As a proud member on the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP, I was saddened by Jonathan Burrs' one-sided article "Small wonder NAACP is struggling" in the June 7 Herald-Mail. The fact that the NAACP, like many other historical groups and churches, is facing difficulties is not reason enough to justify what I see as a one-sided column.
After reading Burrs' piece, I made it a point to read all relevant news in major papers following the promotion of Benjamin Todd Jealous as the new NAACP president. I wonder if Burrs took the time to read Jealous' bio and accomplishments. When Burrs writes: "Clearly, the manner of Jealous' ascension to the helm of the NAACP negates the most fundamental concept of democracy," I wonder if he has substantial arguments to back his claim.
The NAACP, just like any other organization, does have rules that must be followed. Please pick up an NAACP constitution and take a look at the bylaws, then get back with us with any inconsistency with fundamental principles of democracy or any violation of the rules by NAACP Chairman Julian Bond during this process, or by any other board member.