NAACP blasts Gov. Deal for DeKalb school board suspensions
ATLANTA—The state’s NAACP joined the DeKalb NAACP in rebuking Gov. Nathan Deal for using a new state law to suspend six DeKalb School Board members. The civil rights group said the law is unconstitutional and violates the rights of voters who elected the board members into office.
“We’re here to challenge this abusive power… Enough is enough. We fought too hard and bled too long to have our elected officials removed by a dictator-type relationship,” said Georgia State Conference NAACP President Edward DuBose. “There is a process for removal: The people put them in, and the people take them out.”
The NAACP said it plans to ask the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the constitutionality of the law, including whether or not the 2011 statute was cleared through the Department.
“We’re not going to stand around and let them take away our rights to vote,” said DeKalb NAACP President John Evans. “This is the new Reconstruction. They are putting everything in place to set the stage for a takeover with all of these new laws. ”
Under the new law, Deal can suspend school board members whose district is placed on accreditation probation by the