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“Extremist comments” by NAACP Chairman Julian Bond in a university speech further diminish the civil-rights group’s reputation, two conservative black groups charged.
The black leadership network Project 21 said its members were “appalled” with Bond’s equation Wednesday of Republicans with Nazis and his characterization of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and predecessor Colin Powell as tokens.
As WorldNetDaily exclusively reported, Bond was speaking to an audience at the historically black Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C.
“The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side,” Bond charged.
Calling President Bush a liar, Bond told the audience that this White House’s lies are more serious than the lies of his predecessor’s because Clinton’s lies didn’t kill people.
“We now find ourselves refighting old battles we thought we had already won,” he said. “We have to fight discrimination whenever it raises its ugly head.”
Bond referred to former Attorney General John Ashcroft as J. Edgar Ashcroft. He compared Bush’s judicial nominees to the Taliban.
Project 21 member Jimmie Hollis said that if Bond’s comments are indicative of the NAACP, “the group has truly lost its way.”
“I believe the NAACP has positioned itself on the far left of the political spectrum, and Mr. Bond’s comments give me no reason to think otherwise,” he said.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, president of the Los Angeles-based Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, or BOND, said NAACP President Bruce Gordon and his board of directors should “repudiate the reprehensible remarks.”
Peterson said Bond repeatedly has made “bigoted remarks” about Rice and Powell and other black conservatives.
“It’s time that he’s held accountable for his words,” the minister said.
Peterson contended it’s no accident Bond delivered the remarks at a historically black university during Black History Month.
“The NAACP Chairman is intentionally maligning the character of black conservatives in hopes of poisoning the minds of black Americans to keep them on the racist liberal Democrats plantation,” he said.
Project 21 member Geoffrey Moore said “denigrating Rice and Powell at the beginning of Black History Month” was what offended him the most.
“President Bush’s appointments are not based on skin color, but the content of peoples’ character,” he said. “This was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. The fact that Rice and Powell became the face of U.S. foreign policy during President Bush’s first term, as well as Rod Paige at the Department of Education and Alphonso Jackson at Housing and Urban Development, says a lot. And yet NAACP leaders still seem to wonder why President Bush refuses to address their annual conference.”
Mychal Massie, a Project 21 member and WND columnist, said Bond’s “tirades serve only to further reduce the once-great standing of the NAACP in our society.”
“Bond’s rank partisanship must call into question the legitimacy of the NAACP’s political neutrality and its charitable tax status,” he said.
Project 21 noted that last October, the IRS reportedly informed NAACP leaders that anti-Bush comments made by Bond at the group’s 2005 annual conference may have constituted political activity that violates its non-profit status.
Bond’s speech Wednesday was part of the Fayetteville State University’s Distinguished Speaker Series. In announcements and media coverage of the speech, he was described as chairman of the NAACP, suggesting he was not appearing as a private citizen.
“As Julian Bond wallows in the sunset of 1960s victimization, other blacks are moving onward and upward,” said Project 21 member Deneen Moore. “People of all colors and creeds should stand up to those who continue to incite negative racial bigotry and name-calling as a vehicle to air their agenda.”
Bond’s talk Wednesday so infuriated at least one black family in attendance among the 900 in the auditorium that they got up and walked out in protest.
“He went on and on name calling,” said Lee Wilson. “I walked out in the middle of his speech with my wife and three kids”
The harsh partisan rhetoric from Bond should not have surprised anyone who has followed him in recent years.
In July 2001, Bond said, “[Bush] has selected nominees from the Taliban wing of American politics, appeased the wretched appetites of the extreme right wing, and chosen Cabinet officials whose devotion to the Confederacy is nearly canine in its uncritical affection.”
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