I just have to give my 2 cents on the Wells Fargo, NAACP, and Boyce Watkins drama. I’ve listened to all the points given. I think there are a lot of valid points on both sides. However, the thing that stands out to me is that the NAACP as an organization is not the same organization that I read about in the history books. It’s not the NAACP of the time of W.E.B Dubois or in the 60s with King. This is a different time. A time that calls for different tactics and is full of different concerns. The very fact that such an institution is now being challenged from within the black community is interesting. The NAACP is a holy grail organization historically. What this whole conflict has make me consider is the future of the organization and how African Americans can best influence it.
The best way for people to influence and ensure its future…JOIN. For just $30 you can join and actually help this historic organization. Money talks. If you really care, pay your dues and get involved with the actual governance of the organization. Sure, you can affect it from outside, but if you really cherish what the NAACP has meant to the African American community, wouldn’t you want to see it refashioned for future survival? If you have answers and know what direction the organization should do in, why not share them?
Sponsorship means money. Perhaps if there was an infusion of new member revenue, the amount of sponsorship revenue needed for the conference would have been reduced. Perhaps they could afford to be more choosy when selecting sponsors in that case.
Just my 2 cents.
Background: Recently the NAACP came under fire by bloggers for having Wells Fargo as a leading sponsor for its annual convention this July. Dr. Boyce Watkins wrote an op-ed for theGrio questioning why the NAACP would partner with Wells Fargo — a company accused of predatory lending practices — so recently after the civil rights organization dropped its lawsuit with the bank. Click here for the response to Dr. Watkins’ inquiry from NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.