When Overstock.com founder Patrick Byrne said during a debate on school vouchers that minority kids who drop out of high school may as well be "burned" or "thrown away", the local Salt Lake NAACP chapter was quick to demand an apology. Here's what Byrne actually said:
Right now, 40 percent of Utah minorities are not graduating from high school. You may as well burn those kids. That's the end of their life. That's the end of their ability to achieve in this society if they do not get a high school education. You might as, [well] just throw the kids away.Clearly, Byrne was saying that with the disadvantages minorities already have, dropping out of high school eliminates whatever opportunities minorities might have enjoyed. One would think that an organization presumably concerned with minority advancement would be cheering Byrne's remarks. One would be woefully mistaken.
Jeanetta Williams, a voucher opponent and president of the NAACP's Salt Lake branch, said the videotaped comments shocked her and she believes Byrne meant that minorities who don't graduate should be burned or thrown away.Of course, Jeanetta Williams doesn't really think that. If she did, her English language skills could use a bit of polishing up. As a left-wing political action committee, the NAACP is opposed to school vouchers and this was merely an opportunity for her to attack one who favors the program, the fact that many minorities could benefit from such a program notwithstanding.
The NAACP no longer works for the "advancement of colored people"...they're nothing more than a wing of the Democratic Party.