Reining Them In
After years of flaunting the 501(c)(3) regulations concerning non-profit organizations, the NAACP has finally come under scrutiny by the IRS.
What took so long? Bill Clinton took advantage of his support within the NAACP, to use predominantly Black churches as campaign stops. And we know how little regard for the law he had.
Once again, there is a telling quote from the article, near the end, this time from NAACP chief Julian Bond:
It is Orwellian to believe that criticism and partisanship are the same thing.
No, it’s Orwellian to equate censorship with an investigation into political activities which could terminate the Association’s status as a group "which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."
If the NAACP found that notion to be so repugnant, why didn’t they press for a change in the law? Or, at the very least, re-incorporate as a for-profit entity? The law didn’t really matter to them, I suppose. From all appearances, it still doesn’t.
I don’t really trust either the NAACP or the IRS. But it’ll be tough to find any pity in myself for whatever punishment is meted out.