July 12th, 2010
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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. David in Houston

    If the shoe fits...

    July 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Kitty

    Well, it's about time!

    July 12, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. aj

    Oh yes when all else fails, and the leader you put your hopes and dreams in fail you.........Scream Racism....These are not racist groups but the Tea Parties want to keep our Constitution in tack.
    I guess the members of the NAACP need a new push to make money so this looks like a great opportunity.
    It’s all BS.
    Ajl

    July 12, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The NAACP appears to be the "racist" here. The fact that people are unhappy with Obama, has nothing to do with racism. It has everything to do with performance, judgment, and attention to priorities.

    On the other hand, the NAACP would like us to believe that being critical of the President's performance, is "racist"......which is just plain NONSENSE!

    July 12, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. janetlaw

    Go get'em, NAACP. If I saw even ONE Tea Party Leader condem the horrendously racists signs, speech, etc, I might have an iota of respect for them. But they haven't and I don't.

    July 12, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. SLP

    Blah, Blah, Blah. You know what. If wanting my country to get back to the Godly principles that it was founded on and for my elected officials to abide by the constitution make me a racist, then so be it. If the NAACP wants to talk about racism, they need to be condemning the foul mouthed bigot that is heading up the new Black Panther party. But they aren't going to do that are they? The African American community should be ashamed that they let these people speak for them. They are losing credibility by keeping silent. It is groups like the NAACP, the Black Panthers, and our liberal members of congress that are keeping the African American community down. Oh, and by the way, if any of you liberal crybabies on here have anything "scathing" to say in retort to this post, bring it on. I am beyond sick and tired of this crap.

    July 12, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Angry White Guy

    Thank God for the Tea Party. Without them we would never know how selfish, racist, and backwards conservtives really are.

    For example, first Williams remarks that "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". My individual rights have taken away because now I'll actually have a shot at getting health care? What a buch of bullsh*t. Second, Williams is assuming that only white people use tanning salons. A racist statement if I ever heard one. People come in many shades, and nto only white people use tannign salons. However, obviously William sees the people only as white and non-white.

    Unlike these paranoid racists, the majority of the American people haven't forgotten that the Republicans are the ones that drove us into this mess. The American people elected Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress because of their failed policies. I can't wait until November when William and his Tea bagger friends, after being humiliated at the polls, are sitting around scratching their heads as to why their racist, backwards, selfish agenda disguised as "partriotism" was rejected once again.

    They may think they are onto something, but the American people haven't forgotten. After all, we're still losing our homes, jobs and health insurance because of conservative policies.

    July 12, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Brian L

    ummmm duh

    July 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Angus McDugan

    They should address the racism in the DOJ and white house first.

    July 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. db

    This is nothing but the cheapest form of politics – dealing the race card from the bottom of the deck. Don't believe it for one second.

    July 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Greg Pottstown PA

    Where is the proof? They have none.

    Holding up signs that degrade the president is not racism.

    What signs were held up degrading black people.

    "in particular; members of the movement have verbally and physically abused black members of Congress and other elected officials"

    Really, Prove it. When did it happen and why were no arrests made? Do they only go after black people or is it only racism if the members of Congress and other elected officials happen to be black.

    "a number of Tea Party activists think that issues of importance to African-Americans get too much attention."

    Interesting since we know that a number of people in the black community think that Obama has not done his job on issues of importance to African-Americans. In this case I think that people in the black community and in the tea party are welcome to their opinion, But if the NAACP calls it racism to think that some groups should get more or less attention Is the black community not just as guilty.

    The NAACP is a racist organization and everyone knows it.

    July 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. rick

    This is nothing but a propaganda to silence anyone who opposed or criticized the current administration's policy agenda.
    It is really getting old..where is this rampant racism in the Tea Party they are screaming about? Really.. the article falls short of showing evidence of any rampant racism

    July 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Simon/Orlando

    By it's very name the NAACP is a racist organization. Can you imagine what would be said about an organization that was named National Association for the Advancement of White People?

    July 12, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Bill

    Oh boy...Mr. Williams...calling the the "Tanning Salon Tax" a "tax on white people," may just prove the point of the NAACP! What an idiotic statement.

    July 12, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. R.I.P. Damon

    Pot calling the kettle black, indeed. Maybe the NAACP would like to pass a resolution denouncing the statements of Samir "Kill the Honkies" Shabbaz or Kamou "Exterminate White People" Kambon.

    July 12, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Bob in PA

    Item number 1 – The "Tea Party" isn't really an organization. It is a grass roots idea that doesn't require a spokesman. I may agree time to time with Mr. Williams, but he doesn't speak for me or my family.

    Item number 2 – Chris Fleming and any current directors that are pushing the resolution should no longer consider them selves being part of the NAACP. I want to meet the "physically abused"

    July 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Karl at Joint Base Lewsi-McChord

    Of course the "tea party" is angry at this resolution. I'd say the majority of the "tea parties" are made up of a bunch of angry white folks. I know. I'm a middle age white guy that went to a couple of rally to see what the fuss was about. With all of the racial stuff being said, it made me embrassed to be a white man. You could have put pointed hoods of most of them because it sure sounded like an old klan type rally. The repubs lost my vote when they put up douffus Bush for president and made it worse by selecting "crazy lady" palin in this last election. BTW: Whne is Uncle Tom Steele going to fired?

    July 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. DJ

    If there won't so many idiots who listen to Mark Williams, he'd be laughable. A luxury tax on tanning salons is racist? Just too stupid for words.

    July 12, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Debby

    This is pretty funny the NAACP condeming the Tea Party for racism and its exactly what they are doing with their insinuations. I have seen plenty of black people hold cartoon signs up of President Bush when he was running for President in his first and second term. The only people inciting racism is the black community for their idotic statements.

    July 12, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. blaqmajik

    For starters, Obama has pushed this country forward and he will continue to improve this country as long as we allow him too. Secondly this whole "taxing white people for tans" is BS. Light Skinned blacks tan, Light Hispanics tan, Asians tan....Besides the tax is not on the tan its on the establishment. If you want a tan take your @$$ outside and get one. Go NAACP bring these humanitarian atrocities to the forefront.

    July 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. JJ in NY

    What a joke ! LOL !!!!!!!!!!

    The NAACP must be run by the "New" black panther party .

    July 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There is a clear appearance of racism in the "tea party movement." I never see any African-Americans or anyone else of color. It is all white people there.

    "We're fighting the government programs that have emasculated the black family," Williams said. I would like to know what programs that Mr. Williams is talking about and the plans that the "tea party" movement have for restoring the "manliness" to the African-American family. Any comment on that question?

    July 12, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Gary

    I am not a racist but boy o boy, seeing these kind of activities that they select is amazing to me. I would have marched with you in the past. but you have the leader of the Black Panther Party giving praise to OBL and you said nothing, you have a black man saying you need to kill white cracker babies and you say nothing. this is the pot calling the kettle black. You said nothing about these to incidents, when the american people get fed up with your racist views and there will be no one to help you

    July 12, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Mike Shtekas

    Wow. That is really sad...the NAACP used to stand for something more than race baiting and left wing politics. Now it is simply a mouthpiece for the government. My how times have changed.

    July 12, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. SA in OO

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

    The Tea Party Express is just angry . . . and very white.

    IF we can't get hate out of politics then we deserve the hateful world we create for ourselves. Hatred is blind and self-righteous. It is never tolerant of the world that people we disagree with live in.

    July 12, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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