LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott is criticizing the local chapter of the NAACP. He sent a two-page letter to the local chapter president, declining an invitation to attend a fundraising event.
"I think they are not being effective on things like black on black crime, and the murders of young black men in the Fort Myers area. Where are the protests and marches against those crimes?," says Scott.
"Sheriff Mike Scott does not have a clue about what the NAACP is doing or not doing, he doesn't have a clue. This letter shows that he is angry, irritated, and frustrated," says Lee NAACP president James Muwakkil.
Scott says the group shows its hypocrisy by jumping to the conclusion that the killing of Trayvon Martin was a crime.
"If Trayvon had been white and George Zimmerman white, the group would not be having protests or saying anything about it," claims Scott.
"Not so. If Zimmerman were black and Martin white, we would still say: after the killing, lock him up, arrest Zimmerman," responds Muwakkil.
Scott says the group is "posturing" by demanding the removal of the portrait of General Robert E. Lee from the county commission chambers. Lee County is named for General Lee.
Muwakkil says, "I don't want to walk through that door and see the symbol, the picture, of the guy who fought to defend slavery, and who wrote and said things that were not kind about black people."
Scott defends his letter: "I have my candor, some like it, some don't. We should not have to sugar-coat things."
Muwakkil says, "I think this letter was written when he [Scott] was angry, irritated and frustrated. I think Scott should be sticking to law enforcement. That's what the people elected him to to."
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