November 23, 2004

NAACP supports Rice in statement

The NAACP has released a statement condemning the offensive language from Madison, WI radio host John "Sly" Sylvester, where he referred to Secretary of State-designee Condoleezza Rice as "Aunt Jemima," and outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell as "Uncle Tom," last week.

(NAACP President Kweisi) Mfume said, “Her counsel is respected and valued in her field and in the upper echelons of her political party.” Moreover, “Rice, a PhD and former Stanford University Provost, is an example of how far hard work, education and determination can take one to new heights,” said Mfume.

He went on to say that “attacks on Rice by the radio host and political cartoonists who use stereotypes and racial caricatures are just as bad as those who hide under sheets and burn crosses. This is something the NAACP has fought against for more than 95 years and something we will continue to oppose.”

It took long enough.

On the other side of the coin, Sylvester continues to have his supporters, and those in the People's Republic of Madison who look down on blacks who dare to think outside the box, and who dare to leave the socio-political plantation that they'd prefer that all blacks stay on.

Posted by mhking at November 23, 2004 02:31 PM

Is this the same race quota NAACP that I knew. "...example of how far hard work, education and determation". What, no repatriation, no affirmative action, judging by the content of the character, and not by the color of the skin?

Posted by: BigFire at November 23, 2004 03:54 PM

We all should be offended when a stereotypical term is tossed at anyone much more when the target is an example of an American success. We all should agree that racial quotas are wrong for everyone, yet affirmative action DID play a very big part in access to the American system for blacks, women, etc. The mistake that was made is the reliance on that programme as a way to advance, just like a business that is given economical incentives such as tax breaks or grants. If the existence of the programme is necessary for the continued success than the programme is a failure. The same planning should be applied when the goal is true equality. The step that the supposed national black leadership failed to make in the 70's 80's and 90's is to require a high level of education of the masses. The correlation to higher drop-out rates can often be traced back to primary education. If educational excellence is not goal it will be rarely achieved. The day the NAACP challenges the NEA and parents for solutions to the poor state of education, I will find great pleasure in paying dues to the organisation. The "No Child Left Behind" Legislation's requirements should be the minimal that each community looks to attain. The nature of the causes of equality (the purposed intent of the NAACP) should be neither Republican nor Democratic, but to find solutions. The wasted time on saving the little-success programmes of affirmative action does nothing to help the masses of under-educated American youth, black, brown, or white, while the rest of the world's nations eagerly send their best and brightest to America to succeed. Every section of America has an interest in the success of the others. As the US Olympic Men’s Basketball team has proven, hard work triumphs all else, while the lack of it is an invitation of defeat.

Posted by: G. Miller at November 24, 2004 10:45 AM

On a similar note, Project 21's accusations against, "...liberal blacks and others of racism after President Bush's nomination of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice for secretary of state," was mentioned in today's Washington TIMES.

Posted by: LCVRWC at November 24, 2004 11:28 AM

The NAACP was clearly risking irrelevancy if it had continued to be silent on this matter.
I'm sure they will point this statement out to the IRS, showing they are truly bipartisan. LOL.

Posted by: Neo at November 27, 2004 05:41 PM

Jesus tap-dancing Christmas! The NAACP came out and defended Rice? That must have taken some guts; they probably had to focus-group it for a week. I guess the fact that she was never going to kiss Mfume's or Bond's rear end finally got through. So they've decided to buy some influence and access, eh?

I guess they figured that remaining silent while Rice got slimed by the white liberals wasn't such a smart idea after all.

Be Seeing You,


Posted by: Section9 at November 29, 2004 10:14 PM

funny how liberals are all about minorities, multi-culturalism, political-correctness,screaming "You are Racist!",but once there is an educated, smart black woman in congress, they just go apeshit. Yeah, they would prefer her to be in line with 5 kids and a welfare check. Sickening. I guess the idea of a black woman who speaks 4 languages, is good in figure skating, piano playing, and working with her brains just is not appealing to the weakminded ones. They can just FOAD.

Posted by: tasha at December 5, 2004 11:49 PM
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