Black History Month: Talbot Co. NAACP president shares mission to “give voice to voiceless”
TALBOT CO., Md. – During Black History Month, 47 ABC is sitting down with the president of Talbot County’s NAACP chapter for a look into what has been accomplished and how much work still needs to be done for equality in the African-American community.
President of the chapter, Richard Potter, says he initially joined the NAACP simply to give back to his community. When he became president, his passion for civil rights and justice grew even stronger when he was faced with fighting against the confederate monument placed on the Easton courthouse lawn.
Potter says although he has seen positive changes in the area, like more of an interest into his organization and what the NAACP has to offer, he says there is more work that needs to be done to ensure the safety and equality of people of color. One direct thing he hopes to continue to fight for is police accountability, and increased diversity and acceptance for populations who face discrimination.
“I would hope that we are on the verge that this is a pivotal point to re imagine policing in the United States,” says Potter. “We know that the system is broken, that’s obvious. If the case of Anton Black did not show you that the system is broken and its not working, and its definitely not working to benefit people of color I do not know what will.”
Potter says his mission to serve the marginalized population does not stop with the African-American community. Hopefully, according to Potter, change will fully come when everyone in the community chooses to stand together.
“If we are going to talk about community, when one member of our community hurts, we all should hurt. We will rise together when everyone in our community rises to the same level. We can’t have white folks over here increasing at this level and then other marginalized people are increasing at a slower rate,” Potter said.
Potter, although upholds the NAACP’s mission to fight for the equality and rights of African Americans, says he is currently fighting for and hopes to continue fighting for the rights for all people who have historically been left voiceless, like the LGBTQ+ community, women, Latinx, and anyone else who is marginalized.