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NAACP Leader Resigns Over Anti-Semitic Remarks

NAACP Dallas branch President Lee Alcorn resigned on Aug. 9 after being suspended for making anti-Semitic comments in reaction to Gore’s VP choice of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew. On a Fort-Worth radio show on Aug. 7, Alcorn said, “I think we need to be very suspicious of any kind of partnerships between the Jews at that kind of level because we know that their interest primarily has to do with money and these kinds of things.” NAACP President Kweisi Mfume suspended Alcorn, noting that his comments were anti-Semitic and contradictory to the principles of the NAACP. Other national civil rights leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow Push Coalition, rebuked Alcorn.

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Associated Press, Election News - August 10, 2000