Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Life Is Rejected at the NAACP Convention by Akindele Akinyemi
I am highly disappointed to hear how the National governing NAACP have rejected a reading of a pro-life resolution from the Macon affiliate in Georgia. You would think the the NAACP would support life over death in our community.
Burying the N-Word is more important than the conception of life. How awful. Yet, I will get e-mails asking me to join the NAACP.
The resolution would have involved a floor discussion of the harmful effects of abortion on African-American women. Now since women make up a large number of delegates in the NAACP why, if all failed, would our sisters not even raise hell about this critical issue.
Rev. Clenard Childress says the committee violated bylaws of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which allows resolutions to be presented and read by state chapters on the floor of the conventions, to be opened for discussion.
He acknowledges that the committee has the right to prevent the resolution being opened for discussion, but not to prevent it from being read. "So what they did, then, is just rejected the resolution outright," says Childress, "[and] made the bogus claim that there were errors in it -- and therefore there would not be an obligation to read it at the convention."
Childress explains this is not the first time opponents have employed the tactic of prohibiting a resolution addressing abortion from a pro-life context from being read. "This is the second time [in three years] that resolutions have been rejected by this present administration of the NAACP that has abortion content to it," he notes. "It is obvious [there is] a pattern of censorship, and I think we need to have some serious changes in the NAACP."
Even Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., flew into Detroit late Monday evening to prepare to push this on the floor of the convention Tuesday. She was rejected. Yet, the NAACP will compare themselves to Dr. Martin Luther King when it comes to injustice.
I am beginning to see how liberal influences have controlled the NAACP for quite some time. It's not about loving Black people with the leadership. It's about pushing the liberal agenda.
I have some advice for Alveda King and Rev. Clenard Childress. Join One Network.