NAACP doesn't find Love and Scott worth celebrating
by La Shawn Barber
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 11:07 am
I couldn’t help smiling about last Tuesday’s show of “diversity,” a liberal obsession. Iowa and West Virginia voters elected their first female U.S. senators, Joni Ernst and Shelley Moore Capito, respectively. New York is sending a 30-year-old woman, Elise Stefanik, to the U.S. House of Representatives—the youngest ever. Utah, with its overwhelmingly white population, elected a black woman, Mia Love, to Congress. And Tim Scott of South Carolina is the first black elected by popular vote in the South to the Senate since Reconstruction.
And they’re all Republicans.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), reduced these days to implying that black Americans are too dumb and/or lazy to go to the DMV to get a state-issued photo ID, doesn’t consider Love, the first black Republican woman ever elected to Congress, and Scott worth celebrating.
The NAACP’s post-election statement reads as expected. The organization’s president and CEO, Cornell William Brooks, said the election “was not about who won but rather the citizens who lost the right to participate. This first election post the Shelby v. Holder decision resulted in problems in every single state previously protected by the Voting Rights Act.” That’s the 21st century NAACP—looking for racism where none exists and ignoring real accomplishments.
In Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms, Nicholas Johnson argues that the civil rights movement’s non-violence theme obscured the black tradition of guns for self-defense. Books like these, including The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson, remind readers how courageous the NAACP’s mission used to be. Local members risked their lives traveling to hostile areas to encourage blacks to register to vote. The organization took up causes and raised money to defend blacks in court.
Today’s NAACP fails to protect “colored” people in the womb or advance “colored” people who reject Big Government’s socialistic ideology. The organization that once stood like a beacon pushes a culture-degrading liberalism. Does the NAACP consider individual liberty—freedom from government tyranny—a bad thing? Isn’t that what black Americans fought for? Lower taxes, smaller government, fewer abortions … these are objectively good things.
The NAACP has honored black Republicans in the past: Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. But in Rice’s case, former NAACP president and CEO Kweisi Mfume gave her a special award in 2002 to smooth things over with the White House after 9/11, according to The Associated Press. Before 9/11, NAACP board chairman Julian Bond said that President George W. Bush was a puppet of the conservative “Taliban wing of the Republican Party.” Nevertheless, Mfume said Rice was “living proof that no obstacle is insurmountable.” She didn’t need today’s NAACP, and neither do Love nor Scott, nor does any black American with the will to succeed.
Redeem the time, Christians. In Acts, the Apostle Peter said, “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” One glorious day, race, ethnicity, sex, nationality, etc., won’t matter anymore, and all Christians will rejoice. Because of sin, we have only a glimpse.
La Shawn Barber
La Shawn is a former WORLD columnist.