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Author: Raine    Date: 07/15/2010 12:34:47

This week at it's 101st convention, the NAACP voted to condemn racist elements that exist within the Tea Party. While the entire resolution will not be released until after it has been approved by members, President Ben Jealous stated the following at the convention:
"We will no longer allow you to hide like cowards and hide behind signs that say 'Lynch Our President' or anyone else."
"Expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take the responsibility for them and their actions. We will no longer allow you to hide like cowards."
It's natural to assume that the conservative blogosphere was incensed. Righteous indignation has been a time honored tool of theirs. I have long contended that people are generally judged by the company they keep, and the Tea Party has proved to be no exception to the rule. They have been tainted by the racist elements that exist with the party. Naturally this was denounced by The Tea party, in particular the St. Louis Tea Party.
St. Louis Tea Party Coalition Resolution July 12, 2010

Whereas, the National Coalition for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded to advance the position of minority groups, and

Whereas a hallmark of the NAACP has been to do the important work of identifying and exposing remaining vestiges of racism and discrimination, and

Whereas the NAACP vocally stands against the discriminatory and harmful practice of labeling people with a broad brush, and

Whereas the NAACP decided to launch their 101st National Convention with a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement and labeling millions of their fellow Americans who subscribe to the movement as "racists", and

Whereas the "Tea Party movement" is a label applied to patriotic Americans who have expressed their political free speech in the grand tradition of all that is American, that being the spirited expression of viewpoints in a 100% peaceful manner, and

Whereas, it is a hallmark of America that we settle our disputes civilly and avoid the gutter tactic of attempting to silence opponents by inflammatory name-calling, and

Whereas the very term "racist" has diminished meaning due to its overuse by political partisans including members of the NAACP, and

Whereas, the NAACP had an opportunity to preserve some semblance of legitimacy by standing up for Ken Gladney, the victim of a vicious racist battery conducted by a black avowed communist, even labeling him an "Uncle Tom", but chose instead to use the opportunity to mock the St. Louis Tea Party, and

Whereas, the NAACP has refused to denounce the New Black Panther's call to murder white cops and their babies, and

Whereas, the NAACP does its entire membership a grave disservice by hypocritically engaging in the very conduct it purports to oppose,

Now therefore be it resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party condemns the NAACP for lowering itself to the dishonorable position of a partisan political attack dog organization, and,

Be it further resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party calls on similar organizations to join in unanimous condemnation of this despicable behavior, and

Be it further resolved that we demand that the NAACP withdrawal their bigoted, false and inflammatory resolution against the tea party for any further consideration, and

Be it further resolved that these organizations call on the Internal Revenue Service to evenly apply their standards and consider the tax-exempt status of the NAACP considering the degree to which they are engaging in habitual partisan political behavior.

Adopted unanimously, this day, July 12th, in the year of our Lord, 2010.
Well, I am glad they responded so quickly to such accusations. I'm am also pleased that they have decided to tell the NAACP what they should do as an organization, by helping them to 'redefine' its mission. I am sure the NAACP will apologize immediately for misunderstanding the meaning behind these images:







Heck, even I misunderstood that this was not racism, and just anger at the polices of the administration. I feel a little silly now. (do I need to tell you I was being sarcastic?)

EJ Dionne from WaPo points out:
The NAACP is doing what conservatives have done for decades in demanding that liberals and progressives separate themselves from left-wing extremists who trashed America, burned flags and praised foreign dictators.
He is correct. The Tea party is angry because someone actually did to them what they do themselves. They are even calling for President Obama to denounce the NAACP for actually daring to speak against the bigotry that is directed towards himself. Instead of taking a look at themselves, they seem to be doubling down. From Think progress:
This morning, Tea Party leader Mark Williams — who has been paid over $20,000 by the Tea Party Express political action committee — attacked the NAACP’s resolution, charging that the NAACP makes “more money off of race than any slave trader ever.”
This is the same man who called The President
“Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief.” And in February, he called Obama “our half white, racist president.”
Then there is this:

The Tea Party doesn't seem to like having a light shown on the worst kept secret in this political movement-- it has racists among them. It exists and it isn't even considered shameful, instead it has been celebrated as a right to free speech.

Don't blame the messenger for trying to help you become more aware of it. That's free speech as well.


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