NAACP President Ben Jealous Resigns
Wants to teach, spend more time with family
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 8, 2013 5:10 PM CDT
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous lays out his goals for the more than century-old civil rights organization at its annual convention in July, 2012.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

(Newser) – Benjamin Jealous, the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, announced today that he plans to step down by the end of the year. The Baltimore-based NAACP is the largest US civil rights organization. When Jealous was hired as its president in 2008 at age 35, he became the youngest leader in the group's history. Over the past five years, the group said its rosters of online activists and donors have grown exponentially. During his tenure, the group says its donors have increased from 16,000 people giving each year to more than 132,000.

In a written statement, Jealous says he plans to pursue teaching at a university and wants to spend time with his young family. "The NAACP has always been the largest civil rights organization in the streets, and today it is also the largest civil rights organization online, on mobile and at the ballot box too," Jealous said. "I am proud to leave the association financially sound, sustainable, focused, and more powerful than ever."

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Sep 9, 2013 11:08 PM CDT
It was relevant at one time, especially in my town. We had Jim Crow clauses written into the Oklahoma Constitution in 1906 at the convention in Indian Territory. Interesting that the tribes agreed with it because they were not included, it only affected Black people. They could not ride public transport designated for whites, own land outside their neighborhood, or use public facilities deemed for whites only. So, Oklahoma governor elect Haskell sent the draft up to Teddy Roosevelt for approval. Teddy rejected it and sent it back for removal of the Jim Crow provisions. No problem, they adopted it in 1907 without it and Teddy signed it and Oklahoma became a state. No problem because in Guthrie at the newly designated state capitol Haskel got the guys to submit Senate Bill #1, the first ever law passed in the state. Senate Bill #1 that became law said, "Negroes would not use public transportation or facilities designated for whites." Then not too long after that, Governor Bill Murray decided to offer to give Negroes a one-way ticket to Madagascar. When that didn't work, he created state law that established the Black zone that pretty much exists to this day. It did backfire as it grew 10 miles north of the original zone. He got the last laugh because no white, Asian, or Latino will live in that zone for fear of crime. So today, what does the NAACP stand for? For the most part, it reacts on the back side instead of fixing the front end. Hate the prisons, but don't prevent the criminal is their motto. Their race can only survive if they learn to hate crime and the criminal. Since that's not going to happen, it does not look very good going forward.
arclight6970
Sep 9, 2013 11:03 AM CDT
The NAACP has become a polarizing organization not one that promotes the liberal idea of tolerance. They have become the group that continually shouts "wolf" or "fire" in a crowded theater. They used to have the ear of many non-black people however their lack of tolerance along with those who continuously make certain issues racial by declaring it so in the media have severely tarnished the group that once had a purpose. As another poster stated if the white race formed the National Association for the Advancement of White People or a Congressional White Caucus the screeching and gnashing of teeth would drown out every voice of reason with the mantra "racists". Their value as a group for good has been severely diminished
TheRepublicIsDead
Sep 9, 2013 8:04 AM CDT
Benny sure looks Caucasian. Just sayin'...