July 12th, 2010
02:31 PM ET
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NAACP to condemn 'racism' of the Tea Parties

The NAACP will offer its members a resolution condemning the Tea Party for what it calls rampant racism.
The NAACP will offer its members a resolution condemning the Tea Party for what it calls rampant racism.

Washington (CNN) – On Tuesday the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will offer a resolution to its members condemning what it believes to be rampant racism in the Tea Party movement.

The resolution could pass on Tuesday or later this week as the nation's oldest civil rights organization holds its 101st convention in Kansas City over six days.

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous talked to CNN about the controversial, loose-knit groups that espouse a commitment to the Constitution.

"The Tea Party movement knows that there are tens of thousands of dedicated racists and ultra nationalists in their ranks," Jealous said. Those groups "must be repudiated by the regular, law-abiding members or they must take responsibility," Jealous added, saying "they can't have it both ways."

In addition to urging people to repudiate those "racist" elements among Tea Partiers, the resolution also says that elements of the conservative movement are driving to push the nation back to the pre-civil rights era. The story about the resolution was first reported Monday in the Kansas City Star.

Other claims from the NAACP: Tea Party activists have engaged in racist behavior, for example, by waving signs that degrade African-Americans and President Obama, in particular; members of the movement have verbally and physically abused black members of Congress and other elected officials; and a number of Tea Party activists think that issues of importance to African-Americans get too much attention.

The Tea Party Express, a national Tea Party organization, is angry about the resolution.

"This is indeed the kettle calling the pot black," Mark Williams, national spokesman of the conservative grassroots group, told CNN.

"We're fighting the government programs that have emasculated the black family," Williams said.

He added: "It's the Obama administration that rolled back civil rights to a pre-civil rights era with 'Obamacare' in which they removed the concept of individual rights…it's the Obama administration that put a tax on white people with a tanning salon tax. I mean, this is the kind of stuff the Tea Party movement is fighting. We are fighting for the Constitution of this country, which, by definition, makes this a human rights movement – a civil rights movement."

"It's the 21st century and their rights as humans are absolutely at risk here. And the threat doesn't come from those people who love the Constitution. It comes from those people in power in Washington right now," Williams said.


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soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. Jeff from Va

    You have got to be kidding me, an organization that is all about (1) race, have the nerve to call anyother organization "Racist".

    July 12, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. bob

    Amen. The Tea Party is one of the most racist organizations since the KKK (which unfortunately is still around). The Tea Baggers are not a civil rights organization, let's get that straight. And the tax on tanning salons is for health issues (i.e. skin cancer). They just don't get it., do they?

    July 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Nate

    Rather hypocritical considering the NAACP is a racist organization with a racist name and a racist agenda.

    July 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Bob

    This is a joke right? The NAACP is nothing more than another arm of the Democratic party. For them to pass a resolution like this shows how partisan they are. Maybe they should pass a resolution talking about how racist the New Black Panther party is? Nah, probably not. Does not fit their agenda.

    July 12, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. opalka

    Shows how out of touch Mark Williams and the Tea Party Express is.
    Tanning booths are "white tax"?? Does he not know that people of other colors can tan also? Of course not. He's too surrounded by the glow of white tea partiers to see the rest of the world.

    Keep the ammo coming, boys....this is too easy.

    July 12, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Canadian Jim

    Perhaps the University of Texas could rename Simkins Hall, "Tea Party Hall" updating the name but retaining the racist overtones

    July 12, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Stacey

    Thank you NAACP! The Tea Party is racist. I stood in the middle of these people at a town hall meeting last summer. I had my 16 year old daugher with me. The tea baggers were outside "protesting." Their protest consisted of holding racist signs and calling Obama derrogatory names. My daughter said "Mom, I thought you said this kind of thing doesn't happen anymore." I apologized to my daughter. I was wrong. The GOP and the tea baggers made a liar out of me. Racsim is alive and well in the USA; thanks to the republican party and the tea party.

    July 12, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. obama victim

    meaningless...recent polls show Obama has lost the white people.......all on his own, Tea Party has nothing to do with it

    July 12, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. AnProf

    Opposing Obama's statist governing is not racist.
    Opposing unending affirmative action is not racist.
    Being angry at Congressmen–black and white–over the health care vote is not racist. (And no one has yet surfaced with video supporting the so-called racist remarks reportedly made.)
    The left pulling out the race card once again, to tar vast number of angry Americans, has lost its power.
    We are not racists, and we will not be cowed by these charges.

    July 12, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – the NAACP has just opened a can of "Whoop-Ash" – watch the HATE to follows in these blogs!!!

    July 12, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Johnny DC

    Let me get this straight, because I cannot believe what I am reading here.

    A group whose acronym actually clearly indicates its unilateral support for one race over all others is going to unilaterally slander an organization based on the behavior of a very small percentage of its followers?

    The only thing racist here is their treatment of whites.

    July 12, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Legal

    Hopefully, we'll soon here about the Tea Party condemning the NAACP for their racism. Anyone who believes in conservative values is welcome in the TeaParty and needless to say there are all types and colors in the Teaparty movement.

    Unlike the NAACP who would not allow Steve Cohen from Memphis to join because he is white. Doesn't matter he represents a mostly black district and is as liberal as they come. It's all about his color.

    July 12, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Steph

    A tax on a voluntary activity that has been proven to increase the risk of cancer...causing higher medical costs...Yup, that tanning bed tax sure is a "racist" policy. What an idiot Mark Williams is!

    July 12, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. DaveH

    Wow. Will they actually ofer any evidence to back up their assertions?

    July 12, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. JD

    The NAACP is one of the most racially biased organizations of our time. Big surprise they wish to play the race card as they have nothing else to stand on.

    July 12, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Al

    I'm sure that in the interest of fairness the NAACP will also condemn the racism in the New Black Panther Party.

    July 12, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. inofritzn

    Ignorance NAACP. Some racists does not equal racist movement

    July 12, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Steve

    And to think I used to give money to this organization. Shame on the NAACP for stooping to such a low level.

    July 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Ben

    The NCAAP er's are the real racists here. They need to look at themselves in the mirror.

    July 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Baby Boomer

    Good idea NAACP. People need to know that we will not be going back to the old United States (Pre 1960's) where the only people who were treated humanly were white men and women. This is no longer your father's United States.

    What's so sad is, I think a lot of African American people expected anger when President Obama got elected but the level of anger and bitterness is striking, offensive and frankly uncalled for.

    Again, good job NAACP.

    July 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Enough

    Wonder how an organization called" National Association for the Advancement of colored people.............isn't racist. Imagine the outrage if colored was changed to white! Now that's racism. According to these people the word racist has been redefined....anyone who disagree's with Obama's policies.

    July 12, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    It is not the Constitution they love that makes them do what they do and say what they say, it is out and out hate for our President. Americans are getting tired of it. Except those that have as much hate and are getting their hate fed by the Palins, Limbaughs and Becks of this great country. Bye tea partiers, WE will take back America. We being the people who see thru all your lies, hate and hopes that President Obama fails. If he fails, the country fails and I for one do not want that. The Bible says to pray for those authority over you, if you are such great Christians, why don't you pray instead of critisize and provoke hate?

    July 12, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Grundoon

    I cannot take these Tea Partiers seriously. Where were the rallies decrying the ou-of-control spending of Bush administration was spending out-of-control? Oh, there weren't any Tea Party rallies but there were demonstrations by leftists at the economic summit. Where were the rallies when the Bush administration was raping the consitution. Oh, those were democrats and progressives demonstrating.

    The Tea Party is just a bunch of people afflicted with SORE LOSERISM. And you all are going to have it even worse on 11/3/10. Your brand of policy sucks and it's really too bad you didn't learn that after the last 2 elections. Maybe the 3-peat with learn y'all.

    July 12, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. oldtimer

    Looks like the socialist in charge is getting worried about the tea party folks, and getting out his friends to condemn them. Even this tactic wil not work. The tea party is here to stay, and you will see come November the power they possess. We will take back our government one vote at a time.

    July 12, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. marc1969

    Both groups are full of it.

    Yes, the TEA party attracts nutjobs, militants, and racists. So does the NAACP. They have the same agenda, to push their ideology onto everyone else.

    July 12, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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