|Name||Dennis L. Serrette|
Jersey City, New Jersey , United States
Feb 14, 2016 09:36pm
Black - Union Member -
|Info||Current President, United Association for Labor Education (Union). |
For two months now the New Alliance Party has claimed their 1984 presidential candidate Dennis Serrette left the party because his wife was terminally ill. Serrette, in an exclusive interview with the Advocate Tuesday said nothing could further from the truth!
�I left the party because it continued to claim it was Black-led�I knew better,� Serrette said. �I mean no harm to these powerful Black women, Emily Carter, Lenora Fulani and Barbara Taylor, when I say that. �I knew from being there that they were not leading Fred Newman�he was leading them�that's why I left.�
Serrette said after he confronted NAP leaders about the claims of being Black-led he was shut off from the normal flow of affairs. �I didn't receive a lot of information after that,� the former presidential candidate explained.
Serrette tried to wage his campaign for change and truth from within but: �It got so I didn't know when they were holding meetings or anything. �At first they tried to prove the fact of Black leadership through the Blacks that they controlled. After that, they were just hostile towards me.�
Serrette said NAP publications �come right out and blame Black men for the problems of Black women. I would not resent this so much if it was Black males and females who decided to do battle�instead it's someone else. The whole question of racism began to enter the picture at that point�who's saying that?�
Serrette said the real beginning of the end started when he found NAP �had no real commitment to Black-led independent politics. I had to think about my reputation then�of people who continue to believe in me.�
He said Emily Carter, a Jackson, MS woman who is the nominal head of the New Alliance Party, called him after the Advocate's first article on the NAP. �She called to ask if I knew how the little bits of information floating around were being used. I told her: �If the shoe fits.'�
Serrette said it was a sad state of affairs when �others create an agenda for conflict between Black men and Black women. �I don't feel they can use �Black-led' continuously without falling on their faces�falsehoods just won't hold up under close scrutiny.�