NAACP: Doesn't the organization have better things to worry about?

The NAACP's Unhealthy Tea Party Obsession


The nation's unemployment rate is 9.6%, but it is 16.1% for blacks and an unconscionable 41% for black teens. Politicians continue to promote minimum-wage hikes that harm the job prospects of younger and less-skilled individuals, a disproportionate number of whom are black. Wal-Mart's attempts to open a store that would bring jobs and low-price goods to a depressed neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., have been thwarted repeatedly by labor unions. And the NAACP is issuing studies on the tea party movement?


Prisons are teeming with black men, a problem not unrelated to the dearth of decent educational choices for black families. In the current issue of National Affairs, David Kirp writes that "among 16- to 24-year-old black men not enrolled in school, fewer than half have jobs; about a third are in prison or jail, or on probation or parole." Blacks are 13% of the population but comprise 38% of prison or jail inmates in the U.S., and black-on-black violent crime is the norm. Blacks commit 52% of all murders and make up 49% of all murder victims—90% of them are killed by other blacks. Is this problem perhaps a little more pressing than supposed racial overtones in Michele Bachmann speeches?

Of course, the breakdown of the black family, 40 years in the making, goes a long way toward explaining all of the above. More than 70% of black children are born to single women. Compared with those born to married couples, out-of-wedlock children are more likely to live in poverty, perform poorly in school, commit crimes and abuse drugs. So long as only 35% of black children are living with two parents, it will be difficult to change the culture and values that predominate in the ghetto and produce these tragic outcomes.

It's hard to understand how an organization that says it's devoted to "end[ing] racial disparities" finds the time to rail against tea-party populism until you grasp that the NAACP is, first and foremost, a Democratic Party organ. The NAACP is pretending that the tea party threatens the interests of blacks because the tea party in fact threatens the interests of the Democratic left.

Comment: I confess that I do not completely understand the Tea Parties. Is this the official site? Is there an official organization / site? www.teapartypatriots.org. Regardless, the NAACP is out of touch with the real needs of the black community!


  1. Yes, you have written true facts of black family's. But, to say the culture can't be changed as of now, but people should know these facts and start changing this culture. I really feel sad what things are so bad with blacks. Thanks..anyways

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  2. Probably a large part of the NAACP's stance is that they have, sad to say, been strong advocates of the very things that have destroyed their own communities; AFDC & TANF, other welfare programs, the very schools which have failed to educate their children, and so on. Standing against the tea parties is just more of the same, and more importantly, to stand with their own people would be to....

    ....admit that everything they've stood for for the past 50 years has been not just a colossal failure, but practically genocide on their own people. Ouch!


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