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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/12/art.teaparty.jpg caption ="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. Down South

    Condemn the Tea Party efforts! I applaud you NAACP; you are finally responding to this hidden racism group. I truly feel for the good people this group has suckered into believing they are for the good for everyone in America.

    July 12, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |

    The only way they can diminish the appeal of the TeaParty is to call it racist. If they took the time to talk to Black Conservatives that are in the Teaparty they would get their facts straight. Just another ill attempt to try use racism where there isn't any. They should really be ashamed.

    July 12, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Dan

    Times must be tough when they are looking that hard for racism. I Like an unscrupulous exterminator "discovering" pests that don't exist, the NAACP is working hard to jstay justify their existence. How about spending more time promoting and helpng people, rather than looking for other people to blame for your failures? But hten again, good work doesn't make news .Like Al and Jesse, your jobs wouldn't exist if you gave up the "we're all victims" scam.

    July 12, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. BG

    All Racism should be eliminated.
    A good first step would be the NAACP hiring of whites...

    July 12, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. larry

    the problem is that the tea party people say they see no racism in their rallies or party but if you look on tv at these rallies there is racism..to solve a problem you have to admit there is one first...I sat here in my home a watch the racist signs those people carried so I know they saw them.

    July 12, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Todd

    The NAACP cannot continue to suppress black Americans by insinuating that they are lesser and disadvantaged at birth. This needs to stop... the Jesse Jackson prescription needs to be cancelled... it hasn't worked, it's only enslaved black Americans into a new form of repressive slavery. Let them work, let them be proud, stop telling them from the moment they are born that they are victims...

    July 12, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Welcome to Oblahblah's Banana Republic

    Wouldn't the NAACP make more sense if they would make a statement condeming the Black Panther Party for spouting hate rather than let this anti-american White House convince them of attacking the Tea Party? No, that would be ethical and that's something the racist NAACP and this White House know nothing about. Thugs!

    July 12, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. rachel

    waiting for them to condem the violence and racisim of the riots errr protests of the Arizona law werent people hurt during those riots err protests, and will they condem the new black panther party?

    July 12, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Bart in Omaha

    I am so sick of these idiots (tea baggers) getting angry about how the Constitution is not being followed when it is obvious that none of them know what's in it. Sadly, the Constitution has become an empty battle cry, much like whenever Bush used the term "freedom" in an ambiguous way when in fact, he was curtailing freedoms.

    July 12, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Really?

    How about NAACP repudiate the racism of the Black Panther party, Jeremiah Wright & Louis Farrakhan? I would like the NAACP to cite an instance of racism on the part of the Tea Party. Isn't the NAACP by itself racist?

    I need to start a NAAWP I don't think anyone would mind since I am a person of color!

    Yes bring on the "uncle tom" comments! Yes! Keep up that slave mentality!

    July 12, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Bob Diamond

    I am not a member of any tea party.

    Everyone is so concerned about the liberal democratic hoax called racism in the tea parties, but neither Jesse jackson, the NAACP, nor CNN has made any comments about the new black panther leader telling blacks to kill white crackers and their white babies. CNN must be too progressive to take on racism when it concerns black racism over whites. This is not investigative journalism, this is political cronyism.

    July 12, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Bill

    And I condemn all the racists in the NAACP.

    July 12, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. IsupportthisPresident

    Tanning salon tax! lol! Maybe that will keep ya from being exposed to damaging ultraviolet rays! Hell, what ya going in ther fer anyway, you happy to be white, right? Damn, Obama is so racist! lmao!

    July 12, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Thomas Coughlin

    Who cares? The NAACP is nothing more than a bunch of out-dated race-baiters, who've done more damage to black people in America than any number of Tea Partiers could ever do.

    Also, if CNN or the NAACP has any evidence at all to support the blatant lie that Tea Partiers "verbally and physically abused black members of Congress and other elected officials," please show it to Andrew Breitbart. You'll get $100,000!! Oh, wait, there is no evidence because it never happened. The NAACP and CNN are lying.

    July 12, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Mark

    The NAACP is a strict racist org. How many whites/asians/hispanics are there? They separate themselves by race, hence RACIST. Maybe if they were for the advancement of all people they would have some credibility, Same with the congressional Black Caucus

    July 12, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Mikey

    "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."

    Is Mr. Williams trying to prove the NAACP's case?

    While it is true that many, probably the majority, of Tea Party activists are not racist, it is pretty obvious that there is a strong racist component within the movement. The comments have been out there repeatedly, going all the way back to the Palin rallies during the 2008 campaign. Many in the movement began self-censoring early on and most news sites actively censor such comments, which only masks the problem.

    July 12, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Karl in Charleston,SC

    We have BET, Black Miss America, NAACP, Black History month, and yet anyone that coments negatively on President Obama is a Rascist.

    July 12, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Mark from Louisiana

    There is no group more racist than the NAACP. Why are they tolerated?

    July 12, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. all the news that's fit to omit

    Can the NAACP produce any evidence to back up their lies..... actually if they had any proof they would have collected the $100,000 that was put up but NEVER collected?

    Everyone has a phone and they marched right through the tea partiers HOPING something would happen, but NONE did there or anywhere else in thousands of gatherings.

    So the Bush wanted DEAD or ALIVE posters and the hitler moustaches etc, etc, etc were OK with this fringe group?

    Ask them how they feel about the Black Panthers and the video's of voter intimidation and brutally racist rhetoric that isn't a myth, BUT ON TAPE?

    Shame on CNN for even posting this fraud by a group of frauds and they now where they can shove their reparations.

    July 12, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Djinn

    What the Baggers ought to be angry about is their own self-righteousness as it keeps their feet squarely in their mouths. They make claims that do not get followed with actions [like NOT coming down on the party of "no" as they strongly support the banks which are screwing tea partiers personally all over the Nation]. If you are against loss of freedom, do NOT support the Repugnican voting for oligarchy.

    July 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. panterazero

    So now the Republicans face a choice, even more starkly than before: placate their right flank, or nominate a moderate who will appeal to African-Americans, and lose about the same number of votes either way. This reminds me of the Onion headline, "Black Man Given World's Worst Job." Three years ago they meant Barack Obama, but now it makes me think of Michael Steele.

    July 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. KJ

    They aren't putting a tax on white people with the tanning salon tax...its a tax on stupid people. Maybe if it costs enough, people will stop killing themselves and driving up health care costs with cancer treatments that could have been avoided with smarter living.

    July 12, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The Tea Party in many peoples eyes are a bunch of racists. They won't be satisfied until there is a second civil war.

    July 12, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Alex in wisconsin

    ok for all my fellows who arent very sharp, they are condemning racism in the Tea Party, not saying that the whole Tea party is racist. So if anyone within the Tea Party movement is offended, its probably because you are part of the block that is racist.

    seriously, a tax on white people? i know that's not the highest level of race baiting that the Tea Party has expressed but seriously, would that have been said if the President was white? the 300+ individuals who voted for the measure, were they all racist black folk? no, i think the majority of them were white. But lets be fair, they definitely should have added a tax on hair weaves as well.

    July 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. New Age Independant

    The NAACP, one of the most racist organizations in history, wants to portray the Tea Parties as racist? This claim is beyond absurd.

    July 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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