Update: Video of Bond’s speech here.
NAACP chief Julian Bond capped off a Bush-bashing convention address with a rather unhinged comparison:
NAACP National Board Chair Julian Bond said Sunday that the civil rights organization is needed now more than ever because the Bush Administration has done little to support blacks.
From the administration’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina to the war in Iraq and immigration issues, Bush has seen his presidency questioned, Bond told an estimated 3,000 people during a public meeting in Detroit.
“The extent of the repudiation, it was evident late last month when the immigration reform bill, the centerpiece of the administration’s domestic legislative hopes, died in the Senate,” Bond said during a nearly 47-minute speech. “On the procedural vote that determined the bill’s fate, only 12 of the Senate’s 49 Republicans stood with the President. When Bush came to shove, his own party members shoved back.”
Bond’s speech was the opening address of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s 98th Annual Convention, which ends Thursday…
…Bond said the possibility that New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, will never be rebuilt is comparable to a “lynching.”
“It can be said that Katrina, like lynching, not only destroyed the work of generations in a single day, but is resulting in a deliberate effort to dispossess black landholders.”
The mostly black 9th Ward was one of the city’s most heavily damaged areas. Bond said that nearly 60 percent of its residents owned their homes compared to 47 percent of all of New Orleans.
Tinfoil rattler Spike Lee is smiling.
Detroit resident Akindele Akinyemi, 32, of Detroit, said before the speech that he was curious about the direction the NAACP is taking during the next year.
“I want to find out what strategies they would use to bring younger members on board, and what issues are relevant to young adults,” he said.
New strategies? Same as the old ones: Racial demagoguery, blame deflection, and pandering to the lowest common denominator. You’d think with the NAACP in disarray, Bond might want to clean his own house first before lashing out.