CALEXICO – Controversy has arisen in Calexico surrounding Councilman Luis Castro, Wallace Phillips who introduced himself as the executive board president of the NAACP, and Ben Horton who accused Castro of making a derogatory and racial comment to him two weeks ago after a special meeting.
Now, the question has pivoted on whether the Imperial Valley actually has a leader for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Last week, Wallace Phillips spoke in favor of Councilman Luis Castro during the regular council meeting. Phillips, who claims to be the local NAACP president, defended the councilman due to Ben Horton’s accusation of Castro of making a derogatory and racial comment to him two weeks ago after a special meeting.
“When I called the state they referred me to the North County. They looked up the Imperial Valley and they couldn’t find us on their list of branches,” Horton said.
“I don’t care what he says. I don’t. I have a paper here with National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on it,” Phillips said.
Phillipps showed paperwork from the national office stating there is a branch in the Imperial Valley.
According to News 11, when they called the California office they reported they have not seen any paper work regarding the branch.
“We were sworn in February 9th of this year. I’ll show you how long it takes to get stuff. This was February 9th of this year,” Phillips said.
Horton has related the incident to the state NAACP and is waiting for the situation to be resolved.
Horton has approached Phillips after the council meeting last week regarding the incident with Castro.
“I said why didn’t you ask me for my side of the story before you came in and took Mr. Castro’s side?” Horton said.
Wallace said he has no plans of getting Horton’s side of the story and will continue to support Castro.
Information from the NAACP regarding this incident is still on hold.