“…they’re at again…”

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 6:00 am

I once was told by a friend that if I reference California for anything I must do a couple of things: 1) recognize that California is not in touch with the rest of the world; and 2) just not reference California at all. Of course I inquired as to why, to which the response was; “they are just too liberal; out of touch with reality.” While my friend was only kidding, I venture to say that some would agree with his analysis.

I remember as a teen Prop 215 (medical marijuana) and its eventual legalization and enactment in 1996; the on again, off again legalization of same-sex marriage, recalling Gray Davis in 2003 only to replace him with a movie star named Arnold–California is a rather interesting case study. Now the state NAACP chapter endorses an upcoming ballot measure that would legalize marijuana. NAACP California chapter president Alice Huffman believes California has the opportunity to reexamine its drug laws and how they adversely impact minorities. Proposition 19 “would allow residents to legally grow small gardens of marijuana, letting individual counties and cities decide whether to allow the marijuana to be sold.”

According to an LA Times post, Huffman views the “the war on drugs is a failure and disproportionately targets young men and women of color, particularly African-American males, said Alice Huffman, president of the NAACP’s state conference. The group cited statistics from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice showing that in 2009, 62% of the state’s marijuana arrests were of nonwhite suspects and that 42% were under 20.”

A rather interesting argument, an argument that for many religious leaders is a dangerous one. For Bishop Ron Allen Alice Huffman should seriously consider resigning her post as state chapter president. “It is time to take a closer look at how decisions are made at the California NAACP and what the contributing factors were that caused Alice Huffman to side with Proposition 19. California NAACP President Alice Huffman is selling out the very people that the NAACP has a history of protecting.”

As usual, come November, eyes will be watching California, with many shaking their heads, saying “they’re at again.”


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