Conservatives Fire Back at NAACP Chair Over Remarks

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:20 PM EDT

( - Conservatives are firing back at NAACP Chairman Julian Bond for claiming the Justice Department and the Bush administration are eroding the civil rights of all Americans.

Bond, who gave the keynote speech Sunday to the NAACP's national convention, ran down a familiar litany of complaints and also called black conservatives "ventriloquist dummies."

"The left-wing assault on John Ashcroft began as soon as he was nominated to the post and it hasn't relented; it has only gotten more shrill, more hysterical, more extreme," said Thomas Jipping, senior fellow for Legal Studies for Concerned Women for America, the nation's largest public policy women's organization.

"Mr. Bond's tirade is more evidence that his organization is either losing its grip on the black community, or is scared that conservatives will do well in this year's elections, or both," he said.

Sean Wilentz, director of the American Studies program at Princeton University, attacked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Monday's New York Times for Scalia''=s expression of faith.

CWA defended Justice Scalia, saying, "Mr. Wilentz publicly defended Bill Clinton during his impeachment. His bigoted assault on Justice Scalia, when coupled with his defense of Bill Clinton, leaves him arguably the most discredited academic in the country," Jipping said.

The African American Republican Leadership Council, meanwhile, called Bond "a bigoted plantation'' racist out of step with Black America.
The AARLC said Bond's comments are "vitriolic, bane, irresponsible, simply put bigoted'' and void of any semblance of leadership expected of this once august organization."

"His continued attacks on President Bush, this government and now, on up and coming African American public policy seekers must stop," AARLC said in a statement.

"It is the responsibility of the NAACP to reel in this loose cannon and visit his removal from leadership immediately as he has become an embarrassment to Black America and out of step with NAACP members that disagree with his level of unwarranted attacks," the group said.

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