The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
Of course, having a mission statement which is diametric to the actions of the organization doesn’t help win many members. Let’s face it, the NAACP not only fails to represent the rights of ALL persons, it doesn’t even represent and defend the rights of mainstream Black Americans. In particular, if you are a Black Conservative, as far as the NAACP can see, you are just a Negro, or an Uncle Tom. Whether you are Black, White, or other if you don’t agree with the progressive positions taken by the NAACP, then according to the NAACP you are probably a racist, or associated with organizations containing racist elements.
Only a dismal 1.2% of Black Americans (assuming that all their members are Black) have found the NAACP worthy of supporting financially, or otherwise. If not for the immense support of large Corporations and Foundations, the NAACP would have died out long ago. In calendar year 2008, the last year reported, its corporate donors of $500K or more included AT&T, Bank of America, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Wachovia (now Wells Fargo), and Verizon. Companies donating $100,000 to $499,999 included Allstate Insurance, Anheuser Busch, Best Buy, Blockbuster, Denny’s, Federal Express and a host of others. Foundations contributing $1 million or more included the Bill & Melinda Gates, and Ford Foundations. See page 40 of the 2008 Annual Report for the entire list.
In conclusion, the NAACP has a membership which represents at most just 1.2% of Black Americans (assuming that all of its members are Black). The NAACP is mainly supported by large corporations and foundations, which are not representative of Black Americans. Thus, the NAACP is not a representative, or spokesperson for Black Americans. Nor is the NAACP a defender of the rights of ‘all persons’.
The NAACP’s condemnation of the Tea Party Movement, its failure to condemn the racist New Black Panther Party, and its refusal to defend Kenneth Gladney make the organization nothing but a political pawn controlled by the purse strings of Corporate America. In other words, the NAACP has evolved into just another irrelevant, left-wing, progressive, political windbag.
Perhaps Bruce Gordon, the former NAACP president, was correct when he tried in vain to change its mission toward more social service work. Donors should take heed.