Friday, July 16, 2010

NAACP: Backpedals on calling Tea Party “racist”



I guess the Race Card isn’t the trump card it used to be.  After passing it’s Anti-Tea Party resolution, the NAACP is now backpedaling and saying they never called the Tea Party racist. 
Politico: NAACP President Ben Jealous said Thursday that the resolution passed by the group on Wednesday does not call the tea party "racist."
The resolution the NAACP approved Wednesday at its annual conference in Kansas City alleges that the tea party has used racial epithets against President Barack Obama and has verbally and physically abused African-American members of Congress. 
A portion of the resolution does indeed characterize the behavior as “racist,” but Jealous said Thursday during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the resolution was not intended to condemn the entire movement as such. 
“We aren’t saying that the tea party is racist,” Jealous said. “What we’re saying is that with their increasing power comes an increasing responsibility to act responsibly…and to call out when they see those things on those signs.” […] 

Asked if he thought members of the tea party are racially insensitive, Jealous responded: “No, not at all.”  
Well if that is the case, why even have a resolution?  If the NAACP thinks that the Tea Party isn’t racist but are concerned about fringe element within the Tea Party, why didn’t it just offer to assist the Tea Party in identifying and removing those questionable elements?

The NAACP didn’t do that because the Tea Party is a treat to the NAACP’s true concern … the liberal agenda. Anti-big government, anti spending and anti higher taxes are things that are an anthemia to the liberal agenda.  That is why smearing the entire Tea Party movement was the goal of the NAACP.

I think the only reason why the NAACP is backpedaling now is because the pushback is causing people to focus on the NAACP’s own actions of late. What we are seeing is what has been true for too long, the NAACP has lost it way from its original ideals. The NAACP like so many of the left’s special interests groups has long abandoned championing special causes like women’s rights or gay rights and have instead set themselves up as the attack dogs of the left. Today these organizations simply exist to throw around “isms” and keep their followers in lockstep with the leftist agenda. 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The NAACP should had learnt a lesson from NRA: become a SINGLE ISSUE group.

I thought NAACP should be applauding Bush for his cabinet members [Rice, Mr Powell, etc], but, no, they just keep quite and wait for a chance to attack whatever Democrats are against with a "racist" label.

NAACP is quickly becoming a political wing, and should be treated as such.

2nd Anonymous

Marian said...

Your description of today's NAACP is spot on.

Had the "LSM" actually covered the Kenneth Gladney beating (you know, the beating and racial insult of a black man at a conservative rally by white thugs... who happened to be SEIU Obama attack dogs... and about which the NAACP was not the slightest bit concerned?) the thinking general public would have no more illusions about what the group has become. But maybe, just maybe, in these bits and trickles of revelation, more people will open their eyes and see the race hustlers for what they are.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely backpeddling! The NAACP just doesn't seem to understand that they can't just pull out the race card any time they like.

Out of curiosity, what are your views on the Mark Williams situation and his comments, and how it affects or doesn't affect the NAACP vs. Tea Party fight? As a fan, I can't wait to hear your take on it!

Wakefield Tolbert said...

Just to play Devil's Advocate here, what about the complains of some about some signs showing the N-word at some rallies and then of course that now infamous Mark Williams letter about blacks and government?

conservative brother said...

Jealous miscalculated in believing that the tea party was just going to bow down and go along with the NAACP's resolution. The era of getting away with a racism charge without evidence is over,and jealous and the NAACP just learned that.

Marian said...

@Wakefield Tolbert, re: racist signs
Here's what I know first hand. I went to the rally in D.C. on 9/12 along with hundreds of thousands of other people. I spent about 6 hours moving among the seas of people, reading signs. I read literally THOUSANDS of different signs in 6 hours. Most homemade, many thoughtful, most issue-driven, some funny, some simple, some so-so, NONE racist. Not ONE. In all of the thousands, I saw a grand total of 3 signs that bore unflattering images of the President-- and I remember them because I don't like such stuff from anyone about anyone-- and NONE bearing race-related references. Counting these thousands and the hundreds at 2 local rallies I've attended--even with LaRouche Democrats selling smear signs online and with smear infiltrators showing up in some places-- I have never seen ONE sign with the "n word", or even anything racist. (I HAVE seen people ready with their "NOT with the tea party ----->" signs, though, ready to show infiltrators/ random weirdos/the elusive actual racist that they are not at all welcome .) Anyone who was at these events and says that they are racist and full of racist signage is seeing whatever they want to see and/or completely misrepresenting reality. They somehow find the random infiltrating poseurs/ mentally ill people with signs ,runs their pics in a loop, ignore the other 99.9999%, and behold! the tea party.

Please. Random offensive signs, whether held by smear-infiltrators, mentally ill individuals, or the rare actual racist are so rare that I've never even seen one, nor has anyone else I've talked to personally. In other towns, people have been stepping up the practice of making it clear that any of these people are unwelcome. The NAACP's initial (and still implied) charges that racism characterizes the movement are ludicrous. Even their backpedaled position that it's not everyone, but the tea party needs to step up and deal with the racists among them because they're flourishing there? Ridiculous.
Now if the NAACP would just do something about the virulent racists among themselves...

Marian said...

Please. Random offensive signs, whether held by smear-infiltrators, mentally ill individuals, or the rare actual racist are so rare that I've never even seen one, nor has anyone else I've talked to personally. In other towns, people have been stepping up the practice of making it clear that any of these people are unwelcome. The NAACP's initial (and still implied) charges that racism characterizes the movement are ludicrous. Even their backpedaled position that it's not everyone, but the tea party needs to step up and deal with the racists among them because they're flourishing there? Ridiculous.
Funny how the NAACP doesn't see fit to deal with the virulent racists residing amongst themselves.

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