NAACP President Resigns and Accused of Conspiracy and Cover up of Donald Sterling’s Racism [UPDATES]
NAACP President Resigns and Accused of Conspiracy and Cover up of Donald Sterling’s Racism with Awards
UPDATE on May 26, 2014:
According to BlackChristianNews.com, Jenkins, who has known Sterling for 10 years, thinks it was bad timing that Sterling’s remarks surfaced when they did, noting that he was planning to honor Sterling because of the owner’s plans to create a multimillion-dollar endowment at Los Angeles Southwest College, where the student population is mostly African American.
UPDATE on May 3, 2014:
NAACP president of the L.A. Chapter, Leon Jenkins, has resigned in the midst of backlash over his relationship with L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
The NAACP issued this statement about Jenkins’ resignation below:
NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles NAACP President Leon Jenkins.In his letter of resignation, Mr Jenkins stated, “Please be advised that the legacy, history and reputation of the NAACP is more important to me than the presidency. In order to separate the Los Angeles NAACP and the NAACP from the negative exposure I have caused the NAACP, I respectfully resign my position as President of the Los Angeles NAACP.”The national office of the NAACP is developing guidelines for its branches to help them in their award selection process.
So, what is the ‘negative exposure he caused the NAACP” that makes him abruptly? Well, apparently Sterling has received awards in the midst of having lawsuits against him. In 2009, Sterling received his first NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award while battling an employment discrimination suit filed by former player Elgin Baylor.
The L.A. Times stated:
Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles branch of the civil rights organization, says of the much-maligned Sterling, “He has a unique history of giving to the children of L.A.,” revealing that the owner donates anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 tickets a game to youth groups for nearly every Clippers home game.
Then, in 2008, Donald Sterling received the same award from the NAACP and Jenkins’ past has be questionable since he has a history and admiration for Sterling:
L.A. Times reported that Jenkins’ was benefiting from this relationship with Sterling and this is why Sterling received awards:
While a Detroit judge, Jenkins in 1988 was indicted on federal bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and racketeering charges, according records from the State Bar of California.
Jenkins was accused of receiving gifts from those who appeared in his court and committed perjury, the records show. He was acquitted of criminal charges. But in 1994 the Michigan Supreme Court disbarred him, finding “overwhelming evidence” that Jenkins “sold his office and his public trust,” according to the bar records..
In 1995, the state bar began looking into the misconduct allegations from Michigan. He was disbarred in 2001, according to the state bar. He tried to be reinstated in 2006 but was rejected, records show. He made another attempt in 2012.
Earlier this month, the bar turned him down, questioning whether he had the “moral fitness to resume the practice of law,” according to records.
AT2W’s Take: So Mr. Jenkins has ruined his life being disbarred for life so to speak because the state bar will not reinstate him. They find him unfit to serve over a court. He is just like Sterling as to being disbarred and banned is how they are very alike. Now we know why he resigned. His past is catching up with him and its coming out that he is repeating the bribery, conspiracy and racketeering, etc acts as he did before. Shame on him because if the NAACP has any good sense, they should bar him, sue him and fine him for allowing a racist to be awarded an achievement that only deserving citizens should receive. Essentially, Jenkins was probably paid to cover up Sterling’s racism with awards to slap his victims’ in the face. SMH. They both will pay for this and we can’t wait to see the end results.
NAACP Yanks Donald Sterling Award and Returns Donations
Original post from April 29, 2014:
The NAACP says Donald Sterling will not be receiving its lifetime achievement award from its Los Angeles branch after the Clippers owner allegedly made racially charged comments in a recorded conversation.
Leon Jenkins, president of the LA NAACP, said at a news conference Monday that donations made by Sterling will be returned.
Sterling had been slated to receive the honor on May 15 as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the group’s Los Angeles chapter.
On a hypocritical note, NAACP has done it again by offering to give back the award because they want to forgive him in light of their 20 year relationship:
NAACP Los Angeles president Leon Jenkins:
“God teaches us to forgive, and the way I look at it, after a sustained period of proof to the African American community that those words don’t reflect his heart, I think there’s room for forgiveness. I wouldn’t be a Christian if I said there wasn’t,” Jenkins said.
“We are negotiating with him about giving more moneys to African American students at UCLA, and so we are in preliminary discussions,” Jenkins said.
National Sponsors drops Sterling
Used car dealership chain CarMax, airline Virgin America and insurer State Farm said Monday that they are ending their sponsorship of the Clippers. A third sponsor, insurer State Farm, said it “will be taking a pause in our relationship with the organization.”
“CarMax finds the statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner completely unacceptable,” Richmond, Va.-based CarMax Inc. said Monday in an emailed statement. “While we have been a proud Clippers sponsor for 9 years and support the team, fans and community, these statements necessitate that CarMax end its sponsorship.”
Virgin America echoed those sentiments in a company statement: “While we continue to support the fans and the players, Virgin America has made the decision to end its sponsorship of the L.A. Clippers.”
State Farm also described the remarks as offensive and said it will monitor the situation as the facts are sorted out.