advertisement

NAACP calls for more equality in oil spill cleanup

Saturday, July 10, 2010 | 7:33 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — The NAACP is urging changes to counter what it contends is racial inequality in oil spill cleanup efforts.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People detailed 13 suggestions for the Gulf of Mexico spill response on Saturday during its annual convention in Kansas City. It's urging equal access to contracting opportunities among its recommendations.

Jacqui Patterson directs the NAACP's climate justice initiative. She says the discrimination claims are anecdotal and NAACP workers have been documenting complaints on-site.

The group wants a meeting with BP's chief executive. Messages left with BP representatives weren't immediately returned.

NAACP President Ben Jealous says his group fears minorities have "limited access" to higher-paid cleanup jobs.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements