For those who have been following the efforts of our friend and colleague, Deneen Borelli, to change the complexion (so to speak) of the NAACP’s rigid political point of view, we have obtained a copy of her opening statement at the Empower Liberty Summit, being held at the same hotel as the annual NAACP conference in Las Vegas. (If and when it is made available, we will provide a video of her comments.)
For two consecutive years, the national leadership of the NAACP has refused to allow me or Rev. C.L. Bryant an opportunity to participate in their formal agenda. Think of it, the NAACP’s leadership is blacklisting blacks who have different ideas about the role of government in our lives. Tragically, this once venerable organization that sought to advance all blacks now segregates blacks based on political views.
If you are a black liberal you get to sit at the counter – you get a voice. If you are a black conservative you sit outside. Black conservatives need not apply. I refuse to be silenced – we refuse to be silenced. Our message is too important to be silenced.
The issues facing the Black community are too serious to ignore. That’s why we are here today. FreedomWorks through our Empower.org effort, rented this room so we can discuss ideas the NAACP does not want you to hear.
The contrast between our views is stark. We believe empowering individuals is the best path for prosperity. The NAACP believes in empowering the state.
The NAACP is blacklisting us because our ideas will expose their failures – it’s that simple.