Tuesday, January 13, 2009
On this day:

Alabama NAACP: We like diversity...except when we don't

Perhaps Artur Davis should have a chat with the leadership of the Alabama NAACP.

Update: The Mobile Press-Register reports that "State NAACP President Edward Vaughn said he never suggested that Mobile's Azalea Trail Maids should be excluded from next week's presidential inaugural parade and apologized for saying their appearance could make Alabama a 'laughingstock.'" That's good to hear.

And then there's this, also from the Press-Register:
The flap over the Azalea Trail Maids' appearance at Tuesday's presidential inauguration will get an airing on this morning's Today program, which runs in the Mobile area from 7 to 11 a.m. on local affiliate WPMI-TV15, a network spokeswoman confirmed late Tuesday afternoon.

No other details from the network were immediately available, but a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, said the congressman had been interviewed for the segment.

In a statement, Davis, the only black member of the Alabama congressional delegation, said he is disappointed that "a multi-racial group which represents the entire community of Mobile has unfairly been criticized."
Also good to hear.