Lame NAACP leaders seek to ‘refresh’ group
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!