The NAACP is facing backlash after denying that it has at any point endorsed the presidential candidacy of Joe Biden.
The announcement came the day after Biden’s appearance on The Breakfast Club, in which he spoke at length of his impressive record on criminal justice reform — most notably his 1994 crime bill, which took a tough, no-malarkey stance on crime — particularly crimes committed against the black community.
He also addressed other issues of particular importance to black voters, such as his close friendship with Barack Obama and the necessity of importing cheap labor from Latinx America.
Near the end of his appearance — which on the whole has resonated quite well with black voters — Mr. Biden incorrectly stated that he had received the endorsement of the NAACP every time he’d run for office. This was of course a perfectly reasonable assumption for him to have made, seeing how the NAACP purports to stand for the rights of black people and the Democratic Party is the party for black people.
Yet the NAACP simply could not leave well enough alone, its president showing his true colors — or lack therefore — when he issued the following statement:
“Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about the NAACP’s endorsement. We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level.”
- Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Democrats (particularly white allies in the digital journalism community) were quick to denounce the NAACP as no longer standing for the interests of black people.
“The NAACP can sit on the fence but should realize that without the Democrats, where would they even be? No, I’m not talking about the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Crow. I’m talking about Obama. “Joe Biden is Obama’s wingman. His number one. By proxy, Joe Biden is black. So the NAACP only has one choice: Endorse Joe Biden or don’t endorse a black man running for office. That would immediately disqualify them from ever speaking for millions of black people ever again.”
- Dustin Levitt, award-winning investigative journalist and co-founder of Journalist Excellence Worldwide
Others took offense at very name of the organization, questioning how they had managed to get away with using a racial slur like “colored people” since 1909.
The presidential presumptive himself would later weighed in, tweeting out a two-minute video in which he formally excommunicates Mr. Johnson from the black community before challenging him to a fight fight.
The message ended rather abruptly as a grimacing Jill Biden moved into view to switch off the camera. The video has since been removed from the platform.
While NPC Daily has not explicitly endorsed the candidacy of Joe Biden — preferring to take the more principled stance of Vote Blue No Matter Who — we fully accept Biden as gatekeeper to the black community, and if he says the NAACP no longer has a place in it, then who are we to judge?
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