Black People : we went down to the NAACP convention

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  1. jamesfrmphilly

    jamesfrmphilly going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    it's down the street from where i live.
    all the brothers were in suits and ties, i was in my Coltrane tee and shorts.

    i saw Kweisi Mfume running around with his crew.
    i wanted to speak to him about some issues in the Philadelphia branch.
    when i tried to approach, his security guard physically threw himself between us there in the hallway.

    I'm like, "but I'm a member".

    we left feeling sad.
     
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    SMH......

    I guess this means what they say is true: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If the brother won't take the time to talk to a member, who does he talk to? Especially since it's usually the little people (like us) that make it all go 'round.
     
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    jamesfrmphilly
    you should put that piece in the poetry forum....it is that...wonderful
    and will let some to see it and think about it who might not come this way...
    but why does that sadden you? imagine if every person at the convention wanted to stop and talk with him , would he have time?
    i am not saying that to defend him, or his bodyguards...for their are graceful ways to communicate and obviously that wasn't...only thinking about both sides..
    more importantly...what , if anything happened at the convention...it has been years since i went to an naacp convention...is it still a major social time
     
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    Martin would have time, Malcolm would have time, Huey would have time,
    Coltrane had time, Karanga had time, Baraka had time.

    even Jesus Christ took time to talk to people.

    if you are a leader who has no time, are you still, in fact, a leader?

    Philadelphia is a city in serious trouble.
    the Negro leadership has failed.
    the NAACP branch in Philadelphia has made itself irrelevant.
    the NAACP branch here is led by players, pimps and hustlers in big hats and shiny suits and snakeskin shoes.
    there is NO connection to the grassroots.
    the last thing that Philadelphia needs is a bunch of Negroes to come to town in order to party and bull**** for a week.

    the "lower economic class" is sinking into third world status while parasites pick over the rotten flesh of our community.

    given such a scenario, i don't think Malcolm or Huey would have thrown a party.
     
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    that is not true
    Martin, Malcolm, huey...did not always have time.. and Jesus spoke to the masses...he did not always have time to stop and speak to every individual..
    Imamu and Coltrane maybe...depending on the venue..
    which is not to say they didn't want to...
    as stated before I am not defending him...since I have many problems with the organization...questioning whether that is the organization i want/will support. I assume you were telling me that the conference was a party weekend...alas that is what i meant by social event when i was going..and i stopped.
    Since the massacre on Osage Street...Philly really has gotten worse...but what about organizations like Scribes and is Gamble (or gamble & huf fame) involved in some innovative workings in the "grassroot" areas..
    Or have I been hearing deceit?
     
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    BTW - i just checked the schedule and uncle Bill Cosby is due in this week.

    brace your selves, people.

    i never heard of scribes but Kenny Gamble is doing good work in the community.

    you say these "important" men can't talk to everyone.
    well everyone is not trying to talk to them, i am.

    i say they better talk to somebody as the ones who they are talking to ain't doing them any good as their organizations are moving in the wrong direction.

    i think it is an important measure of a leader, how accessible he is to the people he is claiming to lead.

    you can best believe the ho, the pimp and the slinger are accessible.

    i say the NAACP needs to come down to the street level and deal with the people on a grass roots level.
     
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    Brother James...speak on it brother!

    That's exactly what Ross Perot told the CEO and board of directors at GM. Too many people getting PAID at the top and spending their time in the wood paneled board rooms instead of talking to the people that put the cars together.

    I know what deepy means but as my mother used to say, "never get too big for your britches." WE ARE THE PEOPLE and you can't get me what I need until you ask me what I need. Don't give me what YOU think I should have but what I ask for.

    The fact that Kwame was inaccessible to Brother James could mean that he missed an opportunity of a lifetime because it could be that Brother James would have shared information that could have made the difference for us all. Opportunities lie around every corner and none of us can afford to pass any up using the excuse that we are too busy.

    Brother James, I'm curious as to what a ticket would cost to go hear Cosby. Is this a fundraising function or just another typical NAACP "party"? Seems to me that if Cosby really wants to be taken seriously, he would have the guts to speak before a crowd of the very people that he's been accusing of not holding up their end of the bargain. Why constantly take your message before crowds that most likely agree with you? Take your message to the grassroots of the community. Stop playing the divide and conquer game and stand on your beliefs by taking the hits that need to be put out there.

    Anyways....

    Queenie :spinstar:
     
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    stupid is
    as stupid does...

    now let's see who can do the best bang up job
    at follow the leader...

    but yet da poe folks are the problem...it's all a big joke
    one love
    khasm
     
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    "I'm curious as to what a ticket would cost to go hear Cosby"

    i believe it's $15.

    uncle Bill will NEVER expose himself to the "lower economic class".

    I'd trade my first born male child (hope he's not reading this forum) for an opportunity to challenge that Negro.
    from what i saw when i was there, these "important" Negroes travel with heavy security, even within the convention venue, (are they afraid of their own membership?) and there is no opportunity to say a word to any of them.
     
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    James;
    I say, We need to start a brand new Civil Rights group!
     
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