Black conservative leader continues boycott of NAACP
July 18, 2007
A conservative black leader is blasting the NAACP for supporting amnesty for illegal
aliens, but doing nothing to address the real problems facing the black community.
The NAACP, says Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, is racially divisive, antiquated — and
in serious financial trouble.
Peterson is founder and president of the Brotherhood Organization of a New
Destiny (BOND), a Los Angeles-based religious group that focuses on helping
men fulfill their family responsibilities. Since 2003, his organization has
led a boycott against the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP), which recently wrapped up its annual convention in Detroit.
He says it is apparent that the liberal-leaning organization is not the influence
it once was.
"Already the NAACP announced that they’re cutting back their staff by
40 percent," says Peterson. "They’re closing seven offices, which
include Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, and other major cities."
And the NAACP, says BOND’s leader, has sold out the black community with its
recent support of the Senate bill that would have given amnesty to millions
of illegal aliens. Had the bill become law, "it would have taken jobs and
education, healthcare away from black Americans," says Peterson — "[but]
the NAACP doesn’t care about that. That’s why they’re not working on the other
issues in the black community, like crime and out-of-wedlock birth and abortion
and issues that are destroying our community."
So why did the NAACP support the immigration reform legislation? Peterson has
a theory. "They think that these illegals are going to come in, they’re
going to vote for the Democrats — which includes them — and somehow or another,
they’re going to take the power away from the white man," he suggests.
"[NAACP leadership is] so racist that they can’t see that these illegals
are coming in and they’re going to support other Mexicans or Hispanics. They’re
not going to support black folks."
Peterson says the NAACP is more interested in pursuing a liberal political
agenda than helping the people it claims to represent. For example, while convening
in Detroit, the organization denied a pro-life group the opportunity to read
a resolution which urged national efforts to reduce the high abortion and infant
mortality rates in the black community. It was the second time in three years
the NAACP had turned the group away.
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