background on Dukes
A friend gave me more background on Dukes: according to him, Dukes is the most powerful person on the NAACP national board – so powerful, in fact, that the CEO, Benjamin Jealous, has to accede to her every wish (which is what we're seeing in this instance). According to him, her (and the NAACP's) position is all about money: the teachers unions give large amounts of both "hard" dollars (direct donations) and "soft" dollars (indirect things like busses, services, etc.) to the NAACP, making it "a wholly owned subsidiary of the teachers' unions. They know that if they need anything, they can just call Randi or the NEA."