Statement on the role of Virginia leaders in yesterday’s capitol attack on our democracy

RICHMOND (January 7, 2020) – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. released the following statement regarding yesterday’s attack on our democracy:

“Yesterday, we witnessed an insurrection in the U.S. Capitol resulting from years of hatred and bigotry that have been enabled by the president of the United States. The Virginia State Conference NAACP stands with the National NAACP in calling for the immediate impeachment of President Donald Trump and disqualification from ever holding public office again.

The Virginia State Conference NAACP will not stand idly by and are demanding answers from Representatives Ben Cline, Bob Good, Morgan Griffith, and Robert “Bob” Wittman. Each of them must directly respond to the Black Virginians they represent. Why would they attempt to subvert the will of voters – especially Black voters – across the country by voting to overturn the election results?

Black Virginians deserve answers.”

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Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

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