I try to avoid political, racial, and religious topics on this site, as well as other "third rails." This blog is sort of an escape from the pressures of my day to day, and I want to keep things light and airy. Once every so often, I read something so ponderous that it forces me to break my own rule. So here goes.
The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has expressed outrage over a Hallmark greeting card which has been on sale for three years and is intended for graduates. The card has one of those tiny voice chips in it and features those annoying cartoon rabbits, or whatever those creatures are supposed to be. The cartoon voices express pride at having graduated and a willingness to take on the universe, including "ominous black holes."
Anyhow, some old fool misheard the card as "black whores." The NAACP led a pressure campaign and got Hallmark to pull the card from its shelves and destroy the remaining stock. Some huge drugstores such as CVS and Walgreens have also pulled the card. The ever rapacious NAACP says that's not enough. They want an apology from Walmart. Apology for what?
If I were a Walmart exec, I would give them a counteroffer. You shut the hell up and it will prevent me from lodging a nuisance criminal complaint and from suing your organization out of existence. I am a firm believer that we have made great strides in race relations in this country. But presumably, there is something more important for the NAACP to be doing. This kind of organized thuggery and race baiting actually HURTS their argument. It stirs up racial resentment and it makes the NAACP look like a bunch of clowns. John McWhorter, a brilliant linguist and scholar on race issues, writes that many civil rights organizations now encourage a culture of "victimology." This is a good case in point for McWhorter's thesis.
Perhaps the Los Angeles NAACP has outlived their usefulness?