In recent years, the NAACP has been a key voice in the fight for civil rights and social justice. However, recent events suggest that the organization may have lost its way.
On September 10th, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in response to protests planned in the wake of a grand jury decision not to charge Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor. The move was widely criticized as an attempt to stifle free speech and peaceful assembly.
However, before DeSantis’ declaration, the NAACP made a telling move. They chose to cancel their plans for a rally in Tallahassee, citing concerns about the safety of their participants. On the surface, this may seem like a reasonable decision. Safety should always be a top priority.
But the cancellation speaks to a broader issue at play: the NAACP’s fear of standing up to power. Instead of using their platform to call out DeSantis’ unconstitutional declaration, they folded under pressure. This is a far cry from the organization’s roots as a fearless advocate for civil rights.
It’s not just this one incident, either. In recent years, the NAACP has been accused of being too cozy with corporate interests and political elites. Critics have pointed to the organization’s willingness to accept donations from companies with less-than-stellar records on civil rights, as well as their cozy relationships with Democratic political leaders.
This begs the question: how far has the NAACP fallen from its glory days? And more importantly, what can be done to bring the organization back to its roots?
One possibility is for the NAACP to become more grassroots and decentralized. Instead of relying on a top-down approach where decisions are made by a few elites, the organization could empower local chapters to be more autonomous. This would allow for more diverse perspectives and voices to be heard.
Another possibility is for the organization to be more transparent and accountable. This means being honest about where funding comes from and what the organization’s priorities truly are. It also means being willing to listen to criticism and feedback from members and supporters.
Ultimately, the NAACP’s recent actions suggest that the organization is in need of a serious overhaul. The fight for civil rights and social justice is far from over, and we need organizations that are willing to stand up to power and fight for what’s right. The NAACP has a long and proud history of doing just that. It’s time for them to reclaim that legacy.