NAACP Endorses Non-Discrimination Protections for All in HoustonBy Adam Polaski • October 9, 2015 • 10:15 am
Yesterday, October 8, the Houston branch of the NAACP officially and prominently announced its endorsement for the Yes on Proposition 1 campaign to protect Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance at the ballot this November 3.
Since Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) became law last year, a majority 56% of discrimination reports were tied to cases of race-based discrimination. This statistic was at the heart of a news conference hosted at the NAACP Houston Branch, where prominent members of the local African American community came together to declare their support.
“We don’t believe in discrimination,” President and CEO of the Houston Area Urban League, Judson Robinson III, said yesterday. “We believe in equal opportunity and access for all people.”
Other speakers in support of Proposition 1 included Dr. James M. Douglas, President of the NAACP Houston Branch, and Vernita Harris, Chair of the Greater Houston Black Chamber.
Several weeks ago, an instance of racial discrimination in public spaces made media headlines when three African American attorneys were each charged a $20 entrance fee at a nightclub while white patrons were seen entering free of charge.
On November 3rd, Houston voters will decide the fate of our city’s equal rights ordinance, which has garnered widespread support from major businesses, faith leaders, and community members. If HERO is repealed, then Houston – the most diverse city in America – will be the largest U.S. city without a local non-discrimination ordinance.
Dr. Douglas of the NAACP said Proposition 1 is about leveling the playing field and treating everyone fairly and equally:
The Equal Rights Ordinance gives all of us a voice. It puts Houston on the record as wanting to protect all of its people from discrimination. The truth is, when we look back, we’ll see that the opponents of this ordinance will have been on the wrong side of history.