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NAACP tried to sway Daimler away from building plant in S.C.
The State ^ | 23 October 2002 | JIM DuPLESSIS

Posted on 10/23/2002 9:13:14 AM PDT by aomagrat

The NAACP urged DaimlerChrysler not to invest in South Carolina and said Tuesday it will do the same with other major industrial prospects, extending its campaign against the Confederate flag to a new economic front.

James Gallman, president of the South Carolina branch of the NAACP, said he asked the group's national office to write the German automaker urging it not to build a plant near Summerville because of the group's boycott of the state over the flag issue.

DaimlerChrysler acknowledged receiving the letter, but insisted it was not a factor in the decision to choose Savannah as the site of a $754 million, 3,300-employee cargo van plant.

"That is so ludicrous," said Othmar Stein, the company's chief spokesman for commercial vehicles in Stuttgart. "I don't believe that played any role whatsoever. This is a business decision."

Gallman said the letter marks an expansion of the boycott beyond tourism to industrial recruitment.

"Our request was they not come into South Carolina and subject their minority employees to the kind of blatant racism and poor race relations we have in South Carolina," Gallman said.

The NAACP's involvement was disclosed Friday by Georgia Gov. Roy E. Barnes. He said the civil rights organization made DaimlerChrysler aware of the flag controversy in South Carolina, as well as its resolution in Georgia.

But Morton Brilliant, a spokesman for Gov. Jim Hodges, said DaimlerChrysler officials never raised the flag issue.

S.C. Commerce Department officials called DaimlerChrysler after Barnes's comments, but were told the flag controversy had no bearing on the decision, said Jim Morris, commerce's chief of staff.

"Gov. Barnes is using that for political hay in his race in Georgia," Morris said. "To suggest we've done the right thing in Georgia, they are still screwing up in South Carolina, it's just not true."

Hodges and Barnes, both Democrats, are seeking re-election.

The Confederate battle flag flies on a pole in front of the State House following a compromise by the General Assembly that removed it from atop the Capitol dome in 2000.

Supporters say the flag honors South Carolina's Confederate veterans of the Civil War. The NAACP considers it a symbol of slavery fit only for display in a historical setting.

The group launched a tourism boycott of South Carolina in January 2000. The impact has been minimal, state tourism officials said.

Georgia legislators changed that state's flag in January 2001 at Barnes' urging, avoiding an economic boycott threatened by the NAACP. The new flag replaced the Confederate emblem - added in 1956 - with small depictions of the state's five previous flags, including the one with the Confederate emblem.

S.C. House Speaker David Wilkins, R-Greenville, said the NAACP's appeal was wrong even if it had no influence.

"They should be ashamed for taking credit for preventing good-paying jobs from coming to South Carolina," Wilkins said.

Gallman said the group will target every "major company" considering a move to South Carolina. The state chapter will contact the national office in Baltimore, which will then contact the company.

In the case of DaimlerChrysler, Gallman said, the letter was sent around August by the NAACP's national chairman, Julian Bond.

Gallman said he didn't have a copy of the letter. Bond did not immediately return calls.

Bond, a civil rights movement leader who worked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, represented Atlanta in the Georgia legislature from 1966 to 1987 as a Democrat.

Wilkins, the House leader, and S.C. Senate Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, said neither body will take up the flag issue in the next session.

McConnell, who owns a Civil War memorabilia shop in Charleston, said he doubts the group would have any effect on DaimlerChrysler or another company, but even if they did, he would not change his position.

"I would never agree to move the soldiers' flag from the soldiers' monument for any plant," he said. "The flag isn't going anywhere else. They can continue to complain all they want to."

S.C. Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Richland and a former supporter of the flag compromise, said the issue won't go away until the flag does.

"Leaders of South Carolina have to decide what's important to us: attracting companies or flying a Confederate flag at the Capitol," he said. "They're going to see more of this, instead of less."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Georgia; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: confederateflag; daimlerchrysler; naacp
The NAACP is doing more to destroy race relations than all white racists groups combined. I guess it's OK if PC is on your side.

Next step - Burning big X's in white people's yards.

1 posted on 10/23/2002 9:13:14 AM PDT by aomagrat
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To: aomagrat
If they destroy the economy, who do they think will pay their reparations? :-)
2 posted on 10/23/2002 9:15:43 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: aomagrat
This is too much.

What next? NAACP members will no longer buy Mercedes-Benz cars? Will the Benz join the SUV as an object of constant scorn in the press? Should blacks employed by the firm in Michigan and elsewhere "down tools", as they say in Europe, and refuse to labor for The Man unless new plants are only built in places they approve of?

3 posted on 10/23/2002 9:19:17 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: aomagrat
"Leaders of South Carolina have to decide what's important to us: attracting companies or flying a Confederate flag at the Capitol," he said.

NO. The leaders of SC have to decide what's important to them: attracting companies, tourists, and dollars that will help the citizens they are elected to serve or succumbing to the racial bombthrowers of the NAACP.

4 posted on 10/23/2002 9:19:29 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: aomagrat
I guess the NAACP personnel were never taught in school that if the Germans got their way back in the 40s, there would be no one left to work in the NAACP.

But this bunch of black racist fools is going to "tell" the Germans how to run their business?

Incredible...
5 posted on 10/23/2002 9:19:45 AM PDT by Vidalia
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To: Colt .45; shuckmaster; stainlessbanner; viligantcitizen; doglot; sweetliberty; billbears; ...

Dixie Ping!
6 posted on 10/23/2002 9:19:46 AM PDT by aomagrat
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To: Mr. Bird
Indeed, despite 9 / 11's negative impact on tourism nationwide & worldwide, it's reportedly booming in South Carolina.
7 posted on 10/23/2002 9:28:29 AM PDT by End The Hypocrisy
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To: aomagrat
Meanwhile, what do they do against ACTUAL slavery taking place over in the Sudan? As there's no money for the NAACP fundraisers in that one, it's quietly ignored. They claim it's because they don't want to meddle in other countries' affairs, but weren't they active regarding South Africa, and Haiti? Understandably, Mississippi's voters adhered to their flag's heritage when they were forced to decide.
8 posted on 10/23/2002 9:31:30 AM PDT by End The Hypocrisy
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To: aomagrat
Aw, Shucks!
9 posted on 10/23/2002 9:46:22 AM PDT by shuckmaster
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To: End The Hypocrisy
I visit South Carolina on business every year (Charleston and the upcountry are just outstanding) and I've made certain to spend an extra day at high-end B&Bs with dinner at expensive restaurants ever since the "boycott" began.
10 posted on 10/23/2002 10:02:54 AM PDT by laconic
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To: aomagrat
The NAACP urged DaimlerChrysler not to invest in South Carolina and said Tuesday it will do the same with other major industrial prospects, extending its campaign against the Confederate flag to a new economic front.

It's so comforting to know that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hasn't lost its focus, but is instead bending its every effort to do those key strategic things that will really help to advance the status, economic condition and well-being of Americans of color.

11 posted on 10/23/2002 10:04:07 AM PDT by john in missouri
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To: aomagrat
The NAACP considers it a symbol of slavery fit only for display in a historical setting.

That's incorrect - the would banish ALL AMERICAN (Confederate and Union) SYMBOLS, FLAGS, MONUMENTS, MEMORIALS if they had the power to.

12 posted on 10/23/2002 10:13:40 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: aomagrat
Obviously I'm stupid and unsophisticated and can't see what must be the obvious logic in the NAACP's position.

Please help me with this, folks. I'm obviously missing something.

Daimler/Benz wants to build a factory in SC and the NAACP goes out of its way to discourage them. Doesn't the "P" in NAACP stand for "People"? You know, like the people who just might find a good paying job there? There must be one or two folks down there who are un/underemployed, no? I do seem to recall hearing once that auto factories sometimes hire the odd local. And if I recall correctly there are Black Americans in SC, aren't there? Do you think maybe the odd one might sort of consider applying for a job in the factory? And getting it? And having money from a decent sized unionized pay packet with which to have a good home, save money for the kids' educations, maybe retire someday without being a burden on the rest of society?

I guess I just don't get this Liberal "compassion" thing. Must be a crazed right-wing gun loving tabacco puffing (continue the usual slander as required) dinosaur. /sarcasm

Why the h*ll does anyone take these demagogues seriously any more?

13 posted on 10/23/2002 10:15:35 AM PDT by mitchbert
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To: mitchbert
your are right on target. i live in charelston, and the job opportunities for young african americans around here is horrible.
14 posted on 10/23/2002 10:20:58 AM PDT by stationkeeper
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To: mitchbert
It doesn't make sense. Many black business owners despise the NAACP for attempting a boycott of S.C.

Most economic indicators hold that the boycott (since 99 or 00) has been a failure. Trending data show no impact on the S.C. economy. I actually do MORE business with South Carolinians since the NAACP called for a boycott.

15 posted on 10/23/2002 10:21:43 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
Many black business owners despise the NAACP for attempting a boycott of S.C.

(No sarcasm this time)

The real shame is that I imagine many of these business owners, not to mention ordinary folks, have given up trying to point out the obvious harm inherent in the policies and priorities of the NAACP and for that manner other Lib groups like them.

I don't for a minute mean to suggest that they should be blamed for this. One only has to look at the treatment of Colin Powell and Condi Rice, not to mention any other Black American who has made a success of their life but not fallen into line like a good little sheep. Now, Powell and Rice are in a position where they don't care and can't really be hurt by it (and to be fair to both of them have probably always had teflon skin for this sort of thing), but for many businesses and working people they just don't need and can't afford the hassle (not to mention boycots, threats by more zealous idiots, etc) of pointing out the obvious. These "rights" groups, and the NAACP is not different than other Lib groups in this, can be down right intimidating and scary, not to mention tht they often have a core of very imposing goons to make sure no one gets out of line in public, etc.

I'm afraid we'll probably have to wait for a Black President for this to change. Someone like Condi who could and I bet would stare these screamers down and make it a badge of honor for a Black American to look these groups in the eye and declare "Who the h*ll are you to tell me how to live!"

16 posted on 10/23/2002 10:35:44 AM PDT by mitchbert
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To: mitchbert
I can't help but wonder how many black construction workers in South Carolina and other blacks in the general population would have gotten some benefit from the $754 million which Daimler would have spent in South Carolina had they decided to build there. Or, how many of the 3,300 jobs at the proposed plant would have gone to black workers. Whatever the economic benefit of having such a plant built and operating in the state, it certainly can't compare to the benefit gained from removing a piece of cloth from a flag pole. Can it?
17 posted on 10/23/2002 10:36:07 AM PDT by Samson0254
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To: Samson0254
No kidding. Not to mention the jobs created as the service industry expands to fulfill the needs of the plant. Restaurants, hotels for travelling employees, maintenance, ongoing physical plant improvement, janitorial, variety stores, you name it. And don't forget that auto factories tend to have babies; meaning locally based feeder plants for parts and operating supplies.

For some perspective, the Navistar truck factory in my home town (Chatham, Ontario) just announced it was closing. Roughly 1000 people out of work for good was the last figure I saw. The bigger picture, though, is the fact that it is estimated (and the plant's been there for like 70 years so there's apparantly data to back this up) that for every one person Navistar employed three locals were employed to support or sell to the factory. So 1,000 jobs becomes 4,000. The plant closing will be like a body slam to the city (only 35,000 pop.).

For the life of me I just can't figure out how they (NAACP) can continue to get away with this cr*p, other than the intimidation and ridicule I mention above.

18 posted on 10/23/2002 10:43:02 AM PDT by mitchbert
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To: aomagrat

So I suppose if there had been a Swastika Flag flying, or a yellow Hammer and Sickle on a red flag then it would've been okay for Daimler Benz to set up shop eh? NAALCP needs to go the way of other tyrannical racist organizations ... into the ash heap of history.

Just cause Lee surrendered don't mean I did!

19 posted on 10/23/2002 3:18:31 PM PDT by Colt .45
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To: mitchbert
The NAACP gets away with this because the mainstream media treats it like it's the pre-eminent organization representing blacks, instead of what it is: an antiquated bigoted group whose sole purpose is to stir up discontent so it can continue to reap the economic rewards of victimhood. Guilty white liberals are too busy kowtowing to the NAACP to see the damage the group is doing. Either that, or they're in cahoots with the NAACP and fully support the group's actions, no matter how wrong-headed they may be.
20 posted on 10/23/2002 6:40:02 PM PDT by southcarolina
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To: aomagrat
Dixie Bump!
21 posted on 10/23/2002 6:40:56 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: southcarolina
The NAACP gets away with this because the mainstream media treats it like it's the pre-eminent organization representing blacks, instead of what it is: an antiquated bigoted group

True. If most black people who think of the NAACP as their voice would look into the history of the organization, they would disown it. It has historically been funded and controlled by white socialists and communists. Early on, all its officers were white and its founder truly despised and envied Booker T Washington who spoke out about Dubois' methods of agitating for legislation instead of working within the economy and pulling oneself up by one's own efforts. The founder of the NAACP died in Africa, the guest of a communist dictator and was a member of the communist party. Today's NAACP is controlled by muslims who hate the US, Christianity and white people, not necessarily in that order.

As to what this gooner said:

"Our request was they not come into South Carolina and subject their minority employees to the kind of blatant racism and poor race relations we have in South Carolina," Gallman said.

There's no barbed wire keeping him in the Palmetto State. He can go elsewhere when he pleases. I wish that everyone who feels the way he does would really boycott South Carolina and take their whining acts to New York or somewhere.

22 posted on 10/28/2002 1:15:00 PM PST by Twodees
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