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On Wednesday, I called for the resignation of NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. I did so not because he was “snookered.” I did so because I believe at this juncture in his personal development and the current political and technological environment he is unfit to lead as demonstrated by his inability to accept complete and total responsibility for his organization’s bad acts. Nobody made the NAACP condemn Shirley Sherrod before speaking to ITS OWN MEMBERS who were present at her speech. No one made the NAACP condemn Shirley Sherrod before getting its hands on a tape of her speech shot by ITS OWN MEMBERS. Nobody forced them to pick a fight with a foe they are CLEARLY too inept to respond to in a strategically sound and competent way. The NAACP took the path of LEAST RESISTANCE and when they were called on it they tried to deflect responsibility for their own BAD ACTS. Leaders take responsibility. LOSERS make excuses.
And it’s not just New York Times columnists and bloggers piling on. When a mathematician starts talking, you know you’ve got a problem.
Dr. Jonathan David Farley graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Oxford University.
Wells Fargo put taxpayers on the hook for up to $36.9 billion in bailout funds and programs plus an unknown amount from the Federal Reserve's $8 trillion in emergency programs. This money was supposed to help the banks get the economy going again. But little of this money has gone to relieve struggling homeowners and increase the flow of credit to small businesses.
Despite its large portfolio of at risk mortgages, Wells Fargo has started trial mortgage modifications for only 11% of its 292,515 borrowers who are eligible for the Obama Administration’s Making Home Affordable Program (and are at least 60 days past due). At Wachovia, which Wells Fargo acquired in 2008, the number is even lower, 2% of 74,231 eligible borrowers.
SEIU should demand that
the NAACP answer the questions. After all, SEIU is mobilizing support for the “Showdown on K Street.”
SEIU and allies will call out lobbyists for Big Bank -- Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo -- who are using campaign contributions to weaken financial regulatory reform.
The New York Times reports the NAACP and SEIU are organizing a rally in October to “create momentum for President Obama and Congress to enact more progressive-minded legislation on jobs, a financial overhauland other matters.”
In his blog post, Ben wrote the NAACP paid a price for filing the lawsuit against Wells Fargo:
It was not without a price. Just before I did so, I informed our board that we would need to revise down our corporate revenue projections because we would be bringing lawsuits against corporate supporters . . . .
Wells Fargo stopped supporting our national events shortly after we announced the suit.
Ben asserted the agreement “does not interfere with but complements lawsuits brought by cities which are largely for remunerative damages.”
We now know dropping the lawsuit has been remunerative for the NAACP. But the civil rights organization has not disclosed how much remuneration it has received from Wells Fargo.
In addition to sponsoring the annual convention, Wells Fargo is a co-sponsor of the upcoming Leadership 500 Summit.
There is no such thing as free money. The question remains: What is Wells Fargo getting in exchange for its corporate support?