Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour Refuses to Condemn confederate Plates

For different reasons, I think the Governor is right on this one. As Governor, he shouldn’t be in the business of regulating what people propose. It’s regulating Free Speech if he does that. Essentially anyone can propose any idiotic thing they want (a Dirty Diaper License plate for instance)…

Getting the State DMV or Legislature to accept it… Is a whole different story.

With that said, however – that doesn’t let Barbour off the hook for his close ties with neo-confederate and white supremacist groups.

Haley Barbour Won’t Denounce KKK Plates

Haley Barbour doesn’t think Mississippi’s legislature will approve the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ proposed license platehonoring Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest—but he’s not going denounce the proposal. The state’s NAACP has called on Barbour to do so, the AP reports, but when asked about it, the governor replied, “I don’t go around denouncing people. That’s not going to happen.” Pressed further, he added, “I know there’s not a chance it’ll become law.”

Needless to say, the NAACP wasn’t satisfied with the response. “I find it curious that the governor won’t come out and clearly denounce” the proposal, the group’s Mississippi president said. “As the head of the state, he shouldn’t tap dance around the question.” The incident comes just months after Barbour sparked controversy by saying that he didn’t remember segregated Mississippi as being “that bad.” For more on the license plate controversy, click here.

 

NAACP vs Tea Party… Part Deux

A few months ago, a relatively mild rebuke by the NAACP brought howls of indignation, and the Tea Bagger Attack Machine into full throttle…

Resulting in the NAACP’s point being proven by Tea Party Express executive Mark Williams, and Andrew Brietbart’s vicious smear of Shirley Sherrod.

In other words, the Tea Party reacted exactly as you would expect the guilty to react after getting their hand caught in the proverbial cookie jar. The problem with Tea Party protestations of innocence is their willingness to provide cover for the scumbags in their midst based on their we versus them, conservatives versus liberals mindset. Making racism a conservative “value”.

Here is the problem – the hundreds of death and terrorism threat received by the NAACP, and those nasty grams and threats received by many ion the black blogsphere – including yours truly – hardly indicates that there isn’t something rotten in Tea Party Denmark. The willingness to call John Lewis a liar in support of a few over-the-top bigots who attached themselves to the Tea Party movement certainly didn’t convince anyone of sound mind that the racism in the Tea Party doesn’t run a lot deeper. The use of professional “Uncle Toms” like Angela McGlowan and LLoyd Marcus as “authentic” black voices hardly endears the Tea Party to minorities.

How do you solve this?

It may be too late this election cycle – BUT, as the Tea Party coalesces into a single organism – it might not be a bad idea to engage with the NAACP this time around…

Instead of ramping up the noise machine. We saw how that worked out last time.

NAACP Issues Report That Links Tea Party Leaders to ‘Hate Groups’

The charge of “racism” is one that the Tea Party movement would like to shake. In the past, it has dismissed the label as only representing a few of its members on the fringe. However, the issue surfaced again on Wednesday when the NAACP — which made news in July when it asked the Tea Party to repudiate racist elements within its ranks – issued a report that details associations between Tea Party organizations and hate groups in this country.

In a conference call with journalists, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said that while there are policy disagreements, the civil rights group has “no problem with the Tea Party expressing their views in their great debate in our great democracy.” The majority of Tea Party members “are sincere,” and some are also in the NAACP, he said.

“We do however have a problem when prominent Tea Party members” use Tea Party events to recruit people for white supremacist groups, Jealous said. The NAACP is urging leadership and members of the Tea Party movement to take additional steps to distance themselves from those Tea Party leaders “who espouse racist ideas, advocate violence, or are formally affiliated with white supremacist organizations.”He said the expulsion of Mark Williams of Tea Party Express was a step in the right direction, but said that Williams had been making controversial statements long before he was ousted for writing a mocking letter suggesting that blacks preferred life under slavery.Some Tea Party leaders condemned the report, accusing the NAACP of abandoning its civil rights mission and of becoming a mouthpiece of the liberal left. Continue reading

Ed Shultz – NAACP Takes on Tea Baggers

Ed Shultz lets it all hang out with -

The NAACP takes on Tea Party racism, and…

Democrat cowardice.

Ed begins the rally for the “One Nation” March.

North Carolina School Board Rocked Over Diversity

Racial tensions roil NC school board; 19 arrests

Protesters take over the Wake County Public School board meeting in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 during a protest on the school board decision to eliminate a busing policy focused on diversity. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

I can tell you from personal expereince, School Board Meetings can be the next best thing to Mixed Martial Arts. When you have concerned parents, fighting for what they believe is the best thing for their kids…

The slings and arrows can fly!

The source of this one in Wake County, North Carolina appears to be a new 5-4 conservative majority elected last fall, which is out to remake the school system. I have no idea what the housing patterns look like in the Raleigh area, but if they are like much of the South, they are defacto largely segregated. Meaning, if the conservative majority’s decision to implement “community schools” is passed, it will result in a re-segregation of the school system.

Hundreds rally against Wake schools plan

The current – in place plan utilizes a certain amount of busing, based on economics, and not race and apparently has become a sucessful model for other school systems. I have a feeling this is another one of those issues which is going to wind up in court.

Racial tensions roil NC school board; 19 arrests

Protesters and police scuffled Tuesday at a school board meeting in North Carolina over claims that a new busing system would resegregate schools, roiling racial tensions reminiscent of the 1960s.

Nineteen people were arrested, including the head of the state NAACP chapter who was banned from the meeting after a trespassing arrest at a June school board gathering.

“We know that our cause is right,” the Rev. William Barber said shortly before police put plastic handcuffs on his wrists before the meeting started.

Inside, more than a dozen demonstrators disrupted the meeting by gathering around a podium, chanting and singing against the board’s policies.

After several minutes, Raleigh police intervened and asked them to leave. When they refused, the officers grabbed arms and tried to arrest the protesters. One child was caught in the pushing and shoving, as was school board member Keith Sutton, who was nearly arrested before authorities realized who he was.

“Hey, hey, ho, ho, resegregation has got to go,” some protesters chanted. Continue reading

NAACP Reverses Position on Shirley Sherrod, Asks Administration to Rehire Her

Which raises the question – knowing where the original video came from, and Brietbart’s established reputation to lie and creatively edit…

WTF did the Obama Administration go chickenshit?

This was truly a “High-tech lynching!”

And no less criminal than the old lynching.

The New conservative lynch mob...No so different from the old lynch mob.

NAACP Reverses, Asks US to Rehire USDA Worker

NAACP leaders are calling on the Obama administration to reconsider its ousting of a black Agriculture Department worker who was pushed out of her job over racially tinged remarks, reversing their previous criticism of the employee.

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement that the group was “snookered” into believing that USDA

employee Shirley Sherrod expressed racist sentiments at a local NAACP meeting in Georgia earlier this year. Jealous said conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, whose website posted video of Sherrod’s remarks, deceived millions of people by releasing only partial clips. He said the full video makes clear that Sherrod was telling a story of racial unity.

Now that the NAACP has watched the full video of Shirley Sherrod’s speech, it has retracted its criticism of the former USDA employee and called on the government to restore her job, reports AP. The group, which initially professed to be “appalled,” says it was “snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias,” notes Politico.

Brietbart NAACP Shirley Sherrod Story Explodes!

Brietbart and Faux News’ lies have cost this poor woman her job. The tape of Shirley Sherrod speaking before the NAACP was manipulated. Here, in this CNN interview a few hours ago, the wife of the white farmer who supposedly was mistreated by Mrs. Sherrod calls her a dear friend without whose help, they would have lost their farm.


I repeat my call for the DOJ to criminally charge Mr. Brietbart, and anyone participating in this criminal conspiracy,defamation, and  assault such as Faux News against Mrs. Sherrod, and prosecute them to the fullest extent of Federal law.

The Railroading of Shirley Sherrod? If So, It’s Time For Criminal Charges and Penalties…

Faux News is blasting this highly edited tape of a speech given by Shirley Sherrod at her local NAACP Chapter.  In the speech, she admits being conflicted about providing support to a white farmer 24 years ago when she worked with the Georgia field office for the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund (not the USDA), Mrs. Sherrod appears to giving a lesson on how she learned that race had no place in how she dealt with people. They byline of the story promoted by Faux, is that Mrs. Sherrod is “bragging about discriminating against whites.”

Secretary Visilak has fired Mrs. Sherrod, and yesterday, NAACP President Ben Jealous issued this statement -

“Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race.

We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.

Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.”

But there now appears to be a hole in the story presented by Faux. Just as in the ACORN Pimp case, the tape appears to have been carefully edited to exclude exactly what Mrs. Sherrod was saying.

I feel that it is time for the Department of Justice to step in and subpoena the entire tape. Should the exculpatory evidence be found on that tape, or it be found that Big Government and Faux willfully misrepresented the content or context of that speech – then criminal charges should be brought against all Big Government and Faux News employees responsible.

These charges should not be limited to individuals. If it is found that, as Mrs. Sherrod claims, the rest of the speech deals with how she personally exorcised the demons of racism – then, in light of a pattern of willful misrepresentation, injurious to individuals, their careers, as well as to ACORN, representing a criminal pattern, resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs –  a petition should be filed by the DOJ to the FCC to remove Faux News’ broadcast license under the Telecom Act of 1937.

As to Ben Jealous pulling the trigger on this one so fast -

Ben – you fucked-up in not investigating fully the charges and the actual truth, especially in light of the historical pattern of racism, criminal misrepresentation, and lies put forth both by Faux and Big Government. It may well be that Mrs. Sherrod is innocent (it is possible she isn’t).

HOWEVER – I believe she should have been given the right to a fair hearing and investigation.

Resigned USDA official says racial story misconstrued

The USDA’s rural development director for Georgia says she was forced out of her federally appointed job after a “snippet” of a speech she gave in March appeared to show her admission to only half-heartedly aiding a struggling white farmer because of his race.

But in a phone interview from her home in Albany early Tuesday morning, Shirley Sherrod told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the two-minute, 38-second video posted online Monday by biggovernment.com and reported on by FoxNews.com and the AJC completely misconstrued the message she was trying to convey.

Sherrod, 62, insisted her statements in the video were not racist.

“For Fox to take a spin on this like they have done, and know it’s not the truth … it’s very upsetting,” she said.

In the video Sherrod, who is black, admits to the crowd at the NAACP banquet she didn’t do everything she could to help a white farmer whom she said was condescending when he came to her for aid.

“What he didn’t know while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me was, I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him,” Sherrod said in the video recorded March 27 in Douglas in southeast Georgia.

“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough.

But Tuesday morning, Sherrod said what online viewers weren’t told in reports posted throughout the day Monday was that the tale she told at the banquet happened 24 years ago — before she got the USDA job — when she worked with the Georgia field office for the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund.

Sherrod said the short video clip excluded the breadth of the story about how she eventually worked with the man over a two-year period to help ward off foreclosure of his farm, and how she eventually became friends with him and his wife.

“And I went on to work with many more white farmers,” she said. “The story helped me realize that race is not the issue, it’s about the people who have and the people who don’t. When I speak to groups, I try to speak about getting beyond the issue of race.”

Sherrod said the farmer, Roger Spooner of Iron City, Ga., has since died.

Responding to what he knew of the video Monday evening, Atlanta NAACP chapter president R.L. White recalled many years of unfair treatment against minority farmers when he told the AJC that the footage, at face value, “does suggest unfair treatment.”

“The playing table should be leveled,” said White, who wasn’t at the March event. “Everyone, regardless of race, creed or color, should be treated same way, regardless of the race of the administrator.”

And in a statement released to Fox News, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Sherrod’s resignation.

“There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person,” Vilsack said in the statement.

An AJC reporter called Sherrod’s Albany home Monday evening but was unable to contact her until she reached out shortly after midnight.

“They were just looking at what the Tea Party and what Fox said, and thought it was too (politically) dangerous for them,” she said of the agriculture department.

The revelation of Sherrod’s statements came a week after the NAACP issued a resolution calling the National Tea Party racist for comments made against President Barack Obama and African-American congressmen during the health care debate.

Sherrod, 62, was appointed to her position in by Obama’s administration in July 2009 to manage more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs, and more than $114 billion in federal loans.

The AJC is trying to recover the full video footage of Sherrod’s speech to the Douglas NAACP.

She said the circumstances made it absurd for her to have made any racist comment.

“There were some white people there. The mayor (of Douglas) was there,” Sherrod recalled. “Why would I do something racist if they were there?”

Tea Party Federation’s David Webb Buckdances and Jives In Response to Direct Questions

Apparently David Webb got taken out to the woodshed last night after kicking Mark Williams and the Tea Party Express out of the Federation. Notice how evasive Mr. Webb gets in response to direct questioning…

The point here is Mr. Webb is trying to do a backpedal. Oh No! What Massa Williams said isn’t “racist”!

Now the truth of the matter is the Tea Party Federation only represents a very small portion of the overall Tea Party – possibly only a few thousand people. What it is beginning to look like is Webb was selected to put a black face on things…

And he gleefully buckdanced right on out front and center.

The racist Tea Partier’s Black Supporter of the Year… Indeed.

Tea Party Black Supporter of the Year - Mr. David Webb!

The Tea Party Racism on Display

With the overwhelming evidence that Tea Party events have become a recruiting ground for white supremacists groups, that racist organizations like the Council of Conservative Citizens have sponsored near 100 Tea Party rallies, and Tea Party founder, Ron Paul’s long close association with white supremacists…

Conservanegro attacks on the NAACP, mis-characterization of what the NAACP actually said, and attempts a keeping white Massa’s family jewel (racism) covered have moved them from the lawn ornament position… to being black jock straps. Conservative Massa’s haven’t done much better.

The plain truth is, if the Tea Party weren’t racist to the core, there wouldn’t be this brouhaha. There wouldn’t be any need for the ridiculous projection. the diaphanous denials, to trot out the always reliable black conservajocktrap squad, or to outright lie.

The continued defense, and attacks on the NAACP for stating the documented truth – says more about the racist underpinnings of the Tea Party than all the liberal media could say in a year.

There would be a simple statement from the Sno’ Ho’  or other major perceived leader-

Yes, some people affiliated with the Tea Party have been guilty of racism and racist associations, further – because the Tea Party is a disorganized, grass roots movement. some racist organizations have taken advantage of our name, to sponsor and attempt to organize groups supporting their nefarious ends. We, as the Tea party wholeheartedly, and categorically reject racism, and the hate groups which have attempted to misuse our name and manipulate our agenda to their ends.

End of story. End of crisis.

The fact that the Tea Party hasn’t had the cajones to do that, reveals the fact that racism is a core belief set.

Black conservatives providing cover for this shit?

Come on down and get your award!

Racism and Bill O’Reilly

Professor Marc Lamont Hill does a good job here of debating Bill O’Reilly who changes the subject every time he gets caught…

Bill keeps trying to expand the definition of “racism” to every black person who has ever had a bad thought about a white person. Ignoring, what he very well understands is the definition.

Bill also tries the typical conservative defense of – “somebody else did it first!” Which is counterfeit.

Illuminating talk, despite Bill trying to shut down and talk over Hill’s responses.

Those Tea Party connections to racists?

Here’s David Duke -

Tea Party Racism A Lot Deeper Than “Just a Few Bigots”

More on that Tea Bagger Racism storm caused by the NAACP identifying the problem -

After the NAACP criticized the Tea Party for tolerating racism, Tea Party spokesman Mark Williams said, “I am disinclined to take lectures on racial sensitivity from a group that insists on calling black people ‘Colored.’”

One of the continued bits of Tea Bagger racism is the identification of the NAACP as a “black” organization. While the NAACP was front and center in the century long fight for Civil Rights denied black folks by racism and Jim Crow Laws, their efforts also eliminated Jim Crow laws against Mexican-Americans and Hispanics, race based immigration prohibitions against non-whites including East and Pacific Asians, Jim Crow ordinances against Native Americans, and housing segregation against Jews. Ergo, America’s racial problem went a lot deeper than just white and black.

“Colored” People… Indeed.

The racism of the Tea Bagger movement, is they have bought into the white supremacist concept of white victimology – ergo that this was done at the expense of white Civil Rights. But what “Civil Rights” are they talking about? The right to be the societal and economic beneficiaries of legalized Jim Crow. The segregationalists of the 50′s and 60′s have morphed into the conservative political operators of today driving an agenda ever bit as noxious, but shielded in clever language and symbology. This is the exact same racism nurtured since the Southern takeover of the Republican Party, and called conservatism. It is the sort of racism that under George Bush’s Department of “Justice” ran rampant. with the entire apparatus of the Federal Government assigned to find cases of “reverse discrimination” against whites for 8 years – to find one case, while ignoring the more tha 9,000 complaints a year sent to DOJ for review.

Civil Rights Enforcement Under Bush First Term - Despite a constant 12,000 Referrals a Year, Enforcement Dropped

When compared with the Clinton administration, its findings show a significant drop in the enforcement of several major antidiscrimination and voting rights laws. For example, lawsuits brought by the division to enforce laws prohibiting race or sex discrimination in employment fell from about 11 per year under President Bill Clinton to about 6 per year under President George W. Bush.

The study also found a sharp decline in enforcement of a section of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits electoral rules with discriminatory effects, from more than four cases a year under Mr. Clinton to fewer than two cases a year under Mr. Bush.

So am I tarring the Tea Party movement with the criminal actions of the Bush Administration – “you betcha” – it’s all water, or in this case racist belief sets, from the same polluted well.

And as to the NAACP being a “black organization”, go back to some of those old newsreels from the Civil Rights era – and you find there have been moral white folks marching, putting their lives on the line (Philadelphia, Mississippi) right beside black folks, and involved with the NAACP since it’s inception.

With that, I am going to call out Cynthia Tucker, whose article in this morning Atlanta Journal, apologizes for Tea Party racism and chides the NAACP -

NAACP had no business condemning tea partiers

But as a child of the Deep South who grew up under the lash of Jim Crow, I learned to distinguish between well-meaning whites who weren’t quite ready for a black president of the local community college (black church members were OK) and actual racists.
The NAACP didn’t serve the cause of racial justice well when it further cheapened the word “racism”, along with its own mission.

Four quotes from Dr King…

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

A good many observers have remarked that if equality could come at once the Negro would not be ready for it. I submit that the white American is even more unprepared.

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

The time is always right to do what’s right.


Taking Aim At Tea Bagger Racism

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There is a full frontal attack on black Americans by the Glenn Beck Tea Bagger right. Been a while coming, but it looks like forces are aligning to step up and call what is going on for what it is.

NAACP considers resolution decrying racist elements in tea-party movement

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will propose a resolution this week condemning racism within the tea party movement.

The resolution, scheduled for a vote as early as Tuesday by delegates attending the annual NAACP convention in Kansas City, calls upon “all people of good will to repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties, and to stand in opposition to its drive to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”

NAACP leaders said the resolution was necessary to make people aware of what they believe is a racist element within the tea party movement.

“I think a lot of people are not taking the tea party movement seriously, and we need to take it seriously,” said Anita Russell, head of the Kansas City chapter of the NAACP. “We need to realize it’s really not about limited government.”

Russell said she was “pretty certain” the resolution would pass.

Tea party leaders deny that the movement is racist and said the resolution is unfair.

“I just don’t see racism in the tea party movement,” said Brendan Steinhauser, director of campaigns for FreedomWorks, which organizes tea party groups. “Racism is something we’re absolutely opposed to.”

“The NAACP has more of a political agenda now, but I would hope that they would appreciate the fact that the tea party movement has a lot in common with the civil rights movement. I’m personally inspired by what the civil rights movement did, and I want them to know that.” Continue reading

“Teaed” Off at Tea Buggery

Hat Tip – The Grio

Guess I’m not the only one who has grown tired of the MSM’s breathless fawning over the Tea Baggers – actually going so far as to classify it as a “movement”. You’d think the Sno’ Ho’s new fence was as worthy of note as say – the looming possibility of another Military confrontation in Korea, or the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Middle East with Israel’s massive mishandling of their interception of the Aid ships bound for Gaza.

I mean, a bunch of racist, horny, old white men willing to shell out good money to see a woman too stupid to remember what her party stands for without writing it on her Hillbilly Palm Pilot is hardly news in this country. Entire movie careers have been built by women being beautiful, and at least pretending (unlike the Sno’ Ho’) to be stupid. The fact that she can’t hallucinate about seeing Russia from her back door anymore because of a 12′ tall fence…

Isn’t either.

Benjamin Todd Jealous

When I was a kid in this country we celebrated our best and brightest.

Conservatism in this country has reduced the body politic to the venal, banal, hypocritical, and stupid.

In the 60′s, the anti-Vietnam war and liberal movements germinated from the Civil Rights Movement. Historically, black folks in this country have been front and center in the causation of a lot of our history – both good and bad…

Maybe Mr. Jealous can do it again, and help inspire some folks to step away from the precipice.

NAACP leaders fight Tea Party with voter outreach

The tea party movement sweeping the U.S. political landscape has benefited from voter mobilization techniques pioneered by the NAACP, and the nation’s oldest civil rights organization needs to rely on that outreach to fight back in the midterm elections, two NAACP leaders said Saturday.

“I think they took a page out of our own play book, and we have to beat them at their own game. We ought to know how to meet them on the front line,” board chairman Roslyn Brock said in a town hall meeting at the NAACP’s annual youth leadership summit.

Brock and Benjamin Todd Jealous, the organization’s president and CEO, urged their members not to become complacent about their achievements or dissuaded by media attention on small, but loud, gatherings of conservative protesters.

“What they’re angry about is we won,” Jealous said. Continue reading

Benjamin Hooks Has Passed

Civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks dies

Benjamin L. Hooks, a civil rights leader who led the NAACP from 1977 to 1992, has died, said the vice president for communication at the NAACP.

The cause of death was not immediately known, the NAACP’s Leila McDowell said Thursday.

Hooks was “a vocal campaigner for civil rights in the United States,” said the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1925, Hooks grew up in the segregated South.

Hooks served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he “found himself in the humiliating position of guarding Italian prisoners of war who were allowed to eat in restaurants that were off limits to him. The experience helped to deepen his resolve to do something about bigotry in the South,” according to a biography published by the University of Memphis, where he was a professor in the political science department.

He also was a lawyer and an ordained Baptist minister who joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and led the NAACP for 15 years.

The organization “was suffering from declining membership and prestige when Hooks assumed his role as executive director,” the University of Memphis biography said. The NAACP added several hundred thousand new members under his leadership, it said.

During his tenure, the civil rights organization worked with Major League Baseball on a program that expanded employment opportunities for African-Americans in baseball, including in positions as managers, coaches and in franchise executive offices, the NAACP said.

He also worked with colleagues to set up a program in which more than 200 corporations agreed to participate in economic development projects in black communities, the NAACP said.

President George W. Bush awarded Hooks the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in November 2007.

“As a civil rights activist, public servant and minister of the gospel, Dr. Hooks has extended the hand of fellowship throughout his years,” Bush said. “It was not an always thing — easy thing to do. But it was always the right thing to do.

“For 15 years, Dr. Hooks was a calm yet forceful voice for fairness, opportunity and personal responsibility. He never tired or faltered in demanding that our nation live up to its founding ideals of liberty and equality.”

Julian Bond, the chairman emeritus of the NAACP, praised Hooks at the time.

“Benjamin Hooks has had a stellar career — civil rights advocate and leader, minister, businessman, public servant — there are few who are his equal,” Bond said, according to the NAACP.

NAACP Image Award to Van Jones

I think most of you will remember the vicious smear campaign last year by the right wing’s propaganda arm, Faux News to “get” President Obama’s staff. Such a low brow attack on the staff of an incoming President is unparalleled. One of the early victims of the Faux smear campaign was the Administration’s “Green Czar”, Van Jones. Tarred as a “Giant Negro” – “Angry Black Man” by the right-wing echo chamber’s racist outlets, Van Jones chose to step down, rather than to become a impediment to the new Administration. One of the accusations against Van Jones was that he was a 911 “Truther”, amusing – since it appears the 911 “Truther” faction now seems healthily represented in the Tea Bagger movement in the Republican Party.

Van Jones

NAACP Image Award to be given to former WH ‘green czar’

While Van Jones may have left the White House under a cloud, the NAACP says that’s not his whole story.

The group considers him a pioneering hero for the environment and civil rights — so much so that it is awarding him one of its highest honors Friday: an NAACP Image Award. It’s a move that is just becoming public now, which is sure to stoke the fire from Jones critics. Continue reading

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