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Philly NAACP To Host Rally for Michael Vick- #naacpfail

No, I didn't make this mess up. J. Whyatt Mondesire is the  president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP.
"We're tired of people saying he should not be given a second chance because of the horrible nature of his crime. He paid his price for that horrible crime."

Mondesire had called for a pre-game, pro-Vick rally. He was joined by supporters, but it was difficult to estimate how many because so many photographers and reporters swarmed around him.

I put a photo of Mr. Vick's actions after the break because apparently Mr. Vick's actions were too graphic for some to view.

Photo courtesy of SandraRose.com.

Talk about keeping your priorities straight. You know what? I'm tired. I'm tired too.  I'm too tired to comment on how TIRED this venerable organization has become. The only time they can seem to muster up any passion is on behalf of criminals.

Reader Comments (13)

Gee, if I hadn't already let my NAACP membership lapse, I'd have to quit and ask that my dues be refunded. What is this organization's function these days?

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKHIA213

oh my. i guess i won't be coming back here for the Dunbar update. I can't scroll past that dog everyday.

Not surprised about the NAACP, though. I would be more shocked if they didn't do something like this.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrose32

You know they see the writing on the wall and are reaching for straws. They know that African-American men (as a collective) in this country are going the way of the dodo bird. They can't do anything to stop it.

Between them killing each other, their scuffles with law enforcement, the preponderance for committing crimes, the non-euro/dark skin black woman hatred, the failure to behave in normative ways: education, job, family, giving back to society it's just a matter of time. They can't instill values in the underclass or compassion in the rest. It's not the end of black men globally but a huge shift is happening here in the US. They should just accept it. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32536567/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/from/ET

Some men just want to be destructive!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

Whatever floats your boat rose.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

I absolutely don't discount how appalling and cruel his crimes were and certainly don't believe someone with that history should be a public figure and potential role model to younger generations.

HOWEVER, what bothers me most about this is he's only getting his second chance because he's rich and famous and some teams and organizations are willing to exploit that for their own gain.

What bothers me even more than that is the fact that hundreds of thousands of other people who have committed crimes struggle to find a second chance with any job.

And what bothers me the most is that our country continues to perpetuate that challenge by focusing on punishment instead of true rehabilitation and readjustment programs that would curb recidivism and help our society understand that once you pay your time, you are a member of our community again.

I share Mondesire's sentiment that I'm "tired of people saying he should not be given a second chance," but I also certainly don't think that second chance should be in front of millions of people.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKevin B. Gilnack

I personally don't mind Michael Vick getting a "second chance." After all, he didn't hurt or kill a woman or a child, didn't kill someone while DUI/DWI, didn't carelessly shoot someone with a load gun, etc.

But I do mind the NAACP getting involved; sure it's racist and all that, some of the animal rights folks slobbering all over the place to protest against him, etc., but what I do mind is the NAACP is all over Vick for what? To pull a Farrakhan and Sharpton routine like they did for boxer Mike Tyson, welcoming him home from prison in the hopes of getting Mike to make a money donation to their respective organizations? A couple of life memberships for several people? This is so tired; why don't the NAACP take the lead and try to get the truly innocent people off death row? :(

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRevMamaAfrika

This is just more proof that the NAACP didn't get any new ideas just because they picked up a new president in Benjamin Jealous.

You're on your own with your daughters and even your dogs.

Since, it's been years since I've been a member, I can't even boycott this sorry excuse for an organization.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYme

In 2005 this person wrote a scathing column ripping Donovan McNabb in his fishwrap the Philadelphia Sun that includes advertisers State Farm, Miller, and Citi. His ilk have ripped Donovan since the day he was drafted and all this current "protesting" is just the extension of this hatred of Donovan and should be taken in this light.

This is a portion of the article from 2005 (Thanks to Google Cache)

"Donovan McNabb is still taking shots -- the latest from an NAACP leader who criticized the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback's leadership skills and said he "played the race card" in explaining why he no longer runs the ball.

J. Whyatt Mondesire, who publishes a newspaper for blacks and is the president of the Philadelphia branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, recently wrote that the Eagles' star quarterback failed as a team leader and choked in the Super Bowl.

McNabb responded sharply, but Mondesire hasn't changed his stance.

"He doesn't get it," Mondesire said Wednesday. "If he got it, I wouldn't have written the article."

Mondesire, publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, criticized McNabb in a column in his newspaper on Nov. 27.

He wrote that McNabb's tendency to run the ball early in his career "not only confused defenses, it also thrilled Eagles fans," but that abandoning that element "by claiming that'everybody expects black quarterbacks to scramble' not only amounts to a breach of faith but also belittles the real struggles of blackathletes who've had to overcome real racial stereotypcasting inaddition to downright segregation."

Mondesire said the bottom line is that McNabb is "not that good."

"In essence Donny, you are mediocre at best," Mondesire wrote. "And trying to disguise that fact behind some concocted reasoning that African American quarterbacks who can scramble and who can run the ball are somehow lesser field generals ... is more insulting off the field than on.""

I am not going to rehash all the wrong in his statements, just to say that he and the NAACP are dead to me and have been for a good long while.

I will conclude that the whole Vick, and Plaxico (separate incidents, jurisdictions, crimes, etc.) are similar in this since and it should serve as a warning to all, athletes especially...

Bad Lawyers + Dumb Athletes = Jail

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJD

All of these "second chance"..."he's entitled to his second chance"..."we need 'true' rehabilitation programs" ("we" always seem to be begging for additional "programs" of some sort) statements make my eyes glaze over.

Healthy collectives put various kinds of distance between themselves and their criminal element. Including social distance. Which means not functioning as a knee-jerk cheerleaders and support networks for criminals.

The fallacy with the "..."we need 'true' rehabilitation programs" slogan is that the people saying these things are often assuming that convicts WANT to be rehabilitated. Which is an extremely naive assumption. It's another demonstration of how many of us have programmed ourselves to automatically view criminals in a sympathetic light, as if they were victims.

What you discover when you work with convicts is that many of them are simply greedy and lazy. This greed + laziness is often coupled with arrogance. They were too lazy to pay attention and do any sort of schoolwork in the FREE public schools. And arrogant enough to believe that school is supposed to be about keeping them entertained.

Every single day that the local public school is open and available is a separate "chance" for the students who attend (or should be attending). Every single day that the local public library is open and available is a separate "chance" to learn something to better one's life prospects. Every single day that the existing programs in a given area operate is a separate "chance" for those people who are willing to avail themselves of these services.

[We lose sight of the fact that most school systems on this planet are not the free babysitting services that many African-Americans mistake them for. In most countries, people can't just dump their children at school without making any effort on their part. Schools in most countries (particularly the so-called third world) usually require parents to purchase books and uniforms.]

Then the future-convicts drop out of school. Then they scornfully turn their noses at the sort of low- and no-skill jobs that are the only ones available to people with their chosen lack of basic education.

Then they choose to commit crimes to buy whatever material "goodies" are popular with their demographic.

Then they get caught and sent to jail/prison. And then they (and their cheerleaders) whine about "second chances."

If you count all of the various "chances" that the convicts had previously squandered, what the second chance cheerleaders are demanding really isn't a second chance. It's more like Chance #3,457.

Peace, blessings and solidarity.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKhadija

This is a nut move on the part of Jerry Mondesire because, honestly, I just don't truist Vick not to screw up again in a major way. Vick seems like a knucklehead to me who will do something else seriosuly dumb and embarras everyone all over again.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScipio Africanus

Wow in a city nicknamed Killidelphia b/c of all of the people being murdered this is what the NAACP rallies behind at the end of the summer. I don't even think some of this activist and folks on black radio know how irrelevant they are becoming. I am sick of hearing them rally behind rich folks and ex cons, I don't even take them seriously anymore.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

@Khadija: I don't believe in coddling violent criminals either. If someone has a drug problem then rehab is prob a better option that prison but once you've hurt someone to further your selfish desires then that forfeits my compassion for you period. Yes these were dogs and not people so there techinically worse things you could do. However, it's the sheer stupidity of squandering such an opportunity that offends me the most. I don't think people that foolish deserve a second chance. There are people out there who would love to have a job period and this fool messes up a multimillion dollar career to engage in animal cruelty? Sorry, no sympathy.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZooPath

I've heard it said that it a true reflection of a nation by how it treats the weakest among them. Well the NAACP is showing all of us how they view the weakest among it's people: women, children and yes even defenseless animals. This organization continues to overlook the mistreat

What has Michael Vick done to prove that he is worthy of any respect and a second chance from society? I think blkchik hit it right on the nail when she said all they care about is money.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertryin2understanurside

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