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Sussex Co. Council Meeting Turns Heated Over NAACP Grant

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - A Sussex County Council meeting quickly turned tense yesterday.

During a vote over whether to give grants of $100 per council member to the Lower Sussex NAACP Youth Council, one of many small grants that council members usually approve, councilman Sam Wilson abruptly interrupted the discussion.

"Take my name off, I'm not going to give anything unless you describe what that says, what does NAACP stand for?" he said, according to audio obtained from the Sussex County Government website.

After repeating the title, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, both Wilson and councilman Vance Phillips decided they would not make a contribution. Phillips says their main argument is that the title divides society by race.

"It seemed a little bit inappropriate in this 21st century of racial equality," says Phillips. "Maybe it will inspire others to question if this is an appropriate name for an organization that is supposed to bring unity. Tens of thousands of dollars have gone into organizations that are primarily run by African Americans, but the key difference is they're not exclusionary."

The three other council members reportedly voted in favor of giving their $100 contributions. Councilman George Cole tells 47 ABC, Wilson and Phillips' decision was a big lapse of judgement.

47 ABC reached out to the Lower Sussex NAACP for comment, but have not gotten a response.

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