June 09, 2004

Julian Bond: Reagan years are "a time best forgotten"

NAACP head Julian Bond, who seems to have a habit of shoving his Florsheim's into his mouth, did it again this week, when talking about the late Ronald Reagan.

"For many Americans, this was a time best forgotten," said Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP and a longtime civil rights activist. "He was a polarizing figure in black America. He was hostile to the generally accepted remedies for discrimination. His appointments were of people as equally hostile. I can't think of any Reagan policy that African Americans would embrace."

Julian, how about programs geared toward small businesses that directly resulted in the largest increase in new black-owned businesses since the Renaissance? How about other tax programs that helped to move more black households into the middle class than anything else before or since?

Should I continue? You seem to like the taste of shoe leather...

Posted by mhking at June 9, 2004 01:34 PM

Julian Bond is the ulimate player hater. This may sound harsh, but this kind of thinking won't become laughable to the mass of black folks until old heads like Bond die out.

Posted by: La Shawn Barber at June 9, 2004 02:48 PM

Harsh? Debatable.

Absolutely True? Only if one refuses to stay in denial, as did Mr. Cosby.

Those old farts are petrified of having to face the truth, that THEY have help destroy the very black communities they claim to want to help.

And just who has the courage to admit 40 years of knowingly deceiving your own people? Not them black folks.

Sad, but true, Lashawn....they do need to pass away, for the most part, 'fore we can progress.
If it's harsh, they made it that way.

Posted by: Beau at June 9, 2004 03:12 PM

The first two comments are completely correct. The problem affects too many older people. They come from a time when left wing propaganda was successful. Many of these old timers, of all races, really believe that socialist theories work. We cannot change them; they are too entrnched to get rid of easily; all we can do is coccoon them in money and fake honours and get them retired.

Posted by: Fred Z at June 10, 2004 09:40 AM

It's a shame. He first came to my attention during the 1968 DNC, when Wisconsin decided to throw another monkey-wrench into the chaos of Chicago, by nominating Bond (IIRC then a Georgia state legislator) for Vice President to spoil what was supposed to be a vote by acclaimation for Hubert Humphrey's chosen candidate, Ed Muskie. He was interviewed on the floor and had the presence of mind and candor to admit that he was not old enough to be VP. He was smooth, handsome, and articulate, and I really thought he was going somewhere--his arc has been singularly disappointing since then. I wonder if 35 years from now we'll feel the same way about Harold Ford. Jr.

Posted by: Pat Curley at June 10, 2004 09:20 PM
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