After a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmermanin the killing of Trayvon Martin, the NAACP pledged that it “will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed.” The reaction is characteristic of today’s NAACP, a group that deals more in political demagoguery than in advancing the causes relevant to African Americans. The group is a shadow of what it once was.
There was a time when the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was at the forefront of the fight for equal rights and black empowerment. As a two-term president of the NAACP branch in Garland, Texas, in the 1980s, I led our efforts to help the black community rise.
We believed that every child deserved a quality education that allowed him or her to become a leader in the community. We fought for the society that espoused the same values championed by Martin Luther King Jr., where our children would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
Then I watched as progressives staged a coup to take over the Garland NAACP chapter and many others, including the national organization. Their agenda is angry, calling for every black man, woman, and child to be dependent on the government from cradle to grave – wards of the state, addicted to government handouts, living with a perpetual victim complex.
For far too long the NAACP has failed to advance anyone. Too many black youths are functionally illiterate. About 40 percent of blacks don’t graduate from high school. Black unemployment is almost as high as it was during the Great Depression. While the NAACP continues to champion the rhetoric of race baiters, it has nothing to show for the donations taken from those struggling to make ends meet in the black community.
The end of my lifetime membership of the NAACP began the minute I dared to speak out. I was ostracized and punished for declaring that my rights come from God, not the government and that I believed the NAACP stood for the “advancement of colored people,” not the “advancement of colored progressives.”
Progressives in the NAACP called me a “bad soldier” for the organization. I refuse to fight for agendas that hold my community down in poverty. Black Americans are only 13.5 percent of the total population, but we represent 34 percent of all welfare recipients. The culture of dependency has our abolitionist forefathers rolling in their graves.