Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has called the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) race strategy to defeat gay marriage "scary."
Gay rights advocate the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Monday posted four of NOM's internal strategic memos from 2009, which were unsealed in the course of NOM's ongoing legal challenge to Maine's campaign reporting laws.
The memos have caused an uproar for stating the "strategic goal of the project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two key democratic constituencies."
Appearing on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, Bond, a strong supporter of gay marriage, told host Anderson Cooper that NOM thinks they can play with black people like chess pieces.
"I think it's one of the most cynical things I've ever heard of or ever seen spelled out in this way," Bond said. "The idea that these people are just pawns and can be played with, the black people who oppose gay marriage, the black people who support gay marriage just can be moved around like pieces on a chess board. It's scary."