NAACP erred in not endorsing, Boggs sez

Guild presidential hopeful unhappy with org's stance

Screen Actors Guild presidential candidate Eugene Boggs has blasted the Natl. Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People for failing to back his candidacy.

The NAACP recently told Boggs, who would be the first African-American SAG prexy if elected, that it was “unfortunately not structured to endorse individuals.” Boggs fired back by noting that the NAACP’s new strategic plan calls for encouraging more minority candidates to run for office.

“Frankly, not having been born yesterday, I don’t find your message very persuasive,” he wrote. “If Danny Glover or Whoopi Goldberg were running in this race, I think your response would be very different indeed.”

Boggs, who has been a maverick voter during his seven years on the SAG board, noted he does not expect to win. Other candidates are Angeltompkins, Melissa Gilbert and Valerie Harper.

“Not being famous and having no personal connections with your leadership or that of Hollywood, you’ve decided not to risk alienating whichever white person will likely win by supporting an obscure black man who happens to be better qualified for the job than any of them,” Boggs said. “I understand realpolitik. Understanding it doesn’t mean I admire its practitioners.”

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