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Charlotte NAACP leader disappointed in city leaders

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg County NAACP President Reverend Corine Mack recently returned from the NAACP's annual convention held in Baltimore. 

She is concerned local elected leaders are dropping the ball when it comes to issues and the concerns facing people in the black community. She says it can no longer be "business as usual."

"I am so discouraged," Mack said. "I am looking at leaders who have lost their way. I am looking at leaders who have forgotten that it took the people to put them in position - that these are temporary jobs and we can remove them and we will."

The president wants to call out leaders who she thinks are not doing their jobs and support candidates who are going to fight for the people. She believes the condition of the city shows something is wrong.

"We have two cities - the city that's doing very well, and the city that's not doing well at all," she said, "and we need to find a way to meet in the middle to make sure all citizens have a good quality of life."

The local NAACP president is disturbed at all Charlotte City Council members who voted down a last-minute plan to devote more money to affordable housing. She believes this would have been a move to show people they are serious about making change.

"I would hope they go back to the drawing board and do what is right. At the end of the day we are hurting," Mack said.

Council member Greg Phipps voted down the plan. He says he had good reasons for doing so.

"I think we didn't have enough time to truly vet it," Phipps said. "Had that occurred, it might have been a different outcome. The transparency just wasn't there to proceed in the right way."

Phipps also responded to Mack's claims that current politicians aren't doing what the voters sent them to office to do.

"That's disappointing to hear," he said. "We get up laser-focused every day - trying to do good for the whole city of Charlotte."

The council member argues progress has been made to improve the quality of life, especially for African Americans.

"We came together as a council to try to accelerate some things," Phipps said. "Especially in terms of building more police trust. Good paying jobs - we are doing all we can to attract those here to bring in opportunities so people can be in a position to take those kinds of jobs."

Mack is ready to educate voters about the candidates, so in her eyes, the right people will be in office.

"We are going to fight," Mack said. "We are going to push back and we are going to vote."

Mack says the convention was phenomenal. It inspired her and reminded her how the struggle of people can be overcome.

"What really touched my heart is we had leaders - black, white, Asian, Latino - coming together in a way that we don't see that often with the same message: that it has to be about love. It has to be about respect."

Mack is ready to recruit young people to be part of the NAACP so they can continue to keep elected leaders accountable. She says she is up for the mission and the challenge.

"I wasn't fearful before," Mack said, "but now I am even more fearless."

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