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Jul262010

NAACP SCANDAL! Ben Jealous Didn't Write Those Op Eds Either! They Said It Not I: Ben Jealous and NAACP Not Ready for Prime Time

Commemorative Snooker-gate poster by Gem2001.

Now before we begin today's post I want to speak directly to our young readers.  I realize we have an audience of teenagers that reads this blog so the Blogmother occasionally likes to pause to offer some words of wisdom lest I lead you astray.   It is never wise to bad mouth a former employer.  So don't do that. Especially if you identify your former supervisors in a a blog post. It's bad form. A, the people at the company you left don't care that you're bad mouthing them, they are still getting a paycheck.  Second, the people at future companies you may work for give you the side eye because you bad mouthed the last place you left.  

 

When it rains, it pours and it's a monsoon over at NAACP headquarters these days.  I received in my email inbox a dispatch from a one-time NAACP employee named Amy Alexander. She's a journo who unwisely pursued employment with the NAACP. I love being a blogger, I have an email inbox full of emails from BET employees.  I suspect that by week's end, I'll have a few more dispatches from NAACP employees.  Keep it coming folks!

I'm torn about Ms. Alexander's post because clearly its the work of a disgruntled NAACP employee, however, Ms. Alexander's blog post is remarkable in that she confirms what many of us concluded about Mr. Jealous with no personal interaction with him.  That he is cowardly and passive aggressive. In other words, Mr. Jealous is a freedom fighter who doesn't like to fight. . . unlike Shirely Sherrod and her husband, but that's a whole other blog post.  Well anywho, Amy Alexander provides additional insight into the dysfunction at NAACP headquarters, in particular Mr. Jealous' dysfunction and the dysfunction of his communications staff. 

DISCLAIMER!

Let me say in advance that I was raised not to make fun of people who have disabilities this includes  speech impediments.  In addition, there is some discussion about an alleged mental health diagnosis.  I do not approve.  I think both items are hitting below the belt.  We can savage Ben Jealous based on his poor job performance alone.  I just wanted to say that in advance lest I get a text message from my Mama after she clicks the link to Ms. Alexander's blog post. I didn't write it MAMA! I'm just linking to the post.

Okay, so now that the PSA is over, pull up some popcorn and soda kids, its time for the show!

First, Ben Jealous  hired Amy Alexander to write for him... he should have kept her on, then maybe we wouldn't have gotten "SNOOKERED:

That is how I came to be the Voice of Ben Jealous for much of the summer of 2009. Not the head of the "I-unit" -- which, I soon learned, was being "temporarily" tabled -- but the writer of Jealous' op-eds, and of the Official Statements, and Press Releases for the association. But mostly, between June and August of last summer, I masqueraded as Jealous in the pages of The NationU.S. News and World Report,CNN.com, and on several other high-traffic websites. (Check out these enclosed links -- they take you to columns by "Ben Jealous," all reported and written by yours' truly.) Amy Alexander

On the NAACP's dress code in the Washington Bureau:

A truly Vampiric black woman in her late 50s. You know the type -- utterly in denial about the fading of their formerly femme fatalephysique yet still committed to thigh-high skirts and Tx3s -- Too Tight Tops. In Vampira's case, sometimes on special occasions, she augmented this look with 5-inch high heels.....Lucite, see-through heels. That's right, just like those that some hookers and sex-workers delight in. Amy Alexander

That's just cruel!

On the NAACP's public stance on Troy Davis... they had serious doubts about his innocence in private:

It eventually became clear to me that the NAACP couldn't be entirely positive, either, that Davis was innocent. Amy Alexander

And the she goes and says what polite people shouldn't:

Jealous rejected -- according to Vampira -- every opportunity to improve his on-camera performance skills. Yeah, I know -- paradoxically crazy, right?

Because what I saw during Jealous' turn at Maher's desk in June 2009 was a handsome, passionate, articulate black man.....who has a speech impediment. Amy Alexander

Note to self, have every single employee I may ever have sign a confidentiality agreement. Because this mess hey-ah! 

So hopefully this is the last swing we'll be taking at the latest dead horse the NAACP has thrown at our feet. But just to demonstrate that I am not the only person who thinks NAACP President Ben Jealous is not equipped to handle the current political, economic and technological environment. You have not one, but TWO NY Times Op Eds this weekend beating him about the head... and did I mention Newsweek has Rev. Al Sharpton sounding like an elder statesman? Heaven help us all:

 

Later, after officials at the organization had found and released a tape of Ms. Sherrod’s entire 45-minute speech, the group’s president, Ben Jealous, apologized and said the N.A.A.C.P. had been “snookered.”

Black people are in a terrible condition right now — economically, socially, educationally and otherwise — and there is no effective champion fighting for their interests. Mr. Jealous and the new edition of the N.A.A.C.P. have shown in this episode that they are not ready for prime time, and President Obama seems reluctant to even utter the word black. Or poor, for that matter.  Bob Herbert, NY TIMES

 

And more from Maureen Dowd:

And why does the N.A.A.C.P. exist if not to help clear a smeared champion of civil rights who gave a stirring speech about racial reconciliation at an N.A.A.C.P. banquet? Its president, Ben Jealous, shamefully following the administration’s rush to judgment, tweeted Monday night that Shirley Sherrod was a racist without even calling his Georgia chapter president or reviewing the N.A.A.C.P.’s own video of the speech. Maureen Dowd, NY Times

 

Okay so now that we've cleared that up....on to more important matters. I cranked out this lovely Snooker-gate commemorative image for y'all. Do you like it?

You can now purchase your official Snooker-gate beer mug at the Snookered Store.

I'm going

I whipped this up in about 20 minutes. My personal favorite is the  Snookered mouse pad.

Reader Comments (36)

I'm feel'n like this is history. He, president Benjamin most likely wrote his op Eds when he was younger and full of illusion about the future of Civil Rights.

But there's no scandal here. He's like every other middle aged, overweight frumpy politician with a staff that props him up as a spokesperson . This is true of a majority of Leaders. Granted his speaking needs some help.

And the dress code, who cares? You know he's watching his back after Mfume and Chavis. He's the proverbial family man, right, cleaning up the NAACPs near bankruptcy. I'm certain he knows it would be outright stupid to do anything during midterm elections. He's a
politician, self centered as they come.


I read Amy's blog, and it was insightful. However, I differ here. Im more concerned about bigger issues like the Palin Stormfront Breitbart diseases that could infect our economy and way of life.

I'm not apologizing for this overspent overweight overstuffed moron, I'm say'n let's work constructively to clean the NAACP up without feeding fodder to the far right.

That's the last thing we need. Between Sarah Palin or Ben Jealous, I choose Ben. For although he's a cartoon of himself, the foundation he at stands on represents all of us. Write the NAACP a letter, demand change, not war.

War only creates casualties.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNot all it seems

Ben Jealous, you're fired.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAttorneymom

Forgive me, I know I'll catch he'll for this. I do think Anson has a point. There is a larger focus. Instead of snookered labels on cups, t shirts, and the like, I'd focus on the real threats that will ultimately take away all that we've gained.

Wing nuts Breitbart and company need to be stopped. I do know where Ms Sherrod is comin from. I'm no spring chicken, and have had to deal with racism and chauvinism a great deal of my early life. Believe me, the SCLC and NAACP of the 60s was more chauvinistic than anything now. I was there. But they served a greater purpose. There have been divisions within the African American community for generations. Mistakes ares made all the time by self absorbed leaders. It goes with the territory. There will be more Sherrods in days
to come but that doesn't stop the larger fight. And believe me, there is one.

I've had a cross burnt on me, and came in at a time lynchings were still being practiced. I don't intend to go there again. Ben is Ben, he needs to grow and mature into this position, but he's no threat. The larger threats are the Coulter's, Breitbarts, Faux News who feed off
any measure of divisiveness and turn it into hate.


The NAACP needs work, change, but making snookered Ben Jealous t shirts and cups isn't going to take us anywhere .

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNot what it seems

@not all it seems I realize your agenda is to minimize any bad act the NAACP performs, but Sarah Palin has nothing to do with the nAACP. The NAACP is not a player in presidential politics. Remember their James Byrd Ad? Bush still won.

So you are intentionally making a false choice. The choice isn't between Ben Jealous and Sarah Palin. Its a choice between Ben Jealous and some other competent person who can run the NAACP.

Its sad and embarrassing that you would cling to incompetence believing that you benefit from it.

The NAACP did massive damage to Black America over the past two weeks. They are squandering ALL OF OUR moral authority.

July 26, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

And clearly the additional mockery of placing snookered on cups and t shirts is lost on you. Nobody is going to but a tshirt with a tiny image printed on it, its just amusing to look at. But anyway keep posting. you agenda is clear. you're here to give the NAACP a pass and it won't work

July 26, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

Well, an examination of the BOD might help us to understand this foolishness. Why so many? Why are most so very old? How did they get on the BOD? Because some individuals there are 85 years old and paid for their life membership when they were 15 years old? Because they (or their family) started the chapter in their home town in 1929?

When was the last time they did a BOD assessment? When was the last time they had a retreat to discuss strategic planning AND fundraising sources, not dependent on foundations? Do they know (or want to know) what they need to do to stay relevant in the future?

"That's the last thing we need. Between Sarah Palin or Ben Jealous, I choose Ben." ARE YOU SERIOUS? We now know if you are a Black woman, BOTH OF THEM WILL SHANK YOU. Did anyone see "Face The Nation" yesterday? Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Cornel West, a very old White woman and a couple of middle aged White men BUT NOT ONE BLACK WOMAN! Why?

The NAACP is in denial that they have a problem WORTH TAKING THE TIME TO CLEAN UP. Have you read the book, "All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave" by Barbara Smith, et.al.? I'm dusting mine off right now. We need to be serious; if we are going to demand justice from our enemies, then we must have the courage to practice justice among ourselves. :( :(

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

Well this is just what I thought went on at the NAACP and various big organizations. Was he chosen b/c of his pedigree and family connections?
According to Wikipedia he is a Rhodes Scholar. He must be smart but it sounds like this isn't the job for him. We just don't need so called smart people with Ivy League education in these postions, we need people who are LEADERS.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

This simply demonstartes that the NAACP is NOT needed. Ben is an idiot, Anson's little tantrum in the last two threads didn't help the organization at all, and now Amy's blog further diminishes what little credibility, NAACP had left. The National Association for the Advancement of Cowardly People is more like it.

I wonder who the Vampira woman is/ I wanna see her in her hooker, or even better, her "snooker" pumps. LOL

Gina,

I honestly think this has been one of your best investigative series, yet.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

@ revmamaafrika "That's the last thing we need. Between Sarah Palin or Ben Jealous, I choose Ben." ARE YOU SERIOUS? We now know if you are a Black woman, BOTH OF THEM WILL SHANK YOU. Did anyone see "Face The Nation" yesterday? Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Cornel West, a very old White woman and a couple of middle aged White men BUT NOT ONE BLACK WOMAN!

I'm standing at my desk pumping my fist. You are on point with this one. I saw face the Nation yesterday and I kept asking the same questions over and over. Ya'll couldn't find one black women?

Really?

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthelildiva4u

Not,

What branch of the NAACP do you work for?

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

These are pretty scary times, but our people have been through much worse.

The Ben Jealous/NAACP response this past week clearly shows how we are NOT prepared for these latest race wars. AT ALL!

And, it doesn't help that President Obama came off as weak, reactionary, and hypersenstive.

The problem that I have with these hits - notice, most of the pot shots are of black folks - is that they represent SYMBOLIC hits on the prez. Shame on the NAACP for not recognizing the strategy of the opposition.

EVERYONE at this point is waiting for our president to, well, act presidential, and as if he understands that he's the head man in charge. (And even if he isn't, he's supposed to LOOK like he is).

That the NAACP leadership would come off looking so incompetent unfortunately rubs off on the White House, who only responded b/c the NAACP seemed to agree with the naysayers!

Just pitiful!

Meanwhile, Howard Dean is talking crap about how Newt Gingrich needs to return to Congress (!!!!!!!), and Gingrich has already put out there that he wants to run in 2012.

Just think about that for a moment, y'all: a Gingrich-Palin presidential ticket for 2012.

That scares the crap out of me and should the rest of you! And that could and WILL happen if our leadership doesn't start looking like leadership!

Sometimes I get the impression that the Democratic Party is winging it as they go along, so ill prepared are they in handling a black family in the White House.

We need long-term strategies and especially a way to prevent the Post-Emancipation Reconstruction period from reasserting itself in our new millennial era. Because, quite frankly, if Obama fails to get re-elected in 2012, we'll have a reactionary GOP presidency and Congress that will put their collective feet on our necks just to ensure that another Obama never gets elected again.

Or at least not for another 70 years. (Just think how long Jim Crow segregation lasted between Emancipation and Civil Rights).

Our leadership needs to be ready and prepared to stop the onslaught. Things could get really bad if they don't start being effective leaders.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnxious Black Woman

I read Amy's post and it was interesting to say the least. But I'm wondering if it was in her best interest to expose the NAACP in that forum. As more people read it, it will be hard for her to get another job. Because, let's face it, everybody has a dirty pair of drawers hidden somewhere that they don't want anyone to see. She would have been better off writing a tell-all book. She already WENT THERE, so why not make some money off her story. OH WAIT- it's not too late to still do that. I'm sure she has alot more juicy tidbits to share...

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMommieDearest

I'm so glad you could interject some humor in this sad, pathetic state of affairs Gina. I can't recall a time when certain blacks with access have done more harm to the black collective than any white "racist" or institutional racism. Since that is what some will argue as ALWAYS being the culprit. Oh and poverty, too.

Nope it's other blacks and specifically weak black males (and their female enablers) that have destroyed the black community from within.

I fail to undertand how this latest nail on the coffin would be misunderstood or ignored, but so be it. We've documented it and it's done.

Forget the Board of Directors. The black women supporting the NAACP is the core support that sustains it. If they'd use their capital elsewhere in ways that would directly benefit blacks (making sure black women's needs were met first) nobody would even care about the NAACP.

The other do-little orgs must be sighing relief they haven't done anything as damaging and obvious lest they too have a larger number of us urging they get the boot. They are now on NOTICE though.

At least I hope so.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

I think I'd be willing to take the more radical road on this topic: The NAACP needs to take that final dirt nap. It doesn't need new leadership. It doesn't need a makeover. It needs liquidation. It, along with all of these old school civil rights organizations, NOW/AFL-CIO/etc all need to die because they are taking much needed resources out of small communities and using them to fund opulent foolishness. All of them are ran by McDonalds and Wal-Mart, so how can they speak for the people they claim to protect. So I say that the millions of dollars of funds the NAACP gets from their faithful worshippers should go to smaller organizations who still know what struggle means...

...not to even mention the historical bourgeois curcumstances that the NAACP was even created under. It has never been for Black people. It is 110 years old. It has lived an obscenely long life. Goodnight NAACP!

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMari-Djata

@mommiedearest

I wondered the same thing, I don't see how here writing this expose will help her career. The article didn't tell me anything I didn't figure already about the NAACP.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

@GEM There are black male opportunists taking advantage of this snookering situation on television to talk about right wing republicans and the books they have coming out about racism(Dyson).Gem i'd really like to see a black woman on TELEVISION speaking about this situation.I do not like that so many black men,particularly those who have not publicly acknowledge wrongdoing of the naacp and even those that have,are continuing to go publicly speak about issues concerning us as black women.I'd like to send Mett the Press,Face the Nation ,somebody perhaps at FOX news etc, an e-mail of many of the things you wrote about this horrible incident that Mrs.Shirley Sherrod has had to endure.Can we all do this Gem?If so I have to get those e-mail addresses.To be honest with you this thought just popped into my head,like just now.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P,

I don't have the clip but, I heard Dyson say yesterday I think it was on ABC news "This week".

That a big part of the issue with the way the NAACP acted has to do with the "historic and inherent sexism in traditional civil rights organizations."

Maybe some will say that even a broken clock is right twice a day. But, it made me do a double take when he said it! The other guess didn't have a response at all after he said it either, there was no follow up questions after he made the statement.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertusk91

@ Truth P, you touched on part of my point. Like Blogmother, I have a major pet peeve and mine is when our people cry and whine about how "crazy" the wrong(right) wing, racist, fascist types really are. THEY ARE NOT CRAZY, THEY ARE FOCUSED, DISCIPLINED AND STAY ON POINT. They make personal sacrifices to raise money, money used to get hair or nails done is used to fund the next meeting, mass mailing party, telephone calls, printing and distributing flyers, rent office space, buy office supplies, buy pizza for the next envelope stuffing party, LETTERS TO THE EDITOR OF THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, ADS ON TV OR RADIO, ETC. They just go and make it happen. Andrew Breithart is not crazy, he's in it to win it. They are ORGANIZED, the question is, are we?

I am working on a letter to Hen Jealous; it going to take me a few days, because so far with my drafts, I have to start over, I get more angry as I write. All of us faithful here at WAOD should be writing letters to FOX News, all the mainstream and cable networks, your local newspapers, radio and tv, your local BLACK OWNED MEDIA, tell them what you want, demand what you want, the more the better. Write a letter to Face The Nation, the Sunday morning talks shows, etc. Call in to the radio talk shows in your area, especially these gospel radio stations, what is their policy on public affairs programing? Write a letter to your local NAACP branch/chapter and ask them what is there position on this issue AND what have they done for women lately? If you don't like the answer to your questions, follow up and be polite BUT persistent, make suggestions IN WRITING AND KEEP A FILE. Ask your local NAACP what is their policy on dealing with sexism (yes, some may ask you what does that word mean, "Black people are beautiful and we must all be united against the common enemy"), but just count to 10, be polite and keep pressing them. I used to work on Capitol Hill, so yes this will work if you/we are willing to work for it. :)

And we must stop letting people force feed us false choices, "the lesser of two (or more) evils," the Repub-licrats vs the Demo-publicans, the White racists vs the Black male supremacists (and their female cohorts), etc. Wrong is wrong, right is right, let's not be afraid to get free. "If you stick a knife in my back six inches and pull it out three inches, that's not progress."
Malcolm X.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

So i've been sending a few e-mails to Fox and cbs.I will be contacting others very soon.
I sent one to Face the nation cause I saw M.Dyson on there trying to make this a simple issue of right wing racism while promoting his book.

Here's how to get in touch with Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer
To send an e-mail:
ftn@cbsnews.com
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/07/08/ftn/main13479.shtml
Here's a link with several e-mail addresses and a number for fox news
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,77538,00.html.

I hope they have you on their shows or something Gina or at least mention your blog.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

Blogmother, I agree with Blkseagoat, this series was even better than your coverage of the Dunbar Village case, which I didn't think was possible! :)

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

I am watching Jon Stewart's coverage, and it's second only to Keith Olbermann's. What does it say that two comedians/pundits with their own sexist/misogynist allegations facing them can actually GET IT?! I mean, really.

Why do men hate us? Boyce and Roland are jokes, no big there, but I used to be a local officer in my NAACP branch, and Jealous' behavior is untenable! The En-Double is a joke, regional attorneys who have no class or professionalism notwithstanding.

And don't get it twisted, the En-Double has never been a feminist org, and DuBois wasn't feminist, the movement was not Utopia. Sistas have always had to do for themselves.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrownstocking

I found a picture of Vampira.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

What does any of this have to do about our daughters? None of the topics do. This blog should change it's name

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Normally i'd try to correct people when they are wrong and i'd hope others would do that for me lest I continue to suffer from extreme ignorance but sometimes you just gotta let it go.More important things to do like CAMPAIGNING to get the GEM'S,Revmama's, and Faith Dows of the world on TELEVISION to speak about OUR issues since the women here including the woman,Shirley Sherrod, spoken of in the last few posts are all somebodies DAUGHTERS.smdh.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

Shame! Shame! Shame!! The proverbial foolish crabs in a barrel and the Alexander lady, the biggest crab of them all. The condition of Black people is pitiful - instead of coming together to solve your problems you choose to air your dirty underwear in public and attack one another- Fodder for any racist organization to use. Makes me glad that I am white.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEleanore Beane

Kay,

Please feel free to strat your own blog and then you can control its content. If you are to intellectually limited to understand the impact of the conversations that have happened in the last 3 posts, say that, and we'll bring you up to speed.

However, if you're just posting because you think you're being clever, why post at all?

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

@Kay,

"Unapologetic, Uncompromising, and Unbowed in defense of Black WOMEN and girls."

(emphasis mine) This appears at the top of the home page. Shirley Sherrod is someone's daughter. Additionally, her daughters and ours need to know that there is someone willing to go to bat for them and stand up to the patriarchal mindset that keeps them imprisoned. So yes, this Shirley Sherrod debacle has everything to do with our daughters.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMommieDearest

@blkseagoat:

Where? I wanna see!

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMommieDearest

Anxious Black Woman writes:

"Because, quite frankly, if Obama fails to get re-elected in 2012, we'll have a reactionary GOP presidency and Congress that will put their collective feet on our necks just to ensure that another Obama never gets elected again."

The Democrats are already working a reactionary, fascist agenda. Who needs a Republican administration when you've got Democrats in the White House and the majority in Congress stoking the war machine, kowtowing to every greedmongering/Treasury looting/labor killing whim, and shredding the Constitution and civil liberties at every turn? As for Republicans working overtime to make sure no black face gets in the Oval Office, I don't know if the right wing power structure will try too hard. Obama has worked out quite well for the power players of both parties. From war profiteers to War on Terror profiteers to big business to Wall Street - all are making out like bandits and getting things enacted that a Republican president could never pull off.

Our collective necks are already being stepped on by the very folks who many of us vote for every election cycle. It's time to stop voting for these turncoats as well as time to throw the NAACP into the dustbin of irrelevancy too. Both of these haters - the Demowits and the NAACP/black misleadership class do as much or more damage to black progress as right wing whitey.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbricer

@ Kay, are you active in your community? Are you active in any ORGANIZATION that work for our people in general, Black women and girls in particular? Perhaps no, huh?

@ Blkseagoat, I wanna see too. Is that her on the NAACP website, LD, vice prez of communications? If it is, I remember her when she first started her pr company with another sister. WTH happened?

@ Truth P, thanks for the shout out; they won't give me a show where I live 'cause my politics are way too far the the Left.

@ Bricer, yes what you say is true and now on top of all of that, we now know that Pres. Pretty Brotha is much like former pres. Bush, he don't like Black people either, certainly not Black women. Imagine how all those sisters that voted/campaigned for him now feel, "I'm so glad to see a famous Black man married to an obviously Black Black woman." Yeah, and imagine how some of them felt when I told them don't trip, he dated a White woman before he married Michelle. :)

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

Let me just add another reason to the pot why I am done with the NAACP national leadership and some of the local leadership where I live.

In 1998, I ran into a dear sister friend I had not seen in five years. She told me why -- she had been violently abused by her then husband for several years, beginning after the birth of their daughter. We her friends had not seen her because she was trying to survive that ordeal, plus, sometimes their daughter witnessed the abuse. Her then husband, now ex-husband, is now prominent in the local NAACP (he even served on their committee on police brutality), he's an ordained minister and he has his own radio program, both regular radio and xm. Back then, as he was preparing to run for City Council, a hard-working reporter went through the public records for another story he was writing and found this and other info, police records, etc., and published the story.

Of course he lost the election, but at first he denied he ever hit her, as he gave his statement to the press. Three days later we helped our friend with a press statement and contacted the press. On camera, she told them about her abuse AND brought documentation, i.e., three or four police reports and doctor's reports. Then, at a "campaign" appearance at the church I then attended, he said "I atone for what I did . . . I was wrong . . . it only happened a few times", etc. The pastor at this church endorsed his campaign. A few days later, the pastor publicly withdrew his support after I and the first woman he abused had talked to this pastor. (Several years later, I left this church). It also came up that this "great leader" was several years, several thousands of dollars behind in child support. AND HE'S STILL BEHIND AS HIS DAUGHTER PREPARES FOR COLLEGE. Oh and did I mention that he was also violent towards his second wife? Yeah, she knew about the abuse but married him anyway, cause, "he might be the next Rev. Jesse Jackson." And yeah the pastor that ordained him knew about the abuse before hand cause my friend and I told in a conference call. :(

After this ordeal, in talking with friends, I was told this has happened in some other chapters/branches of the NAACP. Why is this allowed to continue? So should we be surprised at what Hen Jealous did to Shirley Sherrod? Blogmother, I was reading your past writings about the NAACP and I ran across a picture from 2008 with Hen Jealous and this short, stocky, brown-skinned, slightly bearded, dread locked negro leader. It reminded me that we need to ORGANIZE and demand justice from all people for all people. "Cause Black women and girls are people too."

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

"he don't like Black people either, certainly not Black women."

Obama, may have not done his research and to quickly took the word of others in approving this woman resignation. But, I don't think it is reasonable to say that a man who purposely surrounds himself with Black woman in his personal life and professional life doesn't like them.

Maybe dating that white woman back in college lead him to respect and admire black woman that much more. I would imagine that he would be open to dating a white woman after haven been raised by them.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertusk91

Pres. Bush was incredibly stubborn. I cannot imagine him treating Mrs. Sherrod the way Pres. Obama has. Obama was taking a page out of the Clinton playbook: drop 'em while they're hot.

Obama doesn't surprise me: I watched him carefully during the primaries. He left a lot of people under the bus back then and everyone expected that to change once "he got the power". All he was doing was showing his true colors and nature: when things get tough find a sacrifice.

By the way, if Mrs. Sherrod was white, Pres. Obama never would have drop kicked her like that. Think of how he treated Hilary versus Mrs Susan Rice (one of his campaign people). Mrs Rice was the first person he tossed under the bus. He rewarded Hilary for her wishful "June surprise" and campaign stalling tactics. He would have gotten the nomination no matter what she did.

Outside of Mrs Obama, black women aren't important to him.

He can take OUR vote for granted. Black women have a ridiculously strong tendency to be loyal to people who do not deserve it, ensuring they always take us for granted. We're too nice about these things: money, politics, power, and life.

I don't care whether Obama gets re-elected or not. The Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Republicans, or even another hoard of two-faced Democrats don't scare me. They're not my bogeymen. I do fine regardless of who resides in office. The majority of us will too.

The NAACP is very close to nadir, and their final dirt nap, they just aren't aware of it yet. Why? Because they're running out of self-sacrificing black women if Amy Alexander is any indication.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Chambers

"Outside of Mrs Obama, black women aren't important to him."

....and this is based on a few instances, a few decisions good or bad the president has made that you don't happen to agree with? If president Obama actions as a whole is exhibiting behavior that "proves" that Black woman are not important to him. Then that is a standard set so high that no one could really obtain it.

"I don't care whether Obama gets re-elected or not. The Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Republicans, or even another hoard of two-faced Democrats don't scare me. They're not my bogeymen. I do fine regardless of who resides in office. The majority of us will too."

- That comes right from the RNC's play book, don't pay any attention to who is elected president or makes up the congress because it doesn't really effect your life personally. Sounds like there is an agenda being promoted with that statement.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertusk91

@tusk91

I'll repeat myself: I do not care whether Obama gets re-elected or not. I've never been an Obama-stan even though I voted for him. I don't rally around any politician: repub, dem, black or white. I vote republican, democrat, and the occasional wild-card.

The bogeyman theme is irrelevant to me. Whether it is Palin who gets elected, Obama gets re-elected, or some other politician, I really don't care.

And I don't believe it's healthy for black women to sign up for political cannon fodder duty. It hasn't done us any good. So yeah, my standards for politicians (as to how they treat black women) are very high.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Chambers

@tusk so are you saying you think Betty is a right wing republican? Clearly you have not read her blog.

Actually there are tons of people who think that there is just one big Republicrat party that serves the needs of large corporate interests. SO Betty didn't have to rip that statement from anyone else's playbook.

If I understand her original statement, I think she was referring to W's penchant for standing by demonstrable incompetence. Notice he held on to Brownie until he had to let him go. He held on to Harriet Meyers. He held onto Rumsfeld. The only person he gave the boot was the treasury secretary who challenged him. he held on to Condoleezza.

On the otherhand the only person I can think of the Obama administration holing onto is Timothy Geithner and there has to be a reason for that.

PS. Palin won't get elected. If you thought the Democratic primary was ugly, wait until the 2012 republican primary. You'll have a clash of titans. Remember Bush vs McCain. Its going to be brutal, dirty and ugly, plus throw in the Tea Party and you'll have a massive political train wreck in the primary.

July 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother
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