June 03, 2004

NAACP calls Republicans "terrorists" against blacks

At the "Take Back America" conference in Washington yesterday, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond compared Republicans to the Taliban, the terrorists who used to rule Afghanistan.

"Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side," Bond told a cheering audience. "They've written a new constitution for Iraq and ignore the Constitution here at home. They draw their most rabid supporters from the Taliban wing of American politics. Now they want to write bigotry back into the Constitution."
He offered no proof to support his "bigotry" comment. It's far easier for Bond and others to allow emotion to rule the day.

Bond called the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 two of America's greatest achievements. Of course, he neglected the simple fact that the Republicans of the day were instrumental in pushing both Acts through. Had the Democrats of the 1960s prevailed, neither act would have become law, and blacks would have continued to be relegated to the "back of the bus."

"The passage of these two laws in 1964 and 1965 marked the beginning of the dependence of the Republican Party on the politics of racial division to win elections and gain power," Bond said. "By playing the race card in election after election, they've appealed to that dark underside of American culture, to that minority of Americans who reject democracy and equality. They preach racial neutrality and they practice racial division."

"We have a president who talks like a populist and governs for the privileged," Bond said. "We were promised compassionate conservatism; instead, we got crummy capitalism."

The NAACP claims to be a non-partisan organization -- they have to remain non-partisan in order to retain their tax exempt status.

After similarly partisan statements by Bond at their convention last summer, a number of critics of the civil rights organization called for the removal of their tax exempt status. In an interview on MSNBC's Scarborough Country last July, I pointed out (much to the chagrin of fellow guest Roland Martin) that Bond's statements would make it easy for the federal government to withdraw that exemption.

Bond's statements make it crystal clear that the NAACP has no desire to work together with Republicans to make things better for all people.

The NAACP's 2004 National Convention is July 10-15 in Philadelphia. I'm sure we will hear much more in the way of venomous rage and true hate speech from Bond and his cohorts then.

Posted by mhking at June 3, 2004 07:59 AM

As is your habit, Mike, looks like you pretty much covered it, Mike, so no smart-ass remarks from me........I don't think. Like Lyndon Johnson had to threaten the Republicans to vote for those much needed amendments.

And that Julian Bond, what's his deal? Is he another (looks like) liberal white man that is hell bent on proving his BLACKNESS with these asinine statements?

No wonder I won't be respecting any LIBERAL older blacks until it's extended to me. Contrary to what Bill Cosby said or very much implied - it aint just his age group peers from poorer neighborhoods that have SCREWED UP our communities.

That is why I am suspect of the vast majority of my elders, to include just about all of our so-called leaders & elected officials - most in their late 40s and up. Then they open their mouths.........confirming that I can save my respect for someone else. And my filthy mouth.

Posted by: Beau at June 3, 2004 10:24 AM

Looks like Mr. Bond was too consumed with spewing biggoted hate speech to be bothered with a little tiny thing like... justifying his claims. Too bad for him, someone in his position should at least try to give the appearance of intelligence.

Posted by: Deb at June 3, 2004 02:08 PM

The "write bigotry back into the Constitution" line probably refers to the the Federal Marriage Amendment; pretty sure I heard him describe it that way in another speech.

You maybe want to take that up with whoever wrote the linked article, rather than Mr. Bond.

Charming folk you have commenting here, Michael.

Posted by: Aaron at June 3, 2004 09:45 PM

Good point, Aaron; I'd like to hear the context of that statement though.

Thanks for swinging by; I'm glad you could join us -- at least this once...[g]

Posted by: mhking at June 3, 2004 10:10 PM

Julian Bond is right. The passage of the Civil Rights Acts led to the Republican Party's Southern Strategy. It was, and is, to woo Southern whites based on their resentment of the end of segregation, and, the progress made by people of color since then. The GOP has usually carried the South because of its Southern Strategy. This is pretty basic history. Any person who is at all well-read would be aware of it.

I was hoping to see some improvement in Michael King's blog. But, it is still just mindless echoing of whatever far Right white people say.

Posted by: Mac Diva at June 4, 2004 12:43 AM


Does this mean that your blog is similarly reflective of what the far left parrots?

What sort of "improvement" were you looking for? That I renounce my conservatism? That I join the lock-stepping masses who find it easy to bash anyone who has a thought that is different from their own? That I not do anything to upset the apple cart?

Please. Spare me. I don't expect you to understand.

Or to put it bluntly, I don't give a shit whether you see an "improvement" or not.

I don't claim to be a genius; I don't claim to have all the answers. But I do step out of the "blame whitey, whack the Republican" mindset that you seem to love so damn much.

If you don't like it, then go find someone else to bitch at.

Posted by: mhking at June 4, 2004 06:44 AM

My blogs don't echo anybody. I bring my own informed opinions to the table. If someone taking a Leftist position is guilty of sloppy thinking, he or she is gonna catch Hell just as much as a Right Winger would. But, the Right is wrong more often.

I wrote an entry, 'How to Be a Bad Blogger,' for my civil rights blog which is a critique of your blog in 2003. It criticized you for shallowness, copyright violations right and left and failure to grasp the difference between fact and opinion. More than a year later, your blog is still an embarrassment to anyone who wants blogging to be taken seriously. At the very least you could read the news articles you steal without attribution closely enough to make sure what you say about them is accurate.

Posted by: Mac Diva at June 6, 2004 04:56 PM

Julian Bond's words were just more of the same old vicious, hypocritical hate speech we get all the time from the extremist fringes of the Left. All Bond is doing is throwing red meat to his fellow Democrats. Nobody really listens to him, because he and others of his ilk sound like a broken record, playing the same thing over and over again.

Posted by: Jamaal Michaels at June 6, 2004 05:15 PM

Oh, gee. How very kind of you.

Let me make sure I understand how it works.

You have issues with me; you write a scathing review of my work with some valid points, and some knee-jerk opinions; you don't say a damn thing to me about it; then you come back a year later and do the same thing, only this time with a backhanded slap.

Hmmmm. Excuse me if I don't think much of your opinion.

You don't like me, that's your business. But last I checked, you weren't the be-all, end-all arbiter of what is right and what is not. At the very least, if there was that much an issue, you would have at least have had the common courtesy to say something to me to begin with.

But I guess that was too easy. Just like it's too easy to bitch at me today.

Obviously, you feel that someone died and made you the bitch queen goddess of all that blogs are and are made of.

There are certainly blogs better than mine; there are certainly blogs worse than mine. I can only conclude that your selection of mine to bitch at then and now is solely based on your politcal differences with me and my views.

Thank you for the bitchslap. Don't do it again.

Posted by: mhking at June 6, 2004 05:24 PM

Can't we Americans - white, black, yellow, brown, purple - get along? I hate it when something like a disaster happens and we blame the white President when the affected ones do not get an immediate assistance from the federal government?
Everyone was overwhelmed by the gravity of the situation. No one could have predicted the enormous destructions brought by Katrina. I hate it when race becomes a factor when this type of incident happens. Reminds of an incident during the American Idol show - when a black contestant lost to a white contestant and blacks cited rate as the reason why the black constestant lost. Pls give me a break.

Posted by: alfred at September 12, 2005 10:38 PM
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