July 13th, 2010
07:38 PM ET
13 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
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  1. Elle

    I used to have great respect for the NAACP. However, since the ridiculous complaint regarding a Hallmark card and now the even more ridiculous allegations about the Tea Party, it is clear that the NAACP has outlived its usefulness. I'm sick and tired of people playing the race card. It's the 21st century people...GET OVER IT!

    July 13, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. den

    Isn't it amazing how an organization, who's sole existence is for the advancement of a race, can somehow call an organization, who's sole purpose is to defend the constitution of the United States, racist?

    July 13, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. TowerTone

    Too bad they don't have a shred of evidence to present as facts, only hearsay.

    But then again, this is not about facts, but only to demean the opposition the only way the NAACP can, by distorting the truth and lying.

    Bravo. You now have no credibility in race relations.

    July 13, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Bill in California

    WHAT HYPOCRISY! Just the full name of the NAACP is racist at its base and it's intent. If it were named the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT OF PEOPLE or NAAP their condemnation would at least not come across as the POT calling the KETTLE BLACK!

    July 13, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Augsbee

    Hey, at least it keeps those fellows at the NAACP making good money. The only way to deal with anything they don't like is by calling it Racism, what about the rest of us, what do we get to call it when it is visa versa?????????

    July 13, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Interesting, the most "accepted" racist organization in the nation calls political dissent racist. Hmmm.

    July 13, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. Ben

    The real racists are the NAACP. They'll do or say anything to deflect attention of their failed agenda.

    July 13, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    A good test of the racism of an organisation is to fiddle with its name. If a hypothetical "National Association for the Advancement of White People" would be considered racist, then the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People is equally so.

    For the NAACP to decry any racism they imagine to exist in the Tea Parties is utterly hypocritical. The truth of the matter is that the NAACP overwhelmingly supports the Democratic Party and their "resolution" is simply a political ploy attempting to smear the Tea Parties.

    Sorry, but that's not likely to work. The NAACP and similar organisations have been crying "racism" at every opportunity for half a century now and, like the old boy-who-cried-wolf story, no one takes it seriously any more.

    July 13, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. vegage

    There is no need of a resolution, everybody knows they are racist.

    July 13, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. The NAACP is a racist organiztion

    By its charter and mission statement the NAACP is itself a racist organization as they advance the cause of colored people only, to the detriment of latinos, asians, and whites.

    July 13, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. haren

    Democrats should act like elephant, just ignore this tea party dogs the way elephant does.

    July 13, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. they call me "tater salad"

    Oh come on now, don't be silly they're not racist, I once heard someone say that there was at least one black person at all their rallies......And like the halfwit Republicans say...........If someone said it, then it must be true!.......Get real!

    July 13, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. b. o. stinks

    because you disagree with obama you are a racist???because there are pics of him as the joker? wasnt there pics of bush and and a monkey with facial expressions that looked alike? talk about degrading a man, bush was called an idiot ,dunce deserter and other libels things and he went on about his business and ignored it all

    because you disagree with obama and holter then you are racist/ ? because you disagree with their politics you are a racists/? COME ON NAACP advance yourself into this century and stop your whining stop being a victim with a victims mentality. If I disagree with my wifes politics does that make a racist? oh yea she is black no mistake about that as there is nomistake that i am blue eyed blonde hair back in the day when i had hair white man I love my wife very much and love her family and would anything in the world for them but our politics are opposites and i dont think thtey are RACIST

    July 13, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. JjoseJJ

    It's wrong to use "Colored Persons" as part of this groups name.

    Rightly, it should be "National Association for the Advancement of African Americans." Or just "NAAAA" for short.

    They have become too political lately. Please get back to what's real – helping the disenfranchised. They will never get anywhere insulting salt of the earth Tea Party folks.

    July 13, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. D.

    What issues done or said by the Tea party have been claimed to be racist?
    If there are concrete acts of racism they are not to be tolerated, but playing the race card against 'conservatives at large" is a mistake even to a large organization who has had some historical achievements.
    It dilutes the notion and ugliness of racism and makes it no more than a political card !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 13, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. r

    Tea Party is racist b/c they want to reduce our spending to reduce our debt to reduce our interest to increase the strength of our economy and future economic well being? I do not see the connection.

    July 13, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. shammus

    another great move by this organization for the sole purpose of bringing the nations of the world and colors of people closer together

    thank you, cnn, for allowing this accusation to reach millions of people

    July 13, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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