Lame NAACP lead­ers seek to ‘re­fresh’ group

South Florida Times - - OPINION - Al.Cal­loway715@gmail.com

Rus­sell says that the NAACP “lead­er­ship will em­bark on a lis­ten­ing tour…” What lead­ers is he talk­ing about, mem­bers of the na­tional board, cer­tain staff , a com­bi­na­tion of the two, what? The na­tional NAACP Board of Di­rec­tors com­prises 64 mem­bers. How on Earth do they get any­thing done? Cargill, Amer­ica’s largest cor­po­ra­tion for 8 of the last 10 years has a 16 mem­ber Board.

The NAACP bu­reau­cracy is prob­a­bly the main rea­son why the or­ga­ni­za­tion has not been lis­ten­ing and be­ing rel­e­vant. There is a Con­fer­ence of NAACP Branches in each state. Of­fi­cers and Com­mit­tee Chairs are elected and/or ap­pointed at state con­fer­ences from Branches through­out each state. Each Re­gion is com­prised of sev­eral State Con­fer­ences and there are an­nual re­gional con­fer­ences. Then each July there is the Na­tional NAACP Con­ven­tion, each year in a dif­fer­ent state.

At th­ese con­fer­ences and con­ven­tions much time is spent pol­i­tick­ing about res­o­lu­tions that are voted on and quickly for­got­ten. So­cial­iz­ing, shop­ping and spend­ing money at ex­pen­sive ho­tels and stores, for days at the na­tional con­ven­tions, is a main fea­ture. More of­ten than not, NAACP peo­ple spend mil­lions of dol­lars in cities that treat black peo­ple hor­ri­bly. Lo­cals are so of­ten em­bar­rassed and just over­come by the con­tra­dic­tion.

Ap­par­ently all the con­fer­enc­ing and Branch meet­ings with elab­o­rate com­mit­tee struc­tures in­clud­ing over­sight needs to be re­placed be­cause Rus­sell ad­mits a need to in­ter­act with the “voice of our grass­roots mem­ber­ship…” Rus­sell is fi­nally on to some­thing. He con­tin­ues, “As we re-imag­ine our­selves, we want to be formed in the like­ness of the peo­ple whom we serve – and to do so, we must first see, meet and lis­ten to them.”

Un­less the NAACP gets pre­pared to take the his­tor­i­cal plight of African Amer­i­cans to the high­est in­ter­na­tional court within Western Civ­i­liza­tion, which is at The Hague, it will con­tinue to bask in ir­rel­e­vancy. In fact the NAACP should start its trans­for­ma­tion with the fol­low­ing name change: The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Cap­tive Peo­ple!

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