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It will be interesting tomorrow to see whether Sit-Down fever has spread across the ranks of the NFL. Allegedly, some of the Miami Dolphins are thinking about it.

Dolphin players may also have something in the works, but it appears to be on an individual basis.“Every man for himself, I guess. Each his own,” said Dolphins safety Reshad Jones.

“Everybody have different opinions and entitled to different things.

This thing has pinged my paranoia streak—like so many other Tempests have.

Just a few days ago, the president of NAACP compared Colin Kaepernick’s stance to that of Rosa Parks.

Aside from the fact that Kaepernick was protected from physical danger by various levels of professional security when he took his stand, while Mrs. Parks had no security when she refused to give up her seat to a fellow bus passenger who was white,

And aside from the fact that Kaepernick was on his job when he took his stand and Mrs. Parks was not,

And aside from the fact that Mrs. Parks’ taxes paid for the Montgomery, AL municipal bus service, while Kaepernick is being paid to be present and to perform at the platform where he has and will make his statement,

There’s something which I wonder about the two events, something which may be a true similarity.

Rosa Parks did not spontaneously refuse to give up her seat. She was planted. There was another black woman who refused to give up her Montgomery bus seat to a white person and who went to court to fight the injustice. But she didn’t have to right reputation for the task at hand, according to the civil right organizations of the time. The task, of course, was to end the segregation of public services–to fight true inequality and oppression.

Few people know the story of Claudette Colvin: When she was 15, she refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white person — nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing.

Most people know about Parks and the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott that began in 1955, but few know that there were a number of women who refused to give up their seats on the same bus system. Most of the women were quietly fined, and no one heard much more.

Colvin was the first to really challenge the law.

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No, I’m not paranoid. Why do you ask?

To tarnish Mrs. Parks’ place in history is not my purpose. This is: I wonder if Kaepernick was planted. There are other players who have intentionally remained seated during the National Anthem, but he is the first to get such widespread attention.

Who told Colin Kaepernick to sit down? Rumor has it that it was his alleged girlfriend, a Black Lives Matter activist. But I bet it came from higher up. Or lower, depending on one’s perspective.

I don’t take anything for granted anymore–especially when figures in media and entertainment are attempting to rile up Americans against each other.

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Ok let me make sure I understand this:

Despite objective biological facts, the media and our culture demand that because a man by the name of Jenner insists and imagines himself to be woman, pays money for hormone treatment to increase female hormones into his body, and changes his physical appearance using makeup and clothing to portray himself as a woman, we are not required to accept it as fact. Furthermore our cultural elites insist that not doing so is a sign of closed minded bigotry.

HOWEVER

If despite objective biological facts, a woman by the name of Dolezal insists and imagines herself to be black that’s different story:

Rachel Dolezal serves as chair of the independent commission, in addition to her work as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Washington University and president of the NAACP local chapter. On her application to serve on the commission, she identified herself as African-American. But public records, including Dolezal’s own birth certificate, list her biological parents as Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal of Montana. The Dolezals told KXLY Thursday that Rachel is their biological daughter and that they are both white.

Hold on a second here, what do facts or a birth certificate have to do with this?

If a person physically alters themselves to remove male or female organs and has plastic surgery to create the appearance the other sex not only does the law allow them to be considered the opposite sex despite the biological & DNA evidence but they’re allowed in some cases to alter their birth certificates to reflect the sex they claim to because despite the objective evidence of biology gender is a “social construct” then why would not race be also a social construct? After all compared to the biological differences between men and woman the biological differences between various races are practically non-existent.

Furthermore most of us can not trace our ancestry back to the beginning of time race so who is to say that there is not a different racial ancestry in our past then what is physically apparent?

Given these facts It’s apparent that anyone who is unwilling to accept MS Dolezal transracial identity is properly identified as a bigot who is trapped in the evil western cultural racial identity paradigm.

Because if the NAACP and the left refuse to do so then they might have to admit that there is such a thing as objective fact and that admission would be too horrible for them to contemplate.

Update: Glenn beat me to it:

SHE’S TRANS-BLACK. DON’T SHAME HER. NAACP leader and civil rights activist outed as WHITE by her parents who say she’s been pretending to be black for years. She’s obviously transitioning, and we should support her choice.

Update 2: Kirk had the best advice against self delusion:

Update 3: Allahpundit:

“Trans” in this context is a term used to describe adoptions that cross racial lines, not to imply that she or her family had “transitioned” a la Caitlyn Jenner from one race to the other — although maybe now Dolezal has no choice but to make that argument. When you’ve committed a fraud this absurd and elaborate, involving fake dads and fake sons and almost certainly fake hate crimes, the only path back to a modicum of sympathy is claiming that your identification with African-Americans is so complete that your entire racial identity has shifted because of it.

and Batshitcrazy news looks at a picture and decleares #orangeisthenewblack

I keep thinking of Pilate’s questions to Jesus: “What is truth?”

Update 4: The Anchoress absolutely nails it:

Mark it down, people. June 2015 is when the human animal declared “who the hell are God and Science to dare tell us what the truth is, anyway?” Faith in one’s feelings trumps both. Individual feelings are become a personal truth, and personal truth is absolute and unassailable reality.
“Only a Sith thinks in absolutes”, said Obi-Wan, and only mean people think in terms of Objective Truth. “I know what I know, and it’s the truth”; subjectivity is The New Absolute. The New Absolute is the Almighty Me, and what I AM.

Thou shalt have no other gods but ME

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On Tuesday two historic events took place involving black running from office.

In Utah a land where over 60% of the population is Mormon (a religion that has an ahem, interesting history with black Americans) elected Mia Love to congress. She becomes the first black republican woman ever elected to the house of representatives.

Meanwhile 2000 miles to the east in South Carolina, the birthplace of Secession, Republican Tim Scott because the first black Senator of either party, to be elected from the south since reconstruction.

If one wanted to trace the history of progress of the Black community in America these would both be notable events.

However the NAACP apparently doesn’t agree:

There is no mention of Tim Scott or Mia Love’s historic wins this election cycle in the statement. As you can see, it’s mostly about the Voting Rights Act.

Townhall has reached out again via email to see if the NAACP will like to specifically comment on Love and Scott’s wins last Tuesday, which made history.

Michelle Nealy, who works in the organization’s communications office, said in an email:

The NAACP is a nonpartisan organization that looks forward to working with the new Congress.

A spokesman from the RNC wasn’t amused

However Rep James Clyburn was blunt:

But in an interview with the Washington Post back in May, Congressman Clyburn thought this was nonsense.

“If you call progress electing a person with the pigmentation that he has, who votes against the interest and aspirations of 95 percent of the black people in South Carolina, then I guess that’s progress,” Clyburn told the Post.

You might recall he had little better to say about Clarence Thomas.

Now I’m sure that the people would argue that it’s not the color of the skin but the content of one’s character that matters therefore the NAACP has an argument about not acknowledging Scott or Love in a public way, that is of course if they consider being a member of the GOP beyond the pale.

The only problem with making that kind of argument is that I seem to recall back in the days when my traffic was better, the type of politicians the NAACP feel are worth defending:

The NAACP, New England Area Conference (NEAC), respectfully requests that the Massachusetts House of Representatives abstain from voting in the matter of the expulsion of Representative Carlos Henriquez, expected to come before the House today. In the alternative, Members of the House are asked to vote against the expulsion of their colleague.

Carlos Henriquez? Hmmm  Carlos Henriquez?  If you are a regular reader of the MSM you might not recall who he is.  Let me inform you that Carlos Henriquez is the son of Son of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing for the Obama administration who ran for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2012,  the year of the war on women.  However five months before the election

in July of 2012 he was charged with Kidnapping and assault of a woman. In Sept the kidnapping charge was dropped but the other charges remained pending.

Strangely enough this took place at the height of the entire “War on Women Meme” was being advanced by the press however as Mr. Henriquez has a (D) next to his name the media didn’t find those charges reflective of the War on Women meme so not only did it get very little press, but even with the charges hanging over him he ran for re-election and won by 46 points! in his overwhelmingly Democrat Boston district.

As my former co-host Joe Mangiacotti said during an interview with Kirsten Hughes Chairwoman of the GOP:

According to police he choked and punched Catherine Gonzalez in the Summer of 2012 that was his, he took her for a ride and took her cell phone she was, drove her to Boston she was able to escape the vehicle and call the police

He was then convicted of the charges with the judge saying at sentencing:

“When a woman tells you she doesn’t want to have sex, that means she does not want to have sex.”,

However Rep Henriquez refused to resign and continued to work from his jail cell:

DaSilva said Henriquez’s office is fielding four or five constituent calls a day, mostly from people concerned about cuts to unemployment benefits. She said Henriquez also has been reviewing budget amendments, though she would not say which.

But it wasn’t until a month later that the Massachusetts House, overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats finally decided to vote on expelling him from their body.

And it was then that the NAACP decided to spring into action. They wrote in his defense to the Great & General Court (the Massachusetts House) imploring them not to expel the convicted representative:

Why on earth would they do this?

There are two basis on which NEAC makes the request. Firstly, the matter of expulsion is premature since Representative Henriquez’s case is under appeal. The House of Representatives must respect the Massachusetts judicial process and let Representative Henriquez’s case before the Appeals Court proceed, without jumping to judgment before the appellate decision is rendered.

Seriously? A conviction isn’t good enough, he has to lose the appeal as well. Cripes with a good set of lawyers to delay the process he could stay long enough to become speaker.

Secondly, while NEAC respects the jury’s decision, there is currently no rule for expulsion that applies to misdemeanor convictions. Representative Henriquez was duly elected by the electorate and there is no legal basis upon which the House of Representatives can properly act.

While the MSM never bothered to cover this story, the internet is forever.

So let’s recap.  Massachusetts State Representative Carlos Henriquez:  convicted of assaulting a women, admonished by a judge about no meaning no who is a democrat and the son of an Obama secretary, worthy of a written defense by the NAACP to keep him in his seat.

US Senator Tim Scott & Mia Love, both elected winning historic elections in areas where blacks had been suppressed or diminished, not worth a mention.

This is the what the NAACP has become.

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I’m guilty of many things, but one is talking about race and Things Black too much.

The reputational demise of public astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson elicited a great deal of Schadenfreude, but it depressed me for one reason: I liked seeing a black person talk about something other than race, being black, or crime–the last of which is all too often a byproduct of race. Finding out that Mr. Tyson is a bit of a charlatan made me sad.

That said, in this post, I will be again guilty of discussing race, but only to point to three pockets of hope on the subject.

The mindterm election this past week saw the turning of the U.S. Senate to the GOP and GOP gains for the House. Among these are Senator Tim Scott (SC), Representative-Elects Mia Love (UT-4), and the much-less heralded, but no less significant Will Hurd (TX-23). That these three people are black and Republican is remarkable in itself, but some might also find it equally remarkable that the majority of each constituency is non-black. (Mr. Hurd’s district consists of mostly of Americans of Mexican ancestry.) However, this shouldn’t be surprising at all.

Most (all?) U.S. congressional districts represented by black Democrats–Congressional Black Caucus members–have long been carved out for them. I contend that each one of them has been planted by the Democrat Party and the party heavily funds all of their campaigns.

It is a method of keeping each of these districts voting Democratic, keeping the voters quiet about economic progress, and it feeds on the indoctrinated notion that having a representative who looks like you somehow elevates you. That same notion explains why virtually all black American voters voted for Barack Obama, especially in 2012. And I need to repeat: it keeps each of these districts voting Democratic. This is how the fallacy of black=Democrat was born.

An inverse anecdotal example: I live in a district with a majority-black voting base–formerly represented by Maxine Waters and recently re-carved in order for Karen Bass to retain her place at the table–and have watched, cycle after cycle, as Republicans–usually black, but not always–have haplessly run, including the locally famous homeless activist Ted Hayes in 2008. These brave people get no publicity and, usually, little funding, though Mr. Hayes got a great deal of the latter.

Also related: the National Association for the Advancement of Communist Principles (NAACP) ignored the elections of Scott, Love and Hurd while nattering on about voting rights in its November 4 election statement. This omission is the very embodiment of the aforementioned indoctrination. Take a bow, LBJ!

Back to the newly elected black Republicans, the demographics of these pockets of post-racialism is the real progress: that three people who do not look like the majority of their constituents can be elected by them and that three black politicians can base their campaigns on issues other than race.

And, please, save it about the election of Barack Obama. We all know that his election and his subsequent two terms have not represented the onset of post-racialism. Remember, being black equals being a Democrat, according to the brainwashing.

However, I think that the ascent of these three legislators will make a difference. Maybe.

After all, wasn’t that what the Civil Rights Movement was really about, conflating public and private property notwithstanding?

(Thanks to Instapundit and to Twitchy)

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As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs

Attributed to Johann Tetzel

A few days ago we talked about the NAACP’s willingness to take Donald Sterling money as long as they could keep it quiet.

Or to put it another way these guys didn’t mind taking money from a racist as long as that wasn’t general knowledge.  If you doubt this for a moment ask yourself honestly if that award would have been cancelled if that audio never came out?

Well via the People’s Cube we discover the NAACP of LA is nothing if not resourceful.  If they can’t secretly take the money of a racist as it’s a vice, they’ll openly take the money and call it virtue:

The LA chapter of the NAACP is refunding Donald Sterling’s contributions, for now at least. In a public statement Monday afternoon Chapter President Leon Jenkins said he was open to the idea of talking with Mr. Sterling, to negotiate a price for Racist Offsets no doubt.

“God teaches us to forgive, and the way I look at it, after a sustained period of proof to the African American community that those words don’t reflect his heart, I think there’s room for forgiveness. I wouldn’t be a Christian if I said there wasn’t.”

Most glorious compassion indeed. Mr. Jenkins continued…

“We are negotiating with him about giving more moneys to African American students at UCLA, and so we are in preliminary discussions.”

You read it right, comrades… “negotiations”. Mr. Sterling, with an undoubtedly generous “Racist Offsets” donation will be forgiven for his misdeeds. Let no racist rant go unfunded, comrades.

So the crisis is solved, the NAACP revenue stream from Donald Sterling can be restored and all is right in the world.  Twitchy has more

The religion of liberalism is now complete even unto the sale of indulgences maybe they need a slogan:

As soon as your check in the account clears, your racist words we’ll no longer hear?

The NAACP, same scam, different day.

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Rev Al Sharpton we’re going after advertisers, saying, “How can you advertise with a team owned by a man with this kind of attitude.

Meet the Press April 27th 2014

For the last two days we’ve hit the NAACP concerning the Sterling situation. His known racism wasn’t enough to deny him a spot on their dias.

But Sterling wasn’t scheduled to be on that stage alone.

There were a long list of people scheduled to be honored that night, Patricia Westbrook, Dr. Genevieve Shepherd, Mordena Moore, Angela Gipson, Nester Watkins, Leland Spencer, Javier Angulo, Shannon Brown, Charles Patton, Mayor Eric Garcetti ….

…and the Rev Al Sharpton.

Now I’m sure it’s conceivable that some of those people on that list of award winners might not have been aware of Mr. Sterling’s past, but the same Reverend Al who was sitting on the set on Meet the Press deploring the actions of the NBA the day the story broke can’t credibly make that claim.

Contrast him with Mary Ann Glendon who when confronted with a situation at Notre Dame that clashed with her sense of morality choose her faith and ethics

Finally, with recent news reports that other Catholic schools are similarly choosing to disregard the bishops’ guidelines, I am concerned that Notre Dame’s example could have an unfortunate ripple effect.

It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.

And she did this where abandoning her principles would have won her points with the media.

Imagine, just for a moment if Al Sharpton had gone the Mary Ann Glendon route.

Picture, Al Sharpton, at any time before the TMZ tape was public writing a letter to the LA chapter of the NAACP mimicking Ms. Glendon’s letter to Notre Dame:

When you informed me that the LA Chapter of the NAACP had selected me to be their man of the year, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the knowledge of what the NAACP has meant the country so I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of the occasion, and of an organization that has done so much to fight for racial equality for over a century.

But I also note that Mr. Donald Sterling is scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award. I know of Donald Sterling and his opinions on race and I’m concerned that if I share the dais with him to accept this award that it would serve to suggest groups like the NAACP should disregard his actions and have an unfortunate ripple effect.

It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Man of the Year Award or participate in the May 16th NAACP LA event.

If Al Sharpton had done this he,  unlike Glendon, would have been recognized and praised as a man of integrity who placed the value of the reputation of both the NAACP & himself over any passing honor.

That would have required character and courage after all the left is not forgiving of those who expose their dirty laundry.  These are qualities Sharpton doesn’t have.

Much easier for him to go along to get along,  after all until the release of the TMZ recording there was no reason to believe the general public knew there was anything wrong with him and the NAACP sharing a stage with Donald Sterling or accepting an award together May 15th with no one the wiser except perhaps a passing mention the next day on MSNBC that Rev Al was named man of the year by the LA chapter of the NAACP.

But in the end it’s worked out well for Sharpton after all.  He is getting plenty of air time, he’s energizing his followers and nobody is noting the cowardice or the hypocrisy

At least nobody on the left.

Update:  It seems rather than Sharpton learning from Glendon the NAACP has learned from Sharpton.

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 For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you

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Now that Donald ‘Sterling has been suspended for life a lot of people in the left would like us to forget the role of the NAACP in preparing to give him a 2nd lifetime achievement award.

I’m not about to.

It’s important to remember that just five days ago nobody was questioning Sterling getting this award, nor should it be forgotten that this award would have been given at a gala including the mayor of LA & Al Sharpton.

Monday we showed the media double standard on Sterling vs Bundy, Yesterday we talked about the hypocrisy of the NAACP, now today, before the NBA starts giving part of that 2.5 million dollar fine to them I think it’s time for the NAACP to answer a few questions concerning the Sterling award newly revoked.

1. When was the decision made by the NAACP to give Donald sterling a 2nd lifetime achievement award?

2. How are the people who received a NAACP lifetime achievement award selected?

3. Who were the people on the committee who selected Mr. Sterling to receive said award?

4. At the time of his selection of Mr. Sterling for this award did anyone at NAACP object?

5. Were there minutes taken at the meeting when Sterling was selected will they be released?

6. As press on @mtp & @CNN stated Mr. Sterling’s racism was well-known why was he selected for this award?

7. How much money has Mr. sterling given to NAACP and or programs, causes, friends or candidates supported by the NAACP?

All the people beating their breasts on Donald Sterling should insist on these answers, because without them we must conclude that the NAACP was happy to whitewash a person they knew was a racist, as long as the price was right.

Update: The Chair of the Board of the NAACP in USA today:

Our NAACP chapter in L.A. is not blameless. Because of Sterling’s large donations to local charities, including the NAACP, they overlooked his worse than checkered history on race issues and gave him a lifetime achievement award in 2009 — and were about to honor him with a humanitarian award before his racist recording surfaced.

The National NAACP and all of our affiliates must be more discerning in our awarding of honors, which should be for true achievements in advancing racial equality. We are developing guidelines for our units to help them in their award selection process. We must not be seduced by mere financial support.

Oh you poor folk, you weren’t taking a bribe, you were “seduced” as if you were victims.

Talk about Bullishit.

 

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Wasn’t it just a few days ago that when it came to race, the only words the media knew when it came to race was Cliven Bundy?

Now Paul Begala’s deceptive tweets not withstanding the Donald Sterling story presents a horrible problem for Democrats in general (sorry nothing says “RINO” louder than a republican who gives $ exclusively to Democrats) and the NAACP in particular.

On Sunday Meet the Press Bryant Gumbel has this to say about Donald Sterling?

His remarks were directed at the NBA but they are better directed at the NAACP.

While the interim president of the NAACP wasted no time cutting and running when it came to the lifetime achievement award

Lorraine Miller: He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP that’s coming up in the next few weeks.

without a TARDIS Ms. Miller will not be able to change history

“He has received many honors, including the 2009 NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2008 BBA Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the 2008 NAACP Presidents Award.”

Mr. Sterling’s is a matter of public record, it doesn’t even fall to the level of an open secret so how could the NAACP have honored him in the past let along plan to add to those honors?

The best answer come from LG Granderson on CNN’s State of the Union who after a long segment liking Bundy to the right answered a question posed by S.E Cupp on the NAACP and Donald Sterling in this exchange:

Granderson: Let me clarify it for you, money. If you follow the money, then it all starts to make sense. The NAACP has received a lot of money, donations from Donald Sterling. So he’s already been sued and had to settle out of court many allegations in terms of him discriminating — (INAUDIBLE) he owns property. And he did not rent to minorities and would say very disparaging things about minorities. This has been recorded for years —

SE Cupp: To be proven… (CROSSTALK) …why would the NAACP give him an award?

Candy Crowley: Money.

Granderson: Money covers a multitude of sins.

The NAACP earned it’s reputation from the moral authority earned by decades of hard work, sacrifice and blood of its members in the cause of civil rights, people with courage, people who could not be bought.

For a long time we of the right noticed they the NAACP  had traded those days for liberal politics, because of the left control of the media all we got for those efforts were attacks.  Now with the Sterling case the depths to which they have betrayed their principles are too clear for even a compliant press to hide.

Or to put it another way these guys didn’t mind taking money from a racist as long as that wasn’t general knowledge.  If you doubt this for a moment ask yourself honestly if that award would have been cancelled if that audio never came out?

It’s a horrible reality check  for a once proud & honorable organization.

Update: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar puts the final twist of the knife:

What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise. Now there’s all this dramatic and very public rending of clothing about whether they should keep their expensive Clippers season tickets. Really? All this other stuff I listed above has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun?

I happen to share Jabbar’s opinion of the girlfriend/mistress/granddaughter (well she’s young enough to be his granddaughter).

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The North Carolina Democratic Party has had yet another shake up.  No, Randy Voller isn’t apologizing for another rape remark, but it does involve him. Chairman Voller has fired manager Robert Dempsey after only nine months on the job, citing ‘personnel issues’. The last personnel issue we saw surrounding Voller was the resignation of Nina Slzosberg-Landis, who took issue with the direction Voller would take the party as well as the methods he used. Members of his own party then called for his resignation.

Let’s also not forget Voller’s Vegas trip, the IRS wanted $286,522 from him, appointing himself interim executive director while Chairman. The appointment was to fill a long empty position vacated in 2012 after the man filling that post, Jay Parmley, was forced to resign amidst allegations of sexual harassment of a male co-worker. The Chairman at the time, David Parker, was also pressured to resign and the Parmley story continued to become more sordid. Voller also was accused of inappropriately hiring of pal Jim Neal for $7,000 a month, as well as Michael Carmichael for $6,000. Charlotte Observer was spot on with the headline, Chairman makes sideshow of N.C. Democratic Party.

Voller only won the Chairman’s spot by 11 votes. He was not a popular choice. In a nutshell, Voller’s summed up by Indy week as, “That he’s arrogant, divisive, lacks rudimentary political judgment or interpersonal skills, and is oblivious to the need to avoid even the appearance of improper conduct.

The NC Dems were considering taking a hard left turn or at least Chairman Randy Voller was. To replace Dempsey, Voller indicated his choice to be far left radical Ben Chavis. One has to ask if this might be a case of one back scratching another. It would appear that Dr. Chavis endorsed Voller for the NC Democratic party chair position.

This firing of Dempsey apparently came to the surprise of the rest of the NC Democrat party members. Voller’s pick of Chavis would have had to be confirmed by a vote by the state’s executive council.

All of this is now academic, as Voller seems to have been put in his place, or as ‘democratic consultant Perry Woods put it, Voller was “rebuffed”.  WRAL reported on Tuesday evening that the Democrats are now backing off Chavis. Here’s a fun quote from their report:

“Our main concern is to turn anger into action,” Voller said, referencing the discontent Democrats and others have displayed through the Moral Monday protests. He said Chavis could help the party “win elections from Sen. Kay Hagan on down to county commissioners.”

But, he told those on the call, “I’m not submitting his name at this point.”

Turn anger into action? That sounds like fightin’ words. Voller sounds a bit unhinged. How exactly would a convicted arsonist and sexual harasser help elect Democrats? The war on women angles are endless.  Just for fun, let’s look at who Voller wanted to see as his right hand man.

There was an update this morning before this article went up. The NC State Auditor spoke out against Randy Voller and his interim pick and then asked for her $500 donation back and stated she had no confidence it would be spent wisely. Her statement seems to be an indirect slam to Voller’s leadership and to the party as a whole:

“I am doing so because I have no confidence that my contribution (or anyone else’s) will be spent to elect Democrats to local, State and federal office,” the email reads. “[I]t is apparent to me that there is no intent to put checks and balances in place that are necessary for financial accountability and fiscal responsibility. As a CPA and the NC State Auditor, I know what fiscal accountability looks like and what it doesn’t.” – WRAL

Read the whole thing. It’s an especially vicious take-down. My hunch is the Dems try to force Voller out and he doesn’t go quietly. It’s also worth noting what local media is choosing to reveal about Chavis and how they word it. Compare that to what you’re about to read.

Chavis’s Checkered Past

Chavis has quite a checkered past. He had the distinction of being the only executive director of the NAACP to ever be fired. This firing came after allegations Chavis made a secret back room deal to hush up a sexual harassment claim from his assistant to the tune of $332,400. To help finance that hush up, Chavis was alleged to have stolen $64,000. The sexual harassment deal was bad enough, but after only serving 17 months, Chavis had put the NAACP $3 million in the hole. Chavis’s response to the firing:

Chavis responded, however, by calling the firing a “lynching” and a “crucifixion.” He charged that the NAACP is being controlled by “forces outside the African-American community.” – Solidarity

His firing was also blamed on ‘right-wing jews” by Russel Simmons, who was closely associated with the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan and of which Ben Chavis Muhammad was now a part of. By the way, these days Farrakhan is still peddling his special brand of hate.

The Nation of Islam

The NAACP turn of events wouldn’t be the first sexual harassment charge Chavis would see. After leaving the NAACP, Chavis hung his hat at the Nation of Islam as one of Louis Farrakhan’s right hand men. Chavis then started using the name Ben Chavis Muhammad.  While at the Nation of Islam, he was put in charge of the controversial Mosque 7 in New York City; the mosque made famous as where Malcolm X preached and the site of quite a bit of violence.  While with the Nation of Islam, Chavis had another sexual harassment claim leveled against him that involved a married woman he was supposed to be giving martial counseling to. The amount this time was $135,000.

More controversy surrounding Chavis when he was forced to condemn some rather vile comments by fellow Nation of Islam member Khalid Muhammad.

In a Nov. 29 speech full of invective and coarse language, Muhammad lashed out at Jews, calling them the “blood suckers of the black nation” who “crucified Jesus in a kangaroo court” and who control the country’s financial system, including the Federal Reserve. – Chicago Tribune

Khalid Muhammad was ultimately removed by Farrakhan, but it took both houses of Congress censuring him to make that happen. Muhammad was also the national chairman for the New Black Panther party. Side note on the Federal Reserve, Dr. Chavis is all for “Occupying” it.

The Wilmington 10

In recent North Carolina history Governor Bev Perdue pardoned the Wilmington ten. Chavis was one of the ten. Chavis was working with the United Church of Christ at the time and was dispatched to Wilmington in January, the month before major violence broke out. Don’t let the affiliation with a church make you think he was in Wilmington to hold a sermon and congregation picnic. Chavis was ordained as a ‘Black Nationalist Minister‘ and part of the movement of the same name led by Albert Cleague. Cleague was known for his book, Black Messiah, in which he portrayed Jesus as a black revolutionary.

For those unfamiliar, the Wilmington ten, here’s a quick synopsis. This is by no means a full accounting, but an overview.

On February 6 of 1971, a boycott stemming from controversy about black inclusion in local schools ended with a grocery store being fire bombed, looting, property damage, rioting and multiple deaths in Wilmington. In the days leading up to the 6th of February, two prior arson attempts had been made on the grocery store before it was finally burned down.

Those responding to the fire said they were shot at from rooftops. A black teen was shot by police that night and a day or so later a white man was shot and killed. The National Guard (reportedly over 600 strong) had to be called in to put a stop to the violence. The trial became more about proving political and racial motivations than it was about determining if the ten really did commit the arson. Amnesty International entered the scene and claimed the ten were “political prisoners”.

In 1978, the  NY Times did an article on it indicating that an anonymous source claimed he committed the crimes at the urging of Chavis. At any rate, Chavis had some clear involvement in the goings on that night. Excerpt from UNC’s This Month In History with emphasis added:

The largest demonstration following the assassination of King took place in the historic port city of Wilmington. Race relations there had worsened following the desegregation of the city’s high schools at the beginning of the 1969/70 school year. There were frequent clashes between white and African American students resulting in a number of arrests and expulsions. The hostilities reached a boiling point in late January 1971 when Wilmington’s African American students announced a boycott of the city’s schools. Ben Chavis, an experienced activist from Oxford, N.C., was called to Wilmington to organize the boycott.

Shortly after Chavis’s arrival, two downtown businesses were burned, and there was evidence of other arson attempts. African American activists were blamed for the incidents. Members of the Ku Klux Klan and a group called The Rights of White People began to patrol downtown Wilmington armed and openly hostile to the boycotting students and their leaders. On the night of February 6, 1971, several fires were set, and a small downtown grocery store was firebombed. When firemen reported to the scene, they were shot at by snipers on the roof of the Gregory Congregational Church, in which Chavis and a number of students were barricaded. Two people were killed and several were injured during the battle that raged that night and into the next day. Finally, on February 8, National Guardsmen forced their way into the church only to find it empty.

Bev Perdue called it ‘naked racism‘ and pardoned them in her last days in office. The prosecutor, Jay Stroud called her decision a “mistake” and the case had received a unanimous verdict:

“I think she has made a mistake,” Stroud said of Perdue on Monday. “The case was prosecuted fairly, and the jury reached a unanimous verdict fairly quickly after a six-week trial. And they found all 10 defendants unanimously guilty of all charges. And I think her decision is flying in the face of the jury’s verdict.” – CNS News

The Forgotten Piece

Chavis’s history with sexual harassment and the anti-semitic Nation of Islam aside, there is another piece of the puzzle missing. That forgotten piece is Chavis’s involvement with the Black Panther party in the late 60’s. Some details can be found in this FBI report.  Some of it is hard to read, but from what is legible, Chavis was an active Black Panther and the report also describes other related groups that played supporting roles in the Charlotte area.

According to the FBI report, Chavis, along with one Jerome Johnson were members of the Afro-American Unity Organization and attended a meeting in Greensboro to establish affiliation with the Black Panther party in California and create a chapter in North Carolina. The report describes Chavis as leading a protest rally on March 3rd, 1969 in Charlotte. Chavis’s title according to the report was “Minister of Information”, while Jerome Johnson was made “Area Captain”.

Also in the FBI report, at another rally in June, Chavis acted as “MC” and the crowd gathered and marched while shouting “power to the people” and giving the black power salute.

Not mentioned in the FBI report is that Chavis and Johnson were both arrested in 1969 for trespassing during a protest over a school closing. Also, their Black Panthers headquarters were raided for suspicion of illegal weapons and two member of the group were jailed. Not long after, the Black Panther split into factions and they had shoot outs between them, which often times included shoot outs with the police. The Oakland Black Panthers disavowed both groups and they seemingly disintegrated not long after.

Chavis himself has recounted part of his involvement with the Black Panthers and the protests in the FBI report in this interview done back in 2007 with Bridgette Sanders and Lois Stickel of UNC Charlotte.

BS: Was there a black panther party?
BC: In the community, not on campus. Well, let me put it this way, there was the beginning of a black panther party and I was involved with that.

It’s this interview that should really bother people who have been watching the increasing rhetoric of Moral Monday and the NC Democrats endorsement of such rhetoric. What Voller is proposing to bring into their party leadership is not just a man with multiple sexual harassment complaints or an arson conviction, it’s a man who believes in the power of “incidents” to force change.

Except from the transcript of the interview. Emphasis added is mine:

BS: Where there any specific incidents on campus that you remember?
BC: Incidents? I remember a lot of incidents.
BS: That for the black cause. And I guess getting at the flag incident is what I’m trying steer you too.
BC: Right, right. There came a point in 1969 when we a, took over the administration building. We lowered the United States flag and put up a black flag. And we presented ten demands to the administration. And basically the demands were to be more inclusive academically. We were concerned about the non academic employees. I can’t believe, at that time we asked that they be paid two dollars an hour. Shows what the economy was back in the ’60s. So yes, that was a big day. It was a very trying day. Because obviously the administration had to decide whether or not to have us arrested or to negotiate. And thank God, they decided to negotiate with us rather than have us arrested. Because we literally chained the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor in the building with us. We chained ourselves in the building. We didn’t lock them out; we locked ourselves in the building with them. And a, it was some heated words.

*SNIP*

“Incidents” like boycotts that end with snipers and fire bombings? How about turning anger in action like Chairman Voller said in the opening of this article?  I didn’t buy Chavis’s tweet not to judge him by his past for a second; it was a way to say ‘shut up’ and don’t question me. To me that was an invitation to take a closer look at the man Voller was bringing back to NC to be his right hand man.

I am pleased to return to my home in NC. No personal attacks or false allegations will stop me from helping #NCDP from winning big in 2014.

— Dr. Benjamin Chavis (@DrBenChavis) February 11, 2014

One thing is for sure, the NC Democrat party leadership is unhinged and has gone so far left, it’s nearly fallen off the edge of the map. Voller’s pick of Chavis indicates that he believes in the leftist creed and seems to have become the NC Democrat motto: By Any Means Necessary.

 

Lady Liberty 1885 (LL1885) is A.P. Dillon, a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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For weeks I’ve pushed the story of Carlos Henriquez as a national story.

I pointed out his arrest in July 2012 when he was charged with kidnapping and assaulting a woman at the height of the War on Women meme in the national & Elizabeth Warren campaign…

…the national media was not interested.

I pointed out on the radio he was convicted of the Assault charge in January with the judge specifically warning him that when a woman says no it means no,

…the national media yawned.

I linked to a story pointed out that he refused to resign and continued to work out of his jail cell

…the national media was more interested in Huckabee saying “libido”

I pointed out he is son of Sandra Henriquez Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing for the Obama administration.

…the national media still considered it a local story, nothing to do with the war on women.

Now that the Mass House is finally taking steps to expel him from their body we find out via Red Mass Group the NAACP has sent a letter to the Mass House of Representatives urging them to keep him.

The NAACP, New England Area Conference (NEAC), respectfully requests that the Massachusetts House of Representatives abstain from voting in the matter of the expulsion of Representative Carlos Henriquez, expected to come before the House today. In the alternative, Members of the House are asked to vote against the expulsion of their colleague.

Seriously, the NAACP, one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the country is going to bat for Carlos Henriquez? Why on earth would they do this?

There are two basis on which NEAC makes the request. Firstly, the matter of expulsion is premature since Representative Henriquez’s case is under appeal. The House of Representatives must respect the Massachusetts judicial process and let Representative Henriquez’s case before the Appeals Court proceed, without jumping to judgment before the appellate decision is rendered.

Seriously? A conviction isn’t good enough, he has to lose the appeal as well. Cripes with a good set of lawyers to delay the process he could stay long enough to become speaker.

Secondly, while NEAC respects the jury’s decision, there is currently no rule for expulsion that applies to misdemeanor convictions. Representative Henriquez was duly elected by the electorate and there is no legal basis upon which the House of Representatives can properly act.

So there is no specific rule for expelling a member of the Massachusetts House if they assault a women who refuses them sex. That’s seriously the argument the NAACP is making?

Let’s forget for a moment how this symbolizes the fall of the NAACP as a civil rights organization that this letter illustrates and look at this simply in terms of news.

I know I’m just a blogger & radio talk show host, but it seems to me that the NAACP actively working to make sure a democrat convicted of assaulting a woman who refused him sex is something that would not only be Immediately be recognized as Newsworthy, but given the “War on Women” meme would elevate this to a national story.

It has been said that the current media are simply Democrat operatives with bylines. If they choose to ignore this story that will be confirmed without a doubt.

Oh and if you claim to be a feminist & aren’t outraged by this, then you’re lying to yourself.

Update: (Sunday) Delayed Instalance this morning, Hi all, It’s worth noting that the WSJ linked yesterday someday it might provide the traffic Glenn does.

You might want to check out a pair of posts this weekend on whitewashing communism & how it’s analogous to Whitewashing Islam.

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