Our own Matthew Vadum updates us about some of the latest shenanigans going on at the North Carolina NAACP which just lost its tax-exempt status.
The tax-exempt status of the influential North Carolina branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was automatically revoked by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after the non-profit group failed to file required returns with the tax agency for three consecutive years.
The loss of status by the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP took place May 15 but did not become public knowledge until the Raleigh-based News & Observer reported on it days ago. The state chapter is known nationally for suing over voter ID requirements, which it claims disenfranchise minorities and poor people.
Paperwork is probably racist. It’s usually white.
But the story gets much weirder from here on in. Da’Quan Love, currently running things, blamed Spearman for not filing the paperwork.
When asked if Love had seen anything potentially criminal in the finances, he said it’s too early to say. “You know, I’m going to defer to our audit that continues to be ongoing,” he said.
Prior to his death in July, Spearman filed a lawsuit against several members of the national NAACP. The defendants in that case recently filed a motion to dismiss, offering a copy of Spearman’s death certificate as a court exhibit.
So far, a cause of death has not been released and according to the death certificate, the medical examiner is still investigating
It sounds like Spearman had been murdered.
The chapter has been rocked by internal dissension for some time. Chapter president Rev. T. Anthony Spearman was accused of financial misconduct and was defeated in chapter elections last year. Spearman, 71, who became president in 2017, was found dead in his home on July 19. Authorities are still investigating the death.
In June, Spearman sued several state and national NAACP officials, claiming they had defamed him and conspired to oust him from the presidency because of his “growing national profile” and because he supported a former NAACP employee who claimed another leader in the group sexually harassed her, according to WRAL-TV. He also claimed he was falsely accused of misappropriating chapter funds.
There was apparently blood everywhere.
An unidentified man told dispatchers for a North Carolina sheriff’s office that “there’s blood everywhere” at the home of the former state president of the NAACP who was found dead earlier this week, according to a recording of the call.
Who was this “unidentified man”?
Dispatch records indicate the call initially came over as a cardiac/respiratory call.
Cardiac calls don’t usually spread blood “everywhere”. And Spearman had recently been assaulted at gunpoint in his own home.
Another 911 call about a week before Spearman’s death indicated an armed robbery took place at his house then, although it’s unclear if that’s connected to his death.
According to audio from a 911 call on July 13 and a magistrate’s order, Spearman alleged that a man asked for $2,000, which Spearman said he didn’t have. The man is alleged to have taken Spearman’s cellphone and tried to use an app to transfer money to his account.
Spearman said the man pulled a gun and when Spearman grabbed it, a shot was fired. Spearman said he wasn’t hurt.
Records also show the man hit Spearman with the gun before he fled with his cellphone.
According to a magistrate’s order, the man was arrested and charged the same day with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to kill. He was later released on a $15,000 bond.
Assault with intent to kill and then a laughable $15,000 bond release. But this is the sort of pro-crime policy that the NAACP supports. Did it lead to Spearman’s death?
But if Spearman were around today, he would be calling everyone a bunch of racists.
The president of the state chapter of the NAACP is leveling accusations of racism and white supremacy against auditor Beth Wood and state Sen. Lisa Barnes, R-Nash, over Wood’s investigation of corruption in the Rocky Mount City Council and Barnes’ proposed legislation intended to address it.
“The truth is that Beth Woods and Lisa Barnes, a Democrat and a Republican, respectively, are operating tactics and strategies out of the old 1898 racist playbook,” state NAACP president Anthony Spearman wrote in a memo posted on the group’s Facebook page and sent to the N.C. State Conference of Branches of the NAACP.
Wood’s investigation, conducted by the Office of the State Auditor, found that multiple city officials prevented efforts to collect $47,704 in utility bills owed by council member Andre Knight. Records show the councilman’s debt was wiped clean by the city-run utility system, with direct involvement from the city manager’s office
This week, Spearman compared Wood and Barnes to violent white supremacists who overthrew the black Republican municipal government in Wilmington a century ago.
“The truth is that Beth Woods was summoned to Rocky Mount by a network of white nationalists who conspired with City employees who have been infuriated with the appointment of senior-level Black City officials.” wrote Spearman, saying the two have “created a bipartisan effort to stop the will and the impact of the black vote in Rocky Mount.”
“The N.C. NAACP has carefully followed the frequent visits that State Auditor Beth Woods has made to Rocky Mount to defend her position. She lunches and chats with well-known Trump sympathizers which is her right,” his memo reads.
Spearman also accuses Wood and Barnes of targeting “Rocky Mount to be this century’s Tulsa, OK,” apparently referring to the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.
You can see why Spearman hated filling out paperwork.
This is all just the usual culture of corruption that you see in urban political machines and their allied radical groups that the media won’t talk about.