Move over, Patty Hearst. Either Michael Teasley has a sinister agenda, or we have a case of Stockholm Syndrome running completely amok. The Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger has published a detailed story about Michael Teasley, who is the first white person to be elected president of the branch of the NAACP on the campus of Jackson State University in Mississippi. He is the first white person to hold that position among historically black colleges and universities; JSU is classified as a "historically black college". He prepped for the position by serving as 2nd vice president in 2008-09 and 2009-10 before being elected by the 60-plus-member chapter in the spring of 2010 as president for the 2010-11 term.
Although Teasley is described as a "student", he's hardly your quintessential "twenty-something" living on cold pizza and warm beer. He's in his mid-30s, and has a background of being a corporate puke, making $200,000 in his best year. He decided to go back to school in 2007, initially to major in music technology, but then switched to political science. Soon after entering Jackson State in 2007, he was invited to an NAACP campus meeting. Teasley joined and agreed to participate in voter registration that week at JSU's home football game. But it was the election of Barack Obama as President that caused him to become fully committed to the NAACP.
Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP, said Teasley's selection is an example of the organization's "real" mission. "Michael is a very dedicated and committed individual, and it's been great watching him grow as a leader," he says. "And this is a great opportunity for people to see that our organization is not about one race. Many people forget that white people helped organize the NAACP (in 1909). But I think Michael's acceptance within the organization shows we practice what we preach - that no person should be discriminated against because of race."
Not about race, huh? Guess what one of Teasley's first objectives is. He's forming a movement to change the Mississippi state flag, which incorporates the Confederate battle flag, despite the fact that in 2001, 65 percent of Mississippi voters chose to keep the existing flag. Considering that 37 percent of the state was Black at the time, that's a rather impressive expression of support; some Black people must have voted to keep the flag.
The NAACP's own statement belies their claim that "it's not about race", even though membership open to any student of any race wanting to advance the cause of the organization:
The Jackson State University Chapter of the NAACP ascribes to the national mission which is to promote equality of rights and to eradicate caste or race prejudice among citizens of the United States; to advance the interest of colored citizens; to secure for them impartial suffrage; and to increase their opportunities for securing justice in the courts, education for the children, employment according to their ability and complete equality before law.
And finally, the Clarion-Ledger article quotes 88-year-old Black civil rights activist Charles Evers as saying "We always had whites who participated in the NAACP, even back in the '60s". The fact is, some of those "whites" were Jews. Two of the three slain civil rights activists in Philadelphia, MS were Yankee Jews. The first five presidents of the NAACP were Jews. The significance of this distinction is that Jews, or at least the Jewish elite, have frequently had an agenda separate from and antagonistic towards the greater White community. This is why there is a separate "Jewish Question", and why the pro-White media emerged to give it the requisite publicity.
Reaction to the article: 85 comments have been posted to the story, many of them skeptical at best. Here's a sampling:
SoCalDawg wrote 12/12/2010 11:09:33 AM (interesting that the NAACP is referred to as the NCAA in this comment):
I fear that Mr Teasley is little more than a rabble rouser, looking for his 15 minutes of fame, which can then help his recruiting, and then ultimately his pocketbook. I get it.
Back in the day, the NCAA was a very courageous and relevant organization. Where is their courage today? I once heard Jesse Jackson say "put hope in your veins, not dope in your brains". What black man has the courage to say that today? Today, the greatest threat of death to a black man is another black man. What does Mr Teasley, or the NCAA as a whole have to say about that? Their silence is deafening.
The NCAA leaders of old would have had the moral courage to face these issues that are very REAL & RELEVANT in today's world. The schools are all fully interated and America has elected a black man as president. The real racism today is black-on-black violence, yet the NCAA won't address it because there is no money to be made there. Shame on them.
Today, I feel the NCAA is little more than a one trick pony.
gumpfu wrote 12/12/2010 8:39:23 AM:
Food for thought. When a white guy gets elected as head of the NCAAP at JSU it is "progress", but when Clarence Thomas, a black conservative, is appointed to the Supreme Court, he is an Uncle Tom. There are black conservatives like Condaleesa Rice, Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele and even locals like Kim Wade and they are treated like pariah by their own people because they hold different political views. I submit it is harder for a black man or woman to be a conservative in the black community than it is for a white guy to be the head of the NCAAP.
cityoflights wrote 12/12/2010 1:11:49 PM:
As a black man, I am asking my black brothers and sisters, if you are going to support a group, please learn the history of it. The NAACP was started by white liberal jews. So what is so surprising about a white man headed up an NAACP Chapter. The NAACP sometimes serves its purpose but if you ask me it's badly in need of reform. For example "Shirley Sherrod" who the NAACP completely denounced before they got the entire story, and the white man who she was talking about had to defend her. Duke Lacrosse Rape case? NAACP before they got the facts, came out insisting that those young men were guilty and come to find out they were innocent. They do more for political vanity than they actually do to help our race it self. If you keep a man dumb, he's at your mercy but if you educate him you're at his. "Get the picture".
zociopathik wrote 12/12/2010 9:09:33 AM:
i'm just waiting to see if he'll do a natural or a jeri-curl.