Organizers hope to restart Greencastle chapter of NAACP

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

After several years of inactivity, the local chapter of the NAACP may soon be reorganized and active again.

There will be an informational meeting from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday to discuss restarting the Greencastle chapter. The meeting will take place at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church in the Colonnade room.

Organized by Greencastle resident Russell Harvey, the informational meeting will feature Indiana NAACP President Barbara Bolling-Williams as guest speaker.

An attorney from Gary, Bolling-Williams is also a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.

Harvey said he wants to provide a stronger platform to ensure that conversations about equality and racial and social justice are happening.

“There have been several incidents over the past year or so that I believe highlighted a need for leadership in tackling some of the issues of race and equality locally, statewide and nationally,” Harvey said. “The NAACP has the resources and platform.”

Harvey said he has seen examples from around the nation of why not only does race need to be discussed, “but issues regarding sexuality, politics and religion” in the hope they never turn into local tragedies.

“We’re watching events like Charlottesville, the Pulse night club and the shooting of a synagogue in Pittsburgh play out right before our eyes and sit back as it becomes political banter,” Harvey said. “My hope is that at least here in Greencastle and Putnam County that we can find ways to have some of those tough conversations and understand each other in hopes that we never have to face those type of tragedies here.”

As such, Harvey stressed that involvement in the NAACP is not limited by race or any other demographic.

“It’s easy for people to look at NAACP and say, ‘OK, that’s for them’ or ‘That’s for this group.’ That’s not the case,” Harvey said. “It’s a community thing. We hope to have everybody involved of all races, ethnicities and religions.

“That’s the only way for anything like this to work, is you want to have a high degree of diversity.”

The local chapter of the NAACP has been inactive for several years, but Harvey said he has spoken to several former members, who voiced their excitement and support for restarting the chapter.

“I plan on taking time to sit down with some former members to understand the history of the organization here in our community and hopefully gain better insight as we rebuild,” Harvey said.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome. Children and teens are welcome to join with parental permission.

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    "Harvey said he wants to provide a stronger platform to ensure that conversations about equality and racial and social justice are happening."

    2 issues with this statement:

    1.) Let's not kid ourselves into believing that any of this has a single thing to do with equality or even social justice.

    2.) Does anyone around here truly believe we need more discussion about social justice!?

    What a joke.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, Jan 23, 2019, at 11:40 AM
  • DouglasQuaid, your comment is exactly WHY we need this. I've lived in Putnam County for over 50 years and YES we do need more discussion about social justice. And equality. Let me guess: You have a MAGA hat in your pick-up.

    -- Posted by unbiased on Wed, Jan 23, 2019, at 7:03 PM
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    You know what? You're right: you've opened my eyes!

    As someone that's lived in Putnam County for 51 years, I now realize how overdue we all are to fill up the societal cavity that is our social justice buckets and drink upon that which is purest!

    In times past, we were frugal with our one white guilt parade that stopped square traffic to demonstrate to the world that, "No, we will not go silently into thy night, nor will we permit these atrocious injustices near DePauw without a fine fight!"

    This day, we say...

    "No more!" supposed blackface that nobody could ever prove as being racist in nature or even happening at all!

    "No more!" cobbled up stones outlining racial slurs on some backwater nature path that nobody will ever admit is actually pretty petty in reality compared to the bigger fish in the world we all realize needs to be fried!

    "No more!" peaceful speaker series where one visitor might be an international TV show star and an abrupt interruption by moronic, misguided liberal arts idiots holding signs intending to spread the loving message crafted by our favorite equality-encouraging group, Black Lives Matters, occurs.


    This year, you and I will be the proverbial spear tip of the justice necessary to push onward in this ultimate fight against those that oppress our beloved town every day and night in the name of a town that yearns for the sweet tastes of even more inclusion, diversity, and pride...

    This year, Unbiased, you and I...



    So you go get the multi-colored cupcakes with sprinkles and I'll take to Photoshop to start on the informational pamphlets. Don't forget the weekly meeting at Starbucks!

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, Jan 23, 2019, at 8:23 PM
  • I'm on your side DouglasQuaid! Just what we need, more people to tell us how we are "supposed to feel." The "Black Lives Matter" comment was awesome. We would be shamed if we marched with "white lives matter" signs. I do not believe in mis treating anyone, but I also don't believe in the NAACP!!!

    -- Posted by jdtroutt71 on Fri, Jan 25, 2019, at 11:49 AM
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