On Kim Guadagno: From the Blue Jersey Archives 1 Year Ago – and Why NAACP Needed More Now Than Ever

Lt Governor GuadangoFrom the Blue Jersey archives Oct. 18, 2016, an early stump speech of the LG-who-would-be-Guv, an earnest but tone-deaf speech. Proof that Kim’s race-baiting ad to alarm a white-people base into voting for her isn’t the first time it’s been clear she has work to do with herself on issues of race; certainly as a politician, but also as a person. By Talaiporia, bumped from last year – Rosi


NJ NAACP State Conference held their annual convention this past weekend in Cherry Hill.  Many remarkable speakers, including Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Mr. Joe Madison (The Black Eagle), reminded those attending of the work past and present of the NAACP.  Through the power of their words and delivery, they answered the lingering question about every NAACP event – are they still relevant?

But there was no better argument for the NAACP’s relevance than the speech delivered by Lt. Governor Guadango at lunch.  It was truly remarkable in its tone deafness as she tried to empathize with the struggle of black people in America today.  She shared with the attendees that she understood what it is like to stand out and be different, having moved 15 times in 20 years as a child.  She knew what it was to be the new kid, the kid with the funny clothes, the kid who said soda where others said pop.

As her story progressed, and it was increasingly a stump speech, she spoke about her family’s experience in Detroit when the car industry collapsed.  That collapse resulted in her father losing his job as the local economy suffered, so her family picked up and moved again.  That’s right.  She could sympathize with the people in Detroit because it was tough there for her family, until they used their means to pick up and leave.

She was sincere in her attempt to connect to the largely black audience and appeared genuine in her belief that her experiences as a white girl moving around the country allowed her to understand growing up black in America.

I find it hard to characterize how deeply troubling, infuriating, and offensive were her words.  And the fact that she did not mean to offend, made it that much worse.

Yes, the NAACP has a lot of work to do.  We all do.  So lets get to it.

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