30 people? There should have been 3000. If this is the best the NAACP can do in Alabama, I guess football has won. Sad.
I agree with you Denise, however, it's not just the responsibility of the NAACP to question authority. It's all of ours. Standing up to bigotry in government shouldn't matter as to the color of your skin. A little bit of organizing could have arranged to have thousands instead of 30.
Be aware of the SITE of the demonstration: MOBILE, AL How many police groups (county sheriff, highway patrol, city police, private security forces, National Guard, etc.) do you think would gladly show up in riot gear with tasers/stun guns/rubber bullets and armored vehicles to surround primarily minority protestors and make arrests? And how many of the 3,000 do you think would keep their jobs in Mobile or anywhere in the South were they to be arrested? This protest was symbolic, made a strong statement and was populated by well-dressed professionals who represent the safety and well-being of minorities nationwide. I applaud their action!
I agree it's up to all of us, Pony. But if the NAACP, with it's tenure, fundraising ability, and organizational connections/structure, can only muster 30 people in Alabama, Sessions' home state, there is a big problem. It makes the NAACP look like nothing more than controlled opposition. Just saying.
Unreal. All you have is contempt?
These people took their action all the way to being arrested, and given the risk that Blacks in the US encounter today with any given contact with police, and you meet that with scorn?
What is sad is your comment.
Sessions makes Caligula look almost tolerant. T-dump with his cabinet selections has consistently shown how easily he is swayed by groveling sycophants like Sessions who followed T-dump around like a lost mongrel dog. Sessions thought that AG meant "against gays" and salivated at the chance to be named AG.
I would love to applaud their action, but it is pathetic, given what we are up against. The time for "symbolic" statements is over- and the NAACP can and should do better. Or they are, indeed, controlled opposition.
It is time for us all to make the sacrifices that you mention, or all is lost. If the beleaguered people of Alabama cannot rally under the leadership of the storied NAACP, against a local corrupt politician, don't expect people who are more comfortable to take meaningful action.
I do not condemn these peoples' good intentions-
I am saying that if this is all the NAACP can do in this dire situation, it is sad and indicative of a big problem.
I looked up Mobile Alabama, population 195,000, with a (higher than national average) unemployment rate of 7.2%. That would mean there were over 14,000 unemployed people, right there in Mobile, who could have protested without risking their jobs. If I can figure this out, why can't the NAACP?
Your comments make me realize that progressives who are serious about change need to think bigger. We need to create economic resources for activists who RESIST, and make sacrifices for the struggle. Those with land, housing, gardens, and professional skills need to make a concerted effort to assist those on the front lines.
Look what happened when 2,000 veterans stepped up to help the Standing Rock resisters. We need more numbers, more cross-community cooperation, and most of all, more real risk-taking for the cause. Anything less than real resistance, involving hard work, sacrifice, and individual shadow work, is futile.
Pie in the sky..."economic resources for activists who resist"... Malcom X had the master plan with the Black Panther movement to be sure. I protested for Civil Rights in the 1960's in Arizona no less using my own meager means to do so and managed to not get arrested...roughed up and clubbed. The technology today leaves no room for anonymity for the protestors as one simple keystroke can prevent someone who was arrested for "civil disobedience" from ever having gainful employment (with benefits and decent wages) in their lifetimes. And how do you think the unemployment office would feel about someone receiving benefits being seen/recognized marching in protest? Wearing masks and shielding one's identity is a must, especially in the South. That is reality.
Thanks PC. We are all in this human experiment together. Continuing to divide us makes us all weaker. The ruling class wish to keep us divided, so as to suppress us all. There is strength in numbers. It's long past time for bigotry. We must stand with all of our brothers and sisters and say FU to those who would prefer us to hate.
It's not pie-in-the-sky. People are doing it. I am getting involved on many levels. There are so many diverse people with diverse talents and resources- enough to create an alternative to what clearly isn't working.
While I agree with your comment, Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965. The Black Panthers were founded in 1966.