Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright made some comments comparing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – an organization he identified as a “racist group” – to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The man running for sheriff against Wright said that his comments were an “embarrassment to law enforcement.”
The South Carolina Sheriff stated that the NAACP is a “racist group,” since it’s all about the advancement of one particular race. As such, according to Sheriff Wright – who’s running for his 4th term – they’re really no different from white supremacy groups like the KKK.
Here’s what he said at a Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women’s meeting:
“I think the most racist people in America right now sometimes are minorities, small group minorities…
“I’ve got a chaplain who works for me. He’s an African-American, he is my brother and I love him more than anything.. He doesn’t buy into that mess. A bunch of his friends don’t either. They don’t do the NAACP, because I feel like that is a racist group as well as the KKK. I don’t care about them either. I don’t want to be a part of no group that’s got something to do just because of your color. I don’t think they’re right.
“I think if we would quit worrying about Democrats or Republicans and just love our neighbors as God told us to, we’re gonna be better. We’re just gonna be better.”
Russell Lynch is the man running for sheriff as an independent against Wright. He used Wright’s comments about the NAACP and the KKK as political fodder for his campaign. WYFF-4 reported on Lynch’s response:
“Comments like this are not conducive to solving those problems and addressing those issues and building those relationships with anybody, minorities included. These kinds of comments are not conducive with that happening. It’s an embarrassment to a law enforcement for a law enforcement professional to sum a group like the NAACP up as being a racist organization.”
Lynch said he has a different opinion of the local branch of the NAACP.
“… It does trouble me,” he said. “Because the group I’ve been dealing with in Spartanburg, they’ve been nothing but good people.”
Sheriff Wright clarified, saying that the local Spartanburg chapter of the NAACP “tries to help everybody,” but that there is a small group within that group that is divisive. He said, “I don’t care about any group or any person who doesn’t respect you just because of whatever color God made you.”