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April 30, 2014 - 12:29 pm

To no one’s surprise, the award that the NAACP was all set to bestow on Donald Sterling — the second in about half a decade — was not about anything he had said or done or any reflection of his character. It was about the massive transfers of cold, hard cash. The NAACP’s Roslyn Brock admits as much in USA Today.

Our NAACP chapter in L.A. is not blameless. Because of Sterling’s large donations to local charities, including the NAACP, they overlooked his worse than checkered history on race issues and gave him a lifetime achievement award in 2009 — andwere about to honor him with a humanitarian award before his racist recording surfaced.

The National NAACP and all of our affiliates must be more discerning in our awarding of honors, which should be for true achievements in advancing racial equality. We are developing guidelines for our units to help them in their award selection process. We must not be seduced by mere financial support.

As a past recipient of an NAACP Community Awareness Award myself (Greenville, TX 1992-93), here’s a suggestion. The NAACP should establish a rule that it will not bestow any awards on any donors at all. That would remove the ulterior motivation from someone like Sterling to donate, and would start restoring some of the NAACP’s long lost credibility. Rather than reward the rich and the famous, who get enough privilege anway, it should look for unsung heroes who have little but do much to help their communities.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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“Will no one rid me of these meddlesome racial clowns” — Henry II, king of England
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
If the NAACP doesn't give award to rich donors, then that would ruin the system of indulgences that Leftists have set up. If rich leftists had no way of throwing money at someone in order for them to continue "sinning" then that would mean rich leftists would have to stop being hypocritical.

That's not going to happen.
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
We've established what you are, Ms. Brock, we're just haggling over the price.
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
Where is Martin Luther when we need him ? The buying of indulgences is unforgivable
26 weeks ago
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I have no problem with the NAACP giving awards to donors. Universities and colleges name buildings after those who give them large amounts of money.
26 weeks ago
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I wonder if the NAACP will give him all that money back since it is racist money.
26 weeks ago
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"it should look for unsung heroes who have little but do much to help their communities."

While I don't disagree with your statement, tigers don't change their stripes, and corruption will still find a way to "reward" someone for "community strengthening/organizing." Sounds at least vaguely familiar, no?
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
I would be delighted to write the NAACP a check with lots and lots of zeroes on it. Here's the amount I'd put on the check:

0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.01

Think they'll be grateful?
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
And now those juicy checks are all gone.... that's going to leave a mark.
26 weeks ago
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Until then KKK, start writing those checks.
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