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. seebofubar

    Everyont knows that the NAACP is the biggest racist group in this country. Who in their right mind would pay attention to anything that spews out of their pie holes.

    October 20, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Pat

    Unlike the Tea Party the NAACP has been completely irrelevent for about 10 years... Who cares what they say. I'll believe my own eyes and ears before I believe the NAACP

    October 20, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Kate

    I find it funny when I saw on TV the preacher who was black saying he was all for the Tea Party. Why don't you clowns stop making fools of yourselves. Talk about racist. I suppose it was racist that more blacks came out to vote then ever in the history of our nation....racist!? Lets see, Black History Month, Miss Black America, The NAACP why don't you smell what your shovelin!

    October 20, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Trey

    Those calling the Tea Party racist are ignorant and probably racist themselves. Jennifer, the first comment obviously has no clue about the Tea Party. She probably supports Hillary Clinton. When was the last time you heard George Bush or Dick Cheney say something racist? I can remember a few "misspoken" words from Hillary, that could be considered pretty racist.

    October 20, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. John

    They should go after the TEA PARTY,but they should go after SARAN PALIN too. After all she one that leading the TEA PARTY. And SARAN PALIN told the GOP if they didn't join the TEA PARTY the REPUBLICAN is through. Just to let you know I'm a 55 year old white man. And if you want to know want I think,If the GOP keep letting SARAN PALIN speaking for the REPUBLICAN PARTY than they will be through. WE can all thank John McCain for SARAN PALIN,that why you lost John.

    October 20, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. thomas

    First the survivor show , then Dancing with the stars , Now TEA BAGGERS ON PARADE !
    Welcome to the new order " Lord of the Fly s "

    October 20, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Alert Citizen

    All tea party fans, Get some educations please!

    October 20, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. BC

    What about the Black Panthers standing outside PA polling places with billy clubs to intimidate voters? Should we say all black people are thugs? Of couse not! Where has the NAACCP been on the black Panther's? The NAACP needs to change it name to the NAALCP – National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People. Any large group of people are going to have a few nuts. Your cherry picking of Tea Party's to research is obvioius. Why don't you do legitimate research. Why do ignore all the other research that shows the Tea Party is not racist or radical. They are average Americans who are feed up with liberals forsing their vews down our throats. You're painting a large group based on a few people.

    October 20, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Gerald

    Don't fret it tea partiers. NAACP are an extremely ignorant and desperate people.

    October 20, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Kate

    Obozo is a clown, black, white, blue, or yellow. I don't discriminate against stupidity!

    October 20, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. TheDude

    I just don't get Democrats. The screw the pooch while in charge and get a gift from God in the Tea Party, who just may be clownish enough to cost the Repugnantkins key victories, and now the one group that most folks consider more clownish than the Tea Party gets into the mix? Can't the Democrats keep these guys under wraps? At least long enough for the Repugnantkins to lose some of these elections? Ridiculous.

    October 20, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. winter

    Those studies are a bunch of bull, you can have them say anything it all depends on the people you pick or the area to answer the question you ask.
    The NAACP is just as much a bigot as any teabagger. It just that the older generation is sick and tired of you young people electing an empty headed air bag because you thought he was another Jesus walking on water. Some of you have no Idea that in order to have bills that are decent fair bills need a balance of power to vote them in not the Chicago Style Mafia tactics that were use with Obama's crew. The truth is you voted in a President that had as much experience as O'Donnell who the press loves to down, and that is the truth. Obama is just a figure head that was groomed by the Democrates to make you think you were getting something but all you go was an empty package.

    October 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Ron

    I am sure that the timing of the so-called findings is simply a coincidence. While i am not a Tea Party advocate, or a democrat, or a republican, I find this kind of accusation comepletely expected from a left wing liberal organization. A group of citizens, opposes the president as well as the idea of a big government sticting its face into places it doesnt belong and the best you can do is call it a racist organization, you might want to do a self examination before making accusations of this nature.

    October 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. B

    The NAACP's racism is showing again. They should do a better job of concealing it, it's very offensive.

    October 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Don

    the NAACP calling ANYONE racist is the height of hilarity!!

    October 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Barry

    The national association for the advancement of colored people and other hate groups like' the race' and the black panthers calling out the Tea Party. What a joke.

    October 20, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. "I Want My Country Back" Libs Go Home

    What-did-I-tell-ya!!!!! Obambi and his cronies are already seeding their talking points to use on November 3rd.......trying to expalin to Libertards why they lost so heavily! You say what???? Here is what the WH and all Libertards/Dems will be saying on Nov 3rd....."No, it was not a referendum on Obamba......it was all because he is black....Americans are racist" that will be the Dem talking points!

    October 20, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Bertina

    What's so ridiculous is in another two years it will be an historic election and then another two years and another. Doesn't that phrase become a bit useless if used so often?

    October 20, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Former Republican, but never again!

    Not all Republicans are racists, but all racists are Republican!

    October 20, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. B

    What the NAACP is saying should be considered hate speach. When will our government officials have the nerve to call out the racist in the NAACP. It's disgusting that a group like that can exist in this day and age.

    October 20, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. bfranklin

    I wonder if the NAACP will issue a report on racists within their own ranks.

    October 20, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. winter

    so sorry all you got was an empty package when you voted for Obama.

    October 20, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    @bruce "we the people"? Get real man. Calling the President a nazi, having pictures of him as a witch doctor, second amendmen remedies by that lunatic angle in NV, the half term still trying to link the President with domestic terrorists while she and her eunuch husband are members of a secession party, bachman calling out for revolution, paul wanting to go back to before the Civil Rights Act, wilson yelling "liar" during a Presidential speech, I could go on and on but we all get the message.
    The teabaggers are the KKK in drag. If you are not a black person then you can't talk about what it feels like to be persecuted by the white man. Do we really want to go back there? Not to mention the rethugs telling us what to do in our bedrooms and with our bodies. NOBODY TELLS ME WHAT TO DO!! Particularly a group of racist uneducated trailer trash bigots! Look at who you have running for congress. They are a bunch of lying lunatics starting with your "leader" who is also the punch line to any joke around.

    October 20, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Stephen

    Honestly, the NAACP is the one of the most racist, divisive organizations in America and how anyone can even take them seriously anymore is beyond me. They support the Nation of Islam (not the true islamic religion mind you but the militant organization in America), the Black Panthers and ACORN, all extremist organizations, racist and criminal all in their own right. The Teaparty movement is NOT in any way a racist movement. Those on the liberal left are afraid of it because it is very conservative, but conservative and racist are not terms that are tied to together, just as liberal and accepting are not tied either. The liberals fear the Tea Party because they are demanding accoutability in government, smaller government and spending on things that make sense rather than the rampant spending by the liberal congress of the last four years that has multiplied our debt exponentionally.

    Go ahead Sharpton and Jackon, make up your lies, propogate them through your media outlets, the country is on to you and your ilk and come 11-2, your puppets will be out.

    October 20, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Ancient Texan

    Surely you jest! There is no more racist organizations on the face of the earth than the NAACP and the progressive branch of the Democratic Party. This nothing other than a SICK election ploy! My friends that are true Democrats are sick of what is going on here.

    October 20, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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