The NAACP is voting on a resolution today to condemn racist elements in the Tea Party Movement. I wonder if they're also going to condemn my last five places of employment for having me as their sole black employee? Or if they're going to condemn my old college and public school district for the occasional racist person I had to deal with who worked there or attended my classes? Are they going to denounce the guy who shouted "niggers" at my family when we were driving to Northwest Plaza that one time? Meaning ... dude? Really? I didn't think they could top the uselessness of holding funerals for the N-word, but condemning someone's racist grandma who thinks the President is a secret Kenyan Socialist Muslim makes about as much sense as drafting "Rush Limbaugh really gets on my nerves" amendments.
Did black people finally make it to the mountain top and the NAACP didn't tell us? Are they somewhere toasting champagne wishes and caviar dreams, fussing over minor stuff like they're suddenly the freakin' Catholic League? (Because I would expect this of the Catholic League. They wasted time denouncing an artist's chocolate Jesus exhibit. If you've got time to complain about chocolate Jesus you've already won the war, buddy.)
We still have real problems in blackland. Like the fact that black people live under a sort of "forever recession/depression" economically, even during "good" economic times, the spread of HIV/AIDS, access to quality education, workplace discrimination, crime, high incarceration rates, high infant mortality rates and that damn marriage "crisis" that's so popular these days. Heaven forbid we tackle something that is an actual problem.
I realize that there's no easy solution to these problems. There is no one explicitly wearing a hood, shouting "Nigger" to confront directly, but these are issues that should fall within the NAACP's sphere of concern as an organization dedicated for the betterment of black people. Rome is burning and the organization in charge of fighting the fire is fussing over the ascent of an anti-establishment movement that looks exactly like the last failed anti-establishment movement which looks a WHOLE LOT LIKE some John Birchers having an orgy with Barry Goldwater enthusiasts.