NAACP

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

When NAN, the Urban League, LULAC, Rainbow PUSH & the NAACP claim a "constitutional right" to hide the extent of their dependence on broadcaster & telecom funding, whose rights are they protecting?  Those of wealthy corporate donors or those of their supposed constituents?  

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The 2013 March, the “Tranquilizing Drug of Gradualism”

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:53

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

The 1963 and 2013 marches on Washington shared many of the same issues, but took place in very different political contexts. Fifty years ago, a deep and broad movement pressured Congress and presidents to accede to Black demands. President Obama’s speech at last week’s gathering “did not propose any substantive legislative initiatives to address the suffering of today.”

A Plan to Sue the NAACP under RICCO

“We’re putting together this class action lawsuit, we’re going to file it under the RICCO Act,” said Rev. Edward Pinkney, the former head of the Benton Harbor, Michigan, NAACP who has been organizing grassroots member protest against the civil rights organization’s national headquarters, in Baltimore. “We’re going to charge them with racketeering” for voiding elections in chapters across the country. “They’re eliminating people who are willing to get out here and fight,” said Pinkney. “They’re goal is that you should never, ever fight until you get permission from the national office.”

UNAC: U.S. Guilty of Air Piracy

The forced landing of Ecuadoran President Evo Morales’ plane by America’s NATO allies in Europe “is air piracy, it’s an attack on the sovereignty of every country in Latin America,” said Sara Flounders, of the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC). “It shows the level of panic in Washington” over Edward Snowden’s revelations of massive, worldwide U.S. spying, said Flounders. The U.S. is trying to “impose silence on the world.”

Bill of Rights Under Assault by Obama, Congress, FISA Courts

“We have an executive branch and a Congress, and a kept-court system – the FISA surveillance court – all working in de facto collusion to destroy the Bill of Rights,” said Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.Org. The web site facilitated 50,000 individual emails to the White House in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden. The U.S., as “the preeminent global surveillance superpower…asserts, with impunity, the prerogative to monitor and to intrude on any semblance of privacy,” said Solomon.

Washington Condones Congo Genocide

President Obama, when questioned during his recent Africa trip on what actions the U.S. would take to end its ally’s 17-year destabilization of the Democratic Republic of Congo, refused to even mention the offending nations by name. “It is simply that the United States is not ready to hold Rwanda and Uganda accountable, which means they are condoning the killing of over six million Africans in the heart of the continent,” said Kambale Musavuli, of the Washington-based Friends of Congo.

American “Revolution” was a Racist Revolt

Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, said the American rebellion against British rule “was basically a successful revolt of racist settlers. It was akin to Rhodesia, in 1965, assuming that Ian Smith and his cabal had triumphed. It was akin to the revolt of the French settlers in Algeria, in the 1950s and 1960s, assuming those French settlers had triumphed.” Dr. Horne is author Negroes of the Crown.

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Ben Jealous’ Obscene “Truth and Reconciliation” Proposal

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 00:03

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

NAACP president Ben Jealous wants to start a “truth and reconciliation” process in the U.S. – before political prisoners are freed, while mass incarceration devastates Black families and communities, and when Blacks are murdered by the state every 28 hours. Jealous’ “talk of reconciliation is an obscene diversion from reality.”

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From Detroit to Cyprus, Banksters in Search of Prey

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 14:48

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Detroit and the people of Cyprus share the same enemy.” The Lords of Capital, who are preparing to snatch chunks of cash straight out of ordinary people’s accounts in Cyprus, to pay for a bank bailout, are the same class that has “devalued the franchise of the 49 percent of Michigan’s Black population that live in municipalities and school districts under the thumb of outside financial managers.”

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The Greatness of Chavez

Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan president, “put the project of socialism back on the map in Latin America,” said Gregory Wilpert, co-founder of VenezuelaAnalysis.com. However, “It was only after the 2002 coup attempt that he became more radical” and “it wasn’t until 2005 that Chavez declared himself to be a socialist. The experience radicalized him.”

Chavez “changed the world, changed Venezuela, perhaps forever, he has changed South America, and he has created conditions for a new configuration of humanity,” said Dr. Anthony Monteiro, professor of African American Studies at Temple University, in Philadelphia. “He is part of the process of creating a South-South civilizational axis.

Double Protest Against NAACP

Protesters will stage actions at the NAACP’s Washington bureau, on April 3, and at the civil rights organization’s national headquarters, in Baltimore, the next day, said Rev. Edward Pinkney, the former head of the NAACP in Benton Harbor, Michigan. “We have given the NAACP a free pass, just like we gave Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson – because they’re Black.” Pinkney wants the NAACP’s non-profit status revoked for acting as an annex of the Democratic Party.

Perverse Effects of New York City Police Quota System

The Police Reform Organizing Project issued a wide-ranging report on New York City police practices, including its stop-and-frisk quotas. “Policing has been turned upside down,” said project director Robert Gangi. “We have a police force that is under pressure to engage in punitive interactions with community members,” including false arrests.

Public Education Crisis

There’s a destruction of public education taking place, whether it’s charter schools or corporate takeover of curriculum, all for the benefit of the wealthy, whose children do not attend public schools,” said Dr. Donald Smith, a founder of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. “Most Black educators, I’m sad to say, are at sleep at the wheel,” seemingly unaware of the crisis.

Obama Keeps Shopping for Grand Bargain

President Obama has tried to conclude his “grand bargain” with the GOP “over and over and over again,” said Kevin Zeese, co-director of It's Our Economy. “This is his fourth time. If you are going to raise more money, but not to meet people's needs, why are you doing it?” asked Zeese. “The bankers want it” to pay down the debt, “and that's what they'll get unless people stand up and say, No.”

Older Workers Hard Hit

Older Black workers face special problems in the current economy, according to a recent report of the American Association of Retired Persons. “It’s much more difficult to get a job in your 50s,” said Edna Kane-Williams, the AARP’s vice president for multicultural engagement. Almost 40 percent of those who are working “think it is very likely or somewhat likely that they will lose their jobs or have to give up working for themselves.”

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by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

“Not only is Bill Gates a cousin,” gushed academic Henry Louis Gates at the Urban League convention in Boston last week, “Bill Gates a brother.” Bill Gates, of course, is the founder of Microsoft, and one of the wealthiest men on earth. Invited to deliver the keynote address at the National Urban League’s annual meeting in Boston last week, the billionaire lectured the assembled on education and poverty, although Gates is not qualified to teach an hour in any classroom in the land, and has certainly never been poor.

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Race and Redemption: The Shirley Sherrod Debacle

Submitted by Dr. Ron Daniels on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 08:48

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by Dr. Ron Daniels


Often ignored in discussion of the Shirley Sherrod affair, was the question of whether Sherrod was actually obligated to give assistance to a white farmer in danger of eviction. After all, Sherrod’s not-for-profit job was specifically to help Black farmers. “Had she simply stopped at making a referral (as she initially did) that would have been above and beyond the call of duty under the circumstance – but she chose to do more.”

Freedom Rider: Shirley Sherrod’s Righteous Anger

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:49

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Like ACORN, Sherrod was victimized by a Democratic administration which revels in its willingness to assist the right in throwing its own people under the proverbial bus.” Yet, even when the media narrative shifts to sympathy for Sherrod, it trivializes her heroism, just as it diminished Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to a “dreaming preacher whose fondest wish was to see black and white children join hands and sing ‘Kumbayah.’”

 

"Snookered" by Liberalism

Submitted by Jared Ball on Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:48

by BAR editor and columnist Jared A. Ball, Ph.D.

Even the NAACP's language oozes weakness. "No longer are we even 'hoodwinked,' or 'bamboozled.' No, just 'snookered.' "I suppose its the difference between being outwitted and being without wit at all."

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NAACP Confronts Tea Party, But Will It Challenge Obama?

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 19:13

naacp vs tea party

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The nation's oldest civil rights group claims it is ready to confront militarism and demand that Obama supporters get the “change they voted for.” So do Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who is virtually an administration operative. So does Big Labor. We'll believe it when we see it. But, the Tea Party is another story.

 

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The utter dependence of our “civil rights” organizations like the NAACP and LULAC upon corporate donations from Big Cable and the telecom industry has caused them to weigh into FCC rulemaking processes against network neutrality and for the continued digital redlining of black and brown communities. They are joined by a substantial cohort of black and Latino elected officials on the federal and other levels. What does this mean for minority communities, whose economic development depends on the availability of cheap, accessible broadband and a relatively free and open internet?

NAACP Sells Out “Civil Rights” to Net Neutrality

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 02:32
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
Without the effective right to communicate with one's fellow humans, all other rights disappear. In opposing internet neutrality in return for corporate telecom money, the NAACP and other so-called civil rights groups have committed an unforgivable “theft of the people's trust.”

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