I was headed out the door when Radio One’s Michael Baisden started to introduce his next segment and I stopped dead in my tracks.
It seems that Ellie Gunderson a 19-year-old sophomore who graduated at the top of her class in 2005 from Southfield-Lathrup High School was elected president of her university’s NAACP chapter. She attends the predominantly white Georgetown University.
A guest on Baisden’s show today, if I didn’t hear the lead in to the conversation, I would have thought just from her dialect that she was an African-American.
But I am wondering, where are the Black students at Georgetown? Was there no African-American willing or able to lead their local NAACP chapter?
And then, is this what’s its come too? Are we more open to having a white person lead the NAACP than say someone who is Black and openly gay?
What next a Black member of your local KKK chapter? No wait—comedian Dave Chappelle already brought us Clayton Bigsby.
But I digressed.
Something about this just doesn’t sit right with me. Kudos to Ellie Gunderson for being supportive of the civil rights of African-Americans, but in my opinion the leadership of the NAACP should be in the hands of an African-American, and notice I said leadership and not membership.
But that’s just my opinion.
Incidentally, Baisden also took up the topic of the Undercover lover: Gay men sleeping with so-called straight men on his show.