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Unholy Trinity By: Lowell Ponte
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, July 16, 2004

“WHEN A WHITE PERSON KILLS A BLACK PERSON, we all go out in the street to protest,” said Reverend Floyd Flake. “But our children are being educationally killed every day in public schools and nobody says a thing.”

Rev. Flake understands this problem – and why few outcries are heard. He once was part of the conspiracy that causes this. He served for six terms in Congress as a New York Democrat.

The Democratic Party’s two evil co-conspirators in this systematic destruction of black childrens’ minds, dreams and futures are a labor union, the National Education Association (NEA), and what used to be regarded as a civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 


All three groups in this unholy trinity exploit children – as surely as did 19th Century plantation slave owners or Dickensian industrial factory owners – destroying millions of young African-American lives for their own selfish gain.


“By the time African-American students reach 8th grade, only 12% can read proficiently and only 7% are proficient in math…. The average black high-school senior is leaving 12th grade with 8th grade skills,” wrote U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, himself African-American, in the July 15 Wall Street Journal. “Fifty years ago, the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall made the oral argument before the Supreme Court in the historic Brown v. Board of Education case that outlawed racial segregation in school. He said that ‘nothing can repay’ wasted years and a lost education. I agree.”


But today, by cynically working together the NAACP, NEA and Democratic Party have created for themselves a symbiotic iron triangle of wealth and power that would fall apart if any one of the three departed from their symbiotic, self-aggrandizing behavior. Their wealth and power are being paid for with the enslavement and wrecked futures of millions of black children and the betrayal of African-American parents.


We need to consider each of these three organizations separately to understand how and why they have joined together, and why this racist triangle of evil would fall apart and a new day of opportunity would dawn for African-Americans if any one of these three groups left the conspiracy.


The NAACP, which describes itself as America’s “oldest and largest civil rights organization,” during the 1960s was seen by millions as a bipartisan beacon of hope for American equality. Its membership bridged the political spectrum from the honorable Democratic Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey on the left to Republican Vice President and President Richard Nixon on the right.


But the NAACP grew from left-bent roots, and those roots have in recent years killed the moderate branches that were briefly grafted to this twisted tree. The NAACP’s roots reach back to the Niagara Movement, founded in 1905 by radical black political activist William Edward Burghardt DuBois to oppose the “elevate yourselves through hard work and economic gain” values taught by another African-American leader Booker T. Washington.


W.E.B. DuBois, born in Massachusetts in 1868, believed that blacks should rely not on their own accomplishments and hard work but instead on political agitation and the government to advance. In 1909 he and 13 others who shared this view formed the American Negro Committee, soon re-named the NAACP, with DuBois as its promoter and editor of its journal The Crisis.


Oddly, DuBois was the only Negro, the only “person of color,” among these founders. The other 13 were white and Jewish. Nearly seven decades would pass before, in 1975, the NAACP got its first African-American President.


Almost from the NAACP’s birth, the color it advanced was not so much black as red. DuBois had been a Socialist Party member and hailed the 1917 Russian Revolution, traveling to the Soviet Union in 1926 and 1936 and praising “the racial attitudes of the Communists.”


In 1922 the NAACP began receiving grants from the Communist-linked Garland Fund, whose officials included William Z. Foster, Benjamin Gitlow, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Scott Nearing and American Civil Liberties Union founder Roger Baldwin. In 1938 the NAACP was represented at the Soviet-controlled World Youth Congress, and during the 1940s it was affiliated with the Communist-involved World Federation of Democratic Youth. In 1946 the NAACP gave support to the establishment of the Communist-dominated Progressive Party, which ran former FDR Vice President Henry Wallace for President in the 1948 election.


“Attempts to label the NAACP subversive, Communist-influenced, or out and out Communist have continued for a long time,” acknowledged its 1962 quasi-official history Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP. This book’s author was poet Langston Hughes, a Stalinist.


Democratic Presidential candidate Senator John F. Kerry has adopted as his campaign slogan “Let America Be America Again,” a line he credits to one of Langston Hughes’ poems. Kerry, moreover, has written a preface to a collection of Hughes’ poems with this line as its title scheduled for August publication by Vintage Books. This pander to intellectuals and African-Americans presumably could not have been penned without Mr. Kerry learning of Hughes’ many links to Communism, which range from reporting from the leftist side during the Spanish Civil War to Hughes’ frequent praise for Marx, Lenin and Stalin and outspoken hatred for American capitalism. (In another poem, “Revolution,” Hughes calls on the mob to attack the capitalist “And tear him limb from limb, Split his golden throat Ear to ear.” What should we think of this presidential candidate who is either so ignorant or so arrogant that he embraces a slogan written by a violence-espousing Marxist?


(Presumably Senator Kerry also knows that the Communist Party USA has directed its members to vote for him, calling Kerry “the vehicle by which George W. Bush…can be defeated.” But John Kerry has said nothing to disavow or distance himself from this CPUSA support.)


The same should be asked about the current chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, former Democrat Georgia state legislator Julian Bond, who closed his July 11 speech to the organization’s national convention in Philadelphia by quoting the same poem from which Kerry takes his campaign slogan, a poem in which Hughes also wrote “America never was America to me.”


The hate-filled radical leftwing politics of Langston Hughes and W.E.B. DuBois (who publicly joined the Communist Party USA, moved to the Marxist-run African nation of Ghana and renounced his U.S. citizenship before dying in 1963) has been resurrected in Bond and the NAACP’s current President, former Democratic Congressman from Maryland Kweisi Mfume.


In 2002 Mfume led an NAACP delegation to Communist Cuba “to learn more about Cuba’s education and health systems,” embraced Marxist dictator Fidel Castro, and urged that the U.S. open more trade with Cuba. (Mfume also had a token meeting with dissidents, but while everything the Cuban Government said was accepted as fact, the official NAACP press release said that “The dissidents claim [emphasis mine] that…the Cuban people are denied freedom of expression and freedom of worship.” This same press release ended by quoting, without question or qualification, a Cuban Communist commissar saying: “Most of these people (dissidents) just pretend to represent organizations. They have absolutely no support in our country.”


When I was in Cuba years ago to do a story for the Los Angeles Times, my Communist guide took me to see a Potemkin Village school. Its principal was the only black I saw anywhere in Cuba in what appeared to be a position of authority. The government elite, secret police and others of real power were all Cubans of Spanish ancestry as white as Fidel himself. (Castro overthrew mulatto Fulgencio Batista to impose today’s white racist Communist government). The children in this school studied for half of each day and then were goose-stepped into an adjoining factory to make batteries and burn their hands on battery acid for the remaining half-day. No visiting leftist journalist has complained about Castro’s exploitation of child labor.


The NAACP today functions as nothing more than a leftwing auxiliary of the Democratic Party. Its Foundation in 2000 ran a notorious political TV ad showing a chain being dragged behind a pickup truck that said George W. Bush, as Texas Governor, had not signed “hate crimes” legislation to punish the racists who murdered a black man by dragging him behind their truck. These convicted killers, the NAACP ad neglected to mention, had already received the maximum penalty permitted under Texas law – and that this “hate crimes” legislation therefore could have added nothing to their punishment. The ad was leftwing agitprop of the sort used by Stalin and Hitler, an utterly dishonest, deceitful emotional appeal to frighten, anger and activate voters.


But in recent years the NAACP has also worked closely with another far-left group, and by doing so has betrayed African-American children throughout America. That other leftwing ally is the NEA, the National Education Association.


The NEA began in 1850 as the National Teachers Association, adopting its present name in 1857. From the outset it was “ideological” and discriminatory. Devoted to promoting government-owned public schools and “modern” pedagogical ideas, it permitted no private school teachers to join.


Government-owned-and-run schools are, almost by definition, socialist schools. And in today’s America the public schools have become our largest and most pervasive local bastions of socialism. (This is why Bill Clinton tried to turn local schools into one-stop centers for an ever-expanding range of government services, and to use their presence as loci for zones to rationalize the banning of everything from firearms to liquor billboards. In Clinton rhetoric, every expansion of government was proposed “for the children.”)


These socialized schools, modeled on statist European education in Prussia, attracted socialist activist teachers who saw public schoolchildren as perfect subjects for re-engineering society. That remolding began with the anti-Catholic objectives of Horace Mann and expanded to the anti-religious humanism of John Dewey.


In 1935 in a report presented at the 72nd  annual NEA meeting, the organization’s future Executive Secretary Willard Givens wrote: “A dying laissez-faire must be completely destroyed and all of us…must be subjected to a large degree of social control…. The major function of the school is the social orientation of the individual. It must seek to give him understanding of the transition to a new social order.”


In 1938 “the Institute for Social Research, founded by the Comintern, appeared on the Columbia University campus, taking over the Teachers College, the country’s most influential school of education,” wrote veteran journalist Ralph de Toledano in an investigation titled “NEA Hastens Death of American Education.” 


“Better known as the Frankfurt School….[it] eschewed the economic aspects of Marxism and promulgated a substitute based on Marx’s 1843 preachments,” de Toledano continued. “Later labeled neo-Marxism, the program called for the destruction of religion, the family, education and all moral values, along with the capture of the intellectuals and the instruments of mass communication such as the press, radio and films. To this it appended a new Freudianism, which reduced human relationships to rampant sexuality and the grossest pleasure principles – a program its secret founder boasted ‘will make America stink.’


“The Frankfurt School’s program, implemented by the NEA, made the goal of education not to educate the young but to give them an anarchic ‘self-esteem’ and deprive them of any sense of what’s wrong or right….,” wrote de Toledano, “And it preached the alienation of children from parental guidance.”


In 1946 the NEA printed National Education in an International World, which declared that each member of the emerging United Nations and its U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) “has a duty to see to it that nothing in its curriculum....is contrary to UNESCO’s aims.”


“The NEA’s openly avowed goal today,” wrote de Toledano is “’To tap the legal, political and economic powers of the U.S. Congress. We want…sufficient clout [to] roam the halls of Congress and collect votes to reorder the priorities of the United States of America.’”


The NEA has not been modest about imposing on students its own left-eyed values agenda, which ironically promotes the teaching of Darwinian evolution in the classroom while discouraging competition and scorekeeping on the playground. NEA promotes the discounting of religion (except for Wiccan paganism and Islam); sex education and social equality for homosexuals; and science but also unscientific environmental extremism. NEA also promotes multiculturalism that praises every minority while teaching that white America has always been a racist, sexist, homophobic, imperialistic land unworthy of respect, much less patriotism.


As the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks neared, e.g., the National Educational Association posted guidelines on its national web site suggesting that teachers should not “suggest any group is responsible” for 9/11 but should have students “discuss historical instances of American intolerance.”


Even the NEA’s smaller rival teachers union, the 1.3 million member AFL-CIO American Federation of Teachers, reported the New York Times, responded that any such 9-11 statement “that seemed to blame America” was “wrong” (although it added that AFT did not think the NEA was “unpatriotic.”)


So what, exactly, is the NEA? It is “a weird institutional mutant,” wrote investigative reporter Peter Brimelow in his book The Worm in the Apple: How the Teacher Unions Are Destroying American Education (New York: HarperCollins, 2003), “part labor union, part insurance conglomerate (of all things), and part self-perpetuating staff oligarchy. And part political party….”


With 2.7 million dues-paying members, the NEA brings in at least $300 million a year to the national union and perhaps $1.25 billion each year through its state and local unions. Its staff members earn, on average, more than $130,000 each year, and its top bosses make much, much more. (Exactly how much goes into each NEA pocket it keeps secret.)


Compare this to the average teacher, who earns what? $25,000? $35,000? $45,000 per year? But government now spends an average of $7,000 per public school student. (Close to $12,000 per student in Washington, D.C.) Multiply that by 30 for one teacher classroom and we get $210,000. Public schools pay no property tax and relatively little for textbooks, lights and janitors – so where does the other $165,000 per classroom go? And why as we spend more and more do student test scores, literacy and other modern survival skills sink lower and lower? If public education were a private company, it would have gone bankrupt long ago and been replaced by something far better. Maybe that is why the NEA wants to banish competition and test scorekeeping from its political playground. These are precisely the kinds of questions that the NEA fears and works to stifle.


And this is by some accounts why the NEA expends up to one-third of its enormous income every year on politics.


The NEA has a permanent staff of at least 1,800 United Service (UniServ) employees who function as political operatives. This means that NEA on a continuous basis has more full-time paid professional political shock troops than the Republican and Democratic Parties combined. As Brimelow notes, these troops are trained at radical boot camps, paid and typically given graduate school credit for attending. One NEA handbook is titled “Alinsky for Teacher Organizers” and teaches activists how to use the confrontation, conflict and pressure tactics of radical leftist Saul Alinsky to win.


It is also among the biggest financial and personnel contributors to Democratic candidates, and as Mark Levin of the Landmark Legal Foundation documented NEA has coordinated its political expenditures and activities with the Democratic Party.


The NEA is a 501(c)(5) tax-exempt entity, meaning that any money it spends for such political purposes must have taxes paid on it. The NEA in past years has claimed for tax purposes that it spends little or nothing on politics, when in fact it is among the biggest political spenders in America, and this has sparked controversy.


How powerful is the NEA? After President Jimmy Carter, to thank the union for electing him President in 1976, created the Department of Education, one NEA executive boasted that this was the only union in the country with its own cabinet department. At recent Democratic National Conventions, up to a quarter of the delegates are members of teachers unions. When the NEA talks, the Democratic Party listens.


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Mr. Ponte co-hosts a national radio talk show Monday through Friday 6-8 PM Eastern Time (3-5 PM Pacific Time) on the Genesis Communications Network. Internet Audio worldwide is at GCNlive .com. The show's live call-in number is 1-800-259-9231. A professional speaker, he is a former Roving Editor for Reader's Digest.

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