Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Is the Airing of the Racine Branch of the NAACP Internal Rift A Violation of An Unspoken Organizational Law?

In a rare moment, Carl Lester, (left) treasurer of the local branch, and Alderman Michael Shield who is serving his first-two year term as president, shares information during a Mayor’s forum at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center. Organization insiders say that the two are heavily at odds over the branches finances and by-laws processors.

Nearly 24 months ago, Michael Shields took the reins of the local branch of the NAACP and has tried to work through an internal rift. Last week he told his executive committee members at the monthly meeting that as president he was kind of disappointed and warned that members needed to learn to work together.

The Racine branch, which has spanned over seven decades, has faced a split in the organization based on the perception of Shields leadership style. Shields, who has been a city Alderman for 12 two-year terms, says he is not inclusive enough and operates outside of the organization’s committee structure.

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