NAACP issues warning of hostile environment
The Jackson County NAACP has issued an advisory warning of a hostile environment in Ocean Springs in order to warn the thousands of people making their way to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for Black Spring Break.
In the advisory, written by Jackson County NAACP President Curley Clark, the NAACP says it is “putting the community on alert for signs of outright racism and discrimination.” The advisory comes after an eight month long battle against the City of Ocean Springs for their decision to fly the Mississippi state flag at municipal properties.
In the advisory, Clark suggested Ocean Springs insistence on flying the Mississippi flag could cause a safety issue for residents and visitors from all minority groups.
Clark also tells News 25 that the NAACP will be passing out hundreds of contact information cards during Black Spring Break for anyone who feels like their rights have been violated.