Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Should Bush Go to the NAACP Convention?

Once again the NAACP has invited President Bush to speak at this years convention (which is currently in progress and ends Friday). The White House has yet to reply. Bush did speak in 2000 but declined each year after due to the NAACP's commercial about the James Byrd murder.

This was the ad if you don't remember:

"I’m Renee Mullins, James Byrd’s daughter.
On June 7, 1998 in Texas my father was killed. He was beaten, chained, and then dragged 3 miles to his death, all because he was black.
So when Governor George W. Bush refused to support hate-crime legislation, it was like my father was killed all over again.
Call Governor George W. Bush and tell him to support hate-crime legislation.
We won’t be dragged away from our future."

Both Julian Bond and Kweisi Mfume (no longer NAACP President) have made inexcusable remarks about the President and I feel like they invite him to the conference, not because they really want him to come, but so they can use the fact that he denies them as political leverage with their members...

Bush has met with many "Black organizations" ...just not the NAACP. Though Black News has a different take. Bush's father was one of the first fund raisers for the NAACP in Odessa, Texas. I am quite sure he respected the organization until they decided to defy laws that say they can't be a political organization because of their tax status.

I'm glad Bush has snubbed them --and if I were him I would continue to do so until they issued a public apology for that James Byrd ad and all the inappropriate remarks made by Bond and Mfume (Not “free speech” inappropriate or inexcusable, but wrong venue inappropriate).

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