When the NAACP passed a resolution support marriage equality, I knew that THEY were coming.
By “THEY,” I am talking about a group of wannabe black leaders who I like to refer to colloquially as “The Vultures.”
These folks claim to lead “big time” organizations with important sounding names. Something like “The High Impact Leadership Coalition” or “Brotherhood for a New Destiny” or “Center for Urban Renewal and Education.”
I should tell you right now that these organizations are astroturfed. They don’t speak for the black community because a vast majority of us have never heard of them. And why should we? Whenever there needs to be a true voice in the black community addressing issues such as poverty or socio-economic equality, these groups are never around.
They exist only as convenient black faces to be trotted out by conservatives or the religious right when it comes to issues of race. These so-called black leaders don’t care about the black community because they are too busy telling some whites what they want to hear about the black community.
That’s all they do. That’s the only reason why they exist.
And in the case of the NAACP accepting marriage equality, these folks are in rare form. Religious Right Watch covers what several of them had to say:
Stephen Broden, a Republican politician who has said that the violent overthrow of the government should be “on the table,” dubbed the NAACP “irrelevant”:
Stephen Broden, pastor of Fair Park Bible Fellowship in Dallas, notes that the black community is suffering from soaring unemployment, an extraordinarily high rate of abortions, a high school drop out rate among black teenagers that is breathtaking, an exploding rate of single parent households and the decimation of black families.
Yet, Broden says, the NAACP is making statements about same-sex marriage. “The NAACP has proven again to be an irrelevant organization as it relates to issues of survival for the black community,” says Broden who co-authored Life at All Costs with King and Gardner. The book addresses issues such as abortion and homosexuality.
Domestic violence perpetrator turned “pro-family” activist Timothy Johnson called on African Americans to ditch the NAACP and join his own group, the Frederick Douglass Foundation:
“When you recognize that the black community is strongly a Christian-based group of people, conservative in most of the things they believe, the NAACP has gone diabolically the opposite direction of tradition of the black community,” he states. “[The NAACP] really is doing this in order to stay relevant and in order to build up their revenues as it relates to what they can get from the gay community.”
Religious Right Watch also mentions comments by the “Queen Mother” of the group, Alveda King, Martin Luther King, Jr’s niece:
Alveda King, as always, tied the topic to the question of abortion rights and claimed to speak for her uncle and other relatives in claiming that the King family has always opposed the “homosexual agenda”:
“Neither my great-grandfather an NAACP founder, my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. an NAACP leader, my father Rev. A. D. Williams King, nor my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced the homosexual agenda that the current NAACP is attempting to label as a civil rights agenda,” says King, founder of King for America and Pastoral Associate for Priests for Life.
“In the 21st Century, the anti-traditional marriage community is in league with the anti-life community, and together with the NAACP and other sympathizers, they are seeking a world where homosexual marriage and abortion will supposedly set the captives free.”
Alveda King is a sad fraud. Practically her entire career has been reaping off of her famous uncle, a man who lived and died when she was a child. I doubt she knew anything about King. I doubt very much that she is aware that one of King’s advisers, Bayard Rustin, was an openly gay man. It was Rustin who not only coordinated the March on Washington, but also introduced King to the idea of non-violent resistance.
I also seriously doubt she knew what was in King’s heart when it came to the gay community. However, we do know what she thought of Coretta Scott King, MLK’s wife and the person who did know his heart and was also a very vocal ally of the gay community.
Two years ago, when she was asked about Coretta Scott King’s support of the gay community, she made a highly inappropriate comment:
“She (Coretta) was married to him (Martin Luther King, Jr.). I’ve got his DNA. She doesn’t. She didn’t. She’s passed away.”
That comment alone gives a great indication of Alveda King’s mindset and lack of integrity.
But generally speaking, anyone using Alveda King or any of these other spokespeople or groups as proof that the black community has turned on the NAACP for the organization’s support of marriage equality is lying to their readers.
Neither these groups nor their spokespeople ever really cared for the NAACP in the first place.
Because to them, it’s all about the spotlight.