NAACP may pass resolution condemning tea party racism

posted at 6:11 pm on July 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

They’ll probably finesse it so that it targets “racist elements” within the tea-party movement rather than declaring the movement itself wholly and irretrievably racist, but of course the goal is to taint everyone involved by association. Despite its absurdities and own occasional racist excesses, the NAACP still has moral authority to burn when it comes to race. So this will serve two purposes: One, it gives them a shot of relevance per the endless media hyperventilating that’ll ensue once they pass it, and two, it’s obviously a nice weapon for Democrats to wield against grassroots candidates like Sharron Angle and Rand Paul in the fall.

The resolution, scheduled for a vote as early as Tuesday by delegates attending the annual NAACP convention in Kansas City, calls upon “all people of good will to repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties, and to stand in opposition to its drive to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”…

“I think a lot of people are not taking the tea party movement seriously, and we need to take it seriously,” said Anita Russell, head of the Kansas City chapter of the NAACP. “We need to realize it’s really not about limited government.”…

Among the charges lodged against the tea party in the resolution:

•Tea party supporters have engaged in “explicitly racist behavior” and “displayed signs and posters intended to degrade people of color generally and President Barack Obama specifically.”

•Tea party activists have used racial epithets, have verbally and physically abused black members of Congress and others, and have been charged with threatening public officials.

Sounds like we’ll be revisiting the infamous did-it-or-didn’t-it-happen incident outside the Capitol after O-Care passed, too. Wonderful. Rather than give you conservative defenses of the movement’s motives, which will be dismissed as being partisan-driven, let me arm you with two that come from the left in preparation for the media clusterfark ahead. One is Carville’s survey of Georgia tea partiers conducted last October, when anti-ObamaCare sentiment was at fever pitch. He did find some crackpottery but bluntly advised the press to “get over it” when it came to sniffing around for racial motivations. More recently, TNR editor John Judis pronounced the movement a “terrible menace” to the welfare state but not racist, noting that not only is there no evidence to suspect racial animus in most tea partiers but that, even among those who do show racial resentment, there’s no reason to believe that that’s what’s attracting them to the movement. Interestingly, both Carville and Judis seem driven by the idea that the racial attacks on tea partiers will backfire, probably due to insufficient evidence, and that the left is better off attacking them on perceived ideological flaws. We’ll see about that this week.

If there’s a silver lining in this bit of demagoguery, it’s that this should be a golden opportunity for Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio, Allen West, and other minority tea-party heroes to get some free media out of it. Exit question: Guess whose tactics Benjamin Jealous, leader of the NAACP, thinks the left should emulate.


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There are some people at the rallies who are carrying signs with racist connotations.

They are the ones really who should be discouraged, by teaparties themselves. Surely we’ve moved past that in our society.

AnninCA on July 13, 2010 at 8:06 AM

Don’t be stupid in your comments…of course you will anyway.
When you have thousands of people, you have kooks, the tea party has never supported these kind of signs…you know it, but you still raise that lying flag of disapproval. Surely you have moved past that, lying about the tea party.
Show me where there is any indication that the tea party has shown anything but contempt for racist remarks or signs…you won’t so shut up and quick spreading your lies, so you look important.
Many of those signs are from operatives of fringe groups meant to disrupt, and you fall into that group…purposely espousing lies to discredit a legitimate organization.
You should be banned for your continual lies… you are a disgusting pervert.

right2bright on July 13, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Hey, if it works, why not? It’d be difficult to argue with the Tea party folks on substantive issues, and, however you slice it, the ideas being pushed by the tea party are a fairly serious threat to some of the entrenched interests of the organized left. The safest course of action is probably just to keep calling them racists (and, to the extent possible, convince the media to do the same thing).

morganfrost on July 13, 2010 at 9:54 AM

morganfrost on July 13, 2010 at 9:54 AM

It works on weak minds…just look at anninca posts, she is easily duped, then goes and posts (regurgitates) the same lies.
It’s easy with voters like that…they won’t research, so you can easily convince them, they are Obama’s and the liberals (along with “independents) base. Stupid, naive, people…

right2bright on July 13, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Despite what the Tea Party says, despite what they write, despite the black people that speak at Tea Party rallies, despite the black people that get beaten by the SEIU at Tea Party rallies, despite us calling blacks at Tea Party rallies “Uncle Toms”, the Tea Party is racist.

Quite the convincing argument the NAACP has, isn’t it?

hawksruleva on July 13, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Didn’t some NY Times or WaPo reporter recently go to some Tea Party events and discover that their makeup pretty accurately refleced our national demographics?

hawksruleva on July 13, 2010 at 10:37 AM

The NAACP is an org that lobbies for liberal blacks. Not only are they racist, they are partisan.

That is all.

Inanemergencydial on July 13, 2010 at 10:41 AM

It really is a cold civil war…

Theworldisnotenough on July 12, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Did everyone miss this?
Kudos.
Bcs I really believe this is what has been happening in America.
My cross-country living experience throughout the years has taught me that is true.
I can’t tell you how many angry blacks I have come across growing up all over.
They segregate themselves & they find commonality in their hatred for whitey.
Well I get a pass bcs even though many of my ancestors owned slaves (w/ American Colonial & founding roots, who doesn’t?), my 5th G-grandfather freed 7 of his slaves upon his death in 1836 or so & left all his stuff to them.
So I petition for this white chick to get a royal pass on the race card.
Bcs it’s in my genes, man.

Badger40 on July 13, 2010 at 10:41 AM

There are some people at the rallies who are carrying signs with racist connotations.

They are the ones really who should be discouraged, by teaparties themselves. Surely we’ve moved past that in our society.

AnninCA on July 13, 2010 at 8:06 AM

And many tea parties went out of their way in the last 6 months to recognize people who are distracting from their message and shaming them into silence or into leaving the events by making it clear that their racist and outlandish attitudes are not supported by the Tea Party organizers.

Any time you have a protest with more than a few dozen people, you’re going to have someone doing something inflammatory. It happens on the left, right and even non-political events. Look at the Million Man March. By the NAACP’s standards it was a racist, violent mob due to the few outcasts that we’re touting their racist Black Supremacy views during the event.

ButterflyDragon on July 13, 2010 at 11:39 AM

There are some people at the rallies who are carrying signs with racist connotations.

AnninCA on July 13, 2010 at 8:06 AM

My suspicion is that they are mobys -prove me wrong.

CWforFreedom on July 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM

ButterflyDragon on July 13, 2010 at 11:39 AM

AnninCa posts lies…that is what she does. An attention whore, and I am one that is tired of her lying posts.
She knows those signs are not representative of the Tea Party, it has been well documented that the Tea Party has nothing to do with, and discourages that horrid behavior…but this AnninCA creature posts her lies anyway.

right2bright on July 13, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Thanks to the Obama family racism , this country will elect three Bushs in a row before it elects another black POTUS.

borntoraisehogs on July 12, 2010 at 6:19 PM

I was thinking this same thing the other day. Isn’t it sad and ironic that the people who have complained the most about blacks not being elected to high office in this Country, are the ones who are assuring that another black will not elected as President for many years to come. They have only themselves to blame, however they will not take responsibility for their own actions, but instead play the victim of “white racism towards them” once again.

Susanboo on July 13, 2010 at 1:14 PM

MAJOR CATFIGHT BETWEEN MEGYN AND KP!!!! ALLAH/ED GET ON IT NOW!!!

ProudPalinFan on July 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM

“We need to realize it’s really not about limited government.”…

Just like the NAACP isn’t about Black people – it’s about leftist politics.

They are the ones really who should be discouraged, by teaparties themselves. Surely we’ve moved past that in our society.

AnninCA on July 13, 2010 at 8:06 AM

They have been, repeatedly. Are you crippled by a reliance on the “mainstream” media sources that cover only the negative about anything to the right of Pelosi & Reid?

This is just gross political hackery by the NAACP, in other words, what we’ve come to expect.

Merovign on July 13, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Just curious… Has the NAACP expressed any opinion on the New Black Panthers Party, and their Philadelphia poll tactics?

VastRightWingConspirator on July 13, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Funny how we actually think that the opinion of 12% of the population of which only 5% of them actually are educated and not on some government program matter. The country does not need to be run based on the opinion of the minority.

workingforpigs on July 13, 2010 at 4:43 PM

MLK should be spinning in his grave with this action.

workingforpigs on July 13, 2010 at 4:44 PM

chrissy gonna have the naacp pres on his show next…did I call it or did I call it…

cmsinaz on July 13, 2010 at 4:55 PM

The NAACP is by it’s very name racist, so how do they justify calling anybody else names?

G-man on July 13, 2010 at 5:23 PM

These Colored People are race-baiters.

For partisan advantange, they will lie as needed.

Someone tell them their once-powerful Race Card has expired.

profitsbeard on July 13, 2010 at 7:31 PM

in-double a-see-pee spells racism.

davidk on July 13, 2010 at 7:53 PM

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