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NAACP gives African-American Senator Tim Scott an F on its scorecard. One of core NAACP beliefs is that CO2 is poisonous, affects blacks more, and must be regulated more

August 25, 2013

1/4/13, ” What makes Tim Scott ‘anti-civil rights’? NY Daily News, Michael Meyers, opinion

“Like many fellow Republicans, the history-making African-American senator flunked the NAACP’s scorecard. But why?

How is it possible for South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the first African-American from the Deep South since Reconstruction to become a U.S. Senator, to get written off by the nation’s oldest civil rights group as anti-civil rights?

“We have Republicans who believe in civil rights. Unfortunately, he is  not one of them.” That’s exactly how Ben Jealous, the NAACP president,  described the black man that the state’s governor, Nikki Haley, a member of an ethnic minority herself, appointed to replace Jim DeMint in the  Senate.

Curious, I wanted to know how Scott drew an “F” on the NAACP’s legislative report card. Online, I found the NAACP’s latest assessment of the 112th Congress (January to December 2011).

Scott was not alone; he flunked the NAACP’s scorecard with an “F” along with more than 55% of his colleagues in the House of Representatives.  On the Senate side, the NAACP flunked 46% of the nation’s elected  officials.

No surprise that half the House and Senate are civil rights failures in the minds of today’s NAACP, because to the organization, “civil rights  ideals” may as well read “liberal dogma.”

Among the 15 core issues the NAACP described as “bread and butter” civil rights concerns of its board and rank and file — the ones  lawmakers got graded on — were: support for EPA efforts to regulate  greenhouse gas emissions; support for federal government contracting  only with employers who pay prevailing wages; and support for funding of  Obamacare….

Meanwhile, the NAACP opposes vouchers for urban kids to attend private schools.

Equally startling, because it contradicts the NAACP’s previous  pretensions of non-partisanship, the organization graded legislators on  whether they supported President Obama’s appointees to the federal  judiciary — as well as the confirmation of Richard Cordray as director  of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

When I was the NAACP’s assistant national director, we were prohibited  by board policy from either endorsing or opposing candidates for  elective or appointive office. That neutrality was the core of our  non-partisan stance. No more.

Back then, we defined civil rights as equality of opportunity in  hiring; fair housing; non-segregated, integrated schooling; democratic  unions; the elimination of systemic race prejudice, and stamping out of  stereotyping. No more.

With the regime now in charge at the NAACP, civil rights ain’t what  they used to be. Their closest legislative report card concern even  remotely resembling civil rights was their avowed support for a  commission “to review America’s criminal justice system” for racial and  ethnic bias. The NAACP’s explanatory jargon says the body “would be  charged with looking at how we arrived at this convoluted mess…”

Convoluted mess, indeed; that’s the best description of the NAACP’s  litmus tests for grading the civil rights bona fides of legislators.

Unlike Scott, I am a liberal. I thought the only things he and I had in common were our skin color and our respective socio-economic  backgrounds. Now, add one more thing to the list: our frustration and  bemusement with the litmus tests used by the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.”

“Meyers is executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition.”


NAACP supports US government’s efforts to curb greenhouse gases,

Efforts to slow or stop the effects of global warming are especially important to low-income and racial and ethnic minority Americans as we disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change. Manifestations of climate change such as storms, floods, and climate  variability have a much more serious impact on African-Americans and  other racial and ethnic minorities economically, socially and through  our health and well-being. Hurricane Katrina, and its aftermath, is but one example of how the results of climate change can have a disparate  and often tragic impact on communities of color.”…(parag. 3)


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