NAACP: What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing!
Some argue that the NAACP is an organization that has long outlived its usefulness. My assessment is that the so-called Civil Rights group has transmogrified from a respected organization to what over a century ago Italy labelled a Camorra. A Camorra is “a group of persons united for dishonest or dishonorable ends.” Place the word “chthonic” (pronounced “tha-nik” which means relating to the underworld) and you have a pretty good description of today’s NAACP.
For those who are going apoplectic with disagreement right about now, let me offer the following. In September of 2003, over coffee and Key-lime pie, I asked a colleague: “Name 10 things Jesse Jackson has done to tangibly help the black people he claims to represent.” It’s now well over a decade later, and that question remains unanswered. So I offer the same question pursuant to the NAACP. Can you name 10 things in the last 20 years that the NAACP has done to specifically help those they claim to represent?
The problem with a Civil Right’s organization is when civil right’s violations become an anomaly or anecdotal then the organization is forced to invent said violations in order to validate its continued existence. Which raises the question, is it then fear of extinction that motivates the leaders of the cabal to viciously attack anyone (specifically anyone black) who advocates against things the NAACP views as their sacred livestock?
And there is no greater sacred animal for the NAACP than a mind that is transfixed on their message of victimhood and immiseration. Which explains their catatonic behavior toward Americans of color who embrace modernity.
The Rev(ahum)-er-end William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP chapter, chose Martin Luther King Day to attack Senator Tim Scott as a puppet for the Republican Party saying, “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy.” Speaking in Rep. Scott’s home state of South Carolina, Barber said: “The extreme right wing down here, finds a black guy to be Senator and claims he’s the first black Senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”
Barber should have applauded Senator Scott who is one of the most honorable men in Congress. Instead, he chose to attack Mr. Scott and foment antipathy for him. Which begs an answer to the question, why attack Senator Scott when he embodies everything the NAACP supposedly stands for? Mr. Scott is a college graduate and business owner, who has made a career of honest and genuine community service. He is a devout Evangelical Christian who comports himself with propriety and respect, and his personal life appears to be above reproach.
The NAACP has pronounced Jihad against him because Senator Scott thinks for himself, is a conservative supported by the Tea Party, and doesn’t blame white people for the ills of the world. The NAACP doesn’t want blacks (or whites when they can use them) to think for themselves. They want a mentality of victimhood because, as stated, that validates their existence. And more importantly, it perpetuates the gargantuan salaries of their top executives. Not to mention their over-the-top spending on accommodations and travel.
It is incongruous that a group that supposedly was organized to champion black achievement chooses to only recognize the achievements of those like Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Obama, Jesse Jackson, and Julian Bond. They were poised to present their Image Award which recognizes outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, and those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. They were shamed out of giving the award to a musician who the world knew had been indicted in two states for sex with young girls. And even more reprehensible the musician they we shamed them out of nominating, video taped some of his sexual exploits with the young girls.
The NAACP not being able to find racism in Tea Party groups invents it as it supports the staged claims of racism by persons who were paid to make offensive signs, go to rallies, and pretend to be Tea Party people.
And their enablers encourage them. An actor friend of mine shared with me that he refused to feel ashamed or guilty because he was raised in an upper-middle class home. Why should he feel guilty because he was raised in a clean, safe neighborhood juxtaposed to being raised in the hood?
I was recently excoriated by white liberals for saying that when Rosa Parks was being thrown off the bus I was riding in the front of the bus and had a white nanny. They were appalled that I didn’t feel shame for my good fortune at a time other blacks were suffering.
The mentality of the NAACP and their enablers is that if you are black you must have a story of victimhood to tell. If you are black you must have a story of how you overcame the white man’s effort to keep you down. If you are black your goal in life is to promote the ghetto lottery, i.e., give what you have worked for to those who are pursuing complaints and largesse.
I won’t argue that there wasn’t a time the NAACP was warranted, but I will argue that the need for their existence today is ceremonial, at best. And every time someone from the NAACP viciously attacks Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Walter Williams, Senator Tim Scott, or me they prove exactly what I have said.
And I am confident that years from now my question challenge to name 10 things they have done to help blacks will remain unanswered.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here