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Reply to "Russell Simmons Eyed As New NAACP Prez"

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Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:

Not only would he have to defend, explain, deny, every act of misconduct and statement of that industry, but so would every other official and member of the entire organization.



I respectfully disagree. Aside from the fact that you malign an entire culture and industry because of one element of it, why on Earth would you place a demand on Simmons that you don't place on any other leaders? Was Jesse Jackson responsible for the unscrupulous jack-leg preachers out there? Does George Bush answer to ALL of the problems of the oil industry? Should Ronald Reagan have been responsible for the scourge of the porn industry? Because you've written a book, are you responsible for all of the junk that gets published these days?

IMO - part of the problem with the NAACP is that they've created a nice, safe box for themselves to exist in and they can't seem to break out of it to make a deeper, bigger impact. IF you are concerned with the survival of the organization and IF you believe that there still needs to be an organization like the NAACP, then it would seem that you would be far more open to perhaps non-traditional alternatives. Do we really need another 60 year old minister type leading the NAACP? Wasn't that Ben Chavis? What did he do for the NAACP?
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