Nury Martinez’s resignation may quell fury but won’t ‘deal with Latino anti-Blackness,’ experts say
The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, is interviewed by the Rev. Al Sharpton after his remarks at the National Action Network’s Annual March for Racial Justice at Ebenezer Baptist Church Sunday, June 3, 2015, in Harlem. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
On the surface, Nury Martinez’s resignation may bring to an end the furor of the “Druggie,” the nickname that was given to him by his former colleagues. What it won’t do, however, is “deal with the Latino anti-Blackness crisis in America,” said Tressie McMillan Cottom of UCLA.
A month after his resignation from the National Action Network, Martinez, who is black, took part in the rally in Harlem. The rally drew hundreds of people who are members of the National Action Network and some local civil rights groups. Martinez’s resignation prompted a backlash by many who said that he had been too sympathetic to the cause of black victims of police violence.
“There is a long history of Black Nationalism in Black history and NWAR is all about the Black people who are against all of this,” said Martinez, speaking at the rally. He then accused the media of being a part of the “establishment” who “are trying to marginalize the issues of our people.”
The National Action Network was formed as a group of Black civil rights attorneys to address incidents in which Black people, including former slaves, were not given a fair shake in court.
“We know our time is long overdue because we are tired of our people being used as pawns in a system that is designed to hurt Black people and harm us,” he said.
The group was founded in the late 1950s. The network now, which is based in Washington, D.C., has around 8,000 members, many of them former prosecutors and cops, but is still growing. The group is the result of the work of two major civil rights organizations