What’s more important? Where the money goes or where it came from?
The LA Chapter of the NAACP has come under fire for not only accepting money from known racist Donald Sterling, but opting to honor him for his contributions to the organization. The chapter president even elected to resign after defending their association with the Clippers’ owner. Cartoonist Kevin Eason takes on the issue in his latest illustration, below:
As the cartoon shows, in the eyes of many, the organization sold out its principles and its purpose once Sterling made it rain with donations. But, let’s face it — we live in a country with a deeply-ingrained sense of prejudice and racial inequality, particularly toward African Americans. And, as Sterling himself pointed out, fraternizing with Black people is widely frowned upon in the high-dollar, high-power sector of society. It’s very likely that a number of big
tax write-offs donations are coming from secretly racist private donors and organizations with bigots at the top. Sterling is the one we know about — but which of his rich & powerful friends called him to tell him about V. Stiviano cheesing with Black folks on Instagram, and what company does HE work for?
Without the sneaky tape recordings and media coverage, we can’t really ever account for the true feelings of the people and organizations that give money to charities and activist organizations. If when all is said and done the money is being used to aid in the “Advancement of Colored People,” does it really matter who or where it came from?
What do you think, Bossip fam? Did the NAACP is compromise their values by accepting money from a known racist or is it ironic justice to use a racist’s money to help the very people he hates?
That cartoon was created by Kevin Eason, a freelance editorial cartoonist and illustrator from New Jersey. His brand of satire covers news events in politics, entertainment, sports and much more. Kevin’s work features include: Gannett, TVOne, Uptown, The Urban Daily, NAACP, Cengage Publishing, BOSSIP, WBLS_107.5FM, and various newspapers and magazines throughout the country.
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