The NAACP, once a heroic and invaluable champion of civil rights, has apparently completed its devolution into a hyper-partisan, race-baiting collection of venal, divisive hacks. It has been said that every cause inevitably becomes a racket, and the NAACP is now a prime and tragic example.
How do we know this? We know this because the organization has called the decision (finally) by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to command his player to stick to what they are paid for—football and only football—when they are on the playing field, and to stand for the National Anthem “a public commitment by an NFL owner to violate his players’ Constitutional right to free speech.”
This is more than merely ignorant, though if genuine the statement would be unforgivably ignorant for a civil rights organization: a civil rights organization that doesn’t know what civil rights are and what the Bill of Rights means is useless as well as without credibility.
That, however, is impossible. The NAACP has lawyers; their lawyers aren’t idiots. They know that the First Amendment has no relevance or connection to the silly NFL players’ kneeling stunt during the National Anthem. The lawyers had to have informed the NAACP leadership of this, as if that was necessary, which it almost certainly was not. The leadership has to know better than to make this junior high school level civics mistake. No, in this case the NAACP is lying. It is deliberately misinforming the people who depend on it to lead on civil rights, and who trust the organization to be able to support its position with facts and law. It is doing this to inflame passions and worsen the racial divide. What other reason could there be?
For the record—I am sure you know this, just as I am sure that the NAACP knows it, because knowing the Constitution is its business—any employer can dictate what kind of conduct, including political speech, can and cannot take place in the workplace. The First Amendment does not protect protests on the job, not does it proscribe the actions of private employers. The First Amendment prohibits government action against free speech. The Dallas Cowboys is not the government. The NFL is not the government.
Do you really think the NAACP doesn’t know all this?
Of course it does. It is lying. It is intentionally misleading its followers. It is betraying its legacy and mission.
That’s considerably worse than ignorance.