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NAACP - oxymoron or good cause?

This is what the group lists on their website regarding becoming a member:
"Over the past century, we have all fought together and won many of the freedoms and equalities that we had long been denied. But the times ahead are just as critical as the decades past. We need your help and your membership to fight the racial disparities that are still so prevalent in American education, jobs, housing, health care and criminal justice systems."

Why then is the name of the group National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? Why not ALL people? Why create a racial disparity even in the name of the organization?

Also, if this group is all about fighting racial disparities, and they are selling memberships to "close the gaps" in statistics, why is their first listed benefit of membership a discount program on prescriptions, restaurants, and insurances? How exactly does this tie to their mission? See quote:
"Membership helps us to close the gaps in the staggering statistics that so blatantly attest to the racial disparities in the United States. Our best hope for protecting the freedom of people and advancing the gains of the NAACP is by becoming a member, renewing memberships, and vowing to be more active, more vocal and more visible.
Discounts on prescriptions, restaurants and insurances are a few of the benefits of joining the NAACP."

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thundernlight

Asked by thundernlight at 4:15 PM on Mar. 8, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • can of worms

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 4:20 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • We need your help and your membership to fight the racial disparities that are still so prevalent in American education, jobs, housing, health care and criminal justice systems."


     


    Their expressed goal is to fight the racial disparities that still exist. The benefits that are listed are an incentive to become a member. They are specifically fighting for a group of people that are seeing double the unemployment than their white counterpart, less education, less pay and higher incarceration rates...so that's why they are still around


    Anyone can become a member. When you help each group become equal (including women) you are making America stronger

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:20 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • "Discounts on prescriptions, restaurants and insurances are a few of the benefits of joining the NAACP."

    How is this making America stronger? They list as their FIRST way to be more active, vocal, and more visible? Sounds like I could get the same perks joining AAA! How does this "perk" of being a member tie into their mission of improving civil rights?
    thundernlight

    Comment by thundernlight (original poster) at 4:26 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • Discounts on prescriptions, restaurants and insurances are a few of the benefits of joining the NAACP."

    How is this making America stronger?


    This is an incentive for buying a membership, nothing more, nothing less

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:27 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • sweet - you said helping a group would make America Stronger. So, tell me how these "perks" such as discounts on prescriptions, etc protects the freedom of people and makes members vow to be more active, vocal and visible?

    "Our best hope for protecting the freedom of people and advancing the gains of the NAACP is by becoming a member, renewing memberships, and vowing to be more active, more vocal and more visible.
    Discounts on prescriptions, restaurants and insurances are a few of the benefits of joining the NAACP"
    thundernlight

    Comment by thundernlight (original poster) at 4:32 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • also, they state BENEFIT...not incentive.
    thundernlight

    Comment by thundernlight (original poster) at 4:36 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • – collapse
    thundernlight - You don't get it, because you choose not to get it.

    Why did you even go the NAACP website?
    Was it out of a desire to be helpful to, or supportive of, anything positive? It doesn't seem so.

    Don't be a hate-monger.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:44 PM on Mar. 8, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • Anon-

    I went to the NAACP website because after seeing the recent award show, I was curious as to WHY they still use the term "colored". Would it be proper for me to describe someone as colored? no. it goes against everything they attempt to preach, so why the double standard? If we want to move forward, lets...

    So the desire was all of the above.

    Don't be a hater-anon.
    thundernlight

    Comment by thundernlight (original poster) at 4:55 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • They are just another group empowering and enriching themselves at the cost of the very people they purport to help.. They do not want improvements or it ends their cause and thus, their cash cow.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 5:05 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • – collapse
    They list as their FIRST way to be more active, vocal, and more visible? Sounds like I could get the same perks joining AAA! How does this "perk" of being a member tie into their mission of improving civil rights?
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    LMAO at purposefully misunderstanding. Yeah, you are right, everyone knows there is no difference between the NAACP and Groupon.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 5:09 PM on Mar. 8, 2011 (hidden) + expand

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