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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Underhanded Methods of the NAACP

The sting in any rebuke is the truth - Benjamin Franklin

Last week the NAACP released its report claiming the tea party movement was racist. How strange that this report, that had been written some months ago, was released thirteen days before the November election.

On October 21st Ben Jealous, the President and CEO of the NAACP appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s show. Cooper actually grilled Jealous with some vigor attempting to get to the bottom of the NAACP’s reasons for releasing the report when they did, but more importantly the people who wrote the report. You can view Copper’s interview by clicking here.

One of the co-authors of the report is Leonard Zeskind, a leftist, conspiracy advocate who believes the country is being manipulated by white supremacists. He has written on the topics of racism, anti-Semitism and the white supremacist movement for more than thirty years. He also wrote a book: Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux.

In his personal bio, published on his web page he states; “Before turning to research and writing and professional human rights activism, I worked in heavy industry: on the warehouse dock of a lamp factory, on an automobile plant assembly line, and in steel fabrication shops helping to build large girders, columns, trusses, and other pieces of the architecture of manufacturing.  It is work that I enjoyed and still believe remains undervalued.  I am a high school graduate, and others consider me a self-taught independent scholar. In essence he was a common laborer. I have a better resume for writing my book than Zeskind.

This is not to say that a laborer cannot be self-taught and write a book. What is really says is that, if you are on the left and self-taught you are brilliant, but if on the right you are an uneducated racist. This also pertains to women. If you are a good looking woman on the left you are a fashion trend and highly intelligent. If you are not so good looking such as Hillary Clinton, Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Madeline Albright, Janet Reno or Janet Napolitano you are brilliant and highly qualified. Conversely, on the right if you are good looking, lie Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann you are a bubble head and if you are not so good looking — ops, I can’t think of any ugly women on the right. The media always attacks the bona fides of those on the right, but never challenges those on the left. How strange.

Zeskind’s major bona fide is his winning the Genius Award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Foundation's founder, John D. MacArthur (1897–1978), owned Bankers Life and Casualty and other businesses, as well as considerable property in Florida and New York. His wife Catherine T. MacArthur (1909–1981) held positions in many of these companies and served as a director of the Foundation.  When John D. MacArthur died on January 6, 1978, he was worth in excess of $1 billion and was reportedly one of the three richest men in the United States. MacArthur left ninety-two percent of his estate to begin the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The composition of the Foundation’s first Board of Directors, per John D. MacArthur’s will, also included Catherine T. MacArthur (his wife), J. Roderick MacArthur (a son from John D. MacArthur’s first marriage), two other officers of Bankers Life and Casualty, and Radio Commentator Paul Harvey. That was in 1978.

Today the Foundation has quite a different face — a face totally turned to radical left-wing causes. Its four major program areas are Global Security and Sustainability, Human and Community Development, General grant-making, and the MacArthur Fellows Program, also known as "genius grants." Topics of interest to the Foundation include international peace  and security, conservation and sustainable development, population and reproductive health, human rights, international migration, community development, affordable housing, digital media and learning, juvenile justice, and public interest media, including public radio and independent documentary film. The Foundation also gives grants to 200 arts and cultural institutions in the Chicago area.

Like many foundations established by wealthy leaders in business and industry the MacArthur Foundation is quite a different entity with a philosophy contrary to that of the persons who worked so hard to acquire the wealth that established the foundation. This can be said for the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kroc Foundation that has given over $200 million dollars to NPR. As a listener to Paul Harvey (1918-2009) I just can’t see his, as a member of the board of directors, granting monies to these programs — and as Harvey used to close his show with “that’s the rest of the story.”

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