NAACP Calls on Alaska Day Committee of Sitka to Remove Slavery Auction Event: Slavery Auction is Inflammatory and Insensitive
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2015, 10:30 AM
Contact: Wanda V. Laws, (907) 301-6041
NAACP Calls on Alaska Day Committee of Sitka to Remove Slavery Auction Event
Slavery Auction is Inflammatory and Insensitive
ANCHORAGE: The Anchorage NAACP is calling on the Alaska Day Committee of Sitka, Alaska and the 2015 Festival Trustees to immediately retract and remove the scheduled Slavery Auction event listed on their calendar of events.
This event we categorize as both egregious and insensitive to the entire African-American community in the State of Alaska as a whole. Events of this nature are what has justified national controversy and condemnation.
“It is particularly disturbing to see an event identified as a "Slave Auction" in light of our Country’s history of slavery in relation to African Americans” said Wanda Laws, President of the Anchorage NAACP.
Laws noted that to confirm these activities were actually scheduled the event was researched and confirmed atwww.alaskadayfestival.org on the Events page, on Facebook at alaskadaysitka and advertised in local newspaper and radio. This is unacceptable.
It is ironic that the Sitka Alaska Day Committee and 2015 Festival Trustees see nothing immoral about supporting such an event. If they did they would find their continued obsession with slavery extremely misguided. "These types of inflammatory and insensitive events has no place in our society.