NAACP calls CMS racist for lumping poor minority schools together

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is under fire from the Charlotte  chapter of the NAACP.

The president of the chapter, Kojo Nantambu, has accused CMS leaders of turning the calendar back 50 years when schools were separate and unequal.

Nantambu expressed his feelings publicly during the school board's meeting Tuesday night.

Due to budget cuts, CMS leaders are proposing a change in the way they group schools across the district.

Nantambu says what the district is planning to do is racist.

"We cannot and will not go back to the days of willful orchestrated separation and isolation," Nantambu said.  "We will not go back to segregated anything."

Superintendent Peter Gorman disagrees with Nantambu's allegation, but says he understands why the NAACP is voicing their opposition.

"It is not unreasonable for people to be cautious and nervous," Gorman said.  "When you don't know what it will look like."

Gorman says this has nothing to do with re segregation but everything to do with education.

"We are going to provide them services," Gorman told WBTV. "And we are going to give them more support and more services."

The NAACP is not convinced.

"The NAACP of Charlotte - we will work with you in whatever way possible to reverse this trend," NAACP President said.  "Or we will fight you in every way possible to stop you and to get rid of this superintendent."

Gorman says his team is working on a plan to calm the civil rights group's fears. It will consist of better communication to eliminate what the district calls a great misconception.