NAACP VIABLE AS EVER
I have heard and read many opinions relating to NAACP and the fact that it is no longer a viable institution within the black community. I offer a different point of view of this organization and its accomplishments as they relate to the organizations “Mission Statement”. This is very important because most of those who are critical of the NAACP are actually clueless to the mission of the organization and base their opinions on personal agendas. The NAACP is not, was not, and will never be a do all organization within the black community. Many seem to believe they are and that their failure to address any issue relating to the black community reinforces the notion that the NAACP is an organization whose time has passed.
I will start my defense of the NAACP where those who are critical should always begin; their mission statement.
(Official) Mission Statement of the NAACP
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution - the principal objectives of the Association shall be:
- To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
- To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
- To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
- To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
- To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
- To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP's Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.
Nowhere in this statement does it say or even imply that its mission is to act as a moral compass in the black community. Nor does it say it is dedicated to the protection of blacks against acts of crime perpetrated by other blacks. These have never been the mission of the NAACP and never will be the mission of the NAACP as long as they stick to the mission created at its inception.
The arguments normally thrown out against the NAACP are community based in nature. Again not part of the organization’s mission. They don’t stand up against black on black crime or general crime in the black community. They don’t support black women when they are victimized by black men. While all of these issues are legitimate concerns within the black community that need to be addressed, none of these have anything to do with the mission of the NAACP.
What the NAACP can claim victory on is the issues related to their mission. A mission directed at issues relating to race disparities in the educational, judicial, employment, and health arenas, along with voting rights. People who criticize this organization are either ignorant to this fact or have never taken a moment to learn the purpose of the NAACP. (Not even being black can provide one with a natural understanding of the NAACP mission without reading it.)
Now for the argument in favor of the NAACP I offer facts surrounding the organization and its works as they actually relate to its mission.
1. The NAACP is actively fighting against voting rights changes throughout the country that would disenfranchise million of African Americans.
2. The NAACP fought diligently to encourage the Department of Justice to address the disparity in drug sentencing, leading to reform in the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines.
3. The NAACP was on the forefront of lobbying to abolish the death penalty in many states, while pushing racial inequity as a defense against the death penalty.
4. The NAACP has been extremely active in addressing issues relating to inequalities in health care, including HIV treatment, obesity education, healthcare funding, unequal delivery or treatment, and the disparity in health outcomes.
5. The NAACP continues its fight to insure that minorities have access to institutions of higher learner.
These are only a few of the things the NAACP is actively involved in as it continues its fight against inequity and inequality, not just for the African American population in this country but for all races. Making the NAACP not only viable to the black community but to the entire country.
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