San Jose NAACP Chief Leaves For Atlanta, Laments Lack Of Alternatives For Folks Of Colour – CBS San Francisco

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – Rev. Jethroe Moore II, a celebrity and civil rights activist in Silicon Valley, left Silicon Valley to start a new life outside of a town he said does not care for people of color .

“We’re not capturing the essence of the blacks or the browns or the people of color culture, so people almost always say they don’t want us here,” said Moore.

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The pastor, who has lived in Silicon Valley for almost 50 years, packed his things and moved his family to Atlanta. This meant that Moore, a pillar of the community for civil rights, education, and the Church, was stepping down as president of the San Jose-Silicon Valley NAACP.

“It’s a sad day you know it was hard to go,” he said. “Housing is priceless, the education system is in order and the jobs are no longer as big as they used to be. I need to make sure my children are safe, have the education and the opportunity, and for me as a black person, I don’t see these opportunities to be a focal point for the city of San Jose. “

Moore said he was not only the victim of the Silicon Valley tech boom that praised him, but he also felt that San Jose has failed its black and colored communities to allow them to stay in the region thrive.

Rev. Jethroe Moore, past president of the San Jose / Silicon Valley NAACP. (CBS)

“We had clubs, we had restaurants, we had softball teams, we had a lot of things,” he said of life in San Jose when he moved to the city in the 1970s. “All of these things are gone. You can find us to arrest us, but you cannot find us to keep us busy. “

The pastor isn’t the only one who has seen the black population dwindle; make up 3% of the population today, compared to nearly 5% in 1990, according to the US Census Bureau.

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“Many of them have moved out over the years,” said Belinda Bush, owner of B-Pizazz Barbershop.

Bush has owned her shop for 30 years and first opened her business in Cupertino before moving to her location in Campbell. But Bush believes Silicon Valley has ousted all races that can’t afford to make it to the tech capital of the region.

“You just can’t afford to live here, that’s what this area is about,” Bush said. “It’s all about the money, it’s all about the money.”

Moore cited examples of San Jose’s failure to help its residents build housing, pay decent salaries, and take care of minorities, particularly the discussion about the development of land used by longtime flea market sellers.

The man of faith apparently lost some of that in San Jose.

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“It’s hard to say goodbye,” said Moore. “We work, we give our life and blood for this city and the community, but where is the love in return?”

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