The Washington Gadfly
Julian Bond, son of prominent black educator Horace Mann Bond, was born with a silver spoon in his mouth . . . but Bob Woodson says more recently he had one up his Bill Tatum calls Bill O'Reilly an "animal"
Julian Bond starts a pissing match of sorts with black conservatives. . . Bill Tatum calls Bill O'Reilly an animal . . . Ron Dellums calls Ed Koch " a white racist mother-fucker"

NAACP chairman Julian Bond has once again proved himself a one-man black minstrel show for reactionary white liberals.

At the civil rights organization's annual convention in Milwaukee last week Bond deemed three venerable right-leaning public interest organizations, including the American Civil Rights Institute, headed by anti-quota crusader Ward Connerly, nothing but front groups for the racist power structure.

In his imitable words:

"The very names of these groups - the Institute for Justice, the Center for Individual Rights, the American Civil Rights Institute - are fraudulent, and their aims are frightening. Having stolen our vocabulary, they also want to steal the just spoils of our righteous war."

Bond also cast black conservatives as Uncle Toms.

"Like ventriloquists' dummies, they speak in their puppet master's voice, but we can see his lips move and we can hear his money talk," Bond says. "They've financed a conservative constellation of make-believe Black-faced front organizations, all of them hollow shells with more names on the letterhead than there are people on their membership rolls."

"Coming from Julian Bond that's almost a compliment," responds Bob Woodson, president of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise "He does nothing but protest [the good works] other do."

"All he does is attack anyone who is not a Democrat," said Woodson. "He is a minstrel show."

In exclusive comments to Woodson, who served as vice-president of the Westchester NAACP chapter in the 60s but long ago broke with traditional black leaders, added that Bond lost a congressional primary race against now George Rep. John Lewis because Bond, plagued by rumors that he used cocaine, declined Lewis's challenge to "pee in a bottle."

Woodson says that Bond wouldn't take the drug test because "he knew he was up his nose."

At the moment, Bond should submit himself to a truth test.

Bond's characterizations of the black right posted on the Amsterdam News website, play fast-and-loose with the fact. All three groups he named, far from press-release mills, have mounted spirited and often successful challenges to dubious public policies. And unlike the NAACP which tries to circumvent the popular will through courts, Connerly's group won in the democratic process.

The Institute for Justice, incidentally often-represents black plaintiffs and it's high octane legal maneuvering on behalf of school choice likely has strong support among the black community which Bond has a self-interest in presenting himself as the sole representative. The Center for Individual Rights, probably drew Bond's wrath because it represented the plaintiffs in the University of Michigan case that challenged the schools racial set-aside policies for undergraduate and law school admissions.

Bond's misplaced invective should leave many to wonder whether the NAACP is overdue for a regime change.


In 1975, then-Rep. Ed Koch had what in Washington parlance is known as a "frank and candid exchange" with another congressman, Ron Dellums.

As Koch tells the story in his memoir, Politics, Dellums had proposed a "cutback in our military forces" which Koch, a self-described liberal with sanity, thought, in the wake of America's withdrawal from Vietnam, would send a message of weakness to the country's European allies. The proposal was rejected.

Dellums saw Koch in the front row of the House the next day. And it went like this.

Dellums: How did you Eastern liberals vote on my amendment yesterday?

Koch: I don't know how the Easter liberals voted on the amendment; I don't speak for them, but I voted against it.

Dellums: You white racist mother-fucker.

Koch that same year called Dellums a "Zulu warrior."

Those were the good old days.

Now, everyone in Washington is exceedingly polite. They disagree but they respect each other.

Fortunately, Amsterdam News publisher Bill Tatum does not indulge such faux pleasantries.

In his editorial titled, "Michael did not need Fox TV: Fair and balanced, my derriere," Bill Tatum, owner of the black-oriented Amsterdam News, calls O'Reilly an animal and then some for treating the pop singer unjustly. "An unfeeling, vicious media, who first and forward is Fox television news, with a scum of a program called "The O'Reilly Factor" and a man-perhaps animal is a better term for him--who went beyond the pale in making an effort to convict Michael Jackson before he was even tried.

Even after Jackson's acquittal, contend Tatum, O'Reilly used his show to cast Jackson as guilty as charged.

But, then what would you expect?


"This man, Bill O'Reilly, is . . . of the vicious mind and body who takes anything dirty and makes it his anthem, while not having the decency to believe that there is a man [Jackson] who loves children, who wants them to be happy because it makes him happy. So, this O'Reilly is a mean man. He's a vicious man. And a godless man who has no business on the airwaves. Our prayer has to be Goddamn his soul."

The Amsterdam News published O'Reilly's reply, which is rather tame by his standards. O'Reilly says he has videotape which proves his show treated Jackson fairly, both before and after the not-guilty verdict. He adds that Tatum's personal attacks do a disservice to the Amsterdam News.

   Evan Gahr, a former press critic for the late New York Post editorial page editor Eric Breindel, recently broke the story of a race discrimination lawsuit against the Washington Post. He has written for almost every major conservative publication.