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Jon Hurdle, Reuters, Jul. 12
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) — The leader of America’s largest civil rights organization on Monday attacked African American groups that he said were helping white conservatives promote a right-wing agenda.
Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, condemned the groups as a “collection of black hustlers” who have adopted a conservative agenda in return for “a few bucks a head.”
“When the ultraconservative right-wing attacker has run out of attack strategy, he goes and gets someone that looks like you and me to continue the attack,” Mfume said in his opening address to the NAACP’s annual convention.
“They’ve financed a conservative coalition of make-believe black organizations, all of them hollow shells with more names on the letterhead than there are people in their membership,” he said.
John White, a spokesman for the NAACP, said this was the first time Mfume has publicly attacked other black groups.
Mfume did not name his targets but they are believed to include Project 21, a Washington, D.C.-based organization whose Web site says it is dedicated to issues such as entrepreneurial spirit and the family that have “not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment.”
David Almasi, director of Project 21, acknowledged there is “probably” an ideological divide between his group and the NAACP but said Project 21 is financially independent from political parties.
“We take no marching orders from anyone,” he said.
Almasi said Mfume’s comments may have been aimed at the African American Republican Leadership Council, whose mission is to “break the liberal Democrat stranglehold over black America,” according to its Web site.
Although the NAACP is officially non-partisan, only about 9 percent of African American voters supported George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election, the group said.
The NAACP, founded in 1909, says it has 500,000 adult and youth members.
Comments from Readers
From: Mike Berman
I must plead guilty to being a separatist, but how can any white be a supremacist when blacks are so superior to us in discerning which political party better meets their interests and also in figuring out how to pry so many of our tax dollars out of our hands and into theirs? Perhaps there is an inverse relationship between political IQ and all other intellect.
From: James in IL
Mfume apparently things that all blacks think alike, or that he should do their thinking for them. Glad to know that there are independent blacks who can think for themselves, and that it loosens the NAACP stranglehold on all black votes.
I think its interesting how if a black person does not march in lockstep with the democratic dogma, that person is called and Uncle Tom, oreo cookie or a house negro. I think they also call them race traitors. I guess the black leadership doesn’t want other blacks to ruin the good thing (tainted money in their pocket) they have going on. I think the black leadership is maybe treating the black people like they own them or something.
From: Kwaku Minta
Kweisi Mfume has got some nerve lashing out at the “race traitors” of the black community. This is the man who heads the organization that thrives on the perpetuation of black poverty and ignorance, and would lose his entire livelihood if the black masses were miraculously transformed into high-achieving, productive citizens. This is the organization that for decades has sent out overt signals to blacks to look upon themselves as victims and upon whites as their perpetual victimizing enemy. These are the “civil rights” protectors who work overtime to dig up old grievances on which to keep blacks fixated, the guardians who defend and make excuses for the most socially destructive behavior, the group that gives awards and blessings to base “hip-hop/rappers,” whose messages of vulgarity and violence fill the lives of vast numbers of youth.
(Posted on July 15, 2004)