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NAACP blasted by former chapter president

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Former chapter president C.L. Bryant is accusing the NAACP of exploiting Trayvon Martin's death. Former chapter president C.L. Bryant is accusing the NAACP of exploiting Trayvon Martin's death.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A former chapter president of the NAACP blasted the organization in a USA Today column Monday for how it handled the George Zimmerman verdict.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida said he shot Trayvon Martin in self defense, and a jury found him not guilty.

C.L. Bryant is now a conservative documentarian from the Ark-La-Tex, but he used to be president of the NAACP in Garland Texas. He left in the 80's during what he described as a coup.

"They didn't want to just control the agenda, they wanted to control me," said Bryant.

He's been critical of the organization since that time, and has recently turned up the heat, accusing the NAACP of exploiting Trayvon Martin's death.

Bryant wrote the column, in part, as a response to the NAACP reaction to the Zimmerman acquittal, a verdict the NAACP quickly denounced. And it went on to make calls to end racial profiling.

"I do not believe the death of Trayvon Martin had anything to do with race," said Bryant.

In the article, Bryant writes that "It's time black Americans reject the NAACP's message of entitlement and victimhood."

"The NAACP just brought attention to gun violence throughout America," said NAACP Chapter President Lloyd Thompson.

We showed the column to Thompson, and he shrugged it off as self serving. "I think the article is just Mr. Bryant promoting himself," said Thompson.

But Bryant insists, he's only promoting a conservative viewpoint, and because they don't match those of the NAACP, they're ignored.

Bryant says his offer to rent a booth at the national NAACP convention in Florida was denied, and he believes it was denied based on those conservative views.

Thompson tells KSLA News 12 he'd like to extend an olive branch to Bryant, and hold a meeting, to try to find some common ground.

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