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. Naqib

    Pot,,, this is Kettle...

    Pot,,, This is Kettle...

    Can you hear me?

    July 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. AndyBlue

    Its not like its a secret that the tea party is a racist organization. Such antics in todays society should make anyone sick to their stomachs.

    The majority of these teabag partiers also claim to be "christian conservatives".

    They are the ones who redefine the term christian conservative to mean racists.

    Too bad. I have never mistrusted people who claim to be christians more than I do today.

    This looney fringe isnt really a fringe at all. They represent the majority of them.

    July 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Ron in california

    Please give a specific exaple of racism. I watch a lot of news both left and righ biased. I have yet to see an act of racism depicted in the coverage. There were a few imes when something was contrived but had no real basis in fact. Show me the pricure or the video, or the voice recording. The real issue hee is power. The left including the NAACP is losing it. Accusations of racism are getting old. Here is the deal my friends...Focus on the future not te past.

    July 12, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Unlike conservatism of the past, with exception of the McCarthyist brand of conservatism in the 1950's, the Republican Party has been reduced to hate and hypocrisy. They have no solutions to any of the problems we face except for smaller government and lower taxes.
    Sometimes we need a big government and money to invest in problem solving.

    July 12, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Ann

    This is a good move by the NAACP but they should have taken this stand when the TEA Baggers were out in full fource last summer during the health care debates. The signs they were carrying was beyond offensive and as a White person I felt embarrassed for our Country that this kind of low down behaviour was being televised around the world. These fringe groups need to realize that this is 2010 and not the days of old and that most Americans do not want to be subjected to this iflamatory tripe and they especially do not want their children to be exposed to the hate mongering. Let us try to rebuild our country and not tear people apart.

    July 12, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Greg

    It's a sad day in this country when a national movement is accused of racism for simply opposing the liberal policies of an African-American leader. To the NAACP: Look in the mirror. You're only making the problems associated with racism worse with this misguided condemnation.

    July 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. tom

    THe NAACP has unfortunately de-evolved into a bunch of whiney prejudiced bigots. This is definately NOT the NAACP of Martin Luther King. They are intolerant of anybody whose view are different from theirs. Any disagreement with them or their policies is termed "racist" and I am for one getting sick and tired of hearing it. Now they want to label the Tea Party as racist, and there isn't anything out there to prove that they are. If being a patriot makes me racist, then so be it. Lets face it folks, people DON'T like Obama and his policies. So, get over it and quit playing the racist card.

    July 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Susie

    I have to wonder why the Tea Party gets so upset at these charges when, other than Michael Steele, there is barely a person of color involved with the Republican Party at any level? Now they'll be mad at me, because Sarah Palin insists that even she will send her ample assistance to a candidate of any party she likes (still waiting for that first donation to a Democrat, Sarah.) It has been painfully honest from the first Tea Party that these are rich, older, white people who do not like their comfy boat rocked by, gasp, a black President (or as my father-in-law says, 'the brown one.') How did that happen? And they are further terrified that Mexicans are entering this country to work, and they are contributing to society, and will soon be more prominent than white faces in the US. "Not on my watch," they say. "Send them back!" The call for lower taxes is fake, as they got that from Obama. The call for fiscal responsibility rings hollow when the problem is Bush's unfunded, but vote getting, Medicaid drug benefit that we have to "keep your hands off my Medicaid!" So it is hard to take them seriously, and frankly, they do come off as racist. So they can either stick to the issues and stop attacking the man, or they can admit what we all know.

    July 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Jack

    And when is the NAACP going to codemn racism at voting places on the part of the New Black Panthers?

    Of course we have evidence of New Black Panther racism in the form of a video of them admitting their racism. Just exactly when will the NAACP show their evidence regarding the Tea Party.

    This is crap.

    July 12, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Dale

    Another organization, like labor unions, that has outlived its reason for existing and is trying to justify itself by dumping on the latest political movement. I wonder how many of its members are also Tea Party members.

    July 12, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Joe from Ohio

    The NAACP has OUT LIVED it's usefulness!!

    It is becoming a JOKE.

    Nothing, but a bunch of VICTIMS that need to feed on a victim mentality to stay relevant. Pure SELF_INTEREST !!!!

    July 12, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Tea Party Nut Job

    I think calling a tax on tanning salons an attack on white people and a threat to the constitution is quite a stretch. Even to a right wing nut job.

    July 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Jay

    Let me understand this. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling someone else racist? It is a strange mixed up world. If anyone else uses the term 'colored people' they are labeled a racist. It is time for a new world, one that does not put labels on a person based on race. Lets start the new world by dissolving the NAACP! Change it to the National Association for the Advancement of People. Until then we will just have to put up with racist, both black and white.

    July 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. jeff, alabama

    With what the democrats have tried to do to poor
    ole Alvin Greene it would appear that the NAACP
    is condemning the wrong party.
    Of course only anyone who keeps up with what's
    going on in America would know that .
    The democratic party has long gotten away with
    blatant racism .

    July 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |

    There probably are some in tea baggers that are not racist, but when in Rome ...

    They don't seem to mind hanging out with racists and thereby guilty by association.

    July 12, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. TEA dummy!!!

    Bunch of looney toons running around with their lame signs. Like Death Panel, socialist, communist, many other fearmonger etc..... The sad thing is that there actually idiots out there believe it . If tea bagger complaint about tax and deficit. Blah blah blah....Where were they 8 year of Bush in power?? Why havnt they gave support to the Wall street regulation?? Why are they backing the BP oil . Why they think Palin, Angel, Paul is the darlin of the tea party... Bunch of crazy looney toons that got nothing better then their all over the place policy. To all the Tea Bagger..Give up your Social security, medical, medicare etc....They just bunch of hypocite idiot , racist , no policy... TEA Party Suck!!!

    July 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. w l jones

    I only seen four of five Afro-American there no more than five hundred in the country! there are three hundred million of us American. Sad but true.

    July 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Bedtime for Obonzo

    The Tea Partiers aren't racist, nor or they about race. The NAACP, however, exists solely on the basis of race.

    July 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. jimbo

    There are many hard working people in the Tea party that truly love America and respect it. The Democrats have been calling people all kinds of vile names just because they do not agree with the disastrous policies of Obama. Call us racists all you want but we have worked too long and too hard to see a bunch of radicals who America destroy it. Obama may have bamboozled many in 2008 but they woke up and now see him for what he really is. He has no concern for average folks..hed rather let the economy go into death spiral while he goes golfing..Its ALL ABOUT HIM and it always has been. Say NO to these worthless racists who encourage groups like the Black Panthers to intimidate white voters... say no to Obama and his Anti-American cult members who want Islam to control America.

    July 12, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Moses

    What do they have to say about the "New" Black Panthers and their election day intimidation in Philly and the ranting recording wishing harm on white people? Oh, I guess THAT"S just fine with them.

    July 12, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Dale

    Would anyone expect something different from this racist whining group of people?
    No credibility whatsoever.

    July 12, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Big George in Big D

    What a friggin' joke the NAACP is!! Why don't the condemn the reverse racisim of the New Black Panthers??? They have been oddly quiet about all that. Figures though, doesn't it? I am so sick of the word racism! The blacks promulgate it just so they can complain!

    July 12, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Westside

    R these people for real( tea bagger's)they r truly lost.

    July 12, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Stacie

    Sorry tea partiers, you can't shout the n-word at black lawmakers and then whine and cry when someone calls you out for your racist behavior.

    By the way, I'm white. I use tanning beds from time to time, and I'll happily pay the tax. I don't feel that my rights are at risk at all.

    July 12, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Get A Grip

    The 'NAACP' know all about racism. After all, that's what the 'NAACP' is all about. The group is just a bunch of racist. Before the 'NAACP' states pointing fingers they need to take a good long hard look at themselves.

    July 12, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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