NAACP’s Calling for Sutton’s Resignation is RIDICULOUS
For a few years now, the eyes of the nation have been on Bill Cosby as numerous allegations of sexual misconduct have been brought against him from decades-old instances. Now, there is a case where decades-old allegations against Tuscaloosa City School board member Rev. Clarence Sutton, Sr. have resurfaced. But why? Here's my theory, and hold on to your seats because it's about to be a bumpy ride.
There is a law against double jeopardy which states that a defendant cannot be tried again or on the same or similar charges in a case after a legitimate acquittal or conviction. While this concept applies only to criminal cases and doesn't grant immunity from a civil lawsuit for damages, a few thoughts come to mind.
Usually, if a civil case is brought against a defendant, this happens immediately after judgment has been declared. So, the fact that these allegations against Sutton are resurfacing almost 20 years later automatically sends up a red flag.
Now, Sutton has been a significantly active participant in Tuscaloosa's sociopolitical scene and has served in numerous positions including Pastor and President of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. If these allegations were not brought up to prevent him from holding these positions or as he pursued a seat on the board of education, why now?
There is no doubt that this move has a political motive. What's even more upsetting is that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was used in attempt to set back a person of color. The group's main objective is to remove all racial barriers that prevent political, educational, social and economic equality of all people. Calling for the resignation of a school board member based on anything other than inequality, abuse of power, recent scandal , or lack of performance is simply inappropriate and lends credit to those who view such organizations as irrelevant.
There are people who are disenfranchised EVERY day because of an unfair judicial system, which is an oxymoron in and of itself (unfair justice). We have teachers who work in public schools but send their children to private school because they don't even believe in the quality of the education they're giving our children. There are thousands of Tuscaloosa citizens who have a hard time obtaining employment because of past criminal activity, but we're choosing to shine the light on and find fault in Rev. Sutton?
Get the f-- *clears throat* Get the heck outta here!
(*sigh* Y'all are determined to not let me be classy.)