NAACP declares war on Zimmerman, This case is about Race or is it?

UPDATE!!!

This is an article from the National Association of Scholars’ President Peter Wood, titled how Academe turned Zimmerman into a racist. It goes along the same lines of what is happened with the NAACP. Enjoy, well worth the read:

http://www.nas.org/articles/how_academe_turned_zimmerman_into_a_racist

 

Today a new Caucus will make an address in the Halls of our Congress.  The new Caucus, which just means a group of like-minded politicians working on a policy or issue, the  Black Men and Boys Caucus will kick off with a speech by Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin.  The aims of this working group is to find solutions (new Federal funding $$$) for the problems affecting America’s young Black males.  The choice of Tracy Martin is indicative of the lack of seriousness of the Caucus, as it has elevated a neglecting father to a model status, one that anyone who knows the background of the Zimmerman saga knows is undeserving.  This is at the behest of the NAACP which has leveraged its diminished influence on its quest to get Zimmerman.

What we are seeing is a temper tantrum by a once revered organization, that worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hand in hand in bringing a more just and equal society, one more in line with the American ideals.  Their past contributions is undeniable.  That they can help and drive the Black vote is also undeniable, but can they assist the African-American community in today’s world?  Can they address the issues of high criminality, staggering numbers of unwed mothers (73%), high levels of illiteracy (Detroit-47%),  and high unemployment ( nationally 16%,  total if the one who have given up are counted, 23%)?

Bill O’Reilly address some of the issues in his show, quoting him:

The sad truth is that from the President on down, our leadership has no clue, no clue at all about how to solve problems within the black community. And many are frightened to even broach the issue. That’s because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so- called “conversation,” turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias.

You read the rest here: http://www.billoreilly.com/b/Bill-OReilly:-President-Obama-and-the-race-problem/945823226264545887.html

I disagree somewhat, the leadership does know the issues and know that to fix them they are going to have to confront  a sector of  Society that has undue influence not just on Black Youth but of all races, the Entertainment industry.  The issue is criticizing a sector that provides huge amounts of funding, and that you use to drive voters.  So they don’t and try to find solutions or place blame on other things, like racial profiling.

To promote equality of rights and to eradicate caste or race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; to advance the interest of colored citizens; to secure for them impartial suffrage; and to increase their opportunities for securing justice in the courts, education for the children, employment according to their ability and complete equality before law.

This was the mission statement of the NAACP when it incorporated in 1911.  In the beginning the group’s first President was a descendant from earliest Puritans, a wealthy socialist as Chairman of the Executive Board, a journalist, a Jewish woman as Executive Secretary, a black doctor of history as its head of Publicity and research.  Of the original 60 members only 7 were black.  From these humble beginnings the organization grew into a powerful force.  Its monthly magazine The Crisis which was led by W.E. B. Dubois provided first hand accounts of news, current affairs, poems and essays on culture and history and reached a  circulation of 100,000 in the 1920’s and served as Dubois personal opinions  and those of the NAACP.

While the marches and rallies and lobbying were slowly changing attitudes of the public, it was its Legal wing that was making an impact in the courts and slowly over turning the Jim Crow’s law and racial segregation.  The mostly Jewish lawyers, who identified with the Black plight and compared it to their own history as slaves in Egypt, and the riots as pogroms not only contributed financially they composed of most the Executive Directors of the organization, it was not until 1975 that the first Black Executive was elected, though there were Blacks who served as President and members of the Board.

In the 50’s and 60’s when the great civil rights battles were being fought, half of the lawyers of the NAACP were Jewish and half of the NAACP members that went to Mississippi to help register blacks to vote and protest the Jim Crow laws were White.  But after the passage Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, the leadership of the NAACP and their local chapter leaders their relationship started to become strained.  These were volatile times as a philosophical battle was being fought for the hearts and minds of Black America, between T.R.M. Howard the Chicago doctor and activist that preached self-help, entrepreneurship and he was fond of saying:

“There is not a thing wrong with Mississippi today that real Jeffersonian democracy and the religion of Jesus Christ cannot solve.'”

On the other hand were the Socialist Utopia of the far Left that were promoted by NAACP and the anarchist like the Black Panthers who preached revolution and complete separatism of Blacks and Whites.  In the end Socialism won, with its promise of government instituted programs but only with the assistance of the separatists.  These new Progressives went about transforming the country, maintaining and enlarging the gains of the civil rights era.  In some cases whole cities came to be under their control, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Montgomery, Little Rock and many more were now controlled by the children of the civil rights.  With government promising more and more aid in the form of the many programs aimed at them their control grew but so did the dependency on such programs with abysmal results.

The NAACP dedicated itself of protecting those gains, expanding them whenever possible.  It had become a corrupt organization that’s only aim was aiding Progressives in their aim not the advancement of its people.  Its membership dwindled, its differences with NAACP Legal Fund grew to the point that it sue unsuccessfully to remove the NAACP from its former twin organization.  Its members had become anti-semitic against despite its roots and in the end the LDF just dropped the NAACP from its logo, though it is still their legal corporate name.

The problems in the organization continued in the 90’s when membership was at its lowest and mismanagement was high, at point in 1996 the organization had only 50 offices from the 250 it had in 1992.  It all started to change in 1998 when Julian Bond became the Chairman and he reached out to other Progressive organizations.  Flush with cash from these other groups the NAACP help to mobilize blacks for the 2000 election helping Gore win States like Pennsylvania and Michigan.  It also meant an official change in the organization stance in other areas, like LBGT and support for same-sex marriage and adopting Planned Parenthood.

Julian Bond drew a parallel between gay right and the black civil rights, he also brought about the acceptance of immigrant rights.  When Ben Jealous was elected President he continued those positions as a result the organization has Hispanic chapter leaders as their leaders, and it has expanded their membership.

It has come at a price, many church leaders which had traditionally composed the local NAACP leadership have been very vocal against these changes and many have resigned. As Rev. CL Bryant said in an article publish on USA Today:

” After a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmermanin the killing of Trayvon Martin, the NAACP pledged that it “will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed.” The reaction is characteristic of today’s NAACP, a group that deals more in political demagoguery than in advancing the causes relevant to African-Americans. The group is a shadow of what it once was.”

He goes on to say: “Then I watched as progressives staged a coup to take over the Garland NAACP chapter and many others, including the national organization. Their agenda is angry, calling for every black man, woman, and child to be dependent on the government from cradle to grave – wards of the state, addicted to government handouts, living with a perpetual victim complex.”

Please read the whole thing, it  provides an insight look at the organization in its current form. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/07/22/trayvon-zimmerman-naacp-column/2572955/

As both O’Reilly and Rev. Bryant point out the issues of the Black community stem from its problems with Education which are turning young blacks into criminals as their only alternative.  It is a problem few are willing to admit to.  What is the NAACP stands on these issues? Well according to Chairman Bond the NAACP is role is to provide social justice and those problems require social service so they have done all they can (NPR interview Feb. 16 2009)

What does this means? Why is the NAACP targeting Zimmerman? The answer is that it really is not targeting Zimmerman but it is using the controversy caused for by the trial and acquittal to gain both members and to push its Progressive agenda.  Voting rights the NAACP is fighting to have voting rights restored to felons, as well as any voter id. law. Economic opportunities it wants to maintain quotas or racial preferences so that its members are hired. Education while parity used to be the goal, it now supports a program championed by Pres. Obama to end or greatly limit school suspensions and disciplinary actions in Public Schools  against black students.  It is worth remembering that Trayvon Martin was in Sanford that night because he was on his 3rd suspension of the school year.  Civic Engagement it wants to keep promoting the advocacy of young men and women in college. Media Diversity it encourages the media to hire more blacks for tv and movies.  Federal Advocacy-they are lobbying to stop a la carte cable programming as a deterrent to diversity, now in the current system cable providers must include in their packages  or tiers minority owned stations, with a la carte that requirement would be lost.  Gun control; they are also pushing for tougher gun control laws, because they have proven to be so effective in the past (sarc) see Chicago. Filibuster reform they want to do away with the rules to required a simple majority.   As we can see from this list they are all in the Progressive wish list, all items are straight out of their webpage.

As Rev. Bryant states the NAACP should now be call the NAACPP, the added P for Progressive.  What it means is that Zimmerman is a means to an end, using Zimmerman and the controversy to push their ideas of gun control, education reform and energizing their base to vote and choose leaders that would help push these reforms.  Rather than looking for a solution to the Black community the NAACP and its allies are pushing their agenda forward, hoping that nobody notices.  Meanwhile, in Chicago last weekend saw 4 dead and 10 wounded in separate shootings.  This past weekend was also the same when multiple demonstrations were held across the country protesting the verdict in the Zimmerman trial.  It seems that the priorities seem askew, the talk about Stand Your Ground laws  seems ridiculous considering that many of the people who vehemently argue against them now where either proponents or did not oppose the law when instituted, like Rep. Frederica Wilson in Florida and President Obama when he was a State Senator. Instead of offering solutions the leadership is looking for scapegoats, racial profiling , SYG laws, gun control and the very laws they once championed.  I’ll leave you with a quote from Romany Malco, a black actor, published in the Huffington Post:

I believe we lost that trial for Trayvon long before he was killed. Trayvon was doomed the moment ignorance became synonymous with young black America . We lost that case by using media outlets (music, movies, social media, etc.) as vehicles to perpetuate the same negative images and social issues that destroyed the black community in the first place. When we went on record glorifying violent crime and when we voted for a president we never thought to hold accountable. When we signed on to do reality shows that fed into the media’s stereotypes of black men, we ingrained an image of Trayvon Martin so overwhelming that who he actually may have been didn’t matter anymore.

Don’t you find it peculiar that the same media outlets who have worked so diligently to galvanize the negative stigmas of black men in America are now airing open debates on improving the image of black males in American media? Do you honestly think CNN is using their competitive time slots for philanthropy?

You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” – Rahm Emanuel

If we really wanted to ensure Trayvon Martin’s killing was not in vain, we’d stop perpetuating negative images that are now synonymous with black men in America. We’d stop rapping about selling drugs and killing niggas. The next time we saw a man beating a woman, we’d call for help or break it up, but one thing we would not do is stand by with our cellphones out — yelling WORLDSTAR! Instead of rewarding kids for memorization, we’d reward them for independent and critical thinking.

The fact remains that Blacks in this country are doing better than their counterparts anywhere else in the world, but a sector of them is being left behind.  It will require bold leadership, not demagoguery to address the problems head-on and it may require stepping on a few toes.  Lacking this the issues will linger and continue to suffer.  Is there anyone willing to step up to the plate? Black, White or whatever.

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36 Comments

  1. ” Of the original 60 members only 7 were black.”

    Outstanding analysis of the history of the NAACP. I did not know all of this. It’s a real eye opener.

    In a sense, we now have the blind leading the blind. The NAACP is no longer actively trying to realistically improve the lot of the black citizenry. The idea now is entitlement programs, quotas and no real interest in the individual black person.

    Without mentioning the BGI, you just explained how it came to rise and worsen the plight of black people.

    Great job, bori.

      • Yes, Bori. I agree with your points. History tells us so much and these people ignore that history at their own peril.

        This historical perspective includes what is to be found within the Bible.

        Some people actually think that George will face some kind of judgement from God (B-29) but I say that she does not know the Bible very well, because within the first 5 books where the laws are set out, there is mention of homicide that comes from self-defense. It talks of the refuge cities where a person can go in such a situation. A lot of people are unaware that this is actually stated. It is proof to me that the age old attitude has been that self-defense is a legitimate reason to have killed someone.

        History is full of examples of where things go wrong. The experiment of Utopia was not the first time either. I am claiming mind blank but I am sure that there was a much earlier example of an experiment that went wrong.

        Utopia simply does not work because it is not in man’s nature to live harmoniously.

        On the other hand, I say let all the Greens and their hangers on go somewhere that they can all live together and leave the rest of us alone. The Marxists can join them.

      • There have been many examples of people attempting to bring utopia on earth. Jim Jones thought he had created his utopia on his camp in Guyana before the mass suicide, homicide. His was a religious utopia.

        Blacks thought they had their own Utopia, first on Haiti, and later on Liberia both rank among the poorest countries in the world.

        Then of course there’s Plato whose proposed Utopia was dividing the citizens into 4 four groups, gold, silver,bronze and iron, I may be wrong about the last 2 but you get the picture.

      • Yes, Plato, that is where I had my mind blank. He was the first to set fort h the idea of Utopia.

        It did not work in the Athenian City-State and it will not work now.

        Jim Jones is another good example of Utopia going wrong, but there is another example again.

        I thought it was associated with St. Thomas More, he did not go there but his followers went to South America to set up their Utopia and it was a massive fail.

      • St Thomas More was not a Puritan. He was a Catholic and he remained a Catholic until his execution by the King of England, because he refused to follow the king’s orders (considered as treason in those days).

        The Puritans are a different matter again.

      • Yes indeed.

        Now for a piece of absolute trivia.

        Did you ever watch the movie Beetlejuice? The opening scenes of that movie were done in Conneticut (sp because I never get it correct)…. well, I know the location for the scene where the “accident” happened because I have been to that village. I might even have a snap of the bridge 🙂

        I was there in 2009 🙂

        I mention it here because the site is set up as an historical village, and it is what I more or less call to mind when I think of the life of those Puritans and early settlers.

        I know some things about the Salem witch trials and I have read a version of the Scarlet letter which is also based on Puritan life.

        I am glad that over time the Puritan influence has disappeared.

        The ideas of the Puritans were not new and they evolved over time. One current form happens to be the new wave Vegans. They consider themselves to be the pure ones. Some of the philosophy has changed but nothing they say or do is new.

      • The things change the more they stay the same. I agree with you about Vegans, it is a religion to them. What I find interesting that as people leave the Church they substitute it with other beliefs to fill the void.

        It does not matter how crazy or unreasonable something takes up empty space. Veganism, Satanism, Communism, etc. Even atheist the lack of belief is a belief in itself. There is something in all of us that says our spirits need to fed and satisfied as our bodies.

      • I once saw a documentary about the Salem witch trials and read a book long ago. That was truly a horrific dark era in our history. Most, if not all, of these executed were guilty of nothing. I remember that their convictions also meant their families lost all of their assets.

        That must have been a scary time for everyone. No one was safe.

      • Think what would happen if George had been convicted on nothing more than the feelings and beliefs of a group of people.

        How safe would you feel? I know the comparison is not exact as there is a dead person, in this case, but putting that aside, the comparison is apt. An ear witness, some eyewitness who may have seen something, assumptions on the part of the witnesses, no direct evidence of the charge. Prosecutors willing to do whatever to convict, pressured apply to GZ ( charging Shellie) in order to get a confession and a willing mob, cheering for a lynching.

      • Tragically, many Americans have been wrongfully convicted.. some may have been executed. Our judicial system is not fool proof and needs to be fine tuned but when prosecutions like this one that are so blatantly malicious, are allowed to continue to conclusion, then something should be done post-haste.

        None of that is happening. I don’t know what affect this have in the future but some of Nelson’s decisions could now become case law.

      • I do believe they will get theirs, it is too soon, the fallout of the case is still ongoing. Corey tried to cover herself with those interviews, but everyone could see that they were just trying to cover themselves. Watching the second interview I think the chinks were there, they were not as arrogant as before. I hope I am not wrong on this, but …

      • Bori you are exactly correct. You have a truly wonderful understanding of the whole matter.

        I could bore you with the whole history as it relates to Vegans. It is extremely interesting because it dates back to early Christianity and it was considered a Christian heresy in various forms.

        The name Cathars should mean something to you… but if you do not know, the Cathars (Albigenses being one form) were not only dualists (believing in a god of good and a god of evil), they were also vegans and they did some really whacky stuff, including a lack of belief in marriage and indulging in homosexuality!!

        The thing about these vegans is that they really do see it as some kind of religion or cult, and heaven help anyone who strays from that particular plantation.

        I agree that when they leave the Church, they need to find something to fill the void because they have a spirituality that they do not understand.

      • I don’t know much about the Cathars other that I think they were a offshoot of the Paulinists of Armenia. Didn’t they believe that the old testament or the Jewish Bible was written by Satan, so only the New Testament was the word of God or something to that effect.

      • The Cathars is the general name. There are some names that are very similar, and Paulinists are one of those names.

        The Albigenses were Catharists. I have not looked at this history for a while, but I think it goes back much further than the Paulinists, and goes to the time of St. Augustine. I would have to start searching to get the correct name.

        The Cathars were in fact dualists and they believed in a god of good and a god of evil. The Albigenses had some strange rituals including their death ritual which has a lot in common with voluntary euthanasia because it was the refusal to eat when the time for death had come. They also only had the one “sacrament” that was issued prior to death.

        Tracking these sects is quite tedious in my view, but when some modern sects lay claim to Apostolic Succession via such cults one can only shake the head in disgust 🙂

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