Ben Jealous, he head of the NAACP steps down citing family reasons. As reported at USA Today, the civil rights leader said he’s satisfied that he will leave an organization in much better condition than it was when he took over five years ago. Really, how so? If anything the NAACP has become more polarized and partisan in the past 5 years. Interestingly enough his reign of the NAACP has mirrored Barack Obama’s election as president. I would ask both, how is that black unemployment rate doing these days, especially black teens? Sorry, but it would appear the NAACP has become more political than carrying to truly help black America. As Jealous and the NAACP were so quick to demonstrate against the George Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin and call for civil rights hate crime charges, they have been all but non-existent to address the “killing fields” of Chicago and the black on black violence.
It is amazing that he focuses on Trayvon Martin and the 700 black teens were killed in Chicago.
The man who has become the face of the NAACP — from marches protesting the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin to vigils for death row inmate Troy Davis in Georgia — is resigning effective Dec. 31.
In an interview with USA TODAY, Benjamin Todd Jealous said the constant travel as president and CEO of the nation’s largest civil rights organization has kept him away too much from his wife, civil rights lawyer Lia Epperson, and children, daughter Morgan, 7, and Jack, 13 months. He said he plans to make a formal announcement to his staff Monday morning.
“Leadership knows when to step up and when to step down,” Jealous said. “This day I can say with pride that I’m prepared to step down and make room for the next person who will lead this organization to its next chapter.”