What is The Blogmother's number one pet peeve? No seriously, I have a bunch, but what will send me up to level 10 in less than 2 seconds.... astro turfing.
On Wednesday, I called for the resignation of NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. I did so not because he was "snookered" I did so because I believe at this juncture in his personal development and the current political and technological environment, he is unfit to lead as demonstrated by his inability to accept complete and total responsibility for his organization's bad acts. No body made the NAACP condemn Shirley Sherrod before speaking to ITS OWN MEMBERS who were present at her speech. No one made the NAACP condemn Shirley Sherrod before getting its hands on a tape of her speech shot by ITS OWN MEMBERS. Nobody forced them to pick a fight with a foe they are CLEARLY too inept to respond to in a strategically sound and competent way. The NAACP took the path of LEAST RESISTANCE and when they were called on it they tried to deflect responsibility for their own BAD ACTS. Leaders take responsibility. LOSERS make excuses.
Well apparently other bloggers picked up on my post and its been bubbling up for about two days and I guess somebody at the NAACP decided that it was time to strike back at this blog for raising reasonable objections to the NAACP's wretched record of throwing Black women under the bus.
In those cases where an individual or an individual associated with someone I have criticized comes into my comments section and identifies themselves, we always bump their comments up to post level. That's fair, If I attack you in this space, you have a right to defend yourself. If I'm wrong, I'll say I'm wrong (are you paying attention Ben Jealous). But Heaven help the person that's an EMPLOYEE of an organization we criticize on this blog who fails to disclose their association in the comment's section. And heaven help them if they engage in personal attacks on WAOD community members from their employer's computer network.
You know good and darned well that your comments would have been perceived by other readers differently if they knew you were an interested party, but instead of saying "Hey! the NAACP pays my bills! AND I'm using NAACP resources to attack you!" you slither in here like a Baptist preacher purchasing porn with the church's prepaid debit card on Good Friday.
I can spot "interested" parties in my comments section from a mile away. In this case, I didn't even have to do my trusty IP lookup I just googled the name under which the comments were being made, Anson Asaka and found out that he's regional counsel for the NAACP. Now to avoid a rush to judgement, its possible that someone who works for the NAACP who hates Anson's guts might be posting under his name, but I doubt it. This is what the NAACP website says about Mr. Asaka's current position with the NAACP:
Each Attorney in the Legal Department oversees Civil Rights legal issues that may arise in their respective Regions of the United States. These legal issues relate directly to the NAACP’s mission and are typically issues that NAACP units, which includes NAACP State Conferences, have resolved to address.
but then I was curious... would this idiot actually use NAACP resources to attack this blog? Nobody could be that stupid. . . yes. yes folks they can be THAT stupid:
MCI Communications Services, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Business UUNET65 (NET-65-192-0-0-1) 188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 NAACP UU-65-207-113-160-D6 (NET-65-207-113-160-1) 220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168
Y'all notice anything significant in all those numbers that the reverse IP lookup spewed back at me? Oh Yes, NAACP. So lets get a bit more detail shall we:
CustName: NAACP Address: **** MOUNT HOPE DR City: BALTIMORE StateProv: MD PostalCode: ***** Country: US RegDate: 2009-07-30 Updated: 2009-07-30
I blotted out the numbers in the address and the zip code as I do realize they get threats and don't want to make it too easy for the crazies, but you get my point. The NAACP paid for the resources this man used to attack y'all and this blog all day yesterday.
This is SO typical of the POOR CHARACTER of the people in charge of this once great institution. You won't accept responsibility for what comes out of your own mouth and then instead of taking responsibility for your own actions, you'd rather engage in a public disinformation campaign and smears. Isn't that what Breitbart did to Shirely Sherrod? Isn't that what YOU'RE whining about the Tea Partiers doing to the President? So why are you engaging in the same behavior you're condemning...... AGAIN!
I know the NAACP SUCKS at social media and whatnot, but its generally BAD FORM and UNETHICAL to not indicate that you're being paid to attack your critics and doing it from your employer's computer network.
Not only is he underhanded and sneaky, but this attorney who is responsible for "regional oversight" is such an intellectual lightweight that he had to rely on such lame attacks as calling the readers of this blog "crabs in a barrel" and "haters" and then called this blog a "gossip column" for reminding him that his bosses at the NAACP National Headquarters can't seem to keep it in their pants when it comes to the women who have the misfortune to work there. Those aren't MY conclusions, those are the conclusions of the NAACP's own internal investigation regarding the treatment of the women who work there.
The same day in May 1999 that Kweisi Mfume abruptly announced that he would not be a candidate for mayor, an internal investigative memo was sent to top officers of the NAACP describing allegations of Mfume's mistreatment of female subordinates at the organization's Baltimore headquarters.
For the next five years, the civil rights organization - still recovering from the 1994 sex scandal under former Executive Director Benjamin F. Chavis - kept that memo secret and did nothing more, even as Mfume refused to answer any questions from the board's lawyers about the allegations.
But in an internal report last year, more serious accusations were made against the former Baltimore congressman, alleging that sexual harassment and favoritism festered for years within the national office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Within months of the completion of this 2004 investigation into his leadership, Mfume resigned as president - but, sources say, not before every board member had signed a confidentiality pledge. Baltimore Sun
So here's what's going to happen. If they are smart, someone at NAACP headquarters will pull attorney Anson Asaka to the side and tell him to start using his work computer to do LEGAL WORK on behalf of the NAACP and stop trolling around "gossip columns" on the company dime. They are also going to instruct their employees to engage in specious attacks on the NAACP's critics on their own time. Then hopefully whoever is in charge of "communications" for the NAACP will have a chat with Anson and speak to him about the need for a coherent message from the NAACP and how important it is that employees not appear to issue public statement's on its behalf without going through the communications department. Normally I charge $450/hr for social media consulting, but y'all can have that advice for free. It's my personal gift to you.
Look. I don't want to fight with the NAACP. I said my peace. Ben Jealous should have taken his lumps like a man instead of copping out talking about being "snookered" into exercising poor judgement, abandoning the concept of due diligence and tossing aside a Black woman's career to make the NAACP look good. I'm pretty sure Ben Jealous and the National HQ staff are embarrassed, demoralized, and reeling. You don't gave egg on your face, you have an entire omelet!
I've been there. In January 2008, I was "snookered" by a source as well. I made public statements as a result of the information this source provided. I attacked people based on what was factual information, but I ended up being a pawn in a much larger scheme by the source to extort money out of Proctor and Gamble and Viacom. Upon realizing that I'd been had, I took steps to remedy the situation. I called the NY Times to withdraw my support from the source. I renounced my earlier support on this blog. I was attacked publicly and more savagely attacked privately for that decision, and I never ONCE publicly blamed anyone else for what came out of my mouth or was posted on this blog. Why? because at the end of the day I am the only one that can "snooker" me into saying something. I asked for the forgiveness of my blog audience, some extended that forgiveness, others did not. I took my lumps because that's what leaders do! It was an extremely painful experience for me as I was a relatively "new" blogger and I was in minute number 19 of what I thought would only be 15 minutes of fame. That "snookering" was a valuable impetuous for personal development and maturation. You're robbing yourself of an excellent growth opportunity by continuing to blame others for your poor judgement.
“Losers make excuses. Winners make explanations. Excuses don’t teach you anything and keep you from making needed changes. Explanations help you learn what went wrong and give you insights for needed changes.” Mark Sandborn
The sooner you stop trying to cover your rear and start accepting responsibility for the SELF INFLICTED damage you have done to YOURSELF the sooner you will gain insight for needed changes. You can continue to believe that EVERYONE else is the problem or you can pause for a period of personal reflection and recognize that your organization is OUT. OF. CONTROL! At every level you are careening from one public embarrassment to another. All the while schools appear to be resegregating in Raleigh, NC, Black people are headed for devastating consequences from long term double digit unemployment... oh yeah and did I mention we appear to be on the cusp of a full blow race war?
Get off of my blog and go get your mess together. Stop squandering moral authority behind gimmicks and accept the fact that some of your critics just MIGHT have a point. That has nothing to do with us being "crabs in a barrel" or "haters" or "gossips," and everything to do with you being out of your depth.
Anytime the NAACP wants to address my audience they can do so in a dignified, decent, and orderly way. Send me an email with your statement to this audience and I'll post it, but if you continue to act like petulant toddlers, I will gladly rap you on the knuckles until you get a freaking clue.
Y'all have a great weekend!