I once said to my mother that the NAACP hadn’t done anything, in recent memory, to “advance colored people”; that they’re always out there citing racism and dragging down the credibility of their once great organization with foolhardy crusades that don’t make a whole lot of sense.
Later this evening, the NAACP will hold a protest in Marietta to once again cite “racism” in the sentencing of the so-called “Barbie Bandits” and their accomplices.
The state NAACP will protest what it calls “racial overtones” in the sentencing handed down in the case of the Barbie Bandits bank theft case.
Says Edward Dubose, the group’s president: “Let me be clear, a crime was committed and all those involved should be punished. But these sentences so obviously represent a severe miscarriage of justice that’s filled with racial overtones.”
Source: 4/7/2008 AJC Political Insider article “NAACP: ‘Racial overtones’ seen in Barbie Bandit sentencing”
For those of you not familiar, Heather Lyn Johnston and Ashley Nicole Miller (the so-called “Barbie Bandits”) robbed a Bank of America branch last year and then foolishly went shopping at Lenox Square spending their recently acquired wealth. Michael Darrell Chastang, who has a string of drug convictions going back to 2001 and was convicted in 2003 of possessing a firearm, was the alleged mastermind of the heist and had the book thrown at him; 10 years in prison followed by 15 years on probation.
Nothing racist about that.
The man was a criminal; a repeat offender and deserved to go to jail. What possible “racial overtones” could be seen in that?
Well, according to the NAACP, it’s a “severe miscarriage of justice” for a repeat offender (who just happens to be black) to have a harsh sentence leveled at him for committing a crime. Now I’ll tell you exactly what the NAACP is thinking…
…They’re thinking that Michael Darrell Chastang didn’t get 25 years for being the brains behind the Barbie Bandits and for being a known criminal. Oh no; what they’re thinking is that Chastang was given a 25 year sentence from a white judge in white Cobb County because he corrupted two innocent, sweet, and pure white girls; and that (gasp!) he might have slept with them too. In other words, the NAACP thinks that Michael Darrell Chastang had the book thrown at him for socializing with white women. Maybe this is why Cobb County Commissioner Annette Kesting loathes white women so much.
I’ve got to tell you that, in my book, the NAACP ranks just a little bit higher than the Spotted Owl Society and their “protest” this evening may very well put them below the Spotted Owl Society.