If Mr. Vick is guilty, he should pay for his crime, but to treat him as he is being treated now is also a crime. Be restrained in your premature judgment until the legal process is completed.The caution against a rush to judgment and the public defense of due process are both consistent with the NAACP's longstanding principles on criminal justice issues.
But the action only highlights the hypocrisy of the organization's approach to the lacrosse case. The organization's representatives, Al McSurely and Irving Joyner, blandly defended Mike Nifong's approach to the case; McSurely penned a guilt-presuming and factually inaccurate memorandum of law; and state president William Barber delivered a character attack on the players inside the Duke Chapel itself.
Perhaps there are reasons other than race to explain the diametrically different responses. But, sadly, other explanations do not come immediately to mind.
Hat tips: D.K., H.T.