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Mayor: NAACP Challenge To Soda Ban A "Disgrace"

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some harsh words for the NAACP after the organization filed a lawsuit this week to block the city’s ban on large, sugary drinks.

The association is among the groups trying to keep the rule from going into effect March 12.

In court Wednesday, the NAACP argued the ban amounts to racial discrimination because minority-owned stores will take the financial hit versus big chains.

During his weekly radio show Friday, the mayor pointed to the obesity epidemic, saying the NAACP is simply hurting the people it's trying to serve.

"Kids who are most obese and where a sugar ban, where a cup size limitation would do the most good tends to be in poor neighborhoods, which in New York tends to be minority neighborhoods, not totally, but tends to be. And for the NAACP, and in all fairness, it's the local chapter, not the national one, but for them to do this is such an outright disgrace," Bloomberg said.

Lawyers for the city Health Department used the national obesity problem as a defense of the ban.

The court has not said when it will issue a ruling.

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