It's Still White Supremacy

Julian Bond restores the focus of the N.A.A.C.P.

The last time I wrote about the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, back in 1995, it was a real horror story. The venerable civil rights organization had just ousted its executive director, Benjamin Chavis, for dipping into the treasury to settle a sexual-harassment case against him. The chairman of the board, William Gibson, had been accused by other board members of running up his N.A.A.C.P. expense account by thousands of dollars. Membership was dropping. There was a deficit of nearly $4 million. The only message was chaos. Better, I argued, to pull the plug on the N-Double-A and...

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