NEAC Statement on Claremont Lynching Incident

Below you can read the statement released by the New England Area Conference of the NAACP (our regional unit).

Advisory Statement Of Alleged Attempted Lynching Of Young Black Child

September 26, 2017
Contact: Juan M. Cofield, President
(617) 323- 8885

The NAACP, New England Area Conference (NEAC), is disturbed by the incident involving Quincy Merlin, the 8-year-old victim of a purported attempted lynching. NEAC understands that facts are still developing and the investigation is ongoing. NEAC’s decision to delay responding publicly was based on its desire to provide authorities ample time to uncover relevant facts. That being said, NEAC continues to encourage local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation and to bring those responsible to justice. Transparency, consistent with state law, is also imperative.

This incident highlights the need for everyone to become vigilant in the fight against acts and symbols of racism and bigotry. NEAC stands in support of Quincy, his mother, Cassandra, and the entire Merlin family. This support includes the family’s separate pursuit of a fair and complete investigation. Further, NEAC will assist the family as they navigate the legal process and the important healing process.

All are reminded that after the NAACP’s founding in 1909, its first advocacy issue was to demand an end to the common practice of lynching Black citizens.

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