The NAACP is still unwilling to grow a pair and officially declare support for same-sex marriage — because, heavens, this country cannot deal with another civil rights movement! — but the organization that was created for the “advancement of colored people” now looks a lot more diverse than it perhaps once did. Homosexuals and Hispanics are taking over chapter leadership positions all over the place!
The NAACP’s newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson State University chapter recently turned to a 30-something white man.
Founded more than a century ago to promote black equality, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is seeing remarkable diversity in its leadership ranks — the result of an aggressive effort over the past four or five years to boost NAACP membership and broaden the civil rights organization’s agenda to confront prejudice in its many forms.
Let’s just hope all these Latino men and women don’t show up and start asking the NAACP’s Benjamin Todd Jealous (pictured) to support their special rights — even if Stefanie Brown, the NAACP’s 30-year-old national field director, insists, “At our core, we want to end discrimination and have equality for all people.”