Providence NAACP branch President Jim Vincent talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison, and WPRI investigative reporter Tim White, about community-race relations in the state, as the media has turned its focus from the demonstrations this summer. Vincent also weighs in on the lack of diversity in state government, and asks what National Black History month really achieves.
President of the NAACP Providence branch Jim Vincent joins the Political Roundtable this week. Vincent weighs in on the recent sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the team's possible move to Providence. He also discusses the resignation of Rhode Island Health Department head Michael Fine and the American Civil Liberties Union report on racial disparities in Rhode Island's schools and prison system.
Hear more of our conversation with Jim Vincent in our Bonus Q&A.
Elected leaders and state officials celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with events across the state. Many will attend a celebration at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence this afternoon. NAACP Providence director Jim Vincent said he wants to see those leaders hire more staff of color. “25 percent of Rhode Island is communities of color. Those staffs don’t have to exactly mirror the population that, but they should somewhat, so that people can see demonstrated leadership; we know that you’re here, we hear you, and we want to work on all these problems together.
Recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, have sparked a national focus on police-community relations. At issue is a number of cases in which unarmed black men have been killed during encounters with white police officers. Rhode Island hasn’t seen this much concern about police-community relations since a black police officer was killed in a friendly-fire incident almost 15 years ago. So how much things have changed?
The president of the Providence chapter of the NAACP says he was saddened, but not entirely shocked, by the George Zimmerman verdict. The Florida neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted over the weekend in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen. The NAACP is calling on the Justice Department to investigate Zimmerman for possible civil rights violations.
Jim Vincent, president of the Providence chapter of the NAACP, struggled to come to terms with the Zimmerman verdict Sunday, is headed to Orlando, Florida for the group’s annual meeting.