Local NAACP: “Rednecks are not pillars of the community”

By: Robbie Watson
rwatson@wltz.com

COLUMBUS, GA (WLTZ) — A denial of grant money and a social media post lead to a fight between local NAACP leaders and the Columbus Crime Prevention director on Tuesday.

Less than a week after a coalition’s request including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was turned down for a $30,000 crime prevention grant, the group called for the director’s job.

"What we wanted to do was to go into the Muscogee County Jail and assess these folks and find out how long you’ve been here, why have you been here so long and what we could do in an assessment to find out why you keep coming back to this jail and we’ve been doing the work anyway without a grant,” said Tonza Thomas. "The NAACP never asked for a grant. What this is, is a city employee being irresponsible saying the term ‘redneck bomb’ on his Facebook page." said Tonza Thomas.
According to Crime Prevention Director Seth Brown’s social media post, you might be a redneck if you think your grocery list looks like prime ingredients for a bomb.

And it’s the word ‘redneck’ Tonza took exception to.

"Rednecks are…mmmm Lord, rednecks aren’t the pillars of our communities.They really don’t care too much about black people. I’m just going say that.”

That lead some people to question why Tonza and the NAACP spent so much time on random social media posts rather than real statistics which show every single homicide last year involved black-on-black crime.

"The one thing that the NAACP did last year, we pulled the gang members together and we did that for a series of months that didn’t make the news because that’s not sexy. What makes the news is when somebody’s laying on the pavement.”

Reached by telephone on Tuesday, Seth Brown had no comment. He only confirmed that he considered Thomas a friend and they had worked closely together on projects prior to this incident.