October 20th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
12 years ago

NAACP goes after Tea Party again

(CNN) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People released a new study Wednesday that claims to tie members of the Tea Party to white supremacist groups, anti-immigration organizations, anti-semitic groups and independent militias.

The study, conducted by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights analyzed the membership of six Tea Party organizations in the country.

According to the NAACP, five of the six Tea Party groups are headed by "birthers," people who believe President Obama is not a citizen of the United States.

The study looked at Tea Party literature as well as their websites and information about those associated with the Tea Party movement to analyze their ties. The report claims that Tea Party events are now forums for extremists "hoping to push these (white) protesters toward a more self-conscious and ideological white supremacy."

"These groups and individuals are out there, and we ignore them at our own peril," Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP said in a statement. "They are speaking at Tea Part events, recruiting at rallies… the danger is not that the majority of Tea Party members share their views, but that left unchecked, these extremists might indirectly influence the direction of the Tea Party and therefore the direction of our country."

Amy Kremer, Chairman of the Tea Party Express responded to the report.

"Here we are two weeks out from a historic midterm election and they're doing this to attack us and change the message," Kremer said. "This is ridiculous, that's not what this movement is about. We're focused on the issues and we're going to continue to work to get conservatives elected."

Rev. C.L. Bryant, founder of One Nation Back to God responded on behalf of FreedomWorks, a conservative non-profit grassroots organization that provides much of the logistics and organization behind Tea Party events.

"It is unfortunate that the Chairman of the NAACP, Ben Jealous is making these kinds of statements at this time," Bryant said. "(It is) designed to distract would-be voters from the true issues of this election season to something as divisive as race."

In July the NAACP passed a resolution that condemned what if felt was rampant racism in the Tea Party movement. At the time, Tea Party activists denounced the action as unfounded and unfair as well.

–CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • NAACP • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Foster

    The tea party is on a mission to turn back the clock..Take back the country they say. Take back the country from who or what? When were we hijacked? Not to worry..Too Tea partiers every where, we know your code words and buzz words. ie "Conservative" As blacks we know you what you want too conserve, "your white rights" in America. We will NEVER let you turn back the clock. So get use to us being shoulder to shoulder with you forever. We have fought and died for the right to be FREE and we are not scared too risk it all.

    October 20, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. lauperzone

    But dems dont resort to fearmongering and racebaiting. riiigghht! hahaha, good ol dixie crats, a la senator byrd and gore senior. still the party of division and hate. stoke those fears hatemongers! the sky is falling! the sky is falling! hahaha

    October 20, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. michael eiseman

    The NAACP are the racists, after all, they align themselves with Louis Farrakhan. This report is a pathetic smear campaign and nothing more...

    October 20, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Rickster

    lol.......wow, I'm shocked! Shocked!....that the naacp came to this conclusion. Hey dems......you have so overused and diluted the racism charge that it doesn't mean anything anymore. If you're not a limp-wristed democrat, then, by golly, you're a racist.....lol.....what a laughable bunch of clowns democrats have become.

    October 20, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Patrick

    This article is a little useless without their naming any of the groups the teabaggers are alleged to be associated with. A little more complete info please? I mean, it's easy enough to hack on the teabagger movement because of their unrealistic views on policy, but if you are going to destroy them on moral grounds, at least provide some concrete info. As it stands, the only thing we have is the accusations from the NAACP, which does not represent me, and for whom it is reasonable to assume at least a little bias on race issues.

    It's probably a correct assumption that race is behind the whole tea party movement (the government is less invasive now than it was a coule years ago, and taxes are now at their lowest in 15 years. The deficit is shrinking and we are now recovering from the economic recession, so the basis for their movement would be....what?) but just as with the outrageous claims some of these goons have made publicly, it's dangerous to take someone's word for it, which is what CNN is doing here.

    October 20, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Jason

    This is rich!! The NAACP probably has more racist members as a percentage than the Tea Party by far

    October 20, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. ART

    What message is Kremer talking about, the anti black President message or the Sarah Palin message of lies. I 'am thinking my costume for the big halloween day parade in NYC will be as a tea bagger dressed in a white sheet and pointy white hat

    October 20, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Ron

    Oh please. The racism inherent in this "study" is palpable. An organization for black people undertakes to prove that an organization it believes is primarily white has ties to radical, racist groups? That's just racism. Undoubtedly some people who have aligned themselves with the Tea Party have racist, criminal or radical leanings ... just as I am sure members of the NAACP have racist, criminal or radical leanings. Has the NAACP ever felt the need to investigate the Black Panthers or the Nation of Islam for its racist, radical or criminal ties? Of course not.

    October 20, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Dean

    NAACP...if I were you, I wouldn't worry until the KKK Express pulls into town. If anyone is surprised that Colored people have not advance further in our society, raise your hands. That's what I thought.

    Don't follow the militants who run the NAACP. Americans (of all colors) should think for themselves. Many are now starting to, for the first time.

    First the Congress, then the White House.

    October 20, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Big A

    NAACP has become the most RACIST organization in America and has long lost any creditability with ALL Americans, especially Black Americans: With that said, it's so very sad to see this, ONCE strong and righteous organization become a tool to anchor ans shackle specifically their own community.
    These claims of racist ties to the TEA PARTY are no more than URBAN LEDGEND and most have been discredited or were plants from the UBER`LEFT to make the TEA PARTY appear to be filled with WHITE SUPREMISTS: It's time for the black community to quit whining about the past and enjoy the present:! America is a great country~ BECOME A PART OF IT!

    October 20, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Mary Ann in VA

    The majority of Tea Party members are not racist, BUT when the tea party rallies were first conducted and several folks were out there in their midst with signs portraying Obama as a spear chucking witch doctor, etc no one spoke up and said stop it. The tea party members have every right to voice concerns about the direction of the country. We donot need folks who r racist on either side given comfort and hiding within the ranks of a political movement or party. Thank goodness the NAACP has decided to stop bowing and scraping to speak out and fulfill it's legacy.

    October 20, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. stufthis

    One thing for certain, the NAACP will be around long after the tea baggers are gone. As time goes on, even the fragile Fox viewers will learn the truth, and realized they were lied to by the right wingnuts.

    October 20, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. PalmReader

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People released a new study Wednesday that claims to tie members of the Tea Party to white supremacist groups, anti-immigration organizations, anti-semitic groups and independent militias.
    Claims to be CNN? One only needed to read the comments coming from this very Ticker the DAY AFTER the 2008 election to know what was going on with the TeaPers (not to be associated with the GOPers, of coarse). After GOPers begin to see that Palin could rally up the troops of bigotry, the Good Old White Boys (GOPers) came up with a strategy to distance themselves from the TeaPers, yet support them with backroom deals, obvious even to the most naive of us. The comments coming from the right to this day disgust me, my family, and my friends. Never once think, though, that we didn't know what was behind the movement. This isn't your father's Republican Party anymore, GOPers. Over the years, even we whites have finally begun to understand the harm the suppression tactics of your party has caused to minorities. More importantly to your bigoted way of thinking... we being white and all ... you might want to take a step back and realize that a great many of us have also begun to realize that suppression can, and is, happening to us as well. It doesn't bode well for the GOPers future as a viable party to continue these despicable practices. Not in this day and age of American politics. Just saying.

    October 20, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. tom

    the tea party is mostly 99 percent white only formed because the president is colored
    it is truely made up of racist whithout the white sheets

    October 20, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. tetter

    What a load of crap this "story" is. Why not do a "story on how many of these same people are in the
    Demorcratic Party. My guess is 10's of thousands. Cnn will delete this before long. This is typical of the country-distroying democrats. Naacp outlived their need. Where is the White Coaches Association? Where is Miss White America? Where is the White Caucus? Why can't whites have these without being called racist.

    October 20, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Democrat turned Independent

    Why am I not surprised at this. I hope the NAACP also releases those racist within their own organization to the news media. But why would they that would be 90% of there members. Thank you NAACP for helping me make my decision on who to vote for in this election. To bad I can't vote for every Republican in the US.

    October 20, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. gt

    NACCP...your are a joke .. ... there are no longer a player ,, they are want-to-be s...

    October 20, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Right Leaning Independent

    Ha Ha Ha!! The most racist organization on the face of the earth(NAACP) is trying to tie another group to other radical groups??? How does Ben Jealous actually claim this with a straight face??? If America wants racism to end, the first step would be to outlaw the NAACP and stop idiots like Ben Jealous that promote and make a living off keeping racism alive!!!

    October 20, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Mike

    HA! ANY SURPRISE?? The first African-American President is going down in flames. The only way to save Pres Obama is to smear the opposition. What better organization to do this than the NAACP?

    This is simply a case of election year politics and reverse discrimination. Plain and simple. NAACP is an outdated and irrelevant organization ... trying to become relevant and current. Very sad.

    October 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. stufit

    I know they have no choice but to do this, but putting out these lies, distortions in order to distract and/or try to keep what is left of the Obama support out there. This is a hateful, deceitful, racist, bigoted arm of the DNC. Absolutely, disgraceful and repugnant, but very much in line with the training provided by their union thug masters.

    October 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Bill

    Why should we even listen to the NAACP? They talk about progress and yet they're still living on bringing up race on everything. In a time when a nation of mostly "white" elected a "black" as their President and the NAACP still claim to racism as their platform. It is the NAACP that's preventing equality for colored minority. Stop bringing up race on everything. There will always be racists in this country, that goes for black, white and every other color. It's just a fact of life...here and elswhere in the world. Just because the Tea Party doesn't agree with Obama's policies doesn't make them racists.

    October 20, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. rdepontb

    I have no reason to believe the Tea Party is "fair and honest" as regards race or socio-cultural bases. The entire message underlying the speeches of their key members seem fraught with code terms meant to cut out non-whites and those seeking a fairness-based national attitude. "Purist" tendencies seem rampant, "keep your nose out of my business" tendencies are everywhere be it government or press-directed against those entities with a responsibility to seek equal treatment of al legitimate individuals and groups.

    If it takes the NAACP to first experience and then directly report on such practices by the Tea Party, then so be it. I have no doubt they will continue trying to intimidate minority groups; those groups deserve defense against bullying the same as any school-age child. Enough is enough with the bullying-the abusive language, the lack of civility, the selfishness directed against our society as a whole.

    October 20, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Chicago Voter

    Any half-educated person who has listened to the T-Party rhetoric must know that they are nut jobs. I am not happy with what is going on in Washington, especially the fact that the Republicans have fought so hard to throw anything they could in the path of progress, but sending any one of these nut-cases would be a disaster. I, personally, do not want to revert to the stone ages and "take the country back" like they propose to do. I am a 56 year old Grandmother and my hope for this Country is that is continues to progress towards the future so my grand-children will be able to compete in the world. There are a lot of things that need to change in Washington. Putting people in a place who have such radical ideology (some of which don't even know the Constitution), to make decisions for the rest of us is just wrong!!
    Until 2008, I voted Republican. I, like many other Americans, wanted change this time around, so I voted for President Obama and still believe he is the one to bring about change. I just don't happen to blame him for not doing it overnight. After what I have witnesssed the past two years coming from, first the Republicans and now the TeaParty, I will definetly vote for him again in 2012. I will not place a single vote for any one other than a Democrate in this midterm election.
    I encourage everyone out there who wants American to progress and be able to compete in the World again to seriously think about who and what message you want to send to Washington. We are not ignorant and we are not biggots and I hate the fact that these wackos make the rest of the world think we are.

    October 20, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. bunie

    Of course the NAACP has problems with the Taxed Enough Already party! TEA goes against EVERYTHING the NAACP promotes. It boils down to two different groups going after what best serves their followers. That's totally AMERICAN and WE CAN DO THAT, YES WE CAN!

    October 20, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. stufthis

    Restore Liberty? You mean the wiretapping of American citizens and our own troops under Bush? Most baggers, as shown by 'Sharia' Angle, Miller, Palin, O'Donnell, Buck, Paul, and 'Che' Rubio, no little of the constitution. They refuse to look at the writings of those who penned the constitution.

    October 20, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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