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Reply to "Russell Simmons Eyed As New NAACP Prez"

Q: How come Kweisi Mfume is credited with repairing the naacp's fiscal situation, if his position has nothing to do with that? Would the position change if Simmons is on?

As for what I think about Simmons becoming president of the NAACP, I personally don't place any continued importance in them these days, so I don't really care. Far as I'm concerned, he may as well be running for the Baptist Church Ushers Association president. I think arguing about who they pick overstates this group's relevance.

But I mainly agree with Faheem, for about 2/3 of the same reasons. His apparent ho-to-the corporate pimp status is fairly clear to me, since I heard him year or two back on a radio talk show. In that segment, they talked about hip hop's irresponsible messaging and the role hip hop can play in galvanizing youth toward political action. First, Simmons said that hip hop does not have the power to negatively influence youth, because they do what they want and hip hop only reflects, rather than influences. Then, less than 5 minutes later, he said that hip hop can be a powerful influencing force in galvanizing the youth to political action.

Confused Well, which one is it? Confused

Something underlies the clear contradiction in this guy's statements, and Faheem's reference to his financial benefit of selling out is as logical a reason as any. If he does become president of the naacp, it's imperative that we allow them to continue to slide into obscurity. If we start increasing our reliance on them for important stuff with him at the helm, it won't be a good thing.
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