Following Mitt Romney‘s speech at the NAACP’s national conference, a former leader of the group said the event was more about Romney wanting to appeal to white independents rather than black voters.

“He went there to bait us,” Julian Bond, who served as chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2010, told the Huffington Post. “He wanted to be able to go to some of the independents he needs to get elected and tell them, ‘See? I stood up to the Negroes.’”

Call him Bond. Julian Bond. Double oh-so-paranoid.

[Huffington Post, The Hope for America]