The nation’s oldest black civil rights organization has just turned a historical corner by officially advocating for homosexual marriage. At the time of this article’s publication, no response has been given by the many NAACP local, state and national officers who happen to be African American pastors who supported Prop 8.
Previously, only the former president of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Julian Bond had supported homosexual marriage. Bond, who remains chairman of the board, insisted on many occasions that it was his own personal view. But with the election of new president [Benjamin] Todd Jealous, things have changed. Jealous said in a statement last Monday that Prop 8 “strips same-sex couples of a fundamental freedom”.
Consequently, the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court to invalidate Proposition 8.
“It is imperative that the Supreme Court of California recognize that by allowing Prop 8 to take effect, it is setting a dangerous precedent that allows a bare majority to strip minority groups of their fundamental rights. We are joining this challenge to ensure that the rights of all minority groups are being protected,” said John Payton, LDF President and Director-Counsel.
The official support for homosexual marriage seems to be part of a re-imaging of the NAACP which in recent years many viewed as a civil rights dinosaur riddled with scandals and plagued by poor leadership. Perhaps that’s why homosexual rights groups paid one NAACP official to use her position to convince blacks to vote for gay marriage. Alice Huffman, president of the California state NAACP took nearly $200,000 from white, gay groups. In order to appear independent of the NAACP, the money was give to Huffman’s private company.
Still out of touch with reality
As mentioned, support for homosexual causes mean instant cash flow, something the NAACP has had little of. Jealous, Huffman may be operating against NAACP policy which prohibits endorsing any measure without majority vote of members.
Trina Williams, Vice President of Inglewood’s NAACP Chapter, said today that “no endorsement of ANY proposition is ever authorized without a resolution, a vote, and a majority vote of its members.” Williams indicated that to date, “the Inglewood NAACP has yet to receive any word from the national organization telling us to vote NO on Proposition 8.” Huffman appears in print advertising and mailers for NO on 8 along with one or two civil rights leaders supporting NO on Proposition 8.
Alice Huffman has used her position without support of the vast majority of African American people and interfaith leaders in our communities in Los Angeles or California. It is very disappointing and misleading to say that she is representing the African American community or the NAACP, which is and has always been passionately in support of traditional marriage and traditional families,” said Williams.
Channeling his inner Al Sharpton, Jealous is attempting to steer the NAACP back into the limelight with provocative statements and positions including taking on Barack Obama.
Jealous, 35, also said he intends to hold Barack Obama accountable for his promises on civil rights, regardless of Obama’s status as the first black president.
“The president being black gives us no advantage,” said Jealous, who took over in September, adding that Obama’s background as a community organizer and civil rights lawyer may make him more receptive to the NAACP’s agenda.
NAACP members today are not satisfied with simply having a black president, Jealous said. “What they want to know is: ‘What problem in my life will he be solving? Dad’s out of work, Mom’s not getting paid enough, the kids’ school is an embarrassment. What is he doing for me?”
Kind of reminds you of this woman.
Jennifer Roback Morse found the link to the actual payments to Huffman. They were listed only as “consultation”.