FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 07, 2014
Contact: Wanda Laws, 301-6041
NAACP Calls on Sullivan to Apologize for Offensive Slavery Remarks
Candidate should apologize for outrageous statement
ANCHORAGE: The NAACP is demanding an apology from Dan Sullivan, whomadeoffensivecommentsabout slavery at a forum of Lieutenant Governor candidates.
“Slavery was about race, human degradation and America’s ‘greatest sin’. To compare it to today’s political issues of the moment diminishes how horrible and tragic it truly was,” said Wanda Laws, President of the Anchorage NAACP.
Sullivan compared union membership to slavery as he endorsed "right to work" legislation, saying "I thought we ended slavery a long time ago." Sullivan doubled down on his comments after the candidate forum when talking with local journalist Amanda Coyne.
Sullivan's slavery comments are grossly out of touch in Anchorage, which isone of America's most diverse communities.
The Anchorage NAACP is proud to work with other organizations in Alaska to promote equality, and applauds recent work, including by business organizations like the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, to support Alaska diversity.