Race, Racism, and White Nationalism

Aug 2, 2015, 20:21
2013 NAACP Convention Presses for Justice - “We Shall Not Be Moved”

2013 NAACP Convention Presses for Justice - “We Shall Not Be Moved”


Trayvon Martin and Voting Rights Dominate Orlando Meetings

Under the banner “We Shall Not Be Moved,” the NAACP convened its 104th convention in Orlando, Florida. “The state of the NAACP is strong,” NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous told the more than 3,000 delegates, members and observers who gathered at the first opening plenary. After the deep slough the organization hit in the mid-1990s, and the years of holding on and slight growth after the turn of the century, the membership has grown sharply four years in a row.  Jealous recited the facts: 132,000 people wrote contribution checks to the NAACP over the last year. Five years ago the NAACP had 174,000 on-line activists. Now there are more than one million—larger than any other civil rights organization. In 2008 the NAACP registered 124,000 voters. In 2012, the association registered 374,553 voters, and they turned out more than 1.2 million people to the polls last year. And the NAACP now has a registered voter database operation in 600 locales.

Medgar Evers, state secretary for the NAACP is seen, Aug. 9, 1955 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Remembering Medgar Evers


Wednesday, June 12, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, the first NAACP Field Secretary for Mississippi.  Commemorative events have already started.  The NAACP held a national board meeting in Jackson; replete with visits to historic sites. NAACP local chapters are holding events all over the county. Medgar’s widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, along with former President Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder and 300 others paid their respects at a high profile visit to Mr. Evers’ grave in Arlington National Cemetery.  And his alma mater, Alcorn State University, is dedicating a memorial to the civil rights freedom fighter, as well as having a “Torch of Justice” awards luncheon.

These events occur at a difficult juncture for civil rights advocates. More than 30 states have passed Voter I.D. laws of varying types.  While the text of such laws is aimed at curtailing voter fraud, the subtext of such laws is aimed at restricting votes by people of color.  The Supreme Court will soon pass judgment on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Law, the most important enforcement provision in the law. Many observers expect the Court to vacate that section. Daily discrimination continues against people of color in employment, housing, healthcare, and every other facet of life, even while such facts are either ignored or glossed over.  From Tea Partiers we get the contention that it is white people who are the victims of discrimination.