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05/21/2012

Michael Steele: NAACP marriage equality stance 'irks rank and file African Americans'

by Jeremy Hooper

I'm actually happy that former RNC Chair Michael Steele didn't buy Laura Ingraham's contemptuous attempt to smear the NAACP as irrelevant. He does, however, act as if the organization exists on some other plane from the rest of Black America:

"The NAACP coming out in support of gay marriage you know (you know) (you know) (in the) in the mantra of civil rights, really (you know) irks rank and file African Americans who do not see this in a civil rights context. Um and and so there are a lot of dramas that will be played out here. I think it's an opening for the GOP."

The NAACP did not take this position lightly or without consideration. Yes, I know that in this election season, social conservatives are going to work overtime, hoping to discredit this important, storied organization as out-of-touch, liberally-biased, and irrelevant to the debate. Though if they do amplify this tactic, I think there will be a lot of African Americans of varying viewpoints who also won't take lightly this obvious political attempt to damage the NAACP's reputation. It's a dangerously divisive path for the GOP to tread.

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