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NAACP should seek more moderate role

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

It would be humorous to include the NAACP and non-partisan in the same breath. By no stretch of the imagination is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People a non-partisan organization. It is overtly and blatantly an arm of the Democratic Party at the local, state and national level.

Now don't misunderstand. I'm not opposed to the NAACP taking a partisan approach and working tirelessly for the Democrats. That's their right and privilege and history shows they do a pretty darned good job at it.

But because of their outspoken partisan bent, the NAACP should lose its tax-exempt status. The decision on their tax status is now in the hands of the IRS following a blistering attack this past summer by Julian Bond of the NAACP. His partisan speech against the President was clearly a pro-Democrat message. No problem except you can't have it both ways. Either you're partisan and subject to taxation or you're non-partisan and accept the exempt status.

Into this sticky mess comes the announcement Tuesday that Kweisi Mfume is stepping down as president of the NAACP.

The NAACP could greatly advance their cause by selecting a more moderate leader who can help replenish the dwindling membership of the organization. A moderate leader could also send a clear non-partisan message. That seems an appropriate approach and a much-needed change.

The NAACP clearly favors expanded government services and a revamping of the tax system to siphon more money from business and funnel it into more programs for the needy. But that message has been lost in recent years because the American public is getting sick and tired of financing a growing segment of the population.

The NAACP has a place at the table of society and well they should. But that place at the table needs to be all inclusive and represent all viewpoints within that organization. And it will take strong leadership and a rethinking of the NAACP mission to bring about that change.

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