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Ben Jealous Should Resign: Ben Jealous, Roland S. Martin, White House Shank Grandmother in the Back

Longtime readers of this blog have long since come to the conclusion that the NAACP is really the NAAMCP (National Association of Male Colored People). Tell me how the NAACP's male President starts some MESS with tea partiers and a Black woman ends up being the one to lose her job? Not only do they only appear to mobilize solely for the benefit of humans with penises, they have a proclivity for throwing Black women UNDER the bus and then shanking them in the back. It was three years ago this time of the year when the NAACP made the public statement that they would ignore the violation of the human rights of a Black mother and child in the Dunbar Village case. We won't retread the NAACP's many faults in this post, you can read all of my prior posts and catch up. In particular the post I wrote on the day the NAACP announced that it did not consider any African American women as finalists for the NAACP presidency and instead selected a then 35 year-old boy wonder named Benjamin Jealous to be its leader. (NAACP Picks a New President: WAOD Ben Jealous Exit Poll-Betting Pool)

I thought Jealous was a young idealistic fool, but instead he's turned out to be a cynical mealy mouth coward of the highest order... and jelly-spined did I mention jelly-spined? Here is some background about the latest demonstration that the NAACP only cares about Black MALE people.  Shirley Sherrod did the NAACP the courtesy of agreeing to speak at an NAACP event.  During which she shared a testimony about redemption and the importance in moving beyond first impressions based on race.  The problem only the first portion of the testimonial was released via right wing blogs... the redemption portion of her speech was left off:

Until Monday, Sherrod was the rural development director for the US Department of Agriculture in Georgia. Andrew Breitbart released a heavily edited video purporting to show Sherrod saying that 24 years ago she refused to help a farmer because he was white. It turns out that Breitbart twisted Sherrod's words; Sherrod was actually telling a story designed to illustrate why all forms of racism are wrong and describing how she overcame racism in her life. Indeed, she not only helped the farmer, but according to the farmer's wife, Sherrod saved the farm. Despite the fact that Sherrod did nothing wrong -- in fact, did everything right -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack fired her after Breitbart's video was released. Daily Kos

So how did prominent Black men use their platforms to  react to the defamatory video editing? Like gutless jellyspined parasitic cowards shanking this Black grandma in the back.

The Backstabbers

Numero Uno From Dr. Boyce Whatevertheheckhisnameishowtheheckdoeshekeepgettingpaidtowritethistrash Watkins:

Shirley Sherrod, the black woman who recently resigned from the USDA for racially-divisive remarks, deserved to lose her job.. . Shirley Sherrod, the NAACP and the Tea Party are all reflections of the most extreme parts of all of us. We are all fighting to overcome our own biases, and incidents like these are simply symptoms of larger, unresolved issues. Boyce Watkins, TheGrio

Where is your retraction Dr. Lazypants? Numero Dos Here is a statement from Ben Jealous - Mr. I don't know what's happening at my my own dad gum meetings:

“Since our founding in 1909, the NAACP has been a multi-racial, multi-faith organization that– while generally rooted in African American communities– fights to end racial discrimination against all Americans. We concur with US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack in accepting the resignation of Shirley Sherrod for her remarks at a local NAACP Freedom Fund banquet. Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race. We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers. Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man. The reaction from many in the audience is disturbing. We will be looking into the behavior of NAACP representatives at this local event and take any appropriate action. We thank those who brought this to our national office’s attention, as there are hundreds of local fundraising dinners each year. Sherrod’s behavior is even more intolerable in light of the US Department of Agriculture’s well documented history of denying opportunities to African American, Latino, Asian American, and Native American farmers, as well as female farmers of all races. Currently, justice for many of these farmers is being held up by Congress. We would hope all who share our outrage at Sherrod’s statements would join us in pushing for these cases to be remedied. The NAACP will continue to advance the ideals of America and fight for freedom, justice and fairness for all Americans.” Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

No sir, YOU are shameful! Numero Tres The Roland S. Martin goes on CNN to express penis solidarity and says that he agrees with the afrementioned statement by the NAACP- So after hanging Ms Sherrod out to dry the NAAMCP issued the following statement upon learning that only a segment of Ms. Sherrod's speech had been released.  A segment which left to stand on its own cast her in a horribly defamatory light.:

With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias. Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans. The fact is Ms. Sherrod did help the white farmers mentioned in her speech. They personally credit her with helping to save their family farm.

So Ben Jealous should resign because he is stupid...and inarticulate....and incompetent....and a really bad actor...and a sexist...did I mention he was snookered? And after he stabs this Black grandmother in the back Ben Jealous makes the following idiotic tweet:

BenJealous Spoke to Ms. Sherrod earlier today and personally apologized. Plan to meet with her face-to-face the next time I'm in Georgia. Twitter

Oh so you can't get a discount ticket on US Airways to go visit Ms. Sherrod NOW? What? You participate in DEFAMING this grandmother and you pencil her in for the next time you happen to make it to Georgia. Mind you this is the same man who wrote op eds  calling Van Jones a "Misunderstood Treasure" before giving him an award, but when a Black grandmother get shoved under the bus... WITH THE NAACP's Assistance, he pencils her in ....whenever he gets around to it. Let me refresh y'alls memories. but Ms. Sherrod gets a tweet and a promise to meet up with her... whenever he gets around to it. Will Mrs Sherrod get an Op Ed Mr. Jealous?   Will Ms. Sherrod have to wait around for a meeting with Mr. Jealous when Michael Vick apparently has y'all on speed dial? So not only is he a gutless, inarticulate coward, but he's lazy too. Again, how long is the flight from DC to Atlanta? GET ON THE PLANE BENJI!  And after you do that, demand that this woman be reinstated. And I won't even talk about the Obama Administration- You do recall just a few weeks ago when they tripped over themselves defending and atoning for a former Klansman, but this woman... not so much.  Where is Shirely's beer summit? <throws down mic and walks away muttering> "Their Actions Speak Louder than My Words!"

Reader Comments (94)

@Mary Ann...You can't be serious. Those issues obviously affect women and men.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnson Asaka

@ Mary Ane

"The NAACP passed approximately 70 resolutions addressing serious problems facing the African American community. The resolutions addressed issues such as gun violence, mass incarceration, gerrymandering, police misconduct, job legislation, school disciplinary disparities, low performing schools, HIV/AIDS, Haitian recovery efforts, the crack vs. powder cocaine disparity, Gulf Coast recovery and immigration reform."

I am not here to back the NAACP but to say that "All of the above "resolutions" listed benefit black American men not black women" seems silly. What exactly about "gerrymandering" or "HIV/AIDS" is issues specifically for Black Men only?

But, then to refer to the president of the United states as "HOBAMA" and proclaim that he "is a coward" shows a level of maturity...

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertusk91

@ Anson Asaka, are you a lawyer? Do you work for the NAACP or Hen Jealous? Yes, the NAACP passed those resolutions BUT THEY ISSUED A NOISY PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THEIR BEEF WITH THE TEA PARTY!!

Please! All those resolutions cover important issues, but it's how they are explained to the public that's problematic. Since I think you are a lawyer, then you should know that race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc., are always interconnected, but the NAACP and the rest of the CRIC (Civil Rights Industrial Complex) nevers explains their work in that way. Plus, for these resolutions to have any teeth, they would also have to put LOUD PUBLIC PRESSURE ON PRES. OBAMA, which they will not do, because truth be told, out of all those resolutions, they deliberately chose to publicize the one on the Tea Party TO DEFEND PRES. OBAMA FROM THEM! They ain't fooling anybody but you. Also they are trying to create some buzz for the "big march" in Wash. DC in October, cause they also fear, with discontent rising against Pres. Obama, they want to make sure people will come. So again, the NAACP is doing all this to defend/protect ANOTHER BLACK MAN. Lastly, out of all those resolutions, not one SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSES WOMEN, i.e., the Violence Against Women Act. Why don't they specifically address that, help their chapters and community organizations get money and technical assistance from the DOJ/VAWA so they can do community education to women AND men, youth on this issue, which also drives HIV/AIDS, unemployment, etc., concerning women?

AND U.S.D.A. Sec. Vilsack is also an attorney? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
:( :( :(

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

oops, someone just reminded me, my wrath should be directed toward Hen Jealous and the national leadership of the NAACP; it's always been the local leadership in the branches, many if not most are women, that does the work, the organizing, the campaigning while folks at the national office get the press coverage, trips and photo ops to the White House, etc. My sincere apologies to the folks in the local leadership. :)

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

LOL, where did these NAACP apologists come from? Irrelevant organization, irrelevant comments, irrelevancy ALL AROUND.

Sadly, all the old school black women WILL eventually die out and they will no longer be around to fund/support/toil away for the NAACP, NAN, etc. And younger black women just do not have the time (70% single parent rate, anyone?) or the money ($5 net worth, anyone?) to hold these people up.

That's why they keep appealing to "others" to try and swell their ranks. "Let's side with the Latinos on immigration (destroying blacks jobs and communities) and the asians and anyone else not white because we are going to need to refill our coffers once the black women DIE OUT." This is all about NUMBERS and the NAACP and all their ridiculous "resolutions" that don't mean SQUAT are not fooling ANYONE.

They do not have enough people to sustain them in the next twenty years. They will be bankrupt and GONE and all those fat cats will have to find another way to earn money since they don't actually really DO anything.

The minority of black women that "get it" are moving on and finding other, more RECIPROCAL ways to help ourselves and each other.

If the NAACP wants bloggers to stop "bashing" them, maybe they should be so stupid? Maybe they should listen to the VALID criticisms before lashing back at people they actually NEED for support?

Personally, I am not indebted to the NAACP or any other black organization. At one time they served their purpose and they have, on their own, become entirely useless as has most of the black community.

It's time to move on and create real solutions for problems - mainly convincing black women tat they are going to have to get out of victim mode and become proactive about living higher quality lives.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReese

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Anson,

You're not fooling me... You want us to click on your link and drive up your web traffic. Chile Please.

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July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTRuth P.

I have been following this story and another person who certainly needs to go into the shame column is Roland Martin. Not only did he blast her on air on CNN, but he had blasted her on facebook. Then after the truth came out, he was everything but apologetic. I read his oped out of curiosity and basically he was explaining away his lack of judgment. It was almost as if he was saying "yes" I messed up, but guess what?, so do you and everyone else. It was pretty much disingenuous. Although I have rarely watched him or read his material (he lacks substance), his true colors came shining through over the debacle with Shirley Sherrod and he pretty much reminded me of Tavis Smiley part deux.

Furthermore, one would think if the tape was a viewing of one of the conventions of NAACP, Ben Jealous and those on the executive committee would have at least look for the original video. However, there is a larger issue with Ben Jealous, Roland Martin, and others who calls themselves Black Intellectuals. They seem to care more about how they across in the mainstream instead of sticking to solid principles and doing hard work to empower others. Therefore, I have been growing increasingly skeptical of the NAACP and others who calls themselves civil rights activists.

For the most part, I am very much interested in finding out whether the FCC has any jurisdiction on slander and defamation. It concerns me -- because I feel that if it could happen to her, it could almost happy to anyone.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTosha

Contrary to your assertions, the NAACP passed approximately 70 resolutions addressing serious problems facing the African American community.

1 for every member of the Board!!

When the NAAOP (O = organization for everybody, now including Latinos who DON'T ever include us, and especially not black women) rushes to judgment in a situation like this, we know it has long outlived its usefulness.

Address the sexism in the NAACP Anson. Quit coasting on yesteryear, you're running on fumes. Nostalgia doesn't cut it.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaJane Galt

@Reese Actually the whole black women only having 5 bucks net worth thing is caused by black women holding up organizations such as the Naacp.Also black women without children still take care of family and some of them take care of their man too.I'd say the Naacp will continue to have black women supporters to fund their organization unless some serious damage is done to the organization.All we need is one huge catastrophe then it'll all be over *deep Sigh*.There's been many but too many miseducated african american women still are criminal sympathizers smdh.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTRuth P.

That's why they keep appealing to "others" to try and swell their ranks. "Let's side with the Latinos on immigration (destroying blacks jobs and communities) and the asians and anyone else not white because we are going to need to refill our coffers once the black women DIE OUT."

@Reese I'm curious to know what issues will the naacp be fighting for without black people? Sidenote:not being a smart a** just trying to understand your statement

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTRuth P.

while I have many serious issues with the NAACP, xenophobia is not one of them. Again, the real, concrete, serious work is most often done at the local branch level. Depending on the part of the country you are talking about, some branches have a better history of working principly with non-Black people/organizations for many years. So I'm glad to see them working with Latinas/os, Arabs, Muslims, LGBTQ, immigrants, etc. After all, if we know our history, Cesar Chavez and Dr. MLKJr both praised each other's work, and probably would have worked together had not Dr. MLKJr, been killed in 1968. Actually, when Dr. MLKJr. announced the Poor People's Campaign, he was reaching out to folks, poor Whites, Latinas/os, Asians, etc. Someone said to him, "Dr. King, the ain't Black." Dr. King replied, "but are they poor?"

Now if we can just deal with this nasty sexism . . . . :(

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

Gina,
I frequently agree with you, but I couldn't have written this post any better if I had a year to write it. Thank you for this!!!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLTD

I see y'all have our current infestation under control.

Dear readers notice how the NAACP apologists completely dodge responsibility for their own bad acts.

Notice how they refuse to acknowledge our legitimate grievances. Notice how the NAACP defenders won't address their sexist hiring practices. Notice how they refuse to address their immoral behavior in the Dunbar Village case. They refuse to take responsibility for anything yet want somebody to follow them. Carry on.

I refuse to engage with this latest lost seal who doesn't have the good sense not to swim in killer whale infested waters. So continue to toy with him until we tire of him and decide to have lunch

July 22, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

Lunch? And I'll bring the salt and pepper! :)

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

@revmamaafrika...You are simply wrong. The NAACP did not deliberately chose to publicize the Tea Party issue. The media decided to focus on that issue. As Rev. Jesse Jackson stated during the press conference, the march will emphasize "jobs, justice and peace." Instead of defending President Obama, the march will pressure Obama to bring about the "change" that was cornerstone of his campaign. Finally, NAACP is sensitive to women's concerns. Every year, the NAACP passes resolutions that impact African American women. This year, the NAACP passed a resolution addressing the disproportionately high mortality rate among black women during child birth. Many of the NAACP National Board members, including the Chair, and key staff members are women. The NAACP has a division, Women in the NAACP (WIN), to address women's issues.

@Lajane...Visit www.naacp.org for information on its recent activities. Check out the press releases section. The NAACP does not simply live on its past achievements. The NAACP continues to use litigation, legislation and demonstration to eliminate the modern manifestations of racism.

@ Reese..The NAACP is 101 years old. It is not going anywhere. The NAACP will continue to exist as long as racism continues to exist in America.

@ All you haters...Constructive criticism is good. Y'all have so much to say in blogosphere. What have any of you done to actually to promote civil rights, human rights and women's rights?

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnson Asaka

Oh goodness now he's calling y'all Haters too in addition to being crabs in a barrel. Y'all do realize that once they start calling you names, theyv'e run out of arguments so you win.

Notice he won't address Dunbar Village of their hiring practices.

They had a women's committee when Kwesi Mfume and his sons turned the women employees at the NAACP national headquarters into a harem.

The had a women's committee when Ben Chavis turned the women employees into a harem.

They had a women's committee when they organized rallies calling for the release of 4 gang rapists who tortured and brutalized a woman and her child for 4 hours.

Sure, they'll let a Black woman chair the board... remember how Merle Evers had to save them, they just won't let a woman interview for the top job.

Oh yes.... Ben Jealous needs to come out from wherever he's hiding and resign.

July 22, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

I didn't think there was much I could add to this convo until I recieved an email yesterday from the NAACP soliciting donations. How tone deaf can one organization be! On the day that you have egg on your face, you send an email celebrating your convention and asking folks for a donation. No recognition of your errors or apologies needed.

I hope this women gets compensated for her troubles and restores her good name. If there's any silver-lining, it's that I got to learn more about this Ms. Sherrod and her work. It's always nice to have reminders that there are people out there who care and are doing the work that matters.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteriman

Welp Anson.If you want to know what wev'e done take a peek at many of Gina past posts.That'll answer your question.Wev'e been very proactive around here.As for me I warn my girl siblings of organizations such as the Naacp.Those with limited time energy money and support should not be throwing what little they do have away .

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

'cuse me Sis. Gina while I spank this lil youngin' bee-hind . . .
Anson Asaka, are you out of your friggin' mind? Can you even spell
s-e-x-i-s-m? Patriarchy?

First of all, as was stated before, you have not the courage to speak specifically to issues we have raised here. Do you work for or are you a member of the NAACP?

Out of all the resolutions the NAACP passed, why did you all make the most noise about the Tea Party? We already know, to defend Pres. Obama from their attacks while at the same time not putting any real pressure on Pres. Pretty Brotha to do anything. Yes, that sham show in the snow in February, going to the White House to meet with Pres. Pretty Brotha to discuss jobs among other things, BUT YOU MADE NO DEMANDS, you were just so glad to be in the snow for a photo op with the Pres. Then you had the nerve to snot all over the place at Mother Dorothy Height's homegoing, knowing her age and the weather, knowing she really wanted to attend, but she couldn't leave her house, but all the MEN insisted on having the meeting at the White House rather than AT HER HOUSE OR ON A CONFERENCE CALL. She even said, "don't know if I should trust you brothers in a meeting by yourself."

Yes, you pass wonderful resolutions THAT MOST OF OUR PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT 'CAUSE YOUR OUTREACH WORK SUCKS!

"Sensitivity" to women's concerns? Are you WTH serious? We don't want your paternalistic "sensitivity" we demand JUSTICE. Since I'm not a vagina feminist, what do the women of the NAACP do AND how many women in the community know about it? Last time I called the B-more office in the fall of 2007 during the Megan Williams incident, they told me then did not have a women's department, a women's wing, women's desk, etc. Did something change? Are you doing us a favor?

Yes, the resolution on women and child birth was cute too, but you also backed Pres. Pretty Brotha health care plan, which we now know was partly drafted by lobbyists from the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies. The "march" in October is more about the mid-term elections in November and to make sure folks don't leave the plantation called the Democratic Party because again, people are increasingly disappointed with the Pres. and his lack of spine, especially regarding the war.

Anson Asaka, where's the analysis? Please don't come in here with any foolishness; from reading your posts, I think I know you and where you went to undegrad and law school, so don't front up in here. If you are who I think you are, I know your background and your former "crew" so I know you know better. And don't get me started on how some of your "brothers" in the NAACP have been nasty-guilty of domestic terrorism(violence) against their wife or girlfriend, but never held accountable by the NAACP. One of them negroes was even allowed to be ordained in a church where the senior pastor knew of the abuse but went along with it anyway.

Y'all need to just sit down somewhere . . . grow a spine . . . . . and be honest! :(

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

@Gina...My point is simple. Your article primarily criticizes African Americans. You have nothing or very little to say about the person, Andrew Breitbart, who posted the deceptive video and article. You have nothing to say about FOX News, the network that repeatedly broadcasted that fake news story. You have nothing to say about the Tea Party's racist signs and racist members. That is simply amazing. Do any of you have a response? Are any of you concerned about that? I guess not.

In response to your comments, the NAACP addressed those false Dunbar Village allegations years ago. The NAACP issued a press release and appeared on your program. It is unfortunate that you resort to spewing unsubstantiated gossip and innuendos to discredit the NAACP.

@revmamaafrika..I am speaking as an individual, as a concerned citizen. I don't even know your real name and you are asking me to disclose personal information. Wow. Again, the NAACP was responding to media inquiries regarding the Tea Party. I agree that the NAACP could do a better job informing the general public about its resolutions and other activities.

WIN is a standing committee of the NAACP designed to address civil rights issues affecting women. In addition, WIN enhances the leadership role of women in the NAACP.

Your assertion regarding the march is false. The NAACP is a non-partisan organization. It does not endorse political candidates or parties.

Finally, I will not respond to rumors. I thought this was a forum for political debate, not a gossip column.

@

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnson Asaka

And shouldn't you tell people you work for the NAACP?

July 22, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

Poor baby, I know who you are based on your statements AND the fact you were silly enough to put your real name on here, that's how I know who you are.

You still did not respond to the ISSUES many of us have raised here; typical. You are a johnny come lately to this blog; we know what the right wing, the fascists, the Republicans, right wing Democrats, etc., say and do about our people, especially us women. They do their job and they do it well. But we should not have to look over our shoulder when it comes to our own people, our CRIC organizations, their membership being mostly women.

Hen Jealous should be fired and the NAACP shamed because yes, the Tea Party did their thing, Fake News did their thing AND Hen took the bait. How stupid!

Non partisan? Please! Your denial about the October march and other things here is pathetic! If that is the case why does the NAACP have voter registration drives and when people try to register with other parties, i.e., Green Party, Socialist, Republican, etc., those doing the drive make comments, body language, etc., to discourage people from registering as anything other than Democrat? I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT!

And as for Dunbar Village, no, we will not let you lie for the WPB NAACP, Rev. Al, et.al. We saw the palm card they were passing out AND the clip of the news conference with Rev. Al standing with the family members of the Black teens accused of those crimes against our humanity; it certainly made it seem like he was supporting the accused. Rev. Al never went to the church of the mother and her son. Those folks appeared on Sis. Gina's program and did more back flips than an Olympic swimmer. Did they even send a check to the mother and her son? No? Did you? Many of us here ACTUALLY DID! Many of us readers of this blog are also active in organizations doing the work about violence against women. And in the city where you live, the NAACP, the NAACP Women, the SCLC, Youth of the NAACP, et.al., never attend the annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sexual Violence Awareness Month events. Too busy with press releases and unknown to the public resolutions, I'm sure.

Lastly, blogs, the Internet and other technology are useful tools in our over all community organizing. Watch closely, the right wing has mastered the use of blogs, etc. We must do the same. To Sis. Gina's credit, she and others did much fact checking before taking a position on Dunbar Village, which is more than can be said for Hen Jealous and company. You're a whining apologist for the sexism that continues to infect our Movement.
Now when will Hen and the rest of the NAACP put loud, public pressure on USDA Sec. Vilsack to finally pay out the money to those Black farmers WITH INTEREST that has been held up all these years? When will their accounts be unfrozen, their Social Security checks delivered and the IRS stop harassing them about taxes on those payments they never received? And since not all of those racists in the USDA who are responsible for the discrimmination against the Black farmers are retired, when will the NAACP force Sec. Vilsack to fired those responsible? Yeah, just what we thought. :( :( (Sis. Gina, et.al, I apologize for this way too long post.)

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

Benjamin Todd Jealous made a huge mistake, but so did a chunk of the left and the right. All of them made amends, granted it was to save their own necks.

I view the NAACP as an organization of change, and Roslyn Brock might just be a light in the tunnel. I wish she'd spoken out when Ben fumbled through this mess.

This organization doesn't need icons to represent it, in order to be strong for all of us. I never viewed Ben Jealous this way. He was by all accounts an accomplished young man chosen by Julian Bond to take the NAACP out of possible bankruptcy. This was in 2008. In 2010, he no longer looks young and vibrant but more like some podgy middle aged overweight politician who has a ton on his agenda, easily overlooking the likes of a gracious Shirley Sherrod. It didn't help to have the boys club, of Martin backing his mistake.

Give it some time. The NAACP will learn and grow from this whether Ben remains president or another takes the helm. It's the overall purpose of the organization that counts, not the leaders. Not everyone can be a Julian Bond or a Benjamin Hooks. We'll have a great leader when the time is right, and one that doesn't throw anyone under the bus.

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNot all it seems

@ All you haters...Constructive criticism is good. Y'all have so much to say in blogosphere. What have any of you done to actually to promote civil rights, human rights and women's rights?- Anson Asaka

***Gina***, I apologize if this response to this reader comes off as long winded or mean spirited. I apologize in advance if I violated any of your house rules. It’s not my intention but I refuse to be silenced by these people. There are REAL issues impacting black women and girls.

*** Anson Asaka*** HOW. DARE. YOU. I personally don’t care what other readers are or aren’t doing. But don’t think we don’t see your attack on black women’s freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, and freedom to organize—the very rights your organization claims to be protecting. Don’t think we don’t see your entitlement and annoyance at our audacity to do those things seeping through your post.
What have I done?

Right NOW safety is my family’s biggest issue sir. Let me tell you who my family’s oppressors are: BLACK MEN. Our neighborhood used to be ( pre-recession) a lower middle class neighborhood of Latino, South East-Asian, and African immigrant families who owned and properly maintained their property. Now we have black American men and their female counterparts renting properties while selling drugs, prostituting, trashing everyone property, the common areas, and emotionally terrorizing women and children. Those are the oppressors to me.

My husband, and the other men from our neighborhood went to confront these people. My husband and another West African were the only so called black men actually helping out the other non-black men in trying to police our neighborhood.

Thankfully we live in a small, conservative town in Virginia where the police and elected officials care. My husband and I not only organized a neighborhood watch service but we also got the Mayor involved. They are now dispatching more officers to patrol the area, setting up in abandoned houses to bust the people, and throw them in jail where they*** DESERVE*** to be. That’s what I’ve done. It cost us $15,000 to put down to even get the bank to call us back about a loan. You have no idea how much work, and sacrifice it took to save that money for this house. Mind you my husband managed to do this while working a 14 hour shift! Don’t tell me I haven’t done anything. Furthermore, we tried to reach out to the black women in this situation with infants ( drugging, drinking, smoking while pregnant and using their baby stroller to pass drugs to each other.) only to be pissed on. I’M DONE. I have NO compassion left for these people OR THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THEM like your organization.

*** Khadija author of Muslim Bushido*** I’d like to publicly apologize to you. I failed to listen humbly. I allowed fear, depression, and ignorance to overwhelm me without thinking through these matters critically. You were more than right about so many issues you discussed on your old blog.

Respectfully,
Mary Ann

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann

So let me get this straight... Since the National Association of Chitlin' Eatin Negroes passed 70 symbolic resolutions with little or no tangible legislative/societal effect, that makes them effective?

WOW.

Just WOW.

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

Dear NAACP

NAACP Endorses Legalizing Marijuana Due To Black Arrest Rates ...isn't marijuana considered a gateway drug to crack, cocaine and every other vial substance.

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLD

In response to your comments, the NAACP addressed those false Dunbar Village allegations years ago. The NAACP issued a press release and appeared on your program. It is unfortunate that you resort to spewing unsubstantiated gossip and innuendos to discredit the NAACP.

July 22, 2010 | Anson Asaka


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Am I reading correctly that he refered to the Dunbar Village situation a s a "false allegation" ??? Please someone tell me that I am mis-understandnig or somewhere along the line I missed an article or SOMETHING?!?!?!?!!?!?

My stomach is twisted into a knot. I LIVE in FL and I can assure you there was NOTHING false about that situation.

I am SO SICK AND TIRED OF THESE MYSOGONISTIC MEN who either shy away from thier responsiblities or reap the rewards of having multiple women to choose from and NEVER have to deal with real life. Until your child has been sexually assualted...until you have to take your 8 yr old daughter for an HIV test and fight against the twisted system for justice you can KISS.MY.A**

Where does he get off????


Of course we may not be AS angry at the Tea Party or Faux news for thier behavior....they are the enemy and we expect thier fanged attacks.... it must be warm and cozy in your sheeps clothing.

BLACK WOMEN ARE HOLDING IT DOWN ...increasingly ALONE. And it doesnt seem to be getting better anytime soon! Who is protecting us? Who has OUR back? Sadly not enough of our men.

My Great great grandmother was born a slave and later freed. When the men would all go hunting she would sit on the front porch with a shot gun to keep the white men away because she had a house full of girls.

100 years later and we are having to hunt AND hold the shot gun. What needs to happen is a female coup @ the NAACP. Then and ONLY then will we ever see a difference ... ***so pissed right now ugggg****

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMsMelissa!

What needs to happen is a female coup @ the NAACP. Then and ONLY then will we ever see a difference ... ***so pissed right now ugggg****

Intriguing proposition... tell me more.

July 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

All I'm saying is that if women were in charge we would have people in position who truly have a vested intrest in making things better. How many sucessful educated men can say they did not have a father in thier lives? A LOT ...now ask how many did not have a mother and the number drops considerably. I dont like to make generalized statements or blanket judgements, but as black mothers we are fiercely protective of our sons and this sometimes translates into entitled men with thier own agenda. (I'm just saying...)

I will ackowledge my lack of knowledge on the detail inner workings of the NAACP or how some people are able to position themselves to get into leadership positions... but I will say that with the right woman at it's head we would finally be able to say that all issues are being addressed. Because as women, we MUST deal with all issues. To have a token sub-dividsion (WIN) to pacify those who see the real need for change will never lead to an improvement.

The NAACP should have 150% supported the mother and son in the Dunbar case. Why? Because she was a single mother trying her best, trying to raise a decent son. And because of her socio economic status she was forced to move into a neighrbood that was crime infested, with a sub-par school system, underserved by the police and elected officals. A "village" with generations of babies who had babies , who have had babies. Where no one is old enough to have sense.... so how could it truly be a village with no elders? Oh wait, there are elders who are caring for children left behind by parents who send no support. Those same elders who are struggling to make ends meet and health care costs, and too tired to truly raise the same children that are out causing havoc. And when you stop and look around they are all women. ***It's the perfect storm****

So I refuse to accept any one or organization who makes the mistake of saying that "black womens issues" are seperate from the main misison or cause.

The same women that are keeping the NAACP should be able to make major changes. Some will say there should be a new organization, but the NAACP is establised and American instituion. If the men are left in charge would as Mr. Asata likes to say "act like crabs in a barrell" . So I say , how can we turn the organization around?

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMsMelissa!

Ms. Melissa, there are some strong sisters and sho nuff brothers in the NAACP. Unfortunately, they are outnumbered. :(

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

This is a great discussion, I am sorry I found it so late in the week! Just so you know -- I bet you the poster/commenter named "Anson Asaka" works for the NAACP.

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCryMeARiver

If anyone wants to look, Rachel Maddow does a great job of laying out how quickly Obama was to slap down race baiting false attacks during the campaign, using the birther movement as an example. She goes on to talk about this sad, sad incident as another example of all the race baiting that Obama has not responded to since he moved from being Obama the candidate to being Obama the president.

I like to learn from her a lot, cause she breaks it down really simply. Like you do here at WAOD.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/#38372742

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLincoln Rose

Dearest Sista:
Thank you for this article. Instead of uplifting sisters Ben Jealous, Boyce Watkins and Roland Martin assisted in the lynching of our sister who has done more work in the community than all of the years they have been living. The NAACP is no longer relevant. We need to replace it with an authentic organization that truly represents us. Again, thank you for what you do.

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercyntreia

After learning about how Benjamin Jealous was supposedly snookered/bamboozled/hoodwinked/tricked/led/teetered/defeated/deceived/fooled/propagandarized; after looking at the NAACP's first Press Release where they literally threw Ms. Sherrod under the bus thus serving her up as the "sacrificial lamb" to further pursue their own agendas......after looking at the "second" Press Release of the NAACP (which they hope the American public will think it was the first and only one), I denounced/withdrew/informed the world.....that I am withdrawing my membership from them! This organization has lost it's effectiveness in my eyes. If Ms. Sherrod does sue Brietbart, Fox News.....please do not stop there.....please sue the NAACP! They could have nipped this in the bud from the start...afterall, it was their video! The NAACP is a backstabber to the African American community. Moreover, the person within the NAACP who gave up the video in the first place...backstabbed them also. This organization is full of backstabbers....and backstabbers who backstab backstabbers! I am through with the NAACP. They can keep that damned Lifetime plaque they have for me....use it as kindling wood!

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngelika Jones

@MsMelissa...I am NOT asserting that the criminal allegations or findings in Dunbar Village case were false. I was refering only to the allegations against the NAACP.

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnson Asaka

There are no "allegations" against eh NAACP
FACT: the President of the West Palm Beach Chapter of the NAACP organized a rally on behalf of the Dunbar Village Rapists!

You can deny that until the cows come home anyone looking at the video and the reporting of that event can clearly see that the NAACP organized that rally. The fact that you are still denying this two years after the fact just demonstrated the level of misogyny and anti-Black woman hatred permeating the higher echelon of the NAACP.

Here is what I said on another thread:
You organization organized a rally on behalf of the Dunbar VIllage rapists. Your local president spoke on their behalf. Her daughter was one of the rapists instructions and during the trial Maude Ford Lee's, the NAACP local President, attacked the victim in an interview she did for this blog.

So you can keep lying about your role on behalf of the Dunbar Village just like the Nazi's deny the holocaust. That's just indicative of your poor character and your organization's proclivity to ignore the suffering of Black women and girls.

BUt keep on the denial. Each time you utter it, you look like a fool because anyone viewing the video and the coverage of that pro-rapist rally can clearly see that the NAACP local branch organized it as part of your nation-wide campaign to free as many violent juvenile offenders as possible.

July 24, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

revmamaafrika wrote

Hen Jealous should be fired and the NAACP shamed because yes, the Tea Party did their thing, Fake News did their thing AND Hen took the bait. How stupid!

I don't recall the Tea Party demanding Sherrod be fired.

As for Fox News, the channel has made no secret of being conservative. So, it's not shocking that they would disagree with Sherrod's views on race and class. It's no different that Gina not seeing eye-to-eye with BET.

Now, I do agree with you that NAACP should know better since it was THEIR video that started all this. Instead, they took the "throw Black woman under bus" route.

Typical

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Ms Shirley requested that we "move on." That's literally her comment after accepting Ben Jealous and the NAACP's apology. I'm not saying condone what happened, but I wouldn't give up on the organization because some tired middle-aged overweight politician got careless. There's plenty of em to go around, or it appears that way.


I do believe, after the NAACP's small victory with the TParty last week, which Ms Shirley also acknowledged, we can go a step further. The incident around Shirley, ironically may just workout in your favor, for every "male" left, right, center has apologized with his tail between the legs. It's the right time to assert change when humility is in the air.

I agree with most every comment here, except what constructive changes can we offer if we don't want the old boys club and all the other debacles to repeat themselves. (Dunbar,etc.)?

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNot all it seems

Excuse me, may I paraphrase one comment, " ' but I wouldn't give up on an organization because some SELF CENTERED middle-aged overweight politician got careless."

I have a hunch Ben and the boys club aren't so self absorbed at this very moment Believe me, Ms Shirley has them humbled for a short spell.

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNot all it seems

@Not all it seems...
Move on??? Quit saying that from the VICTIM'S point of view. Of course that poor woman wants everyone to move on. She was held up as a sacrificial lamb for the NATION to comment on. YOU stating "move on", whole is a whole 'nother story. YOU want us to "move on" so that we can forget about this episode of coonery courtesy of the NAACP. YOU should stop trying to co-opt Mrs. Sherrod's position as a way for you to defend the NAACP.

"I have a hunch Ben and the boys club aren't so self absorbed at this very moment Believe me, Ms Shirley has them humbled for a short spell."

And that right there is the issue, "short spell". The organization should have been focused on the Ms. Shirley's in the first place, for a LONG spell.

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDailyLattes

DailyLattes,

I'm with you on this. My mistake. I'm only tired of watching right wing media using anything as ammunition to pull us apart.

Ben and company are an example of politics in it's lowest form. But I did appreciate the NAACP and Mr Jealous for coming forward with the TParty accusations, no matter what the political motives were. Lately, it's been Howard Dean to take the stand, and that's the sort of leader we need.


The Shirley debacle revealed on a very public level the NAACP is still a membership of the old boys club. I see the push for youth and female involvement, hopefully for the right motives. If anyone gets caught, like Chavis, with their pants down we're history. That would be perfect amo for the extreme right. They'll jump on anything. Obviously (Breitbart and Faux).

I only wanted to promote solidarity, and wanted to "move on" into something constructive. I'm not interested in apologizing for some self centered middle aged overweight politician
who may or may not be the right leader for the NAACP.

But it's also fair to give the NAACP and Mr Jealous a chance to redeem themselves. They blundered, changes need to take place, and the observations in this forum make that apparent. I believe wholeheartedly, giving up on the NAACP is not the answer.

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNot all it seems

@ Not All It Seems, some of us have given up on the NAACP because long ago THEY GAVE UP ON THEMSELVES. As someone earlier said, the NAACP of the last 25 years IS NOT THE NAACP OF WEB DUBOIS.

They gave up on themselves when their manner of doing things has not changed. Granted, some chapters/branches are much better than others, but they will dog you for donations but don't do enough to publicize what concrete good they may be doing. They have the resources to do better, but they have chosen not to because they don't want to AND we the community have not put organized pressure on them to do so. All this blame "de wite man, de wite man" does nothing for me anyone, it's way too opportunistic. None of the major organizations of the CRIC have a major initiative regarding women other than maybe HIV/AIDS, and if you look at their websites, their approach is too simplistic, i.e., get tested, talk with your partner, etc. All this is well and good, but the primary reason for the continued spread of HIV/AIDS is patriarchy and our rigid adherence to gender roles. Where's the human rights analysis, gender analysis to the many harmful things happening to our people? ARE BLACK MEN THEY ONLY ONES QUALIFIED TO SPEAK ABOUT RACISM/WHITE SUPREMACY? Has anyone interviewed Angela Davis? bell hooks? Hortense Spiller? Barbara Smith? etc.

I might would go along with you about giving the NAACP and/or Hen Jealous another chance, but what finally did it for me was the "support Shirley Sherrod" link to their website. You click the link, you go to their site, they ask for your name and email address and then they ask you to click another link to send the entire video of Sis. Shirley's speech to your friends. WTH? With this, they seek to increase their email list and thereby increase the number of people to hit up for money. So they are pimping Sis. Shirley and this ridiculous situation that they helped to create to line their pockets. Where's the justice in that? I/we plan to support Sis. Shirley by trying to invite her to speak at our church. PIMPS ARE NOT THE FRIENDS OF OUR PEOPLE, PERIOD!! That was the last straw for me regarding the NAACP. :(

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

Ler me take back that last part about giving another chance. Check this site out. It is sincere, real and personal. Thiis journalist knew Benjamin and his staff, and interestingly many of his female staff are the ones that keep this old boys school rolling,

http://amyalexanderink.blogspot.com/.

And Don't Call Me Shirley....Though I Do Sport a Nice Set of NAACP-Ben Jealous Tire Marks on My Back


My only sentiment here, is all organizations have some dysfunction, and if there were a way to fix it without allowing the Breitbart psychopath tparty crowd to take the ball and run, I would air more my personal opinions.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNot all it seems

all organizations have some dysfunction, and if there were a way to fix it without allowing the Breitbart psychopath tparty crowd to take the ball and run, I would air more my personal opinions.

Those folks will invent a ball out of thin air. Isn't the need to clean house > what they will say?

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaJane Galt

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