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Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP has been made aware of a recent news conference where City of Miami leaders announced the postponement of the Virginia Key homeless project.

During the news conference, held on Monday, August 8, “when asked about those who criticized the plan because of its nearness to the historic site, Commissioner Joe Carollo said anyone who opposed the project for that reason was “playing the race card.”

While we recognize the housing crisis and a dire need for sheltering our brothers and sisters who are homeless, let’s not forget the historical value of Virginia Key to our community. Simply put, Commissioner Carollo it is not about playing the “race card,” it’s about continuing and preserving the rich legacy of Virginia Key for future generations. As the oldest and boldest Civil Rights organization, as Freedom Fighters, it is our duty to protect our history, heritage, culture, and historical landmarks everywhere,” said Daniella Pierre, president, Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP.

Founded in 1909, the mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.