If an African-American succeeds in winning the most powerful position in the country, if not the world, the NAACP says its mission is still not complete. The new president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Benjamin Jealous, has highlighted the prevalence of violence, home foreclosures, and discrimination as evidence that more work must be done.
This past weekend, during the NAACP's California conference, Jealous spoke at a dinner also attended by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The new NAACP head said:
These are big times we are in. But we are not the National Association for the Advancement of a Colored Person. There is more work to be done. . . . The No. 1 obstacle we face is the lack of outrage at the way everyday people are treated in this country.
Pointing to the symbolically transformative court case, Brown v. Board of Education, Jealous explained that often a case can be won, but the fight continues. The NAACP turns 100 next year — hopefully Barack Obama's candidacy will inspire many to continue working to end discrimination and improve communities.