So then tell us: What event were you referring to?

So then tell us: What event were you referring to?

By Wane Hailes

On Fri., Jan. 5, more than 600 people of all races, faiths and economic backgrounds came together to hear Congressman James Clyburn as the keynote speaker for the 49th Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

Unfortunately, it took less than a day for someone to disparage the event and organization on social media. Specifically speaking, Facebook.

On Jan. 6, the following was posted by an individual seeking political office in 2024: “Truth is I’m not interested in paying $100 for a ticket to dress up, get mediocre meals and sit with people trying to impress each other but don’t gaf about making REAL change in our community. #IfItDontApplyLetitFly.”

When commenters asked what event she was referring to, the poster stated that it wasn’t about a specific event or individual.

I guess we should give her the benefit of the doubt and take her word for it. However, it is quite a coincidence that the only event costing $100 for a ticket last weekend was the NAACP’s 49th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

Edward DuBose, national board member of the NAACP, was one of those in attendance and had this to say in response to the post: “NAACP Freedom Fund Banquets are not about dressing up, trying to impress or even eating mediocre meals. It’s about educating, empowering and coming together to reinforce and remind people about the seriousness of the issues we face as a people. And about the money!! Thanks to those who support the work of the NAACP through their donations and who understand that Freedom is not free and never goes on sale. Anyone who would make such insensitive and backward thinking remarks as the author of these comments is not capable of leading or even worthy of the people’s vote!”

It should be noted that in response to a post questioning whether her comments were

appropriate being that she was running for office this year, the poster said, “As a candidate for a political post, I firmly believe in the utmost importance of honesty. In a world where trust in leadership is often questioned, it is crucial for individuals in positions of power to embody integrity and transparency. My character, which I believe speaks for itself, is a testament to my commitment to these values.”

I think the constituents would agree.

Now if you would be so kind, as a person of integrity, and for the sake of transparency, would you please, in the utmost importance of honesty tell us, if not the NAACP’s 49th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, what event were you referring to?

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