAALCP is a Racist Organization, as is, any tool of the Democratic National Committee


...How many Black Americans sit on the DNC?...NONE
...What % of the Black Community votes for the Dems?...88+%
...Is it reflected in the # of seat @ the DNC as a % of whole number of Dems?...NO...not a One....Well???? >crickets<

Therefore the DNC is a Racist Organization

8 posted on 10/01/2005 12:49:52 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: SmithL

Whatever happened to freedom of speech?


9 posted on 10/01/2005 1:13:39 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (The radical secularization of America is happening)
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To: skinkinthegrass

...How many Black Americans sit on the DNC?...NONE

Not only that, the chair is from the whitest state in the Union, Vermont. (EEEEYAAAAAH!!!!)


10 posted on 10/01/2005 1:26:39 PM PDT by I8NY
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To: skinkinthegrass

"Quote"

Ouch! This fellow, really must have hit a nerve...
IMHO, the NAALCP is a Racist Organization, as is, any tool of the Democratic National Committee


...How many Black Americans sit on the DNC?...NONE
...What % of the Black Community votes for the Dems?...88+%
...Is it reflected in the # of seat @ the DNC as a % of whole number of Dems?...NO...not a One....Well???? >crickets<

Therefore the DNC is a Racist Organization

"end Quote"

Dammit, your logic is making trool heads explode.


11 posted on 10/01/2005 1:27:48 PM PDT by ConvservativeVet ("If it is not seemly, do it not; if it is not true, speak it not.")
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To: SmithL
The fact that a White caucus is not tolerated but a Black one is, that blacks are held to lower standards. Just as a bumpy ride is tolerated from an older car but not a brand new one. One could even say the new car was superior to the older car. The solution is to not tolerate the Black caucus, and hold everyone to the higher standard.
12 posted on 10/01/2005 1:48:15 PM PDT by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: SmithL
J.C. Watts, Republican, joined the Congressional Black Caucus. So they would hold about a 10-second meeting as the CBC, then become the Democrat Congressional Black Caucus and ask him to leave the room.
13 posted on 10/01/2005 1:52:58 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: skinkinthegrass

what you said...yep. But is it racist to point out racism?
Only to the NAALCP.


14 posted on 10/01/2005 2:00:49 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!)
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To: SmithL

I wonder what the blacks would say if a 'White Congressional Caucus' was started, and it was only for white people?


15 posted on 10/01/2005 2:01:19 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
Oh, my, no.  No white caucuses.  That would be too much like white student unions, and you know what that would mean.
"If a group of brave students decided to attempt this creation of a White Student Union under the Council of Ethnic Organizations, I would be the first one up in arms, disrupting their planning meetings and marching at their programs with a couple of vatos locos from the `hood. The mere idea is enough for me to feel threatened and gather up soldiers for future battles."

16 posted on 10/01/2005 3:41:44 PM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: SmithL

Hell, the NAACP has done far more damage to the black citizens in America than the KKK could ever have dreamed of accomplishing....

The plantation black, dependent on the handouts from his Liberal Democratic congress critter "master", is still alive, poor, ignorant and 70% bastard born and bred in the NAACP/DNC paradise plantation...

Semper Fi


17 posted on 10/01/2005 4:35:13 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: gcruse
I remember a few years ago where a white guy wanted to start an organization at the Univ of Fla, where the student organization would be open to all races, and no preferential treatment would be extended to any races.

Do you know who protested this the most and got it shut down, before it could get started?

18 posted on 10/01/2005 5:35:02 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

No. Who?


19 posted on 10/01/2005 5:44:04 PM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: SmithL
NAACP was started by white people.
maybe Campfield should start the "White Caucus", using the Black Caucus bylaws, just substituting black for white in all relevant places.
20 posted on 10/01/2005 6:41:44 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: gcruse

Blacks, because they could not accept this as genuine. They just thought there had to be something racist about this guy's proposal, that they had to fight it on those grounds. They had no idea what it was, but they were scared because the guy was proposing an organization that stood for equality for all, no matter your skin color. The blacks were afraid they would lose whatever advantages and/or affirmative actions they had won over the past few years, and therefore they had to fight it. They could not accept an organization that treated everyone equally.


21 posted on 10/01/2005 6:45:57 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: river rat

I'm not here many housr per week, did I miss the thread about the NAACP calling for the resignations of the Mayor of New Orleans and the governor for causing the deaths of black people? Somebody put up a link?


22 posted on 10/01/2005 6:48:24 PM PDT by bigsigh
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To: ConvservativeVet
Dammit, your logic is making trolls heads explode

Have you notice? ...NOT ONE creditable reply.
btw, I prefer to them, ZOTTED! :D

23 posted on 10/01/2005 9:18:38 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: ConvservativeVet
Dammit, your logic is making trolls heads explode

Have you notice? ...NOT ONE creditable reply.
btw, I prefer to them, ZOTTED! :D

24 posted on 10/01/2005 9:19:12 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: SmithL
According to the IRS, a Section 527 (§527) organization is an organization that is created to receive and disburse funds to influence or attempt to influence the nomination, election, appointment or defeat of candidates for public office.

The NAACP, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, CNN, ABC, C-BS, PMS-NBC, NBC, etc. meet this requirement as far as I am concerned. They should all be registered as a 527 with a DNC logo CLEARLY displayed at all times.
25 posted on 10/01/2005 9:29:34 PM PDT by TheForceOfOne (It was a village of idiots that raised Hillary to Senator status.)
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To: SmithL; All

I love this guy! If you follow Tennessee politics you know that Stacey Campfield is the most refreshing, best thing to happen to TN politics in a long time. He's a young guy and very inexperienced in politics but with his blog he wields a disproportionate power, even as a fly-on-the-wall. He tells it like it is-- and exposes the corrupt inside dealings behind the headlines and soft-pedal stories of the MSM. I don't know if he'll last long but as long as he's around the insider bull**** that routinely happens behind the scenes is not safe from taxpayer eyes. In the wake of the ongoing "Tennessee Waltz" scandals we need to see a lot more sunshine to get rid of corrupt TN politicians, especially the Lt Governor and the house speaker.

You can read about it on his blog. The stories about Jimmy Naifeh (Dem Speaker of the House) are infuriating, but not surprising. He is a scoundrel. And Naifeh (pronounced nayfee) has a wife that's one of the state's highest paid lobbyists, making probably high six figures (nobody knows but it's way up there) and his driver, yes, driver makes 92,000 dollars a year, as is revealed in the blog.

And you can read his blow-by-blow account of his dealings with the NAA(L)CP-- really funny how they tried to hide the fact they don't allow white people in, without saying so:

>>Back in the spring, I had asked the leader of the black caucus, Johnny
Shaw, for a copy of the bylaws. Johnny said he wanted to see a copy of
the Republican Caucus bylaws first. I agreed and had a copy sent to
him in less than 10 minutes.

When my assistant returned from dropping them off, she notified me that
Shaw did not want to give me a copy of the bylaws. I called Johnny
Shaw back and he said unless I had a court order or attorney general's
opinion, he was not going to give me anything.

I later asked him again for a copy and was again rebuffed. I asked why
I couldn't have a copy and asked what he didn't want me to see. Johnny
said he didn't have to give me anything and asked why I wanted the
copy. “Do you want to be a member?” he said.

I said “I don't know. Are you asking me to join?” Johnny said “No!
You can't be a member.”

I asked “why?” He answered “because you are white.”

See it here:

http://lastcar.blogspot.com/

If you follow the NRA and gun control issues with interest you must see his post from Wednesday April 27, 2005; about 3/4 of the way down the page (and some follow-on posts).



26 posted on 10/02/2005 2:37:48 AM PDT by zipper (Freedom Isn't Free)
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To: zipper
really funny how they tried to hide the fact they don't allow white people in, without saying so:

At least initially, I mean-- and even then I'm not sure they would want to admit it in a public forum.

27 posted on 10/02/2005 2:46:13 AM PDT by zipper (Freedom Isn't Free)
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To: EagleUSA

a mix between the ACLU and the NAACP.

Hey, Halloween's coming up. That would make for a decent costume.


29 posted on 10/02/2005 11:22:04 PM PDT by moog
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