At a hastily organized press conference, Benjamin Jealous, current president of the NAACP, announced that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has filed a lawsuit of racial discrimination against itself with the Federal Court of Maryland.
The NAACP was formed in 1909, with its mission being “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate hatred and racial discrimination.” Through its 100-plus years, it has been instrumental in fighting for the rights of all Americans, against all forms of discrimination.
Mr. Jealous, when asked why the group would file a lawsuit against itself, read the following statement:
“In our 104 year history, we have been on the forefront of standing up against discrimination against African-Americans, our Gay brothers and sisters and every minority that we felt was not getting a fair shake in a country that was built on equality for all. It has come to our attention that the term ‘colored people’, something African-Americans were called decades ago, was no longer politically correct and did not represent the forward movement of the organization.”
When asked why he, or the organization, did not just change the name, Mr. Jealous explained that the NAACP legal department has sent numerous letters, including a summons to appear at a judicial proceeding, all which had been ignored by the NAACP legal department.
“It became clear to the legal staff of the NAACP, that the legal staff of the NAACP was not going to allow us to handle this in a decent way, so in late February we filed a motion with the state of Maryland, to bring this matter before a judge.”
Apparently, the proposal within the lawsuit is to change the name from its current one to the National Association for the Advancement of African-American People, or, NAAAAP.
“We feel that by calling our organization NAAAAP,” explained Mr. Jealous, “this will show that we are energetically prepared, with wide-eyed optimism, to move forward in fighting for the rights of all Americans.”
As the court date nears, though expecting a lengthy battle, the NAACP feels that they will prevail against the NAACP.
“Because,” explained Mr. Jealous, “when you have the arc of righteousness on your side, justice in America cannot be denied.”
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