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WHEREAS, we consider that state and local endorsement of celebration to the former States of the Confederacy (former Confederacy) an offense and insult to the sensibility of most Americans; and
WHEREAS, the former States of Confederacy sought to enforce and defend the practice of forced enslavement; and
WHEREAS, that the practice was particularly pernicious, brutal, and dehumanizing; and
WHEREAS, people of African ancestry were particular targets of that practice; and
WHEREAS, the celebration of the former Confederacy causes distress and anguish to Americans of African ancestry; and to Americans of other ethnic, racial, and religious minority groups.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the NAACP condemns State endorsement of celebration of the former States of the Confederacy; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all units are urged to oppose those states, counties or city sponsored celebrations of Confederacy.