NAACP School Daze

The National Association for the ADVANCEMENT of Colored People, emphasis on the word “advancement,”claims “for 102 years, the NAACP has fought to ensure that all our children have access to high-quality public education.” If this is indeed true, then why would the NAACP, which used to be the most revered civil rights organization for black Americans, throw New York City black kids under the bus to save unionized teachers’ jobs and keep failing schools open?

In May to the shock and awe of thousands of New York City parents, the NAACP locked arms with the United Federation of Teachers (emphasis on union) and filed a lawsuit in the State Supreme Court to stop the city from closing 22 poor performing schools and giving 20 charter schools space inside public schools.

After 2,500 charter school parents and students protested in Harlem last week, blasting the NAACP, it wrote an op-ed arguing that allowing charter school students to use available space in NYC schools “impedes learning” or “tears at the fabric of communities.” Tell me how giving parents’ access to 20 charter schools impedes learning. What the NAACP failed to mention in weak defense of its actions was that by filing the lawsuit with the teachers’ union, the NAACP prevented 4,100 teachers from losing their jobs and denied 7,000 children access to a better education. That is called hypocrisy!

If the NAACP really espoused Shirley Chisholm’s maxim as it wrote in its op-ed “there are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interests,” particularly when it comes to education of black kids, then the NAACP should be praising Republicans. GOP policies support charter schools, vouchers and programs like the DC Scholarship Program, which House Speaker John Boehner brought back to life after Obama killed the program which helped 1,700 black kids escape failing DC schools. NAACP does have permanent enemies, they include Republicans and those enlightened people against teachers unions and possibly the very black people it claims to protect! The one honest thing NAACP wrote in that flimsy op-ed was “we are independent actors.” Yes, you are but not for the good of the constituents you claim to serve.

This NYC school madness is another reason the NAACP has become an irrelevant organization, a distant shadow of the Civil Rights group which worked so assiduously during the 1950s and 1960s to combat racial discrimination. Sadly, it seems the NAACP can be bought by anyone at the expense of black people, who it is supposed to serve and in this case NAACP was bought by the teachers union. As former DC Councilmember Kevin Chavous noted Supreme Court Justice and former NAACP Chief Counsel Thurgood Marshall, who won the infamous 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education case, “must be shaking his head.”

News flash, school choice, vouchers, and charter schools, all are Republican policies, help BLACKS escape education ghettos and succeed in life. As my good friend Michelle Bernard says often “education is the great equalizer.” Stop being stupid my Black people and throwing your vote blindly to Democrats, get educated on who and what you vote for!

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6 Responses to “NAACP School Daze”

  1. Mark says:

    Hazel Dukes runs the NY NAACP. She’s run it for the last 35 years. Other than the actual positions that it takes, there’s no better evidence that the NY NAACP is a bankrupt institutio

  2. BBold says:

    Crystal,
    Bingo. You got that right.
    THANK YOU!

  3. Equally Concerned says:

    I read your blog and I can agree with you on some issues, however this one I’ve got to differ.

    Why is it that this issue has become about saving jobs and putting money in pockets? That is not the issue and it is so sad to know that there are individuals who allow business to cloud their view of plain facts.

    The NAACP is pointing out facts and fallacies that need to be addressed and fixed immediately!

    I watched their General Counsel on MSNBC the other day and she made it plain.
    http://www.naacp.org/blog/entry/watch-naacp-general-counsel-explains-nyc-schools-lawsuit/

    The NAACP is NOT against charter schools. They are merely making the playing field level so all students can have a fair chance. I shutter to think if any of your children were affected by this. I’m sure your stance would be a little different.

    To cause issues during recess, a time when children have a mental break in their day…a time when they can reset themselves and prepare to learn more, is so sad. Although it seems like a small problem now, the scarring will be difficult to deal with in the future.

    Clearly, I’m on the NAACP’s side with this one.

  4. Kevin Oneil says:

    The NAACP is to Blacks what Oscar Tony Pervert WEINER is to NY Democrats- the ultimate blessing for the GOP to break the Liberal bloc hold of Black,etc voters. All Republicans need to do is remind Blacks/ Hispanics they support School Vouchers, closing failing schools, elimating LIFO,etc while the NAACP opposes everything they want. It’s time to let the DNP that they can’t take your vote for granted. Ben it’s NOT the “right-wing” that smears the NAACP, it’s Judas like you that sold your soul to the corrupt Union leadership for pennies that tarnishes your group.

  5. David says:

    I have not been a member of the NAACP in quite a number of years, and will not join anytime soon. Education is the greatest equalizer in this country, it does help you after you can get past the who you know in this country, for in business it does come down to that gamble at the right time, and what you know as well. And for a group of people to deny another group of people a reasonable opportunity to get to a point to be in that who you know group, because of what they know. When the cream rises to the top, then the milk is still trapped in the bottom of the pot. We have no one to blame except ourselves, we had escaped again in the sixties, only to become renslaved again. So it’s going to take another one hundred years to figure out that **** stinks.
    I too remember Shirley Chisholm, and I am sure she would be disappointed at where we have become.

  6. Floyd Sullivan says:

    The NAACP main agender is to to deliver money from the unions and minorty votes to the Democratic party. They know or believe they can betray the voters in NY and still count on their votes.Taken for granted!

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