NAACP Centennial

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Peniel Joseph, associate professor of African American Studies and History at Brandeiss University, contributor to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and the author of the forthcoming From Black Power to Barack Obama talks about the history of the NAACP and where it's heading.


Peniel Joseph

Comments [8]


What about the achievement gap between Asians and Whites? Why do they do better than whites. I think we need to change the tests to address the bias in them.

Jul. 16 2009 11:29 AM
Katherine from Brooklyn

Regarding the definition of "colored": in his autobiography, Malcolm X was very clear that the fight for equality included all non-white people. From his religious and political point of view, being of color was itself a kind of brotherhood. It's interesting how that view has become part of the mainstream.

Jul. 16 2009 11:26 AM

I think the Latino agenda is to create their own colony or settlements on the south west and then merge with Mexico. That may not be compatible with the agenda of the NAACP.

Jul. 16 2009 11:25 AM

It is interesting that the NAACP started around the early 1900s. I wonder what kind of interaction existed between the early NAACP leaders and the Indian National Congress (which began a few decades earlier in India). Two organizations which at least began with similar (lot of differences too) goals. Maybe the guest can talk a little bit about that.

Jul. 16 2009 11:21 AM

The NAACP will always be around because it's in the best interests of blacks to perpetuate the sense of victim-hood to make liberal, politically correct, TONY whites guilty. And as a result they will continue to get freebies and get a free pass on standards to be "inclusive."

Blacks have seem to have done ok, with the lowering of standards, intimidation on employers to fill quotas etc.. How much is enough especially when all slave holders and most of the original Jim Crowers are dead.

Jul. 16 2009 11:20 AM
Marie Jean

Will the NAACP take on immigration and the issues surrounding immigrants and refugees in the US? I am Haitian American and don't feel a connection to the NAACP as a bilingual person of color.

Jul. 16 2009 11:17 AM
antonio from park slope

The NAACP will become unnecessary when the NYPD stop
the disproportionate amount of force towards people of color; And the FDNY ethnic makeup is reflective of nyc not northport LI...

Jul. 16 2009 11:14 AM
Cheryl from Teaneck

The NAACP to me, illustrates that each generation stands on the shoulders of the previous one. In a culture where we have a propensity to destroy the old to replace the new, it is important to have a venerable organization which continues to exist, as well as show willingness to evolve to meet the times. And, as for all the young African Americans who are insulted to be called "colored", my parents worked very hard to be called that instead of many other, much worse things! So get over it. In the case of this organization, the word "colored" is a badge of courage.

Jul. 16 2009 10:39 AM

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