… according to the not-so-subtle excuse offered by NPR blogger Frank James in defense of ACORN:
Meanwhile, conservatives show no signs of letting up.
It’s also important to keep in mind that ACORN’s workers are coming from the same low-income neighborhoods the organization serves, with all that entails — poor schools, high crime and the sorts of social problems that have been documented for decades.
So the flaws conservatives are pointing out about ACORN are not so much problems associated with that organization per se but more about the problems of being poor and minority in urban America.
Wow. The sheer chutzpah here is breathtaking. This isn’t proof of a problem with ACORN per se? According to his logic, every organization serving poor urban minorities (and employing same) must also be riddled with criminals. I suspect quite a few non-profits based in heavily urbanized areas would vehemently protest Mr. James’ blanket slur.
What alternate universe does he live in? In JamesWorld, we are expected to gaze in condescending pity upon community organizers advising would-be politicians how to get away with mortgage fraud, tax evasion, and child prostitution. After all, the community organizers are those people. You know what he means, right? Wink-wink, nudge-nudge … the ones who have dark skin and no money and live in the ‘hood. They don’t know any better, the poor dears.
Good Lord, what racist bilge!
9/15 Update: Maura Flynn gets it.
9/16 Update: Gregory of Yardale gets it too.