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Friday
Jul012011

Hazel Dukes Unhinged:NAACP Leader In Altercation with NYC Parents While Preaching "Civility"

Watch the ENTIRE VIDEO...Hazel Dukes gets more EXTRA with each passing second. Somewhere Ben Jealous is in the fetal position. 

Can we all agree that I'm pretty good at game theory? We can't? Okay well anywhoo. This story out of NYC of the Black parents vs. the  Elite Establishment just intrigues me. To refresh your memory, the NAACP has filed a lawsuit to boot a bunch of Black children in Harlem out of charter schools and the parents of those children are none-too-pleased.

But you rarely see ordinary Black people take on the Black Elite Establishment in public...which is why Hazel Dukes appears to be becoming unhinged... or more entertaining than ever.

Here's a story update:

Hazel Dukes of the NAACP is a treasure trove of blog-worthy goodness. I LUV HER! Why? Because she says stuff like this!

"She said I went to Harvard on her back," said Cliff Thomas, founder of the Invictus Prep Charter School, due to open this fall in East New York, Brooklyn. "She said I didn't get there because I was smart or worked hard." NY POST

Here is another version of the same incident

She called African-American charter-school activist Clifford Thomas a "dumbass" and said: "You went to Harvard on my back, not because you're smart, not because you worked hard." NY POST

 There's more:

Dukes acknowledged her comments, saying, "Wouldn't he be intelligent enough graduating from Harvard that he would want quality schools for all children?"

She dismissed any suggestion that she had gotten physical. "If I pushed him, he ought to have pushed me back," she said. "He's a grown man."

She's wrong... buuuuuuut there is something about her that I like. But back to Hazel Duke's blog-worthy goodness. 

If you and the NAACP continue on this horrible lawsuit against my daughter's school and the fellow 18 charter schools, it will not be the best legacy to leave   behind," Ramos wrote. The Post reports that Dukes's reply was swift and, well, to the point. 

"You are not a member of the NAACP and don't understand that you are doing the business of slave masters," Dukes explained to Ramos in an email sent June 1st. Gothamist

 

Apparently there isn't a thing Ben Jealous can do to shut Hazel Dukes up.  Interesting that Jealous didn't hesitate to throw Shirley Sherrod under the bus to protect the NAACP, but it letting Hazel Duke say anything in the name of the NAACP.

I realized Hazel was quote worthy when I heard her at a rally during my covert operation at National Action Network headquarters. I can't remember anything else from that entirely-too-long rally other than her chastising Black people in Harlem for not voting for David Dinkins because "he didn't invite y'all to the fish fry." She dropped a few words of profanity as well which was disconcerting because the NAN "rally" is actually a Saturday-morning church service with gospel music and all. 

But there is more. Ms. Dukes is not above getting in your FACE ... and she'll do it in front of an entire auditorium of people.

9:30 p.m. As promised, I’m posting video (above) from the altercation earlier tonight between Hazel Dukes of the NAACP and charter school advocates.

Dukes actually found herself in the middle of two separate physical altercations with two different charter school advocates after each personally addressed comments she made earlier this month that referred to charter parents as “slave masters.” In his testimony, Invictus Preparatory founder Cliff Thomas, who is African-American, said he resented Dukes’ comments. Immediately afterward, Dukes confronted Thomas. “You went to Harvard on my back,” Dukes said. “Not because you’re smart, not because you work hard.”

Later, two parents from the Success Charter Network had to be physically separated from Dukes in the back of the auditorium. One of the parents, Kelly Alday of Bronx Success Academy, had just finished her testimony, which once again personally called out Dukes for her comments. In the address, the woman turned towards Dukes and directly addressed her. That was enough to spark Dukes, who rose from her seat at the front of the auditorium and met the woman at the end. The confrontation lasted for about 30 seconds before security and others stepped between the them.

Afterward, Dukes defended her actions. “I don’t regret it at all.” Gotham Schools

Now the video above is the exact opposite of what Hazel Dukes had to say about the healthcare debate. In this interview she condemns inflammatory rhetoric and calls for civility. So she knows better.... she just won't do better.  Here is Ms. Dukes speaking about "Civility" Fast forward to minute mark 12:12.

Ms. Dukes is kinda like Anakin Skywalker... you admire her swordplay, you just wished she used her powers for good. 

In the interest of full information, I grew up under a desegregation order (Thanks NAACP...of yesteryear!) so my parents were able to exercise parental choice with M&M transfers... I never went to the school I was zoned for until high school. So I can't in good conscience  support a system where a child is doomed to a poor education because of the zip code they were born into ( yikes! terminal preposition!).  Does that mean charter schools? I don't know. It just means that parents should have the option to send their children to the very best public school available. I'm not married to any system.

But back to why this story intrigues me... it didn't go away. If anything the battle is getting more pitched, the NAACP's leadership in NYC is sounding more desperate, and Black parents are getting more resolute about defending their children. That's what I'm excited about... ordinary Black folks who give a rip!

I knew they were out there. Heck, I think we're in the majority. 

UPDATE: 

After the publication of this story, the following was brought to our attention

Hazel N. Dukes, the president of the New York State chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a former president of the New York City Offtrack Betting Corporation, pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing $13,000 from an OTB employee who was suffering from cancer.

In a brief appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court, Ms. Dukes, 65, admitted that she embezzled money in 1993 from the bank account of Velma McLaughlin, a former OTB employee, who had given Ms. Dukes power of attorney when Ms. McLaughlin was on disability leave as she battled leukemia. New York Times

Um HOW? HOW? HOW? Did this woman end up as the President of a non-profit entity? Don't they have regulations related to crimes of moral turpitude?

Forget everything I said about admiring her swordplay. Hazel Dukes isn't talented or gifted, she's a narcissist and a sociopath. Who steals from another woman dying of cancer?

Monday
Jun062011

NY York Parents SHOCKED to Discover the NAACP Braintrust Doesn't Care About ALL Black People

Oh. Look, in Harlem a group of Black parents is upset with the NAACP for filing a lawsuit that might close charter schools in their community that mainly service children of color.  To all of the parents SHOCKED that the NAACP might take action that is not in your best interest, WELCOME TO OUR WORLD!  

Protesters Rally at NAACP Over School Lawsuit: MyFoxNY.com

 

Read the bottom of this post for an important public service announcement to Kathleen Kernivan. Mainstream media is downright gleeful at the prospect of Black people rallying publicly against the NAACP, this is nothing new around here. 

SO here is some background:

IT’S CLEAR WHY the teachers union in New York has gone to court to stop the city’s planned shutdown of failing schools and to block charter schools from using the public space. Jobs are in play, and the main mission of the union is, after all, to protect its members. What’s not clear is why the NAACP would join an effort to keep open schools that have failed miserably. Considering that it is mostly minority students who are affected, the NAACP’s action is almost incomprehensible. (NOT TO THE READERS OF THIS BLOG) WAPO

More "shock" from mainstream media. 

The images are jarring. Photos of children with signs saying “NAACP, drop the lawsuit” and “NAACP, unite us, don’t divide us.” Video clips of parents, teachers and community leaders urging the NAACP to put the education of children first and to stop supporting the status quo.It was so jarring because these children, parents and community leaders were black. Thousands of black Harlem residents rallied in the street May 26 protesting the NAACP. WAPO

Yeah it totally sucks when an organization you were raised to revere ends up doing things you find to be a direct threat to the health, safety and welfare of you and your children.

NEWSFLASH:The NAACP takes positions  that, as a practical matter, are  downright DESTRUCTIVE to Black people .ALL. THE . TIME.  Y'all just aren't paying attention... well its a good thing you're reading this blog since I DO pay attention to these things. 

For example, there was a case out of Louisiana where a man raped his 8 year old step daughter causing damage so severed that her internal organs were ripped to shreds... NAACP filed an amicus brief in support of the child rapist. 

There was a HORRIFIC gang rape of a Black woman and child down in West Palm Beach Florida, and the local NAACP held a rally..... on behalf of the gang rapists.  They wanted four violent predators released from prison so they could rape, torture, and kill more Black women and children. When they got called out, they LIED and the local West Palm Beach Chapter president failed to disclose that her family had a direct connection to one of the gang rapists.

So don't ever substitute your judgement for that of the NAACP braintrust... what's best for you and whats bests for the NAACP have nothing to do with each other.  

Parents To Rally Against NAACP Harlem: MyFoxNY.com

 

As I understand it, and readers I invite you to correct me if I'm wrong, charter schools ARE public schools. So the battle isn't over public school education, but WHO CONTROLS that public school education and the facilities where the children attending the schools are located. And I am also assuming that ALL of the kids in both charter schools and non charter schools in Harlem are children of color so what "protected class" is involved? Everybody is Black or Brown!

 According to an editorial written by Jealous (he doesn't actually write his own work-but anywhoo), he states:

We believe that if we make all our schools great places to learn, we will have more than better institutions and better-prepared students — we will have a better country. Benjamin Jealous' Assistant 

Um so parents in NYC, what efforts, other than filing a lawsuit, is the NAACP making to improve the schools in NYC? But finally to why I wrote this post -- this heartbreaking quote from Kathleen Kernivan:

 

My child cannot be told that she’s not going to get to go to her school in September,” said charter school parent Kathleen Kernivan. “I cannot look her in the eye, as a parent, and tell her, ‘Well, the problem is that this group of people that Mommy told you about during Black History Month, that did all those great things a long time ago – they want to stop you from doing great things.” WAPO

Oh I FEEL your pain Kathleen. I FEEL your pain. But as a parent, its important that you tell your daughter THE TRUTH and the truth is that Black people are  NOT a monolith and that there are Black people out there who have agendas that are NOT in your daughter's best interest.  When she encounters these Black people, she should oppose them... and NOT be shy about it. 

I Can still remember one of the most patronizing telephone conversations I have ever had in my life was with the national spokesperson of the NAACP named Richard McIntyre who was their communications directors.If you want to head the condescension drip from Richard Mcintyre's lips, you can listen to our one public interaction on our old podcast. Anywhoo, Mr. McIntyre was one who said "Black on Black crime is not part of our mission." 

I know its shocking to your system because you think the NAACP is the same organization we grew up revering. Its not. That organization is gone and it ain't coming back so if you are looking for something to tell your daughter, tell her this "You must judge an advocacy organization based on the content of the character of its current leadership. " In other words, 

Stop evaluating modern "Black" organizations based on the courageous acts of men and women 40 years ago! They're gone!

You deal with the organization as it exists today. Where there is common ground, work with them. Where there isn't, FIGHT em' and don't feel one moment of conflict about it, your child's future depends on it. 

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