NAACP respond to offensive texts from Lee County sheriff

Thursday evening the Lee County-Tupelo NAACP branch met to talk about the comments from Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson that surfaced earlier this week.

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 11:00 PM
Updated: Aug 16, 2019 9:13 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Thursday evening the Lee County-Tupelo NAACP branch met to talk about the comments from Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson that surfaced earlier this week in a Daily Journal report.

As a collective, they say an apology would be the first step in the right direction.

"It was a racist statement, but I'm not going to say he's a racist," said Chris Traylor, NAACP Lee County- Tupelo president.

According to an article written by the Daily Journal, one message read, "He's worse than a black person, you're not going to please him."

The NAACP says that's not what the community of Lee County stands for.

"We insure to society that all individuals have equal rights and to make sure there's no hatred or racial discrimination. That's what we stand for," Traylor said.

After meeting, the NAACP is requesting another statement from the sheriff.

"We're asking you to come and let the public know that the statement you made was a derogatory statement to our community, not only to the black community but to the whole Lee County area, and we're asking for you to come and apologize," Traylor said.

The NAACP is hoping that an apology comes from Johnson in efforts to ensure the community stands together.

"And I respect the sheriff of Lee County, but I respect the sheriff of Lee County to say the right words and the right things about every community," Traylor said.

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