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Hidden History: NAACP President Floyd Anthony

AMARILLO - History may be repeating itself.

That is the fear of the current NAACP president.

For Floyd Anthony, Black History Month is a time to reflect on not only the obstacles but the accomplishments.

"My great-grandfather was the first one and I had the opportunity to know him, that was born free, his dad was born into slavery."

The month is important to him because it reminds him of the struggles he has faced and that continue to affect our country.

He grew up at a time where segregation and discrimination were common. 

"I've seen a lot, I've seen a lot. I lived in Georgia in the 50s and I've seen Jim Crow laws and discrimination at its worst, yes I have."

Anthony, now the president of Amarillo's NAACP says he sees discrimination to this day.

He recently heard a story from a concerned woman about racism being seen in local schools.

"A little girl came home crying one day and said the little white friend that she had told her 'I can't be your friend anymore because you are black' and it broke the little girl's heart and the mother was so upset she couldn't believe that parents would teach their kids how to hate because of race."

The racism doesn't stop there, Anthony says he hears horrible things when answering the phone at the NAACP office.

"We get a lot of crank calls, a lot of people making threats, especially in the environment that we have it today. It is really sad and some of the stuff we have going on and some of the languages that I hear when they call the NAACP phone reminds me of 1962 and 1963."

Anthony tells us these things are concerning but he needs to be a teacher and leader to make a difference.

"I'm the senior now, I'm the bridge from the past to today."

Anthony says we are all born loving individuals and hate is taught.

He hopes we will start to see more progress.
 


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