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Atlanta NAACP president retracts criticism of Kasim Reed after rebuke from national leadership

Richard Rose, President of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP, is retracting a statement he made on behalf of the chapter regarding current mayoral candidate and former mayor Kasim Reed.
Richard Rose, President of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP, is retracting a statement he made on behalf of the chapter regarding current mayoral candidate and former mayor Kasim Reed.
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Atlanta NAACP President Richard Rose released a statement on behalf of the chapter sharply criticizing former mayor Kasim Reed for actions during his previous terms in office, which Reed has called false and without merit.

The NAACP national leadership responded with a statement warning Rose he could face suspension or expulsion if he continues making political endorsements, saying it is in violation of the organization’s by-laws.

Rose says he stands by his statement as a private citizen, but he should not have released the letter on NAACP stationary or on behalf of the chapter.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.