Observer Philanthropy 2013
You know you’ve got deal-making in your blood when even your 4-year-old daughter requires negotiation. Having invested in a cigar company and even appearing on the cover of Cigar Aficionado, Ronald O. Perelman couldn’t quit smoking cigars. Where’s the fun in that? So he did what he always does and what he has done as successfully as anyone in American business history. He made a deal.
Poor performing schools, relics of 20th-century neglect, ought to close. Charter schools, beacons of hope in many poor neighborhoods, should be encouraged.
This may seem like common sense. But for the teachers union and, regrettably, for the New York chapter of the NAACP, these ideas are heresy. That’s why they joined forces to sue the Read More
Michael Steele just delivered his speech at the NAACP centennial celebration in midtown. Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee who is Africn-American, joked “I’m here to protect the tax-exempt status of the NAACP.”
He later, jokingly, compared his rise in Republican circles to the work of the hundred-year-old civil rights organization.
“It took Read More
John McCain addressed the 99th annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People late Wednesday morning, hours after the release of a new poll that gives him a favorable rating of just 5 percent among black voters. After airing some of his remarks, the cable news channels took up the subject Read More
Michael Bloomberg got stuck on a tarmac in New York City yesterday, and didn’t deliver a speech on poverty at the N.A.A.C.P. convention in Cincinnati, Ohio as he was scheduled to do. But the prepared remarks of the speech he didn’t give show how Bloomberg was to spell out the shortcomings of the current Read More
Here’s the elegantly simple explanation from consultant and former NAACP operative Walter Fields about the apparently massive swing in black support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama: “The black electorate is coming to the conclusion that he is black.”
For the record, even some of Hillary Clinton’s top African-American supporters have been Read More
On Saturday at 11 a.m., the NAACP protests the police shooting of Sean Bell, at 168th Street between Jamaica and Archer Avenues.
At 11 a.m., Councilman Bill de Blasio discusses the need for “e-waste” legislation, outside P.S. 321 in Park Slope.
At noon, Manny Innamorato will announce his candidacy for Staten Island City Council seat Read More
A reader who went to the NAACP’s attorney general’s candidate forum last night (I didn’t know about it either) overheard Mark Green talking about that flattering New York Times endorsement.
“I didn’t write it. But I couldn’t have written it better myself.”
– Azi Paybarah Read More