Conservation Colorado was on a tear yesterday posting photos of an environmentalist event at the Colorado State Capitol. Yesterday, we reported on a activists “helping” kids submit public comment about EPA regulations. Today, we report on Rosemary Lytle, president of the CO/MT/WY National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) State Conference, who said that “acting on climate is especially important for communities of color”. In context, at a Conservation Colorado event, it seems like a pro-environmentalist statement.
If that’s the case, it would seem that Lytle is at odds with the head of the Denver chapter of the NAACP, Rita Lewis, who testified at a September meeting of the oil and gas task force. Her testimony from that meeting:
“I’m here on behalf of communities of color as well as people in general. I’d like to say that it is important that you embrace this industry. This industry helps to feed people and their families as you have seen from lots of tags that people are wearing today. But not only that, this industry provides jobs. For instance, some people in our local government have said that Colorado industry has grown economically, well it has but it is still on it’s way up slowly, we are still recovering from the recession and this industry in itself, along with other industries can help people just by providing jobs also by keeping the cost of utilities down and most of all bringing money into our community. So that is what is really important to a lot of people. People, families, income and jobs.”
So which is it? Does the NAACP support the oil and gas industry, which by it’s own admission benefits those the organization is meant to represent? Or, is the NAACP just another organization that’s been co-opted by the vast left wing to bring to the dance when it suits the leftist agenda?
Either way, perhaps Lytle doesn’t have the best judgment. PeakNation™, if her name sounds familiar, it should. She also backed convicted-accessory-to-murder-who-never-apologized turned Colorado Springs City Council Candidate, Gary Flakes. Flakes was part of a group that gunned down two teens on Valentines Day in 1997. He ran for city council in 2013 and lost.
Lewis declared her position to be pro-people, families, income, and jobs. It’s just not clear that Lytle espouses the same mission – and the people the NAACP represents surely deserve a leader who fights for people, families, income and jobs.