Al Sharpton Now <em>Creating</em> Fake Funerals at Which to Media Whore

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Jul 09, 2007 9:35 AM

Because standing in front of James Brown's casket for what seemed like three days wasn't enough.
 

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This is gonna make really interesting news footage:

As part of a nationwide campaign to end the use of offensive termsand the objectification of women in songs and music videos, theNational Association for the Advancement of Colored People plans tohold a "mock funeral" for the word "nigger" on Monday during its annualconvention in Detroit.

In the Puget Sound area, NAACP chapters are urging people to wearblack ribbons Monday to show solidarity with the campaign to "bury" theword. The campaign also urges people to stop using the terms "bitch"and "ho" to refer to women.

Some hip-hop fans have argued it's acceptable for African-Americansto use the n-word casually and that doing so could strip it of itspower to hurt. Others, such as longtime Seattle civil rights activistOscar Eason Jr., strongly disagree.

This will seriously cut down on the pool of nominees for the NAACP Image Awards:

The NAACP Image Awards have sometimes been the subject of controversydue to claims that certain nominees did not deserve to be honored bythe NAACP. For example, in 1994, Tupac Shakur was a nominee for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for the film Poetic Justice although he had been charged in December 1993 with sexually abusing a woman.[1] In 2004, R. Kelly's Chocolate Factory was nominated for Outstanding Album[2] although he was under indictment at the time for charges related to child pornography.[3]

I kid because Sharpton and the NAACP have a long history of fakery and race-baiting, but this is actually not a bad move, and I'm surprised the NAACP is taking such a stand on it. Instead of excusing bad behavior or applauding it as long as its perpetrators are of the correct race, the organization is actually speaking out against it. Novel and refreshing.

Update: Michelle Malkin takes stock of those who've not gotten the memo about the n-word and others. Some of them will no doubt be up for Image Awards next year.

Update: Well, I totally missed this. NAACP chief lets the annual healing-fest begin by comparing Katrina to "lynching." Nice.