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Being liberal not enough: NAACP ditches leader under radical leftist pressure

Being liberal not enough: NAACP ditches leader under radical leftist pressure

Moving towards Black Lives Matter model: Training members “how to counter the White House”

The NAACP has determined that its current path is too tame and that the group needs to be far more activist in its resistance to the President.

To that end, it is firing its president and working on a “systemwide refresh,” inspired apparently by the Black Lives Movement.

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Sessions’s order to federal prosecutors to pursue the toughest charges and sentences against drug crime suspects crystallized the decision to press for change at the N.A.A.C.P. The order reversed efforts by the Obama administration to ease penalties for some nonviolent drug offenses and was a 180-degree pivot even for the Republican Party, which had warmed to changes in the criminal justice system.

[Leon W. Russell, the chairman of the board] said he was also worried about Mr. Trump’s executive order to revive the coal industry and nullify President Barack Obama’s work to combat climate change, as well as efforts by Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, to push for more school choice programs while cutting resources from public schools. The president’s budget, to be released next week, is expected to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from school-based mental health programs, advanced coursework and other services, and to plow much of the savings into a $400 million program to fund vouchers for private and religious schools, and to expand public charter schools.

The group is apparently going to move into community organizing, as well.

Mr. Russell said the group planned to train members on how to disseminate information quickly to counter the White House, how to fight legal battles locally and how to move beyond protesting. Local chapters will also be getting more resources from the national organization to help bolster activism in both urban and rural areas.

All of this change in the organization required a shakeup at the top, so the current NAACP president has been “dismissed.”

The NYT continues:

The national board of the N.A.A.C.P. voted Friday to dismiss the organization’s president, Cornell William Brooks, after only three years, pledging a “systemwide refresh” at the nation’s largest and most storied civil rights group in order to confront President Trump more vigorously.

Mr. Brooks, who said in an interview that he was “baffled” and saddened by the decision, will leave the organization at the end of June when his contract expires.

The group feels that it has been “eclipsed” by the Black Lives Matters movement and apparently wants to remake itself in that image.  Brooks, a mere liberal, doesn’t fit the new mold.

The NYT continues:

But the board of the N.A.A.C.P. wants a new face of the organization. Mr. Russell and Mr. Johnson said the group needed to more effectively push back against Mr. Trump’s stances on issues like voting rights laws, public education, environmental policy and the criminal justice system. The group, which has been eclipsed in many ways by the more youthful Black Lives Matter movement and the broader opposition to Mr. Trump, is embarking on a listening tour of cities across the nation to get ideas about how it can remain relevant.

. . . .  [S[ome of those young people say they haven’t seen much of the organization. Johnetta Elzie, 28, an activist who became prominent after protesting in Ferguson, Mo., praised Mr. Brooks for being arrested at Mr. Sessions’s office.

But, she added: “I don’t ever think about them as a resource. I don’t ever look in their direction to see what’s going on. I think that’s a problem because their legacy means we should be looking for them for leadership at all times.”

Writing at NBC News, Russell and Vice-chairman Derrick Johnson describe their view of America in stark detail.

In 2017, a black American still cannot walk down a street, drive a car, play on the playground or enter their own home at night without the fear of being shot, beaten or harassed by their neighbors or their very own police – the individuals ironically pledged to protect him.

Gerrymandering and other voter suppression tactics like ID laws have made it increasingly difficult and in some cases impossible for black Americans and other communities of color to participate in our nation’s democratic elections. Many are so dissuaded by the expectation that their vote may not count — or will count against them and the safety of their community — often elect not to vote at all.

Almost two decades into the turn of the century and yet millions of black children are still taught in segregated and underserved school – and not just in the South. It is New York City that is home to the most segregated school district in the United States. And at the same time, the gap between the college graduation rates for white students and black students is only increasing, putting that American Dream ever farther out of reach.

Faced, they claim, with a new president who “unapologetically sows division, appeals to right-wing extremists and threatens to fundamentally change the direction of our nation – for the worse,” they choose to reorganize.

They continue:

We’re not going to agonize – we’re going to organize.

True to our legacy, the NAACP has never shied away from change – in fact, our mission has been to embrace it. And that is exactly what we will do again now, in three main actions.

These three actions consist of finding new leadership, assessing their “infrastructure and operations,” and engaging the American people.  Well, some of the American people, anyway.

On this latter point they appear to referring to the anti-Trump “resistance” and Black Lives Matters.

. . . .  We know that our branches are what make our organization unique – they are carrying out local work with national importance – and we want to ensure that every single one of them has the platform that they need in order to keep fighting for the rights of black Americans to live free from harm and oppression.

. . . .  In the coming months, our leadership will embark on a listening tour, for the first time in our history. It is clear that Americans of all genders and ages, from all of the corners of all 50 states, have been aching to be understood, to be seen – and now, they are demanding to be heard. We want to meet those demands, and in doing so, ensure that we are harnessing the energy and voice of our grassroots membership as we pursue transformational change.

With Black Lives Matters as their model, what can go wrong?

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rabid wombat | May 20, 2017 at 8:03 pm

A brain is a terrible thing to waste….

What part of revitalization, rehabilitation, and reconciliation do they oppose?

Oh, never mind. I think the answer is blowing therein.

The Friendly Grizzly | May 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm

More proof that NAACP really does stand for “Negroes Are Always Causing Problems”.

The new NAACP…growing more stupid after all these years. They are committed to more dysfunction in the black community. It’s almost like some of them profit from it.

If your job in life is to stir the pot, you don’t want to set the ladle down.

These folks must think that their goodies are about to be taken away, and that they must grab as much as they can as fast as they can.
I think they are headed for trouble.

Mmm,mmm,mmm. Now known, with certainty, we have seen the content of their advanced colored character.

They be, they be at last!

amatuerwrangler | May 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm

So the NAACP (or NAALCP as Rush says)thinks it is a good idea to align itself with the BLM folk, those who are still perpetrating a lie: Trayvon was not attacked by Zimmerman, Zimmerman was attacked by Trayvon; Michael attacked officer Wilson during a detention for robbery and never had his hands up.

For the vast majority of US citizens and lawful visitors, a program of enhanced and/or strict enforcement of drug crimes is not that big a thing since they will not be doing things that cause that policy to touch them. NAACP would have been better off to use their influence (whatever that might be) to encourage black people to avoid problems by OBEYING THE LAW. Don’t they know that these stances only make it look like they believe that criminal activity is part of the black DNA and that they expect the rest of society to just live with it.

The so-called black community has ZERO political power.

When over 90% of you vote in lock-step with the Democrats every single election without fail, NEITHER side cares about you.

Democrats don’t care about doing anything for you because you vote for them anyway.

Republicans don’t care about you because they vote for Democrats anyway.

Welcome to total irrelevancy, black community.

Walker Evans | May 21, 2017 at 12:46 am

So they want to be more like an organization that marched in the streets chanting “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? NOW!” The credibility they fought so hard to achieve in the 60’s has been flushed into the sewer by this alignment with the BLM, a group that behaves more like terrorists than civil rights people. After this move they have definitely re-branded themselves as the National Association for the Abandonment of Cognitive Perception.

I’m so old that I can remember when the NAACP conducted voter registration drives and helped old people in rural communities to reach the polls on election day.

Of course, the NRA was considered an alley of the NAACP in those days.

Funny, though…black wimmins are the fastest growing demographic for arming up and new CCL. So maybe the NAACP is just out of step…

    Whitewall in reply to Ragspierre. | May 21, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Indeed. Arming up to protect themselves from marauding black men. Today, many NAACP members live in homes with metal bars on their windows for the very same reasons.

      Rick the Curmudgeon in reply to Whitewall. | May 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      I like the idea of black women arming up; it’s just that many more people going “Gun law say WHAT? That’s bullshit; ain’t nobody got time for that!”

      And it’s bars on the window because today’s NAACP is anti-Second Amendment.

The past is prologue once again. Booker T. Washington described (My Larger Education; 1911) those who stir the pot to create trouble as “problem profiteers”:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

I am so past giving a damn about the ” black community “… They claim its unsafe for a black man woman or child to walk the streets of their communities and imply that this fear is driven by interracial violence or police setting upon them ….in one aspect they are indeed correct but they ignore the real culprits … Their own children…it is their own children who are killing their communities … Eating them from the inside out… No the white man …. Not police …. Folks if you want to understand why homicide rates are climbing accross the country there is a blog out of chicago called Second City Cop… Its written by serving and retired chicago police … Its provides a birds eye view of not just the issues in chicago but the attitudes in many of our liberal run cities where violence is increasing after decades of decline… HEY BILL IF YOU SEE THIS I SUGGEST YOU CHECK IT OUT …. A LOT OF GOOD MATERIAL FOR THIS BLOG

Gremlin1974 | May 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm

The NAACP has been “eclipsed” by the Black Lies Matter movement for one simple reason. The NAACP, stopped being about the Advancement of Colored Persons and started being about the “grievance” of colored persons and frankly BLM did it better.

The problem is that if you are just advocating a narrative of grievance you aren’t really advancing anyone.

Oh and rabid wombat … A brain is not such a terrible thing to waste if its in a liberal head

Albigensian | May 22, 2017 at 12:55 pm

School choice has become a wedge issue in Democratic politics, with most Democratic politicians supporting the teachers’ unions PoV that seems to view public schools primarily as a jobs program, with any education taking place therein as a secondary objective.

Nonetheless, school choice remains popular among parents, especially when lack of choice leaves ones children trapped in one of the nations many dismally-performing public school systems. And at least a few Democratic politicians have found the courage to break with the unions (although some of these have been made to pay for doing so).

And then comes NAACP, doubling-down on maintaining the public-school monopoly, and pushing only the teachers’ unions line of, “We just need more resources” (i.e., money).

Is it really asking too much to expect NAACP to re-consider whether taxpayer-funded education can and should prioritize students’ needs over the demands of the schools’ union employees?

Or is it just asking too much in general to expect any part of the civil rights establishment to prioritize the needs of those they claim to serve over their own wish to serve themselves and promote their organizations?

I guess NAACP does mean,

Negroes Against All Caucasian People