July 13th, 2010
07:38 PM ET
4 years ago

NAACP passes resolution blasting Tea Party 'racism'

Washington (CNN) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has passed a resolution that condemns, what it feels, is rampant racism in the Tea Party movement. Members passed the resolution on Tuesday at the NAACP's annual convention being held in Kansas City, Missouri.

The action pits the nation's oldest civil rights organization, with a storied history of wins in various bouts for racial justice, against a grassroots conservative movement that has won some recent political races and is flexing its muscle in Republican circles.


Filed under: NAACP • Tea Party movement
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. John

    I'm glad that people are finally speaking out – boy it took long enough though. We could have been over this along time ago if other organizations took a stand when it first started against this president and other minorities. WE ARE A NATION OF COWARDS!

    July 13, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    It's about time someone calls it for what it is.

    July 13, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. ib

    this is disgusting. I am not a racist and I am getting tired of being accused of being one everytime I say or write something against Obama and company. People like these are making racism come back. By the way I don't belong to the tea party. It's time people stated their opinions and stopped using race in any form against those that disagree with them.

    July 13, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Margaret Anderson/Boise, Idaho

    Way to go NAACP! Now go out and vote in November like you mean it.

    July 13, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Good. Show me 1 Tea Party Republican activist event not filled with insane people that are off their med's, barely know how to spell/read, carry signs cheering the death of Ted Kennedy, carry signs that say Obama should go back to Africa, or with people that are training their kids how to Hate.

    July 13, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Last I checked, the Tea Party movement was made up of people from every race in America. It's really about the role of government in America.

    July 13, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. JohninTampa

    The accusation of racism is certainly true of SOME people. But it is not particularly useful for the NAACP to pass this resolution because by doing so they keep the argument going. The law of the land already addresses this, so more words are just heated rhetoric.

    What do they think this will accomplish? Shame decent tea partiers into quitting? The truly ugly in the conservative base are doing just fine in destroying their own movement (eg Steele blaming Obama for Afghanistan, Vitter just today talking birthier-ism,), and all you do by attacking is drive weaker idiots deeper into their circled wagons.

    July 13, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. David, Tea Party-goer

    Well that's the pot calling the kettle black...yes, I said black.

    There probably are some racists in the Tea Party, just like in the NAACP, both political parties, and in every community in America. However, putting a blanket statement over an entire group of people is ignorant and irresponsible.

    Personal responsibility...that's what life is about. Treat others the way you want to be treated...THE GOLDEN RULE.

    July 13, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Waller, TX

    The Tea Party are an angry group of citizens! It is ashame that they are willing to take down the Republican party, and conservative Democrats, to forward a very narrow-minded agenda...racism. I wish they would have been that outraged when George Bush was president. If it is sincerely concern about too much government spending, sorry but many Americans can not hear the legitimate message due to their tactics.

    July 13, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Ask the voters of MA how they feel about being called conservative republicans.One of the most liberal states in the country elected a moderate republican named Scott Brown over the sitting state AG Coakley.

    NAACP is past it's prime.

    July 13, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Donnatella

    I'm white but I agree with the NAACP 100% being born in the south it is embarrasing sometimes some of the crap I hear coming out of people's mouths, I know for a fact that a lot of the hate towards our president goes way beyond his policies. I am not a big Obama fan, but I was raised in a good christian home, I was taught to respect the president regardless if you like his politics are not. The tea party is nothing but an bunch of old white folks who can't stand the idea that somebody they feel superior to is the president, they just can't live with that. I think these people are going to bring the republican party down. I was seriously thinking about voting republican come November but thanks to people like Glenn Beck, Rush, Vitter and that hateful women Sarah Palin, I will stick with the democrats, I will not be a part of the blatant racism that calls itself the Tea Party.

    July 13, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Donnatella

    BTW I've been to a few rallies, it was not pretty some of these people are pure evil. They don't trust anybody that doesn't look or think just like them.

    July 13, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. A-ha

    Now this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. NAACP is the most( and leagle I might add) rasist activist group in America. Seems they make most of their money on keeping racism alive and well instead of letting race fall into the normal mankind theam of forgetting.Time to move past race and work on improving life for all and not just the black race( not mine but their refrence point).

    July 13, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. A-haya

    classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    July 13, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. richard

    the race -baiting chatter which is a tactic to divide and draw as many votes to the gop as possible. led by rush on one side and palin who is just waiting w/ baited breath to lure the president in that terrain which is surrounded like your walking on quicksand. cnn says things like obama mocks angle. no obama was just contrary to what angle says. but anything to tick off that womens vote, which is the big target or the big prized fish. the gop only hold card is the race card.

    July 13, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Kate in San Antonio

    Finally somebody is publicly saying what we all know. The right wing vitriol is based on thinly disguised racism. Thats why all their complaints about the president are so fantastic, full of lies, or just plain silly.

    July 13, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. La Piovra

    This is all a case of plotting nonblonds playing the race card, of course. No one has seen demonstrators carrying signs calling the President a monkey, portraying him in whiteface, or telling him to go back to Africa. Every president is asked to produce his birth certificate a thousand times over. That Congressman was just hit by a raindrop out of the blue, and no one saw Palin campaigners carrying signs that said, "Keep the White House white". And, damme, gents, if anyone got out of joint over the reference to nonblond immigrants as "tarballs" right in one of these columns, that just proves that the "politically correct" (formerly known as people of decent upbringing) have no sense of humor, doesn't it?

    July 13, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. jay

    The Tea Party may not be racist, but they have a lot of racist members, just read their racist signs.

    July 13, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Carlos

    I have been to Tea Party rallies and have never heard anyone say a racist thing. Mt experience has always been exciting. The energy is always positive. I am a mature man of color and know that we cannot judge a whole group by a few people. I have been to a NAACP and heard a few people of color say racist things, fortunately our chairman always spoke against that sort of conduct. I would single out the individual and not the group. One bad apple....

    July 13, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Catie

    The NAACP knows darn well that the Tea Party movement is not a racist movement. However, conservative values and the consitution are and that ticks them off. You know what creates prejudice, this bs

    July 13, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. southern cousin

    There is a surprise, an arm of the democratic party calls the TEA party "racist" following the DNC playbook, but does not address the lack of prosecution of the Philadelphia Black Panthers on voter itimidation charges by the DOE in spite of clear video and documentary evidence. Hypocritical liberals, you betcha. Dominated by the corrupt SEIU.

    July 13, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    most conservatives are NOT racists, but most racists ARE conservatives...I feel the same way about the Tea Party..the movement itself is not racist but there are racists in the movement and for some reason they fell to admit that. The Tea Party has to realize that the bad element of their movement is going to get the most attention and it is front and center. It was the same at the Palin rallies when the racists were hollering slurs and calling then candidate Obama terrorists, trader and kill him and Sarah did and said NOTHING to quell them. Why not? Because they didn't want to "upset the base". Wel if that is what your base is and you want to say nothing to stop it then you SHOULD be branded as racists.

    July 13, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. Hugo

    Get over it and let's move forward as Americans, not white Americans, not Asian Americans, not African Americans, not Lation Americans, Just Americans! These idiots have to perpetuate to maintain their self importance, they are like the Unions, no longer needed!

    July 13, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. jenn,philadelphia

    Who says racism is "rampant" in the Tea Party movement? The media who only hightlights the fringe elements to fit their ratings quota. There are racists and bigots everywhere. I would even guess some belong to the NAACP, but we should not condemn an entire group for the few who do not speak for them.

    July 13, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. cmjt

    The NCAAP calling any group racist gives real meaning to "the pot calling the kettle black".

    July 13, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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