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Monday, February 13, 2012

13 February 2012 - WHERE IS THE NAACP?

Prodigal Altar Boy Blog
13 February 2012

Movie Work

TQ Update:
Spoke briefly with TQ on Saturday.  The thrust of the conversation was “keep editing that movie.”  ‘Nuff said.  I will keep marching.

Edit Work:
A few emails back with Karen Everett on a special consultation rate on my rough cut.  Even the discounted fee is out of my range, but I will find a way.

Music Work
Dies Irae
Getting more familiar with the piece played on the Annihilator guitar.  Moving the emphasis from seated playing to playing standing up.  The new strap helps adjust the guitar’s position for [laying standing up.



I read “Common Prayer” yesterday before church, and the lead off reading was:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was established on February 12 1909, after a race riot in Springfield, Illinois.  Some of the founding members included W.E.B. DuBois, Ida Wells-Barnett and Oswald Garrison Villiard.  Over the years, it has become one of the most influential justice organizations in the United States, leading movements against lynchings, segregation, discrimination, and race-based violence.

A nice thumbnail description, but my question is, “Where is the NAACP now?”  It seems that not long after celebrating the election of the first African-American President, the NAACP has been all but absent except to carp and complain about President Obama not paying enough attention to them. 

Where is the NAACP in the face of the GOP’s racially tinged attacks on the President?  Where is the NAACP when more than picketing and angry sound bites are needed?  What mindset does the NAACP employ to think that when candidates talk about a “food stamp president,” distance themselves from remarks such as “giant negroes “ ready to attack whites, or that the billions Republican Super PACs raise to “defeat the President” has more to do with mainstream African-Americans than President Barack Obama?  Face it, NAACP, if President Obama loses this election, his fortunes will likely increase, while African-Americans (and the poor, and the LBGT community, and Hispanics, etc. ad inifitum) will surely suffer. 

So again, where are you NAACP?  How much more misinformation, vitriol and divisive speech will you allow the GOP and their right-wing conservative benefactors spread like so much manure before you stand up against what could be for you, a bitter harvest?

I hear the whisperings of many:  “Terror on every side!  Denounce!  Let us denounce him!”   All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine.  Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take out revenge on him.”  The Lord is with me, like a mighty champion:  my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.  In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion. (Jeremiah 20:10-11)

Come on NAACP, let me hear from you!