Logan CrawfordFeb 19, 2018, 11:59 pmFeb 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

NAACP: Political climate causes uptick in discrimination, mistreatment of minorities

The group says inequality is still a prevalent issue on Long Island

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WOODBURY — Members of the NAACP say the current political climate is increasing discrimination on Long Island. Leaders who met in Huntington Monday said the current political climate has led mistreatment of minorities to worsen in recent months.

"We do have an issue with diversity and inequality and injustice that we continue to fight when we feel the present political climate continues to feed into that," said Larry Jennings of the NAACP.

According to the group, in the past two months, they have filed 15 complaints to the Human Rights Commission. They say the issues include students getting suspended unjustly at school, discrimination in the workplace, and unfairness in the justice system. The group says the community feels mistreated, ignored, and underrepresented, especially after Huntington appointed 11 white men to top positions with the town.

The NAACP also called for the Dream Act to be passed so undocumented minors can stay in the country.

To highlight black history and accomplishments of African-Americans, NAACP members say they're hosting a luncheon on Saturday at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

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