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NAACP: News Conference Nov. 25 at SJSU

Photo: Brandon Chew, ’15 Photojournalism

San Jose State is sharing the following on behalf of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chapter of the NAACP. Media inquiries should be directed to Rick Callender, callenderr@aol.com.

On Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at noon in front of the Tommie Smith and John Carlos sculpture on the San Jose State campus, the San Jose/Silicon Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will be joined by the California/Hawaii State Conference of the NAACP, the National Office of the NAACP, San Jose State University leadership, Bay Area community leaders and civil rights activists in a press conference condemning the actions of the three San Jose State students accused of racially harassing and terrorizing a black student.

The NAACP will be calling for the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office to increase the misdemeanor charges against the three accused SJSU students to felony charges, and also to add the charges of false imprisonment to the charges that the students currently face.

Reverend Jethroe Moore II, president of the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP said, “The community will not stand idly by and allow for any student of color to be terrorized simply due to the color of his skin. This is not simple hazing or bullying, this is obviously racially based terrorism targeted at their African American roommate. The behavior of these three students warrants nothing less than felony charges.”

The NAACP will also be calling on the San Jose State University administration to conduct a thorough investigation into University Housing to determine how this situation continued for so long and why no immediate action to rectify the situation was taken.