In remarks to hundreds of cheering liberal activists Wednesday, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond singled out Republicans as enemies of black Americans and compared conservatives to the terrorist Taliban who once ruled Afghanistan.
“Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side,” Bond told a cheering audience. “They’ve written a new constitution for Iraq and ignore the Constitution here at home. They draw their most rabid supporters from the Taliban wing of American politics. Now they want to write bigotry back into the Constitution.”
Bond called the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 two of America’s greatest achievement. He then went on to attack Republicans.
“The passage of these two laws in 1964 and 1965 marked the beginning of the dependence of the Republican Party on the politics of racial division to win elections and gain power,” Bond said. “By playing the race card in election after election, they’ve appealed to that dark underside of American culture, to that minority of Americans who reject democracy and equality. They preach racial neutrality and they practice racial division.”
This sounds so familiar. Where have I heard this before? Oh, yeah, there was that speech in 2004:
Republicans appeal “to the dark underside of American culture, to that minority of Americans who reject democracy and equality,” NAACP Chairman Julian Bond said yesterday at the civil rights group’s 94th annual convention.
And then there was that little 2001 dust-up:
“He has selected nominees from the Taliban wing of American politics, appeased the wretched appetites of the extreme right wing and chosen Cabinet officials whose devotion to the Confederacy is nearly canine in its uncritical affection.”
And of course, when Julian Bond talks about playing the race card in every election, he and the NAACP know a thing or two about it. You remember the Byrd commercial funded and run by the NAACP- just to inform people. You remember the radio commercials in St. Louis stating a vote for the GOP and ‘more black churches would burn.’
Julian Bond- Asshole, bigot, political hack, and unfortunately, the voice for a community of people who deserve a helluva lot better.
*** Update ***
Since certain apologists, when not confusing Julian Bond with Kweise Mfume, seem content to launch ridiculous ad hominems against the source of the news rather than the source of the quotes, Bret has kindly provided the link to Bond’s remarks in full.