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Wednesday on NBC12 First at 4: NAACP Leader Khalfani

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By: Ryan Nobles – bio | email

His scathing letter to Senator Jim Webb is getting press all over the country. Wednesday on NBC12 First at 4, King Salim Khalfani will join me live to discuss his rationale for weighing in on the issue.

Monday, the outspoken Executive Director of the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP fired off a letter that contained the most heavy criticism of Senator Webb’s controversial op-ed on diversity programs like Affirmative Action.  In the article Webb argued that federal diversity programs have not helped the plight of disadvantaged minorities and instead have marginalized poor whites.

Webb’s editorial was printed at the same time Washington was boiling over with tension after the firing of a black USDA director, whose comments at an NAACP dinner were taken out of context.  Webb’s editorial and the Shirley Sherrod controversy have made issues of race a hot topic across the country.  Khalfani strong criticism of Webb’s writing has added to that narrative.

Wednesday we will unpack these issues with Khalfani and ask what he h0pes will come of the letter he sent to the Senator.

NBC12 First at 4 airs at 4pm on NBC12-TV. It is also streamed live at NBC12.com

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm

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  1. The fake-named guy from the racist, NAACP, is just dead wrong.

    With forty-four million White Americans below the poverty line, a number bigger than the ENTIRE black population, any objective observer would conclude that race and gender based quotas are WRONG and un-American.

    Mr. Webb is on the right track, but he errs when he says that race-based quotas should be retained for those from the Negro race. What will he have us do, go back to the days of evaluating if someone has, “one drop of black blood” in order to be identified as eligible for his racial patronage program?

    No, Mr. Webb. America has moved on. We who live in the Twenty-first Century must have a MERIT based system, so that each citizen has the opportunity to be hired and promoted, solely on their own merit, and not based on some sort of race or gender patronage program, or other political contrivances.

    J. Tyler Ballance

    July 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm


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