This week, the NAACP is holding its 105th Annual Conference, with “All in for Justice and Equality” as its theme. Apparently, black conservatives are not welcome under the organization’s umbrella.
As evidenced by a video posted on Progressives Today and expounded on by writer Jim Hoft, blacks who “do not toe the liberal line … are not welcome at the NAACP.” So on Sunday, as FreedomWorks’ Deneen Borelli and Rev. CL Bryant, a former NAACP chapter president, manned their booth at the event, a member of the NAACP approached them and commenced to treat them with disdain and hostility. Admittedly “upset,” she asserted that, as their perspectives do not align with “any of the principles of what the NAACP stands for,” they had no right to be there.
In an attempt to explain the Tea Party’s opposition to higher taxes, Bryant asked her if she felt she paid enough taxes already. The woman, who identified herself as Adrienne Jones, stated, “I wouldn’t be wealthy today” had it not been for “food stamps or any of those things,” adding that she would not have been able to learn a trade or attend college. She needed that “temporary fix,” she said, and suggested that black conservatives are opposed to providing a hand up and that they believe people simply want to remain in a state of neediness.
Though Borelli had attempted to explain that she believes that individuals can “empower themselves” and that the Tea Party espoused a belief in “opportunities for everyone,” she was repeatedly interrupted by the woman, who said she did not want to hear from her because she wasn’t a member of the NAACP. “If you’re not a member, I don’t care what you got to say,” she said, waving her hand at Borelli.
Black conservatives have not been allowed the opportunity to speak at the conference, though they have attempted for years. This year, a mild concession was made: they were allowed to host a booth–only to be met by this woman who thought they did not deserve even that. They held their own summit across the hall from where the NAACP held their event.
According to the NAACP, its mission is “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.” The organization seems to have a ways to go to make that dream a reality.
See the video below: