I think it needs to be said that the NAACP has been heroic on criminal justice issues over the past couple of years. The Troy Davis case obviously brought this to mind, but there was also the group's support of marijuana legalization in California and their efforts to shine a light on over-incarceration (in which they recruited none other than Grover Norquist and Newt Gingrich.)
There was some sense that Obama's election would spell the doom of old-line civil rights organization like the NAACP. I think this sense was--and is--quite wrong.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.
Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.