Blog #1.What W.E. DuBois would think of the NAACP.

W.E. Du Bois struggled his whole life to reach a point where he could be equal with whites and all other races. The research and movements he started, have helped create many groups and organizations that are in place today to promote equality. However what would Du Bois think about our modern society and the modern NAACP? I think he could be proud of how far we’ve come as a society and how we’ve progressed. He would thank the NAACP for striving for a better world and creating a place where people aren’t scared to be black or white. The one thing I think he would criticize would be the way that the certain black equality leaders such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton exploit situations for themselves with the cover of fighting for justice.  In one of Al Sharpton’s first big national causes was Tawana Brawley where Tawana, a black teenager, accused white men, at least one being a police officer, of raping her and holding her in the woods. Her story then changed that she was sodomized and sexually abused with no rape. No evidence of rape was found and she was found with no physical harm, no malnourishment, and she had recently brushed her teeth. Al Sharpton aided her in her case against the men and took her side no matter what the evidence said. This case caused distrust of black equality leaders like Sharpton among whites and even furthered some racial tension, the exact opposite of the goal. If Sharpton had taken a step back to look at the evidence he might have seen the flaws , instead he looked for a way to further his career and be in the spot light. I do not doubt that the goal of leaders like Sharpton is to create equality amongst all races, but I do believe they have deviated and have not stuck to this goal in all cases. I believe that Du Bois would criticize this much like C.L. Bryant, former NAACP leader, criticized them during the Trayvon Martin case.

This is a link of his view of these leaders.




2 responses to “Blog #1.What W.E. DuBois would think of the NAACP.

  1. Sharp analysis and critique, T. I think you’re onto something here. Are these larger-than-life celebrity civil rights leaders interested in actually achieving racial justice or in personally advancing their careers? The situation recalls Michel’s “Iron Law of Oligarchy,” which describes the way activism — which started out as a means to an end (i.e., racial equality) — has become an end in itself (being in the spotlight complaining about racial equality). I think these questions from C.L. Bryant are important:
    “Why not be angry about the wholesale murder that goes on in the streets of Newark and Chicago?” he asked. “Why isn’t somebody angry about that six-year-old girl who was killed on her steps last weekend in a cross fire when two gang members in Chicago start shooting at each other? Why is there no outrage about that?”

  2. I agree and yes I never thought of it that way. But in a way it come down to playing the part of the victim and being helpless. Sometimes we like to look the other way justify our wrong acts. Knowingly when we support people in there acts such as the one mentioned above it makes you question the morals and characters of people. Have we truly turned so blind to support wrong doings just so that we are not proven wrong or as though we have no worth.

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