Calls are growing for the resignation of an African-American community leader who dared to remind his Facebook friends that Trayvon Martin wasn’t exactly a perfect child.
Tristan Breaux, 25, the youngest president in the history of the Norfolk, Va. branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, shared his thoughts on the George Zimmerman trial Friday with a post that now has others asking him to step down.
According to WAVY-TV 10, Breaux’s post stated:
“My initial reaction was that it wasn’t true, that somebody had gone on his Facebook and had planted this,” Norfolk City Councilman Paul Riddick told WAVY-TV. “I just couldn’t imagine the president of the Norfolk branch of the NAACP making a statement like that.”
Breaux’s post referred to facts about Martin that Judge Debra Nelson ruled the George Zimmerman jury was not allowed to hear.
Martin was allegedly suspended from school in Feb. 2012 for possessing a baggie with trace amounts of marijuana, which some have suggested is why he was staying with his father in Sanford, Fla, the Miami Herald reported after Martin’s death.
Former NAACP Norfolk branch president Bob Rawles also wasn’t happy about Breaux’s post, fearing it “reflected badly on other members.”
“If he had been talking to another person or two or three people and voiced his personal opinion that’s different,” Rawls said. “When you put it on social media so somebody in Florida, California, Oregon or New York is reading, this, that is wrong.”
Riddick is so outraged, he wants the national NAACP to “silence” Breaux by recalling him as president, the report said.
“He obviously does not have the maturity to realize when to speak and when not to speak,” Riddick said of Breaux.
However, this image that is now on Facebook, with local NAACP members vowing to wear at the next meeting, according to WAVY-TV, is mature?
Watch the WAVY-TV 10 report out of Norfolk, Va. here:
NAACP president asked to step down