This is a heartbreaking story to write at the start of Black History Month. For decades, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was the nation's premier civil rights organization, doing more than anyone else to make the nation live up to its promise of equality under the law. Today the N.A.A.C.P. has become an embarrassment to African Americans--poorly managed, riddled with venality, and with almost nothing to say about the momentous racial issues. After 85 years the N-Double-A has finally outlived its usefulness at the national level. It's time to pull the plug on this sham and try...

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