March 20, 2007


NAACP Is Riven by Quarrel That Goes Back a Century (JOSH GERSTEIN, March 20, 2007, NY Sun)

Mr. Gordon, a former Verizon executive, was hired in June 2005 as the organization sought traction in the Republican-dominated capital and hoped to fend off a federal tax investigation. He resigned last month, citing differences with the NAACP's 64-member board, but observers say one factor in his demise was that his corporate sensibilities proved to be less of an asset after Democrats won control of the House and Senate.

"They didn't put Gordon in there to make nice to Charlie Rangel," a political analyst at a Washington think tank, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, David Bositis, said. "Why suck up to Republicans when they're clearly on the defense?"

In 2006, Mr. Gordon persuaded President Bush to speak to the group's annual convention for the first time in his presidency. To outsiders, that may have seemed like a shrewd move for both Mr. Bush and the group, but the president's appearance there hurt Mr. Gordon with the organization's local activists.

"They resented that, quite frankly," a former NAACP official, Michael Meyers, said. "They don't cotton to Republicans.

The "C" has always stood for "Certain".

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2007 7:55 AM

They don't cotton to Republicans? Then they are idiots. A lobbying group ought to play both sides of the aisle for the sake of safety.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 20, 2007 9:17 AM

Are they lobbying for something? They wouldn't be dumb enough to take slaps at a sitting president if anything important was on the line. Let the dinosaurs have their Image awards and scream about reparations and apologies until the last ones die of old age.

They'll undoubtedly start attacking Obama at some point because they understand that nobody will listen to them grieve on and on while America has a sitting black president.

Posted by: Matt Cohen at March 20, 2007 12:53 PM

The NAACP has alway been a "colored" or mulatto organization. Their agenda was to ride guilt over the plight of the Black underclass to the benefit of the octoroon overlooker cohort.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 20, 2007 1:58 PM