Social Justice “Non Profit” Organizations: Modern Day Carpetbaggers of Implied Racism

Since reconstruction, the masses of my people have been, as it were, enslaved in mind by unprincipled adventurers, who, caring nothing for country, were willing to stoop to anything no matter how infamous to secure power to themselves, and perpetuate it. …The bitterness and hate created by the late civil strife has, in my opinion, been obliterated in this state, except perhaps in some localities, and would have long since been entirely obliterated, were it not for some unprincipled men who would keep alive the bitterness of the past, and inculcate a hatred between the races, in order that they may aggrandize themselves by office, and its emoluments, to control my people, the effect of which is to degrade them.

The above excerpts were taken from a letter that was written to U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, by Mississippi Republican and the first African-American U.S. Senator, Hiram Revels.  Although it was penned on November 6, 1875, it was eerily prophetic of modern times and how tens of thousands of opportunistic, social justice nonprofit organizations (NPOs), aided by liberal academia and an unethical media, are stoking the fears of widespread racism through a steady indoctrination of inherent racism and implied guilt upon millions of Americans, including children–simply because of their skin color or their choice for president.

During post-Civil War reconstruction efforts, many profiteers flooded the South looking for political influence and personal gain.  Named for the carpet fabric luggage they often carried, they were derogatorily referred to as carpetbaggers.

“Us Versus Them” Indoctrination 

In spite of numerous and significant civil rights legislation enacted by Congress, from the Civil Rights Bill of 1866, through the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, the meteoric rise of social justice NPO’s corresponded to the emergence of a new, more violent faction of civil rights activism in the 1960s and 1970s – the “Black Power” movement.  No longer satisfied with following the peaceful teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this new movement opted for more immediate, violent tactics to gain control of communities.  Angry activism joined forces with a new type of college student – the career student – many of whom were increasingly listening to, adopting, and teaching alternative ideologies such as socialism and communism.  The forces of racial activism joined with academia and the ever-increasingly liberally biased media to form a self-perpetuating, profit-driven narrative – the narrative of white privilege and inherent racism. NPOs preach it, schools teach it, and the media screech it. The three-fold attack on whiteness has become less of a cause to be challenged and more of a perpetual lifestyle, enjoyed by the nouveau riche, the carpetbaggers, of social justice reform.

The traditional role of the American teacher has been to educate our youth.  However, over the past couple of generations, that role has seemingly expanded from teaching carefully planned curriculum with parental oversight through local school boards to “educators” being more involved in decisions of what to teach, under the guise of what’s best for the students and America’s future – a move in line with institutionalized indoctrination rather than education.

According to the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan and Budget for the National Education Association (NEA), when describing their move towards a more grassroots approach to shape teaching and learning revealed “This approach is rooted in strong evidence that educators are the “true experts” on the needs of their students, and if they are empowered to shape learning for their students and to collaboratively develop student-centered school plans, the best of educators’ professional practices can be elevated to shape district, state, and federal policies.”  The NEA is the largest labor union in the United States whose main purpose is to advocate for its approximately 3 million members – that’s almost one percent of the total U.S. population.

A simple Google search of social justice resulted in 114 million hits, one of which contained excerpts from the bookIs Everyone Really Equal? An introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education.”

Several shared principles are provided in the book to support the concept of critical social justice (defined as recognizing that inequality is deeply imbedded in structural society and that participants must actively seek to change this) including:  the global organization of racism is fed through white supremacy; racism is continually adapting to any efforts to challenge it, so fighting it requires an ongoing, lifelong commitment; many of us have normalized our deeply-imbedded injustices in which we all have a role; and we all have but one choice to make – either we can choose to take strategic actions to destroy the systems keeping social injustices in place, or, we can support all social injustice by simply doing nothing.  There is no room for neutrality in this war and the activism must be a lifelong commitment.

The authors admittedly provide their concepts to educators, students from elementary through graduate levels, government and university employees, nonprofits and for-profits, and others.  This type of “us versus them” indoctrination has been relentlessly force-fed to millions of students for over five decades.  Yet, anger simply isn’t enough.  Fear is a greater motivator as it provokes two responses: fight or flight.  Flight is impossible since that would equate to ignoring the problem,  therefore, the only viable choice is to fight.  Where do these social justice students get their marching orders? Predominantly online, through a variety of radical websites, many of which are run by a myriad of well-funded, non-taxable, nonprofit organizations.

The Political Propagandists in Non Profits

The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) reported that there are currently more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the U.S. employing millions of people every year, with social justice being just one sector.  And while they are generally tax-exempt, there are limitations.  If they want to retain their tax-exempt status, they are NOT permitted to engage in partisan political activity, such as supporting or opposing ANY candidate for public office; although they are allowed to engage in limited lobbying efforts pertaining to each NPO’s stated purpose.  Tax-exempt charitable nonprofits are supposed to be formed to benefit the public and not private interests, but clearly this is not always the case.

According to some of the most recent articles posted in the NEA’s Election 2016 Archives:

  • April 28, 2017: ICYMI: The Trump-DeVos budget is bad, really bad, for students
  • December 23, 2016: Fourth graders address racial, ethnic, gender stereotypes; video goes viral
  • December 7, 2016: Betsy DeVos as Trump’s Secretary of Education:  A looming disaster for students
  • November 22, 2016: Iowa teacher: We must empower students to reverse the “Trump Effect”
  • November 9, 2016: “I’m Going to Reassure Them That They Are Safe”: Talking to Students After the Election
  • October 27, 2016: Amid Trump-inspired spike in school bullying, Clinton announces national initiative
  • October 21, 2016: Will Trump supporters create problems for you at the polls?

According to Nonprofit Explorer, 2015 tax documents filed by Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Montgomery, AL, stated total revenue of approximately $54.3 million, total functional expenses of $45.4 million, net income of $8.9 million, and net assets of $315.3 million!  Their IRS Form 990-T also revealed that this NPO has financial interests in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda.  Salaries and wages were approximately 31.1 percent of total expenses, exceeding $14 million.

SPLC’s website provides all sort of information that includes a list of “Extremists,” including fairly inclusive biographies.  Of the 100 listed extremists, 98 were white.  It also provides an interactive “Hate Map” that identifies, by location, 917 groups that they have  labeled as “hate groups.”

United We Dream Network, Inc. (UWD) is the largest immigrant, youth-led organization in the nation.  Its website claims that its nonpartisan network consists of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states.  Their purpose is to organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

Their mission is to “address the inequalities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth…justice for all immigrants.”  The ways in which they work, according to their website, is through political campaigns such as the We Can’t Wait campaign, which deals with urgent and  the “most painful” issues facing the “undocumented community:” access to higher education, stopping the deportation of undocumented immigrants, and strengthening alliances between DREAMers, “at the intersection of queer and immigrant rights.”

That’s what they say they do, but what do they do in reality?

Their website is full of tools for illegal immigrants for protesting and what to do if they come into contact with immigration officials.  They also publish a “Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth,” which is a guide published by the U.S. Department of Education.  

According to Nonprofit Explorer, documents filed with the IRS, three years of filings (2013, 2014, 2015) revealed that while their total revenue steadily decreased, their executive compensation and other salaries/wages increased. More importantly, while income was going down, and salaries rose from 24.3 percent to 45.9 percent of their total expenses, the amount devoted to program services plummeted from a whopping high of $366,389 (7.1 percent of total revenue) to $5,500 (0.2 percent of total revenue)!  Yet ,net assets remained fairly even at approximately $2.4 million. So, instead of cutting compensation to themselves, or negatively impacting their bottom line – net assets, this nonprofit reduced the amount that was spent on program services to a mere $5,500 from millions in revenue.

These are but a few examples of the tens of thousands of tax-exempt, yet politically partisan, social justice NPOs in existence today.

As for the media’s part in this tripod of terror, one recent article by CNN’s John Blake, “White supremacists by default”: How ordinary people made Charlottesville possible.”  caught my attention. Not surprisingly, all of the article’s cited experts were either career academics entrenched in the ongoing and perpetual battle for social justice, or decades-long, nonprofit educators who spend their time contracting with anyone and everyone who feels the need to be saved from their whiteness.

According to Mr. Blake, a 2013 survey conducted by Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) – another political, social justice NPO, found that 75 percent of whites in the U.S. did NOT have a single person of color in their social circle – “they only had their white friends.”  The survey, however, didn’t say that at all.

In its published results, the survey “Race, Religion, and Political Affiliation of Americans’ Core Social Networks,” does not look at “friends” within social circles.  The survey question that Blake totally misrepresented asked participants (2,317) to identify people with whom they “discussed important matters” within the previous six months.  They then were asked to provide five specific identifying characteristics for each person, including race.  The survey found that 75 percent of white Americans reported that the “network of people with whom they discuss important matters” (core social network) was entirely white, while 65% of black Americans reported that their core social network was made up of those who were entirely black.  That is totally different from describing having all white or black friends – and intently deceiving.  For the record, the rest of the article was, in my opinion, equally as deceiving due to its totally biased sources.

A plethora of readily-available evidence, some of which has been presented here, indicates that the business of tax-free federal grants and donations, self-righteous aggrandizement, solution-free theoretical pontification, hate peddling, and victimization will never allow the day whereby Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is realized – that a person should be judged by the content of character rather than the color of their skin.

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