The NAACP Has Stopped Advancing Colored People and Started Advancing Colored Progressives
After a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin the NAACP pledged that it would not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed. The reaction is characteristic of today's NAACP, a group that deals more in political demagoguery than in advancing the cause relevant to African Americans. The group is a shadow of what it once was.
There was a time when the national was at the forefront in the fight for civil rights and black empowerment. As a two term president of the NAACP in Garland, Texas, in the 1980's I led an effort to help the black community rise.
We believe that every child deserves a quality education that allows him or her to become a leader in the community. We fought for the society that espoused the same values championed by Martin Luther King Jr., where our children would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
Then I watched as progressives staged a coup to take over the Garland NAACP chapter and many others, including the national organization. Their agenda is angry, calling for every black man, woman, and child to be dependent on the government from the cradle to the grave - wards of the state, addicted to government handouts, living with a perpetual victim complex.
For far too long the NAACP has failed to advance anyone. Too many black youths are functionally illiterate, about 40% of blacks don't graduate from high school. Black unemployment is almost as high as it was during the great depression. While the NAACP continues to champion the rhetoric of race baiters, it has nothing to show for the donations taken from those struggling to make ends meet in the black community.
The end of my lifetime membership of the NAACP began the minute I dared to speak out. I was ostracized and punished for declaring that my rights come from God, not the government, and that I believe the NAACP stood for the "advancement of colored people" not the "advancement of colored progressives."
Progressives in the NAACP call me a "bad soldier" for the organization. I refuse to fight for agendas that hold my community down in poverty. Black Americans are only 13.5% of the total population, but we represent 34% of all welfare recipients. The culture of dependency has abolitionist forefathers rolling in their graves.
The organization's attempted manipulation of Martin's tragic death for its own gain - the NAACP even held its 2013 annual convention as close to the media covering Zimmerman's trial as it could - its just the latest example of a once great organization gone completely off the rails.
It's time for black Americans to reject the NAACP messes of entitlement and victimhood. It's time for members of the black community to educate themselves on the values they won't hear from the NAACP pulpit.
I left the NAACP to travel the country preaching the message of freedom and self-empowerment. In the DNA of every true American is a thirst for liberty. Black people can be free. We have to leave the government plantation.
Rev. C. L. Bryant