National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Will Not Die!
Yes, the debt ceiling talks rage on. We’ll wait until something other than boring Washington-drama happens to write a blog on that subject. Until then, I want to address this idea that an organization can struggle to live just as individuals do. Organizations take on a life of their own. They have a personality and a will to live. People within them can come & go, but the will of the organization remains the same. Our government even gives legal ‘personhood’ to corporations. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the most recent example of this phenomena.
It has been dying a rapid death in the last couple of years- why? Because when a black man holds the most powerful position in the entire world, it gets kinda hard to make the case that the country that elected him (mostly white) is racist. There is no more segregation. Laws are already in place around the nation favoring black students for the top universities and colleges like Harvard & Yale. Banks must loan black people more money than white people- from student loans to business loans. Laws are already in place that ensure that the murder of a black man gets worse punishment than that of a white man. Laws are already in place that force businesses to favor a black applicant over a white applicant in the hiring process. Suddenly, every commercial on T.V. has at least one black person, even though they are a small minority in America. T.V. programs all have black characters- and they’re usually the boss. If there is a fight between a black kid and a white kid, you can be sure that some black leader will be there with a bull horn screaming ‘racism!’ ‘Jim Crow’ just doesn’t make sense when you see the plethora of mixed race couples with babies at the mall. Americans just aren’t racist anymore. We have reached a point where black people are actually a more privileged class than white people. The NAACP appears to have fulfilled its mission.
You would think they would be thrilled. Wasn’t that the whole point of their existence? You would think they would just turn to one another in satisfaction- the feeling of ‘well done’ rushing through their veins. You would think they would hug and cry that the long night of Black suffering is finally over. You would think that they would be happy to leave the trenches and finally return to their sweet, normal lives.
But they didn’t and they aren’t.
On the contrary.
Because without racism, there are no juicy side jobs for the Jesse Jacksons & Al Sharptons of the old civil rights gang. And they like the money. They’ve become accustomed to the life, so to speak. An entire industry has popped up around civil rights activism: law schools to teach civil rights litigation, attorneys to sue civil rights violators, reporters to cover civil rights infractions, businesses that investigate civil rights offences, etc. All of this equals hundreds of millions of dollars. The Civil Rights Machine is being threatened. It must save itself!
I came across an article this morning that sings the praises of the new reorganization of the NAACP’s mission & structure. Their new leader, a 35-year-old Mr. Jealous (I’m not making that up), has acknowledged the decline of the NAACP and has made a brilliant move to ‘save’ it. He has decided that they will take up the screaming unfairness in America for ALL minorities- up to and including gay people. Apparently, some within the black people oppose this move and want the NAACP to only fight for Black people. But Jealous’ side is winning. They say, “Yeah, but if we only stick to Black people, we’ll be out of a job!”
Pitiful. Perhaps they will reemerge as “Victims of America“. That should do the trick.