“Just imagine if there were an organization in America, with millions of members, called the National Association for the Advancement of White Men – and they covered [up] a statue of Martin Luther King during the event.”
This memorable thought – an imaginative stimulus – was broached in a column by Jared Law for News, Issues & Politics, which was headlined: “Hypocrisy: South Carolina NAACP hides President Washington statue for Martin Luther King event.”
In reporting the scandalous outrage, almost entirely censored by nearly all of America’s Big Media, Jared Law writes, among other things, the following:
- “The NAACP’s hypocrisy, and the double standard of the media, reared their ugly heads yet again. This time, it’s South Carolina. The event is the MLK ‘King Day at the Dome’ hosted by the South Carolina NAACP.”
- “They literally built a (15-foot wooden) box and covered (all but the backside of) the statue of President George Washington for the duration of their event. … Naturally, the media are absolutely silent on this matter” (italics added).
- “If a conservative group would have hidden the statue of somebody with a darker skin color, the howls of protest would rend the air for at least a month, the news networks would have made it their leading story on the evening news, the newspaper headlines would blare condemnation, and the history books would decry the racism of the sponsoring organization, and no doubt tie them to Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck. …”
- “So why, then, aren’t people making more of a fuss about the man whom most Americans think of as the father of the United States of America being so denigrated, so deeply insulted?”
Another headline in one of the small handful of U.S. media that did not ignore this outrage was the following from the Blaze, headlined: “South Carolina NAACP shields audience from … George Washington?”
Meredith Jessup reported:
“The South Carolina NAACP honored Martin Luther King Jr. Monday while simultaneously dishonoring the nation’s first president. … As a number of local and national speakers stepped forward to speak from the Capitol steps, a large bronze statue of George Washington was conspicuously hidden. A large box covered with cloth hid the Father of the Country from view of the rally’s guests.
“The South Carolina NAACP has responded to a request for comment and said the only reason the statue of Washington was covered up was for aesthetic purposes. ‘We had created a backdrop behind the speakers,’ the group’s spokesman told the Blaze late Tuesday afternoon, noting that someone in his organization forgot to post an NAACP placard on the backdrop. According to the group, the statue of Washington has been covered each year for the annual rally. The spokesman said he was ‘at a loss for words’ as to why covering President Washington would offend anyone, claiming it was ‘nonsensical’ for people to believe it may have been politically motivated.”
At the Jan. 18 daily White House news briefing, I had planned to ask Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about President Obama’s reaction to the NAACP’s treatment of his predecessor, in boxing up the Father of our Country there in Columbia, S.C. But Gibbs only allowed 20 of the 51 reporters present to ask any questions, and I was among the 31 who were denied.
I had hoped to ask about a photograph (with no accompanying news story) in Columbia’s daily, The State, which showed this NAACP concealment of President Washington.
In my telephone inquiries at both The State as well as the South Carolina Associated Press, I received very brief answers, such as:
“It was regarded as a distraction with George Washington looming in the back,” as well as, “that (walling off) is a frequent thing.”
None of these South Carolina media people were willing to talk about this issue at any length at all – and one hung up on me.
In New York City, at the national headquarters of the Associated Press, I learned that the AP published a national story on this NAACP event in Columbia.
The AP editor admitted that the story had no mention at all of what the South Carolina NAACP did in its deliberate hiding of the Father of our Country.