I'm sorry that they feel intimidated. But if they are intimidated by a piece of cloth, then I truly feel sorry for them.
There are so many problems within the black communities around the nation. Single parenthood, substandard schools, poor investment knowledge, gang violence, corrupt black politicians, and an overall acceptance of mediocrity abound in the black community just for starters.
Add on such medical problems as AIDS, alcoholism, drug addiction, and poor pre-natal care, and you begin to scratch the surface of the problems and issues that the NAACP should be addressing. But they go for the "easy targets" like the Confederate Flag, and allow themselves to be led around by race warlords like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Cynthia McKinney and Kwesi Mfume by the nose like a bull being led to the slaughterhouse.
What's even sadder is that there are true black leaders like Kevin Martin, Jesse Peterson, Roy and Niger Innis, J.C. Watts, Ken Hamblin and dozens upon dozens of others who live productive lives. Who live the American Dream. Who do not live in the shadow cast by the warlords and their lemmings.
And my wife's aunt wonders why She-who-must-be-obeyed and I refuse to join the NAACP. Feh.
What people fail to recognize is that we are all in this boat together. I, and most people I know, are not "rich white folk". We work hard and get by with just getting bills paid. Black folks and white folks have a whole lot more in common than not. I may be nieve, but I think that if we'd just show respect for each other and, I don't like to use the word "judge", but, judge people for what is in their heart and not what color their skin is then our country could turn around. There would be no reason for the naacp. I thank God for my dad because that is how he lived his life. He didn't care what race you were or how rich or poor you were, etc ... He looked at a person's heart. He had the respect of so many people. I try to live like that but I don't think I'll ever live up to his example.