Star Parker

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund recently issued a statement of effusive praise for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens – a member of the court’s liberal and pro-abortion contingent, who now must be replaced.

Organizations come into existence to solve problems. What happens when those problems get solved? Three possible outcomes. The organization closes. The organization shifts focus to new problems. Or it starts just existing to perpetuate itself and sustain the power and income of those whom it employs and who have political interests in its existence.

It’s the latter reality that defines today’s NAACP. It’s why it has lost major support over recent years and no longer holds the hearts and minds of most black Americans.

NAACP was born when the primary problem of black Americans was political. Blacks needed political action to secure equal protection under law they weren’t getting. This was achieved in the 1960’s through the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

The challenge facing black America today is moral, not political. Abortion, AIDS, crime, poor education, family breakdown. These reflect poor personal decisions, not politics.

Apparently for Georgia’s NAACP, being out of sync with political interests was too much to handle.

For black Americans to solve their considerable problems today, we’re going to have to get back to caring more about truth than political interests.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.