Demonstrating that the NAACP wants nothing to do withÂ ‘advancing colored people’ (isn’t it time they drop ‘colored’ from their name?), their President of 19 months Bruce S. Gordon resigns.Â Â Some people thought his leadership would not be a good match and ultimately, they were right.
The rub is between Gordon and the NAACP’s Board of Directors.Â The difference was in Gordon’s idea of what the organization’s mission should be.Â Gordon was interested in fixing problems in order to raise people that need it, and the Board of Directors’ idea of their mission is to be sort of a black ACLU.Â Which begs the question, why can’t they do both?
“I don’t view this as I’m right and they’re wrong. I view this as I see things one way and they see things a different way. That misalignment between the CEO and the board is unhealthy.”
The mis-match in missions reminds me of the classic differences between conservatives and liberals in how social and economic problems are handled.Â Â One side wants solutions to problems that will elevate a people out of whatever ails them.Â ThisÂ represents Bruce Gordon’s vision.Â The other side prefers to leave the downtrodden down, offer up nothing but excuses, use the justice system, and blame everyone else for their problems.Â This would be the NAACP’sÂ mission, last century’s ideology.
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