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NAACP: No more "victim thinking"
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, July 18, 2006

What a breath of fresh air this guy could be:
Black Americans should end "victim-like thinking" and seize opportunities to help close gaps between the nation's rich and poor, NAACP president Bruce S. Gordon said Monday.

"We may not have all the power that we want, but we have all the power that we need," Gordon said. "All we have to do is believe it and use it."

Gordon's comments were part of his first keynote convention speech as head of the Baltimore-based civil rights group. The 97th annual meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is meeting at a convention center through Thursday.
That is the sort of premise that can indeed empower a group and focus it on the right path to self-sufficiency and cultural priorities which enable success instead of excusing failure.

Of course Chairman Julian Bond can't help but stir the pot and keep the political friction bubbling within a supposedly apolitical organization:
His words echoed those of NAACP chairman Julian Bond, who spoke Sunday and blasted the war in Iraq and attacks on voting rights — even as he urged President Bush to attend the group's convention.
He then says:
"This year the convention has come to the president and we hope and pray he is coming to us," said Bond, speaking about a mile from the White House.
Yes, Mr. Bond, you've always made it such an inviting venue in the past I can't understand why President Bush has previously declined to attend. [/sarcasm]

OTOH, given what I've read of Bruce Gordon, I think Bush ought to seriously consider attendance at the NAACP convention if for no other reason that to support him. It would obviously be a political plus for Bush, but more importantly it might raise the visibility of Gordon's message. Again:

"We may not have all the power that we want, but we have all the power that we need. All we have to do is believe it and use it."

Indeed. Good for you Mr. Gordon.
 
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Written By: Tom Perkins
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Just a question, where is a list of banned terms? There’s a post I can’t post and I don’t know why.

Thank you, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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Yes, indeed. Black America has been grotesquely betrayed by its so-called leaders. Of course, it matters little when a white man like me says that. It would be a very exciting development if a new generation of black leaders were to emerge along the lines of Mr. Gordon. That might finally help address the seemingly intractable problem of the black underclass in America. The opportunity is there for the taking.
 
Written By: David Shaughnessy
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Just a question, where is a list of banned terms? There’s a post I can’t post and I don’t know why.
I answered your email, Tom ... and have highlighted the word causing you not to be able to post.
 
Written By: McQ
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Unfortunately any black leader who steps up against corrupt black leadership is often branded an Uncle Tom. This is even the case of black leadership who have been very successful in their private endeavors.

As for the President, G8 vs. NAACP... Well that’s a no-brainer.
 
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
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Unfortunately any black leader who steps up against corrupt black leadership is often branded an Uncle Tom. This is even the case of black leadership who have been very successful in their private endeavors.
True, so far. But things change. Still, you are right that it will take courage for an emerging black leader to take on the Jesse Jacksons. But that’s what true leadership is all about, right? Besides, therein lies the opportunity. There is an underserved market just waiting for development.
 
Written By: David Shaughnessy
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Thank you, McQ. TDP.
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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I’m a cynic... Jesse Jackson went thru a phase like this too, with PUSH or Operation Rainbow. It get the Press and "moderates" all fired up, but where the rubber meets the road will things change? Will this guy sway "Affirmative Action needs an expiration date." or "School vouchers ahve the overwhelming support of African-Americans and the NAACP believes that school vouchers are the way to make America’s minorities succeed?" My bet is "no." Sorry, of that makes me a racist, cracker so be it...
Bottom-Line: Talk is Cheap it Takes Money to Buy Whisky
 
Written By: Joe
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I kinda thought last time around that Bush should have sent a note: "You are not going to vote for me no matter what, so why should I care what you think . . .".

However, this time it might be good to support someone like Gordon.

Joe,

Maybe you are right, but you have to base your decision on what you know now, and anything leading black America out of the Wilderness would be good.
 
Written By: Don
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Don, we’ll see... IF Mr Gordon continues to talk about ending victimhood AND makes some concrete proposals, fine I’m all on board. Point is this has been said before and it usually is only lip service, akin to the Democratic "outreach" to the Religious. Words... that mean nothing.
 
Written By: Joe
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Bravo Mr. Gordon. I hope the majority of blacks listen to you instead of turning their backs on you and proclaiming you a sell out.
 
Written By: meagain
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"We may not have all the power that we want, but we have all the power that we need. All we have to do is believe it and use it."
That is a quintessential description of the American experience. It’s also the path to the realization of Dr. King’s vision. Bravo.
 
Written By: Pablo
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What its to you? There are so few blacks for it really to affect your life. Why are we being watched so much? Is it because this a proof, another black thinks like you? You seem to think because you have not heard, that Mr. Gordon’s statement is unique. Victimhood is a myth like all others; that have been projected on us until policies form that transform myth into reality.
 
Written By: VRB
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VRB, that was a nice Post-Modernist statement... thank you. So what happens to 10% of the populace is of no concern AND will you deploy this argument against those who want "Slave Reparations?"
 
Written By: Joe
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VRB,

I for one care a great deal. Anything that moves the debate forward instead of the same old stale rhetoric is welcome indeed.

Joe,

You may be a cracker or racist, but that comment isn’t proof of it.
 
Written By: Lance
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Victimhood is a myth like all others; that have been projected on us until policies form that transform myth into reality.
I guess you’re victims of being accused of being victims.

I like the use of passive voice. "Things happened..."

 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Victim, Shmictim! The only thing most people are victims to are their own mindsets. There are no victims in America today, except the children of morally bankrupt societies. Volunteer in a public school system for a few months. Pay close attention to the behaviors of certain so called minority groups. Behaviors that not only is disruptive, disrespectful and derrogatory, but is allowed because they are victims of society. Poor things!

The real victims in these cases are the children of the welfare abusing, self chosen poverty stricken, illegitimate families, who choose not to rise above circumstances.

I have been poor, I have been homeless, I have been the abandoned single parent,and I have been turned down for assisstance for myself and my child because of the color of my skin. I struggle every day with a dibilitating chronic neurological disorder, but I get up every morning and go to work. I chose to make something of myself instead of sit around and moan.

Want to talk about racial discrimination? I have worked since I was 15 years old, paid taxes and SSI. When faced with a life threatening illness of my son and no means to provide insurance for him through my employer, I was told that I was the wrong color (White). I was told that I should quit my job (17k a year) so that I could get assistance. After finishing my education and having to take a test for my job, I find out that if I were black I could be graded at a lower standard than I would have to be because I am white.

I raise my children to be moral and decent in the midst of a corrupt society. I teach my children to see the person and the fruits of that person’s labor. I am ever shocked to hear about the injustice that my children face in regards to the so called civil rights. My children have the right to be harrassed at school with no reprecussion to the bully. My children have the right to less of an education because they have to sit in a classroom with a disruptive, disobediant child who can not be removed from the class because he is black and we may offend someone if we remove him from the classroom.
My children have the right to be passed up for scholarships to college and places on the sports teams and leadership rolls at school because they are not the right color.


Do you want to hear a REAL black leader. Listen to REV. JESSE LEE PETERSON. This man makes sense! If he ran for office, I’d vote for him.

Reparations!?! Huh! My ancestors picked more cotton than any black person’s I know. We’ve had reparations, its call welfare, food stamps and Affirmative Action. Give Me A Break!
 
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