Not sure how you feel about the NAACP or their annual Image Awards, but the night started off on a shaky foot as black pro life activist groups protested. Not exactly how you want to kick off your annual event.
Many people seem to have issues with the NAACP for one reason or another, but you don’t catch word of them protesting outside of major events such as this one.
44th Annual NAACP Image Awards Is Stained By Black Pro Life Activist
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.
The NAACP Image Awards is an exciting, star-studded salute to the best in entertainment. Honorees, presenters and performers have included many of the major celebrities in America as well as international political figures and dignitaries. There are 53 competitive categories in the fields of motion picture, television, recording and literature. There are also several honorary awards including the Chairman’s Award, The President’s Award, The Vanguard Award, and The Image Awards Hall of Fame.
Source: NAACP Image Awards website
Black Pro Life Activist Groups Upset
A coalition of organizations upset with the NAACP’s stance on abortion protested the event in Los Angeles during its live broadcast. The activists include the Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN), the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), and Rev. Alveda King.
The coalition’s Twitter account, @NAACP_WATCHDOGS, was suspended on Thursday for its attacks against the NAACP. The final tweet was a quote from LEARN national director Johnny Hunter, condemning Planned Parenthood as a form of racial oppression.
“Racist elitists no longer need the Ku Klux Klan to control blacks; they have Planned Parenthood. And Planned Parenthood has the NAACP on a leash,” read Hunter’s quote. “The NAACP must quit endorsing destructive and unfruitful behavior.” Less than five minutes later the account was suspended.
Though no official reason for the suspension has been released, the National Black Pro-life Coalition said that it was suspended after Image Award officials complained to Twitter administrators. Inflammatory accounts are grounds for suspension on Twitter, and the use of the “NAACP” in the username likely expedited the process.
The coalition views abortion as the No. 1 killer of African-Americans, and believes the NAACP is out of touch with the black community. The NAACP views abortion as a matter of women’s rights, and has opposed legislation that would pull funding from Planned Parenthood. The rights group has also sought a ban on abortions based on race. The latter issue has also been a point of contention, as groups like the National Black Pro-life coalition view abortion as targeted eugenics.
“The only word that can define the gross negligence of the NAACP is ‘betrayal,’ ” the coalition posted on Twitter, quoting Dallas pastor Stephen Broden. “They have abandoned our community’s morality, our economic and educational needs for thirty pieces of silver; they are drunk with the wine of the world and the power elite and their eugenic agenda against black folk.”
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