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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Robinson-Briggs' bonehead stunt puts NAACP non-profit status at risk

Screenshot of bonehead Sharon's post to the NAACP Facebook
page on Friday. It has since been removed. Click on image to enlarge.

Bonehead Plainfield
Ward 3 candidate Sharon Robinson-Briggs put the Plainfield NAACP's nonprofit status at risk in posting her political flyer to the group's Facebook page.

The infraction was caught by Councilor Rebecca Williams, who posted about it on her City Council blog Friday (see here).

But this is not the first time Sharon has pulled this trick.

As Rebecca points out, the NAACP Facebook page was used to promoted partisan political candidates in 2014 (when Charles Eke ran against Rebecca Williams for the Wards 2/3 at-large seat).

At that time, resident Alan Goldstein pointed out that the NAACP bylaws forbid endorsing partisan political candidates --

Excerpted from Article II Section 2d of the NAACP's Bylaw for Units:
"All political action shall be non-partisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office."

At the time, NAACP President Peter Briggs publicly apologized for the lapse and the post was deleted.

Though the current post has been deleted from Facebook, no apology appears to have been issued.

This present incident just underscores my reference to Robinson-Briggs being "Trumpish" at this past week's League of Women Voters forum.

Not only did she -- like Trump -- have vague program ideas with no acknowledgment of their true costs, and -- again, like Trump -- focus on her grudges and grievances, now she has added another Trump-like quality: disregard for the integrity of long-established principles.

Two thoughts come to mind: First, all of these are plenty good reasons to steer clear of Sharon Robinson-Briggs on November 8.

Second, maybe it's time for the New Jersey NAACP to clean house in the Plainfield chapter.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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