In Defense of the NAACP

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In Defense of the NAACP


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

"It is difference of opinion that makes horse races," said Mark Twain. It is in that vein that I take issue with the insinuation in the July 22 "Pruden On Politics" commentary that members and leaders of the NAACP are: "some of the most accomplished shakedown artists this side of the Rev. Jesse Jackson."

Although I've been a Republican for more than 30 years, I view the 93-year-old NAACP as a historical and contemporary champion of social justice for all black Americans. The column used the term "shakedown artists" in reference to NAACP officials and their handling of the politicians and corporate contributors who came to the group's Miami convention. Many black Americans, despite political affiliation, believe that NAACP members have fought too long and hard from the ballot box to the classroom for us to allow your defamation to go unchallenged.

It is true that Kweisi Mfume and Julian Bond are part, parcel and products of the Democratic Party, but their slavish adherence to that party should not overshadow the work the NAACP has engaged in, now, and even before Wesley Pruden and I were born. From bold investigations of mob brutality, protests of mass murders, segregation and discrimination, to testimony before congressional committees on tactics used to bar black Americans from the ballot box; NAACP members saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society. …

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