Don't Tell Me What To Do: A Spiritual Memoir
Just kill me now, LORD! I'd rather be dead than alive, because nothing I predicted is going to happen. – Jonah 4:3

Why was I intimidated by the NAACP?

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Linwood had served as the president of the New London chapter of the NAACP, only I didn't know that when I went to live with him or that we were on a collision course. We collided soon after.

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I felt rested the next morning and at more ease with having gotten the burden of the protest rally off my back. I went down to the table as I usually did. Once I sat down, Cousin Linwood leaned forward over the table, so directly in my face I could smell the eggs on his breath.

“---Boy, is you crazy? Do you know what’s in the paper this morning!”

“No I don’t.” I said innocently. “I haven’t read the paper.”

“—You are in the paper that’s who! Why didn’t you tell me you are some sort of Black Panther?”

Aunt Nanny looked on in disbelief, nearly dropping the tray of food. The tone in Linwood’s voice told me that he was really mad at me. I thought for a moment about apologizing to him, but decided to stand my ground instead. He was doing his thing with the NAACP. I was only doing my thing with the Panthers. What’s the problem?

“I called your father this morning. He’s on his way up here to straighten this mess out.”

That’s when I became concerned. “Straighten what out?”

“You! Do you think I need this kind of publicity against the NAACP? Do you know who I am?”

“Yeah, I do.” I’m stunned to learn that my father is coming to New London. He might really shoot me this time. “Why’s he coming?”

“—To get you! You’re nothing but a troublemaker. What you’re doing is going to be linked to me because you live in my house! All the work I’ve done to make a difference in the lives of black people in New London and you bring this Panther address up here. What if the police come to my house looking for you?”


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"... was just reading this here article about a shooting down in New Haven. Seems like some young black kid was mouthing off at the police. So they shot him. We don’t tolerate that nonsense here. The NAACP has ways of handling these things.” I nodded my head in agreement. ..."
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"... here. The NAACP has ways of handling these things.” I nodded my head in agreement. Linwood had served as the president of the New London chapter of the NAACP, something that I was now very conscious of. He folded up the newspaper and turned his ..."
"...in disbelief, nearly dropping the tray of food. The tone in Linwood’s voice told me that he was really mad at me. I thought for a moment about apologizing to him, but decided to stand my ground instead. He was doing his thing with the NAACP. I was only doing my thing with the Panthers. What’s the problem? ..."
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"... when I became concerned. “Straighten what out?” “You! Do you think I need this kind of publicity against the NAACP? Do you know who I am?” “Yeah, I do.” I’m stunned to learn that my father is coming to New London. He might really shoot me this time. “Why’s ..."

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