NAACP passes resolution condemning racism within tea parties

posted at 7:54 pm on July 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

The text’s not online yet but it sounds like they scaled back the accusation from the entire movement to simply certain unspecified people within it. Which is the safe route, of course. Smearing everyone would go too far even by the standards of some liberals, including The One. (Remember when he distinguished between a “core group” of crank-ish tea partiers and more principled members who have legitimate ideological differences?) Focusing on an unnamed number of racists and then demanding that the rest of the tea party formally denounce them — as though TP leaders, some of them minorities themselves, haven’t done that whenever the media’s chased them down for a quote when working on stories in this vein — is much shrewder politically, as it lets lefties continue to play the “six degrees of Heinrich Himmler” guilt-by-association game whenever some moron with a racist sign pops up at a tea-party rally. Mission accomplished:

Late this afternoon the NAACP passed a resolution calling on all people — including tea party leaders — to condemn racism within the tea party movement.

Passed on the fourth day of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s annual convention in Kansas City, the resolution also urged people to oppose what it said was the tea party’s drive “to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”

Delegates said they wanted to make it clear, however, that the resolution wasn’t indicting the entire tea party movement as racist.

Unless it’s a nod to the Rand Paul kerfuffle over the 1964 Civil Rights Act — which Paul has since repeatedly said he’d have voted for — I’m not sure which tea-party policies that boldfaced bit is aimed at. Maybe spending cuts qualify as racist now too? In any case, Philip Klein of AmSpec was watching the debate over the resolution on the NAACP’s website and managed to jot down a few excerpts from the working draft — before the transmission was suddenly cut. Apparently the process was supposed to be closed to the media but someone forgot to turn off the cameras; thank goodness they managed to shut out the public before someone saw something politically inconvenient. Klein did catch a line from the draft accusing tea partiers of being a “threat to the pursuit of human rights, justice and equality for all,” but no word yet if that made it into the final resolution.

Rather than give you the clip of Chris Matthews interviewing the NAACP’s president tonight on “Hardball,” which was as predictable as you’d expect, here’s the slightly less predictable tete-a-tete this afternoon on Fox between an NAACP chapter head and a leader of the Dallas tea party. Shelton wants to hear denunciations of malign infiltrators, but go read the St. Louis tea party resolution passed this morning. Two can play at that game.

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I proclaim that the NAACP is racist.

Racist against blacks.

Instead of dealing with the real issues that drive poverty and lack of advancement in the black community (children born out of wedlock/children growing up with no dads/black panthers/black liberation theology) they create and attack boogie men like hallmark cards and the tea party movement.

Dr. Martin Luther King would be appalled by this, as should all Americans of good character no matter what the color of their skin.

Dr.Gills on July 14, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Oh puhleeze. The term “Uncle Tom” should be a badge of honor

What other racial-slurs do you think should be worn as a badge of honor? Do you have kids? Do you encourage them to call people by that honorable name?

You ever been called “Uncle Tom?” I have, more times than you can theorize about. You don’t have to explain it to me since it is part of my personal life-experience. I do appreciate you imagining what it might be like.

As an adult it’s easy to modulate one’s feelings and convert the insult into a badge of honor. Growing up, however, “Uncle Tom” was unavoidably harsh in that it was relatively-unique. It wasn’t common like digs about acne, being chubby or dorky. It was one that singled you out for your best efforts and ridiculed you therefore.

Anything else you think I should know about responding to racist-slurs?

The Race Card on July 14, 2010 at 3:11 AM

At the risk of repeating myself, if you knew Uncle Tom’s story, you’d know different. That or be a deliberate lying victicrat. As for my kids, they could all teach you a few things about history & the Gospel truth.

But it was obvisious from your running tirade that you haven’t got a clue. The only thing you know of UT is what the collective told you to think – that it was the most painful of insults.

I pity you for buying into that lie. But of course, how could you know any better, given the vaunted edumacashun you swallowed, hook, line and sinker.

Like I said, I’d be honored to be called an Uncle Tom. About as painful as being called a Job, Jew, Christian or cracker even.

I know what I am in the eyes of my creator and am blessed for it, what’s your excuse?

But… if you’re happy being a race-card, then clap away and keep on doing that pathetic minstrel act that so tickles the likes of the justice brothers, peloser and the rest of that progressive plantation. We’ll just chalk it off to your not knowing any better.

I’d even bet you didn’t know that it was UT’s story that helped launch the Civil War.

This was a very good thread until the Race Card critter successfully got a few of you to engage in his/her terms.

Keemo on July 14, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Heh! My engagement was with the wannabe field boss, stat critter.

AH_C on July 14, 2010 at 11:12 PM