December 06, 2004

Mfume didn't quit, he was kicked out

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According to Armstrong Williams' new article this morning, Kweisi Mfume didn't leave the NAACP presidency of his own accord, he was shown the door -- the culmination of a feud with NAACP Chairman (and chief moonbat) Julian Bond.

Bond has had it in for Mfume since Mfume nominated Secretary of State-designee Condoleezza Rice for the 2003 NAACP Image Award. Furious that Mfume was reaching out to the Bush Administration, Bond nominated antagonistic cartoonist Aaron McGruder (creator and artist of "The Boondocks"). McGruder had previously called Rice a "murderer" for her role in the War on Terror.

The rift grew as Mfume continued to reach out to the Republican Party. Mfume realized that by reflexively voting Democrat in every election, the black voting populace has given away most of their political bartering power. After all, what incentive is there for either party to go out on a limb for blacks, if it is taken for granted that blacks will automatically vote Democrat? In effect, the black voting populace has created conditions that make it very easy for both parties to take them for granted. Mfume rightly reasoned that by reaching out to the Republican Party on issues that they already agree with -- like empowering faith based charities, supporting school vouchers, etc. -- the black voting populace can send the message that they’re no longer willing to blindly support the Democrats. Faced with the prospect of fleeing voters, the Democrats would be forced to make new overtures. This competition, in turn, would instill both parties with a sense of urgency for addressing those issues that black Americans routinely rate as their chief concerns. This competitive pressure would provide the black voting populace with increased political options -- and increased bartering power. Somehow this point was lost on Bond, who dug in his heels with mind numbing intransigence. Over the next year and a half, the rift became unmendable.
Bond has become increasingly irrational when it comes to his criticism of conservatives in general and the Bush Administration in particular, referring to Republicans as the "Taliban wing" of American politics, and constantly ranting and raving about how "evil" conservatives are.

This past summer at the NAACP's national convention, Bond went further, following up on 2003 statements that referred to the GOP as the "White People's Party," and soundly denounced any blacks who would dare to support the Bush Administration.

The last straw between Bond and Mfume came when Mfume suggested a letter be sent to the President after last month's Presidential election, suggesting ways the organization and the Bush Administration might be able to work together to help black America in years to come. Bond didn't want Mfume to send this letter; Mfume sent it anyway.

Shortly after that point, Bond had Mfume voted out.

The NAACP is continuing to fall into the quagmire of racial divisiveness and mediocrity. And Julian Bond is the head mediocre moonbat in charge.

It's just sad to see an organization that could easily help black America overcome problems with family, school and community nationwide fall into to such unreachable straits. It's almost better to put it out of it's misery at this point. Bond has rendered any real repair nearly impossible.

Posted by mhking at December 6, 2004 01:58 PM

Yes, pity about Bond. Glad I'm not a member of NAACP.

Posted by: Lola at December 6, 2004 02:07 PM

An instance of "too little, too late." Mfume should've cut the crap that he and the other moonbats perpetrate years ago. Bond probably thinks that Mfume is a traitor, an Uncle Tom, or something along those lines. Bond suffers from the delusion that his overpowering influence in the NAACP translates to power among the general populace, when in fact, it is because of jackasses like him (and Mfume), the NAACP has lost members and 'pull' with those who truly have power. Like a teenage punk who can bully his peers but gets an ass-whooping from a college frat boy, it must chap Bond's buttcheeks that nobody really gives a damn about him or his Country Club for Race and Poverty Pimps and the simpletons who buy into their propaganda.

Posted by: skh at December 6, 2004 06:04 PM

This really is a sad state of affairs. It encourages me about Mfume, even though it was too little, too late. Bond needs to be gone and that kind of pride and arrogance will topple him soon.

Posted by: BobG at December 6, 2004 08:58 PM

Mfume never was what the conservative elite said he was. Now, some want to call him the moderating voice.


When Shaun Hannity can't twist your words or what you "didn't say" against you, that says something.

Posted by: DarkStar at December 6, 2004 10:08 PM

It almost sounds like Julian Bond is suffering from "PEST" (post election selection trauma), except in his case it was an election several years ago!

Posted by: Denise at December 7, 2004 03:09 AM

I wonder if Julian might be clearing the way for Ms. Berry. Seeing as how she's out of a job and all. She and Julian probably get along pretty well, too.

Posted by: Rick Ballard at December 8, 2004 01:07 PM
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