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:
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.
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:
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.