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NAACP: Work Would Continue Even Under Black President

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.


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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
What an unfortunate last name.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
besides, isn't Barack multi-racial? Aren't MOST americans? :oy:
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
eh... not surprised.
zeze zeze 8 years
Just to show that racism would exist no matter who wins, and no matter who people vote for, there is an article on townhall today that talks about W.V. voters and one voter is quoted saying he's going to vote for the N*word - I had to read that a few times to be honest - it is amazing that someone can publicly use that language and in the same breath be supporting a black president.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
I think Mich's comment about the need still existing said it all, and said it well. I don't really say people's ethnicity in sentences much as a rule as I usually am talking about PEOPLE in general and not a color but I suppose if I did, I would say "people of color", not because that implies anything negative but I just can't find a better way...given the option I prefer to say someone by nationality, and if not that, then their name. But that being said, I'm a color too! Just sorta peachy-pinky-yellowy (that'll be the Italian in meh). I got it! I'm "pastel", yo. :D
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
[I was told I couldn't say colored people.} It's your mouth -- you can say whatever you please.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
I prefer "people of color" given the choice -- I hate the word "colored". Anywho -- from what I've seen (and read) recently -- we have a LONG way to go.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
NAACP's use of colored people would be specific to African Americans/Black so in that sense it can be offensive.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
"Of course there will still be discrimination, hatred, and bigotry to stand up to, regardless of the color of our President's skin." Agreed it's laughable and ignorant to think that a black president is going to erase racism in America. Now when is the NAACP going to take that dang C out of it's name I "colored people" I mean that's so antiquated and racist in itself.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I prefer the term colored people or people of color. I'm mixed and its an all inclusive term for tan/brown/yellow (excuse the termn I needed a color) minorities.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I was told I couldn't say colored people.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
The group isn't the 'National Association for the Advancement of Colored Person'.
stephley stephley 8 years
I can't imagine anyone expected the NAACP to declare Mission Accomplished the day a black person became president.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Here is evidence that the fight is not over. "WASHINGTON — Law enforcement agents have broken up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 88 black people, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said Monday."
liliblu liliblu 8 years
"Of course there will still be discrimination, hatred, and bigotry to stand up to, regardless of the color of our President's skin." I agree Mich.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
"Jealous" was really hard to read. I too had to battle confusion.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
NAACP is right. I've got nothing significant to say other than, if college debt doesn't kill me ;), I'll work my hardest to be successful and infiltrate areas of high achievement to take one for the home team. Hopefully I'll be able to give back to the community later. Oh and my jewish friend Gillian might add "have loads of successful brown babies and scatter them in society." Peace.Love.And Soul.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
You know, I kept doing double takes at the "Jealous" thing. And Mich, for I think the second time today, I totally agree with you.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Okay, here's my non-thoughtful, first impression comment: The black and white photo is really cool. And 'Jealous' is an awful last name. Here's the slightly more thoughtful part of the comment: Although I've joked that if Obama wins, Jessie Jackson will finally have to shut up, I don't really think it's true. Of course there will still be discrimination, hatred, and bigotry to stand up to, regardless of the color of our President's skin.
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