Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NAAWP Fund Request Troubles City Officials

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NAAWP Fund Request Troubles City Officials

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The National Association for the Advancement of White People is

about to make some Jacksonville officials squirm.

The organization, which bills itself as a civil rights group,

was founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. The group

plans to hold its national white rights conference and rally at

the Morocco Shrine Temple in Jacksonville on June 21.

Now, here's the part that could make some elected officials

antsy. The NAAWP wants the Duval County Tourist Development

Council to help fund the event to the tune of "thousands and

thousands of dollars of advertising." That, the NAAWP believes,

would give the group "national recognition and acceptance as a

viable and true civil rights group."

In literature promoting the white rights rally, the NAAWP has

asked its members to register early, so the group can show it

has commitments to attend from 300 people and, therefore,

qualify for city funds to promote the rally.

In reality, the 300 figure is the mininum a group needs to even

appear before the Tourist Development Council to request

financial assistance. Even then, funding isn't assured.

Among the things the TDC might consider would be the public

relations nightmare that would follow public funding for such an

event.

The NAAWP's slogan is "Equal rights for all, special privileges

for none," but the group's newspaper and other literature

regularly include articles attacking African-Americans and Jews.

Even the possibility that taxpayers would help finance a NAAWP

event makes the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith nervous.

In a letter to city officials this week, ADL Associate Director

Michael Winograd said he hopes Jacksonville will not help a

group that promotes bigotry.

"The ADL does not dispute the NAAWP's right to rent a hall for

a meeting," he wrote. "However, we would be deeply distressed if

the city assists the group in its efforts in any way, least of

all by contributing money to its coffers."

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