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March 04, 2006

NAACP Image awards - things that make you go 'huh?'

According to the NAACP's own Image Award History

Presented annually, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice.
Honorable, notable and yet...AFJ notes
Last night the Fox broadcast network aired the NAACP Image Awards program. We happened to catch a few minutes while channel surfing, while they were running an “In Memoriam” montage of photos of people who had passed away in the last year. Under the picture of each person was a short description, two or three words - “actor”, “comedian”, “civil rights activist”, “musician”, etc.

Among those honored were Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Richard Pryor, Lou Rawls . . . . and Stanley “Tookie” Williams, who was executed in December 2005 for murdering four people. The description under his picture read only “anti-gang activist.”

Tookie was an unrepentant, multiple murderer. Exactly how does that figure as an "outstanding achievement" by a "person of color?"

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Posted by Darleen at March 4, 2006 11:10 AM


I'm not so sure that Tookie ought to have been honored in such fashion, but I am CERTAIN that he did a lot of good for society after his conviction, and I am CERTAIN that his murder (and anyone elses) should not be celebrated by the state.

That having been said, the NAACP has got some serious, serious issues going on that they are trying to hide. They are losing.




Posted by: Christopher King at March 4, 2006 12:40 PM

"celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts"

How many of those awards went to Hispanics, Asians and people of color that aren't black?

I wonder...

Posted by: Digger at March 6, 2006 06:09 AM


Just a couple of points:

1. Tookie Williams did absolutely nothing that was good for society after his conviction except die. The hype to the contrary is just that. He signed his name to a series of books written by an activist against the death penalty. The books sold 300 copies in toto. Whoopie.

2. He was not murdered. He himself murdered four people in cold blood for the money in their pockets and went to his death without ever uttering a single regret. He was removed from human society permanently, after being given exhaustive opportunity, at taxpayer expense, to appeal.

Other than that, your comments were probably OK.

Posted by: Dave in W-S at March 6, 2006 08:09 PM

Look I ain't callin' him a Patron Saint.... Where do you get the stats from?

Meanwhile, my buddy Chief Dunn tries a hasty escape.....


Posted by: christpher king at March 7, 2006 03:39 PM