Since I was a young child, I have tried to read as much news as possible. Back during the days when CNN was all the rage — which was also the time that it was the only twenty-four hour cable news channel available to the majority of Americans — I would grow tired of watching its repetitive programming. After only a few minutes, I would turn it off and find the nearest newspaper or magazine.
Today, the print media, for the most part, is online. On Tuesday afternoon, I was reading the Daily Caller‘s news index when I found the most peculiar story. After reading it, I felt angered and disgusted — yet amazed as well. I immediately checked to see if any major news outlets — ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, etc. — had reported on the story and, with the exception of a brief mention from FOX News, found that they had not.
So, what is this story of which I speak?
It appears that the NAACP is up in arms over yet another act of vicious institutional racism in our supposedly post-racial society.
What is this oh-so-horrid act, exactly?
A few of the NNACP’s best and brightest interpreted one of Hallmark’s outer space-themed greeting cards with spoken messaging as saying the words “black whore”. Of course, the card said no such thing. The actual message was “black hole” in reference to conquering the universe. Leon Jenkins, who handled press relations on the matter for the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, deemed the card to be “very demeaning to African American women….(referring to them) as whores.”
Hallmark promptly pulled the card from its production line in fear of further misunderstandings and issued a gushy apology to anyone who may have been emotionally insecure enough to be offended by their own misinterpretation. The gripers got exactly what they wanted and that was that.
To state the painfully obvious, the NAACP effectively committed an act of corporate terrorism. I listened to the card’s message and it would be extremely difficult to interpret it as saying anything other than “black hole”. If this is how the NAACP intends to gain notoriety during a time when race-based politics are in rapid decline, then they are utterly useless to the black community. They should seriously consider rethinking and retooling their mission and purpose.
It is truly a sad experience to see an organization which once fought so valiantly for the civil rights of minorities make an absolute mockery of itself in what can only be described as its waning years.
Oh, well. I suppose that not every one of American history’s landmark institutions can go out in a dignified manner. What a shame that is.