The Root: "white supremacist, Preston Wiginton thought there should be a WAACP to rival the NAACP" -Well here it is! pic.twitter.com/nH76CBkr6R— Barnor Hesse (@barnor_hesse) November 29, 2016
White supremacists have come out in droves to fearlessly and unapologetically push their racist agendas in the weeks since Donald Trump was elected president.
One of these proud bigots is Preston Wiginton who is being skewered on the internet for his ignorant remarks about the NAACP.
The Battalion —Texas A&M University‘s student newspaper — published comments Wiginton reportedly made about creating a WAACP.
“If we want to have a white state, or a white community or a white homeland we should be able to have that,” Wiginton told The Battalion. “We respect that for all people. If we look at the NAACP, black people have the right to have that. Why can’t white people have a WAACP?”
Clearly, he not only has a poor understanding of what the NAACP does, he also has no idea what the letters of the acronym stand for.
It seems, based on the fact that he replaced the “N” with a “W,” that he thinks the first letter stands for “Negro” and thus he suggests swapping it with “White.” However, he is incredibly mistaken.
NAACP stands for the “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.” If you take Wiginton’s quote literally, he said he wanted to establish a “White Association for the Advancement of Colored People.”
Unless white people really out here thinking the N in NAACP stands for Negro pic.twitter.com/BPAxDdVpP0— Idol (@ochodatheaux) November 24, 2016
The WAACP sounds like a group of white people dedicated to being allies to people of color, which would actually be a great organization, particularly under Trump’s presidency during which the constitutional rights and safety of minorities are being threatened.
Hypothetically, the WAACP would be made up of white people who pledge to champion social justice and stand up for racial equality against all of the Wigintons of the world.
Would love a White Association for the Advancement of Colored People tbh https://t.co/vkObVN2WdK— elloh (@Elloh_L) November 23, 2016
Members of the WAACP would understand the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation and they would acknowledge their white privilege and use it to do good for others.
Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that Wiginton’s novel idea was simply an unintended side effect of his stupidity. Once Twitter caught wind of his remarks, people wasted no time mocking him for his ignorance and dragging him through the mud.
a white supremacist leader said "Why can't whites have a WAACP like the NAACP?"... the White Association for the Advancement of Colored Ppl pic.twitter.com/KLI37QCahY— reggie (@1942bs) November 24, 2016
@AihsenatElocin my god. That's a ripe combination of ignorant and unbelievably offensive.— GrumplestiltsVin (@nottheribbons) November 23, 2016
This rockets to the top of my They Can't Be That Stupid list. ???????? https://t.co/f5i5y2cFxq— Charlie Thomas (@charlesthomas) November 23, 2016
WAACP. Wational Association for the Advancement of Casseroles and Pinterest— morg (@hellafrais) November 23, 2016
[randomly thinks about "WAACP" and starts giggling]— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) November 29, 2016
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