December 6, 2004


NAACP Head Mfume Didn't Retire, He Was Booted Out (Armstrong Williams, Dec 6, 2004, Human Events)

Don’t believe the well scripted press conference where former President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kweisi Mfume, announced his resignation. Mfume did not resign from the nation’s oldest and most prestigious civil rights organization. He was kicked out, following a long simmering feuded with NAACP Chairman Julian Bond.

The two began feuding after Mfume nominated National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice for his 2003 NAACP Image Award. Furious that Mfume was reaching out to the Bush administration, Bond responded by nominating "Boondocks" cartoonist Aaron McGruder for his Image Award. McGruder had ridiculed Rice in his comic strip and later caller her “murderer” for her role in the war in Iraq.

The rift grew as Mfume continued to reach out to the Republican Party. Mfume realized that by reflexively voting Democrat in every election, the black voting populace has given away most of their political bartering power. After all, what incentive is there for either party to go out on a limb for blacks, if it is taken for granted that blacks will automatically vote Democrat? In effect, the black voting populace has created conditions that make it very easy for both parties to take them for granted. Mfume rightly reasoned that by reaching out to the Republican Party on issues that they already agree with -- like empowering faith based charities, supporting school vouchers, etc. -- the black voting populace can send the message that they’re no longer willing to blindly support the Democrats. Faced with the prospect of fleeing voters, the Democrats would be forced to make new overtures. This competition, in turn, would instill both parties with a sense of urgency for addressing those issues that black Americans routinely rate as their chief concerns. This competitive pressure would provide the black voting populace with increased political options -- and increased bartering power. Somehow this point was lost on Bond, who dug in his heels with mind numbing intransigence. Over the next year and a half, the rift became unmendable.

This is a golden opportunity for the GOP to co-opt Mr. Mfume.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 6, 2004 4:08 PM

. . . Bond, who dug in his heels with mind numbing intransigence . . .

Wasn't he Jimmy Peanut's UN ambassador, the one who "confessed" that there were "thousands of political prisoners" in the U.S.?

If so, we know where he got his "mind numbing intransigence" from -- he studied under an expert.

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 6, 2004 4:49 PM

Geez Orrin, I never took Mfume to be Republican material. If so, the Democrats are in deep doo-doo.

Posted by: AllenS at December 6, 2004 4:50 PM

When you have a permanent governing majority everyone is your material.

Posted by: oj at December 6, 2004 4:53 PM

"for the GOP to co-opt Mr. Mfume"

How's that supposed to work? He becomes a Republican? Or maybe that Republicans undermine their own candidates in order to elect Mfume.

Posted by: h-man at December 6, 2004 4:53 PM

Director of the Faith Based Initiative.

Posted by: oj at December 6, 2004 5:59 PM

Mike Morley

I think Andrew Young was Carter's UN ambassador, but your point is probably still valid.

Posted by: h-man at December 6, 2004 6:16 PM

Mfume is a professional race-baiter. The whole point of GOP outreach to Blacks is that they are tired of the old failed nostrums of the past and want to try something different. Let the Democrats continue to be the party of mollycoddling criminals, increasing welfare and imposing racial quotas. Let the GOP be the party of hope, growth and opportunity.

Posted by: Bart at December 6, 2004 6:55 PM


So's he.

Posted by: oj at December 6, 2004 6:59 PM

h: Yes, you're right, it was Andrew Young who served in the Peanut administration. IIRC, Bond was also pretty prominent in politics at the time, so maybe that's why I'm getting them crossed up.

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 6, 2004 8:15 PM

More bad news for Black Americans. The NAACP is recognizing that assimilation into the American folk means the end of the plantation system and the deposition of the Black overseer class. Thus they are cleaving to the coalition of schoolteachers and homosexuals. Sad, giving support to the Shockleyite side in such a way.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 6, 2004 8:32 PM

Mfume has been in Congress, and was not as wacko as most of the black caucus.

Bond is living in the 60s. He will not leave. He is Jesse Jackson with a lighter hue (and probably proud of it, from listening to him).

Mfume won't be "co-opted", but I bet he could be persuaded to work with the GOP in several areas.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 6, 2004 11:23 PM

Mfume has been in Congress, and was not as wacko as most of the black caucus.

I know what you are saying, but it still ain't saying much.

Posted by: pchuck at December 7, 2004 10:18 AM