Endorsement flap bizarre

I see by the July 4 Augusta Chronicle that Joseph Akers, the interim executive director of the Georgia-based National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, is disavowing support for Capt. Scott Peebles for sheriff of Richmond County. According to Akers, “the people who endorsed Peebles are not members of that organization and do not have the right to endorse a political candidate.

First, why is there a “National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives”? Is there a need for an organization that is only for black law enforcement executives or black law enforcement officers? I am absolutely sure there are organizations out there – whether national, state or local – that accept all certified law enforcement executives and/or law enforcement officers.

This NOBLE organization looks like it is based on race and not on qualification. The NAACP and the ACLU would go into panic mode and start demonstrations or lawsuits if someone even tried to start a National Organization of White Law Enforcement Executives.

Second, those who endorsed Peebles have every right to endorse whomever they choose to endorse. Looks like Akers and this organization believe in denying others their rights – especially if those people don’t agree with this Akers or his organization. I bet Akers and company would support any black candidate for the Richmond County sheriff’s job.

This smacks of racism in its finest definition.

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