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Author's Note: Yes, I read Rick's piece this morning. Yes, it covers some of the same ground. But there are enough differences that I'm not willing to simply toss the whole thing in the scrap heap and mutter imprecations about Rick and his dubious parentage and ongoing habit of plagiarizing me before I even write something. Not this time, chum...

Ah, the NAACP. Such a simple, elegant notion. A remarkably clear, uncomplicated organization -- their very name is their mission statement. "The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People." That's all you need to know -- they're an association, with affiliates across the nation, whose goal is improving the lot of a certain group of people who, historically, have been assailed, exploited, repressed, and beaten down. A heretical notion once, now pretty much self-evident.

And that group? While the name itself has been remarkably fluid, the subjects have not. Colored people, Afro-Americans, Blacks, African-Americans, Negros -- a rose by any other name.

(An aside: I don't care for most of those terms. I haven't been able to take "colored" seriously since "Dr. Detroit," when a black woman objected to the term by saying "Nobody colored me, I was born this way!" I have a bias against "African American" or "Afro-American" because I don't like "American" being hyphenated, a lot of those going by the term have only tangential ties to Africa, and a lot of others who do have closer ties to the continent don't qualify by being white or Arabic. And black? Most "black" people aren't any more "black" that I am "white:" they're shades of brown, while I'm pinkish-tan. But whatever. I'm going to stick with "black" unless I have a reason to use another.)

But that simple mission statement has "evolved" to include a political definition. Simply having enough of the right genes isn't enough to rouse the NAACP's interest. No, you have to be on the right side (or, at least, not on the wrong side) of certain political interests.

Case in point: Kenneth Gladney, the (negro/colored/Afro-American/African-American/black) Tea Party activist who was beaten by (alleged) union thugs at a protest.

Now, I could make a case for the NAACP not wanting to get involved in his case. Gladney, it appears, was not targeted on the basis of his race, but his political beliefs. There is no racial element in his situation. All they had to say was that they were observing the case, that they were troubled at the violence, but didn't see where it was part of their official mission.

That would have been fine. But that wasn't what they had to say.

Back in the day, we used to call someone like that, and I want to remind you, uh, when this incident occurred, I was really struck by a front page picture of this guy, which we called, a Negro, i mean that we call him a Negro in the fact that he works for not for our people but against our people. In the old days, we call him an Uncle Tom. I just gotta say that.

On the basis of race and race alone, purely as a question of racial identity, Mr. Gladney has more right to call himself "black" than President Obama, whose mother was white. But the NAACP is pretty much married to Obama, and considers him far more worthy of their support than Mr. Gladney.

By what basis is this distinction drawn? On what scale is someone like President Obama more "black" than Kenneth Gladney?

Why, the political one, of course.

The NAACP has, for decades, tied itself to the Democratic Party. They are unabashed liberals and progressives, and they have been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrats for a long, long time. That became glaringly obvious during the 2000 campaign and following Bush administration -- the NAACP (a nominally non-partisan group) ran ads against him and spent years denouncing and attacking him and his administration.

Politics trumps race. Remember that.

It also trumps sex.

Let's look at some people who have been hailed by the feminist movement as heroes and champions.

Bill Clinton: chronic philanderer. Serial philanderer. Sexual harasser. Accused rapist.

Al Gore: Alleged "sex-crazed poodle."

John Kerry: Highly successful gigolo.

John Edwards: Cheated on sick wife, denied parentage of child.

On the other hand, when a woman was being (and still is being) attacked, largely on the basis of her being a woman, that's different. Because she's not a "real woman."

That's right. Men who have a history of treating women like useful objects, then discarding them, are more entitled to the support of feminists than someone who actually has the proper genetics and plumbing and accoutrements (hell, she conceived and bore five children, albeit with the assistance of a man) of a woman.

Where were the feminists when she was greeted by protesters wearing "Sarah Palin Is A Cunt" T-Shirts? It doesn't get more objectionable or objectifying than that. It's reducing her to... well, the one thing that the above-mentioned feminist heroes seem to care about almost exclusively.

Politics trumps sex.

So, remember those lessons. If you are a black person or a woman who's run into trouble, make certain that you don't have any conservative credentials. Because the very people who hold themselves up as champions of your race and/or sex will not hesitate to side with your oppressors and throw you under the bus.

And if, in the process, they lose their moral standing, so be it. No one who "matters" will even notice.


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Comments (16)

Looks like Lee still will b... (Below threshold)
epador:

Looks like Lee still will be giving his 2 negative votes even though he's banned.

Well put, friend.

Conservative women and cons... (Below threshold)
Joe Miller:

Conservative women and conservative black men are really just Old White Males. Isn't that obvious?

"the very people who hold t... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"the very people who hold themselves up as champions of your race and/or sex will not hesitate to side with your oppressors and throw you under the bus. "

That makes the inaccurate assumption that those very same liberals aren't ultimately the oppressors. By demanding ideological purity amongst their captive victim groups they are the oppressors. You can have advancement, but only when and where the group think of the party allows you to. Start thinking for yourself and you will be attacked because thinking for yourself is dangerous.

the NAACP needs racism to b... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

the NAACP needs racism to be kept alive...else they're out of a job.

but only the right kind of racism! The blatant of the New Black Panthers, Robert Byrd, etc...no problem.

IMAGINARY racism by the Tea Party...now THAT is a problem!

politics are why the NAACP ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

politics are why the NAACP and feminists have lost all relevance except with the MFM where politics trump objectivity and integrity.

Jay Tea,You wrote:... (Below threshold)
Opinionated Vogon:

Jay Tea,

You wrote:

Gladney, it appears, was not targeted on the basis of his race, but his political beliefs. There is no racial element in his situation.

I have to point you to a report by Andrew Breitbart where he says:

Last week, a black gentleman named Kenneth Gladney went to a town-hall meeting hosted by Rep. Russ Carnahan, Missouri Democrat. While passing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags, he was viciously attacked by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members. One called him a "nigger."

Cheers :)


That's funny. I am ruddy wh... (Below threshold)
ron:

That's funny. I am ruddy white sooo that makes me a ruddy white-American.

Ive got olive colored skin.... (Below threshold)
914:

Ive got olive colored skin. So I guess that make's me an olive oil Italian American.

Srew you NAAraCeP.

Liberals don't think of the... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Liberals don't think of themselves as 'oppressors'. But then, they don't think of themselves as hypocrites either.

When will the Southern Poverty Law Center brand the NAACP a "hate group"?

Since the NAACP wants to brand 'certain' Tea Party people as Racist!, would they care to NAME who those individuals are?

Well, now both sides of the... (Below threshold)
BlueNight:

Well, now both sides of the culture war have something to agree on: it doesn't matter what race (Michael Steele, Alan Keyes) or sex (Sarah Palin, Jan Brewer) you are, if you have the same political beliefs we do, you are welcome to be on our side.

This is progress, people, despite the rancor. Now, if the Republican Party can learn to use logic, finesse, and better propoganda in its marketing efforts, we just might carry this thing.

I am sick and tired of peop... (Below threshold)
mag:

I am sick and tired of people belly-aching. Gosh the poorest/worst of us still has it better than most of the world.
I do believe everyone should be treated decent and repectful. But this group does want to keep the old flames burning, some people are just happy constantly complaining and they have that planation/take care of mentality. Whereas other blacks/women just want to be plain old Americans with a fair chance at living a good life as God intended.

NationalAssociation ... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

National
Association
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Clowns
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Politics

JayTea,I tried all... (Below threshold)
Adrienne Warden:

JayTea,

I tried all of these and I'm sticking with black...Although I must say, colored isn't so bad; considering it's a word that covers all bases...Therein is the rub though, cause colored covers everything from black to white...So if we can use white for pink folks, I think black's for brown folks...Dang none of this makes sense anymore...

Okay I'm just a person...

The NAACP is long past bein... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The NAACP is long past being needed. Like unions and horse and buggy's. NO doubt there was a need and they performed great deeds but now they are useless. Like NOW, Unions, etc. All were needed in a time in history but now they are not needed at all. They know this thus the reason they have to make up problems and challenges.

Bluenight, conservatives and republicans do have a great marketing strategy but you should know that our communication is limited to talk radio, Fox News and blogs. They have been and will be a more effective tool for the future, but the dems have ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, late night talk shows, etc. When you add all that up and we still get our message out, we are doing a fantastic job. ww

(An aside: I don't care ... (Below threshold)
TomB:

(An aside: I don't care for most of those terms. I haven't been able to take "colored" seriously since "Dr. Detroit," when a black woman objected to the term by saying "Nobody colored me, I was born this way!" I have a bias against "African American" or "Afro-American" because I don't like "American" being hyphenated, a lot of those going by the term have only tangential ties to Africa, and a lot of others who do have closer ties to the continent don't qualify by being white or Arabic. And black? Most "black" people aren't any more "black" that I am "white:" they're shades of brown, while I'm pinkish-tan. But whatever. I'm going to stick with "black" unless I have a reason to use another.)

I've always used the term "black" because in my medical practice, just about every person of that persuasion who is a patient uses that same term.

However, if you need a moment of zen to better clarify the stupidity of describing an entire race as "-American", one need only go back to an ESPN sportscenter update during the Mike&Mike show a few years ago. The "black" woman doing the update was reporting on Lewis Hamilton winning the Formula 1 championship. For those who don't know, Hamilton is "black" and he is also from the United Kingdom. The woman reported that Hamilton was "the first African-Aaaaaaaa.....mumble-mumble......to win the Formula 1 championship". I guess someone wrote the politically correct term for Hamilton's color, while not considering that it didn't quite fit for Hamilton. As she read it off the teleprompter, she realized she couldn't call him what he was, black, and what he wasn't, American.

Has anybody ever gotten the memo as to what we are to call blacks from other countries?

If you did you better hurry and forward it to ESPN. Thierry Henry just signed with the MLS.

"African-French"???

Unless there is money,power... (Below threshold)
rich K:

Unless there is money,power or lawyers involved no one really cares what you call people not of the white persuasion.
I prefer to ask their name and use that frankly.




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