Booker T. Washington vs NAACP

BookerTThumbby Patricia L. Dickson   7/29/14
According to a video of a black female interviewed on camera at 2014 annual NAACP convention, black conservatives were not welcome to attend. The reason for her intolerance, she claims that conservatives do not espouse the same values as the NAACP. She did not articulate what those values are; nonetheless, she was certain that black conservatives did not share them. What exactly are the values that the NAACP espouses? How exactly does the NAACP plan to bring about advancement for black Americans? The NAACP’s website states the following mission and vision statement and objectives:

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

Objectives

The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution – the principal objectives of the Association shall be:

•To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens

•To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States

•To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes

•To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights

•To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination

•To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP’s Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.

Booker T. Washington, an educator, reformer, and founder of Tuskegee University, preached a philosophy of self-reliance by elevating oneself through education, hard work and entrepreneurship as an agenda for black America’s advancement. According to former congressional representative Allen West, those three values completely align with conservative principles.[pullquote]If Booker T. Washington’s agenda for black Americans had not been circumvented by radical progressives W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP, we would be experiencing a different America today.[/pullquote]

Booker T. Washington’s prescription for advancement was specific, realistic, and measurable and results driven and useful for any individual (regardless of race). However, the NAACP mission statement is full of vague social justice terminology with no specifics and is unmeasurable and unattainable with no sufficient directions to how to achieve it other than through government intervention or force. In fact, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already covers their entire mission and vision statements.

So, why was the woman on the video so angry and confrontational? From her comments, the thrust of her anger is aimed at the Tea Party and the Koch brothers.Why is she not angry at President Obama and the Democrat Party? The Tea Party and the Koch brothers are not the cause of the high unemployment numbers in the black community nor are they responsible for the influx of illegals that will compete with blacks for jobs.

In fact, when was the last time President Obama (the first black president) has taken time out of his busy schedule to attended the NAACP’s annual convention? The relationship between black Americans, President Obama and the Democrat Party is comparable to a wife that refuses to acknowledge that her husband has moved on to someone else. How humiliating it must be to be publically cast aside for others (illegals). He flaunts the illegals in their faces and vows publically to take care of them (while ignoring the needs of blacks). Rather than reclaiming their dignity by renouncing this president and his destructive policies, they lash out at others (Tea party, Koch brothers and black conservatives).

It is so obvious that a blind person can see it that neither the president nor the Democrat Party is interested in the advancement of “colored” people. The only thing both President Obama and his party are interested in advancing is the government’s control over the lives of the citizens. If Booker T. Washington’s agenda for black Americans had not been circumvented by radical progressives W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP, we would be experiencing a different America today.


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8 Responses to Booker T. Washington vs NAACP

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    She’s angry at the Koch brothers because she has been told to be angry at them, and that’s all she needs. It’s an interesting thing about so many liberals that they will be angry on command, without needing to know why they should be angry (and it has nothing to do with their race, of course, white liberals being every bit as inclined to behave this way as black ones).

    I find it interesting that the leftist NAACP is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, whereas the more right-wing CORE is the Congress On Racial Equality. What happens when legal equality is achieved? The NAACP, clearly, switches to seeking something even more — such as the legally mandated pro-black discrimination commonly called affirmative action. This leads to their increasing (and increasingly shrill) commitment to the Democrats. People still respect them because (like Rip Van Winkle, in many ways the symbol of modern liberalism) they’re unaware of what has happened in recent decades.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It is so obvious that a blind person can see it that neither the president nor the Democrat Party is interested in the advancement of “colored” people.

    This is something I have never been able to understand. The Dems know very well that they can count on something like 95% of the black vote. They also know that this number is pretty steady regardless of what either party says or does. Thus, the Dems have little incentive to do much for the “black” vote and can safely ignore the constituency as a whole. The table crumbs are enough to keep them happy.

    I am convinced if the Reps could gain just about 20% of the black vote, the Dems would disappear as a presidential party.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      This is one reason why Jackie Robinson remained a Republican even after he became disappointed with him. He realized that if one party could take them for granted and the other assumed their votes were permanently unavailable, this wouldn’t be good for blacks. (And not just blacks, either. In the 1930s, FDR paid little attention to providing relief for impoverished Southern farmers because he could count on their constituencies to vote for him regardless. So he concentrated on swing districts and states.)

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    If Patricia keeps on writing such outstanding articles, she’ll be on the bottom half of someone’s ticket soon. How about Allen/Dickson? I could live with that. I’ll I ask is that I be named Secretary of the Internet. Al Gore created it and, well, someone has to maintain it.

    Here on the right, we’re all closet racists. When we say “One man, one vote…and make it a legal registered voter” we mean “Let’s find a way to keep blacks from voting.”

    When we say “Let merit, not skin color, determine the entry to college or determine one’s suitability for being hired for a job” what we really mean is “Let’s find a way to keep white privilege.”

    And on and on. This is the real story of this issue, in my opinion. This is what most blacks believe, so no matter how badly Democrats act, it can’t trump the racial paranoia that has been instilled in them.

    Blacks now have a politics of paranoia. They’ve been fed a load of bull and many like it. Many like being victims. Let’s be honest — victimhood and grievance have been good business and good politics for a lot of people. And if one is breast-fed on this message, as most blacks are, you can run down a city (Detroit) with your liberal politics, and most blacks will still vote for Democrats because Democrats are “friends” and Republicans are just those racist white folk.

    Booker T. had it right. There are three principles involved in getting ahead: education, hard work, and entrepreneurship. And what surprised me most when reading his book, “Up From Slavery,” was that Booker noted that even back then there were all kinds of race hustlers and charlatans who were trying to sell blacks on shortcuts, grievance, and a sense of entitlement.

    Booker was right about the way up. And because he was so right, he is one of the few chosen for our Stubborn Things Hall of Fame. His entrepreneurial and Christian message is the only path out of the gunk we are in now.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      One thing I found interesting in Up From Slavery is his claim that he and his fellow slaves would have fought on behalf of their owners. (Much can depend on whether they were field hands or household slaves.) I wondered if this was really true, or if he put it in their as part of his campaign to reconcile blacks and whites (or some mix of the two).

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I’m not an expert in this territory, Timothy, but as I understand it, it was common for a slave to identify with his master and his family. Their prosperity was your own prosperity, even if you didn’t share in it materially. Their prestige was your prestige. It’s human nature. And what else would a slave have? People want to take pride in something.

        There were obviously some very bad slave owners. And slavery itself was an inhuman practice. But if you grew up on a plantation and it’s all that you knew (fast-forward to those growing up in Detroit, for instance), your sense of identity is going to be closely tied to that of the plantation. Everything revolved around the plantation.

        One of the most remarkable things about Booker T. Washington (and there were many remarkable things) was how hard he was willing to work. We’re all slackers compared to him. Even those who think of themselves as workaholics are likely slackers compared to him. He set a shining example for all time. Don’t just bitch about it. Get working with your hands and do something.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Booker noted that even back then there were all kinds of race hustlers and charlatans who were trying to sell blacks on shortcuts, grievance, and a sense of entitlement.

      Scalawags and carpetbaggers.

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