PS: I thought that it was impossible for North Carolinian minorities to get valid photo IDs! …Well, no, I didn’t: not being a racist, I don’t have as low an opinion of the intelligence and competence of North Carolinian minorities as does, apparently, the NC NAACP.
Senator Tim Scott must be infuriating to that section of the NAACP that’s taking orders from the (predominantly white) Democratic party leadership. After all… Tim Scott was enthusiastically voted into the state legislature by white South Carolinian voters, he was enthusiastically voted into the First Congressional District by white South Carolinian voters, and later this year he’ll be enthusiastically confirmed as Senator by white South Carolinian voters. And – this is the good bit – he’s done that and will continue to do so without any help whatsoever from the NAACP. Given that the existing message is that the only way for African-Americans to get ahead is to cleave utterly to the Democratic party (of which the NAACP is pretty much a subsidiary of these days), Senator Scott broadcasts a profoundly subversive message simply by existing. Continue reading Of COURSE a segment of the NAACP will hate-speech Tim Scott on demand.
Via Hot Air comes this Dear God, but I wish there was videounforced error at last week’s Gridiron Dinner.
The distinguished-looking gentleman told [NAACP President Benjamin] Jealous he thought the NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer, Debo P. Adegbile, had done a fine job arguing that [certain elements of the Voting Rights Act] needed to be continued[*].
Sure, but what happened to the solicitor general? Jealous wondered aloud, he was just awful.
Well, I am the solicitor general, Donald Verrilli Jr. replied.
Ben Jealous missed a bet, here. If you’re going to be stuck in this kind of socially awkward situation, you might as well blast on through to the other side. Of course, that would imply that you have a certain strength of character and willingness to stand by your inadvertent speaking truth to power, which from what I gather more or less disqualifies Ben Jealous right there. Continue reading Ben Jealous embarrasses self, NAACP at Gridiron Dinner.
I instead think that Barack Obama just doesn’t take them all that seriously. The VFW, on the other hand? That group has votes that Barack Obama needs to have back; that’s why he went to the VFW convention, even though he didn’t go to the NAACP’s.
As for the doing this so openly, without explanation and/or apology? Well, that’s just Barack Obama’s casual contempt towards black people. Which is not really the same as hate, although a lot of people tend to get it wrong.
The black leaders that attended the NAACP Convention here Thursday heaped praise on Vice President Joe Biden for a heated morning speech, but one question quietly pervaded the gathering: Where was President Obama?
Is this a serious question? – Because the serious answer is Doing something more important than stroking the egos of the representatives of a demographic that will be voting for him anyway. It’s not even a question of bad optics; it’s just that Obama’s not going to move the fundraising and/or support needle at the NAACP enough to be worth his while, and it’s not like the President’s really all that authentic an African-American in the first place. The man’s a urban liberal academic, folks. That’s pretty damned rabiblanco.
PS: If the African-American community sincerely wants more attention from the Democratic party, though, there’s an easy solution: start voting Republican.
…Which is, of course, a thoroughly nasty thing to say about the organization. Are there individuals in the NAACP who are racist? Without a doubt; some people plain just don’t like other people who don’t look like them. And there are going to be people out there who can hide attitudes like that under various guises (including, alas, the venerable Democratic trick of finding a convenient Republican/conservative target, and unleashing a full torrent of racialized/ethnicized/sexualized venom upon her [usually her]). But for MSNBC to argue that Mitt Romney went out to the NAACP to appeal to the racists in their ranks is just downright appalling… hold up, I’m getting a clarification over my ear mike.
So. We got Maryland Governor and DGA head Martin O’Malley out there SNEERING about us awful, awful racist Republicans (for the full effect, assume that I’m fluttering my hands like I’ve got the St. Vitus’ dance):
Using Governor Rick Perry (formerly) of the RGA for that, too. You see, good old Martin here really, really respects the heck out of Rick, you understand; despite the fact that he’s voluntarily a member of a racist and prejudiced group like the GOP. Isn’t that just… well, Caucasian… of Ol’ Whitebread O’Malley?
No, my sneer’s deliberate, too. And much more justified. Consider this:
The progressive, inclusive DGA currently being run by Whitebread O’Malley has precisely one racial minority among its members: MA governor Deval Patrick. Apparently Democrats don’t like voting for ethnic minorities – at least, not statewide.
The Daily Caller simply has to understand the delicate situation that the NAACP finds itself in with regard to recent calls by the Left to lynch uppity black Supreme Court Justices (and their wives). The economy is in awful shape, you understand. Charitable contributions are down across the board. The NAACP has a payroll to meet. Do people really expect the organization to endanger their remaining fundraising streams by telling rich, white liberals that it’s not nice to advocate hanging black conservatives?
What? There are people who did expect that? That’s… noble of them, but also foolishly naive. Shoot, next they’ll be expecting the NOW to start specifically shaming liberals that express rape/violence fantasies about conservative females in public.