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‘Catty’ About Community Organizers

In this week’s U.S. News & World Report, staffer Justin Ewers interviews Benjamin Jealous, the new president of the NAACP. (I couldn’t find it online anywhere.) Near the end of the Q&A, Ewers poked at “catty” Sarah Palin, since “catty” is a word used about squabbling women and not squabbling men:

What did you make of the catty remarks at the Republican convention about community organizing?
I would say that being a community organizer is a lot like being a small-town mayor. It just involved a lot more accountability.

While Ewers asked Jealous if the Obama nomination was a sign of America’s racial progress, he did not ask him any questions about Obama’s shelved relationship with his long-time minister Reverend Wright, who spoke to the Detroit NAACP in late spring. Ever the community organizer, Wright was more than “catty” about America deserving 9/11, and much more than “catty” about the U.S. government inventing the AIDS virus as a tool of black genocide. Does the NAACP or its largest chapter endorse Wright’s views by having him appear as a keynote speaker? U.S. News didn’t ask.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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