The Changing of the Guard

May 8, 2007 at 10:23 pm | Posted in Editorials/Opinions | Leave a comment

Our “Black leadership” needs new blood, new direction. This month marked the 30th anniversary of Roots. So many specials and celebrations are being held in honor of Alex Haley’s Epic. It is as well a time to take measure of how far African Americans have come since slavery. Also the 98th anniversary of the inception of the NAACP just passed this February.

I don’t know about you but I do not see the relevance of NAACP. When The NAACP was formed by the likes of Ida Wells-Barnett, W.E.B Dubois, Henry Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villiard, William English Walling, There was a clear cut Objective and a common goal.

Today the NAACP is bogged down in ego struggles, corporate politics and your normal everyday capitalistic cynicism. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the founders of the NAACP had personal goals and ambitions. However Egos were put aside and the creation of one of the most important institutions in the history of civilization was formed.

Today, however, like any other leadership our “so called black leaders” or “so called civil rights leaders” are more concerned with lavish parties, photo ops, award shows and most importantly FUNDRAISING.

In the midst of all that is going in our country {The Government corruption, The attack on basic fundamental rights, the widening gap between the Richest 1 percent and the rest of us} the NAACP Is more concerned with quote  unquote, hot button issues, such as “Imus” and  “The Negativity of Hip Hop”.

They most recently fired President Bruce Gordon, excuse me, Mr. Gordon resigned after 19 months citing “internal differences”. Sounds to me like egos tripping out. Gordon did however want to attempt to reach out to the “So-called Hip Hop Generation” more and faced opposition from many “elders” who sit on the Board of Directors.

Whatever the case may be I would like to formally issue a challenge to the next President of the NAACP.  I would say to the incoming President that he or she needs to force the NAACP to come up with a clear objective. I have two suggestions for them. 1) Bridge the Gap between My Generation and your Civil rights Generation or 2) Become a Champion for all minorities and not just “Colored people” how about the Latinos and even, Ugff the Homosexuals (I mean they shouldn’t be left out of this discussion about civil rights)

And here is some advice for outgoing President Gordon, Why don’t you get some people together and establish another Organization (lobbying group that’s all it really is people, but enough of that) Call it the NAABP or something. Because maybe if there was some competition and the NAACP had someone competing with them for the billions of donation money they receive, they might just actually begin to work towards the advancement of “colored” again.

I’m out peace – Didda


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