Historically, civil rights organizations have been loath to deliver such messages, out of fear that seeming to blame blacks for some of their problems would let white racism off the hook. But those days are past. Discrimination and bigotry are obviously still big problems that we have to fight. But until our kids start performing as well in school as other kids do, we can’t call ourselves equal. As Pogo, the comic strip character famously observed, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” If the NAACP is still interested in the advancement of colored people, that’s the message Ben Jealous should pound until the NAAGP is no more.
Jack White is a regular contributor to The Root.