NAACP Condemns Racism of Tea Party Movement

Resolution asks Tea Party to repudiate its racist elements

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The NAACP resolution condemns racist language of the Tea Party movement as shown in these signs from Tea Party rallies. (Source: NAACP via ThinkProgress)

The NAACP resolution condemns racist elements of the Tea Party movement as seen in these signs from Tea Party rallies. (Source: NAACP via ThinkProgress)

NAACP delegates passed a resolution Tuesday to condemn extremist elements within the Tea Party, and called on Tea Party leaders to repudiate those who use racist language in their signs and speeches.

“We take no issue with the Tea Party movement,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “We believe in freedom of assembly and people raising their voices in a democracy. What we take issue with is the Tea Party’s continued tolerance for bigotry and bigoted statements. The time has come for them to accept the responsibility that comes with influence and make clear there is no place for racism & anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry in their movement.”

The resolution was adopted during the civil rights group’s 101st annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri, and was amended during the debate to specifically ask the Tea Party itself to repudiate the racist elements and activities of the Tea Party. The resolution came after a year of high-profile media coverage of attendees of Tea Party marches using antagonistic racial slurs and images, according to the organization.

The move has sparked sharp criticism from conservatives. Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who is a very vocal supporter of the Tea Party movement, took to her Facebook account to share her “sadness” over the move.

“I am saddened by the NAACP’s claim that patriotic Americans who stand up for the United States of America’s Constitutional rights are somehow ‘racists.’ The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling, and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand,” Palin wrote.

She said the motive of such an “unfair accusation of racism is to dissuade good Americans from joining the Tea Party movement or listening to the common sense message of Tea Party.

The NAACP says it is not trying to stop the Tea Party movement, but just the racist discourse. The language of the resolution has been misconstrued to imply that the NAACP was condemning the entire Tea Party movement itself as racist, says the organization.

“We don’t have a problem with the tea party’s existence. We have an issue with their acceptance and welcoming of white supremacists into their organizations,” Jealous told the Associated Press.

The resolution will not become official NAACP policy until approved by the national board of directors in October.

  • Logigirl

    Maybe tea baggers can distinguish themselves by creating different names for what their beliefs are: Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, black, white, green tea party. Tea for thought!! 

    • Jeannine Reynolds

      Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, black, white, green tea — I believe that’s called DIVERSITY, or being ALL INCLUSIVE! And by the way — two can play this game you’re playing…. Under Socialism/Fascism/Marxism/Black Liberation Theology/Pan-Aficanism/Globalism — just look up OneNation’s website and you’ll find 400+ orgs that support this destruction grand-scale ideology…. Or are we all missing something here? Me think you protesteth too much! When you do — sometimes you begin to acquire that very embarrassing disorder — HOOF-and-MOUTH-Disease!

    • FUBO

      Your comment is the perfect example of why the Left in this country is going to be flushed down the toilet where it came from.

      On an article about racism you use a word denigrating homosexuals!

      BTW, if we are Tea Baggers, you have been TEA BAGGED by Obama.

      PS – of those 4 photos above, 3 are from people who were exposed as being from the Left and who infiltrated Tea Party rallies, and the “Mack Daddy” poster is from a Black preacher in Harlem, Pastor Manning, who correctly notes “Obama is a long-legged Mack Daddy. Obama is a pimp. He’s Pimping Hope and Change. He has done nothing for black people.”

      So make your choices, stick with the victimology race and poverty pimps like the Just Us Brothers and Obama and the Clintons who keep you on the Dems plantation and are insuring that unemployment in the Black community IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH , or join us in the Tea Party who say we have been Taxed Enough Already and that less govt is the answer to MORE JOBS.

  • Indeed. The Earl Grey tea baggers could be concerned with issues related to senior citizens! But in all seriousness, it is truly disappointing that Palin and her supporters won’t admit to the racist nature of some tea party members.

    • Jeannine Reynolds

      Hmm! — And are you stating then that there aren’t ‘black’ racists? I believe the New Black Panthers, NAACP, and people like Van Jones, Mark Floyd, Louis Farrakan, and Jeremiah Wright ( just to name a few of the many black activists and black orgs ) have spewed their hatred towards white people. Racism is a two-way street. And I don’t want to hear anymore about who started racism first… Let’s stop the insanity once and for all and learn from the past. The TEA Party Movement is NOT RACIST. Yes — there are maybe a handful of idiots onboard, and maybe these are plants from opposing orgs like SEIU and the former ACORN orgs who have a beef with the TEA Party… I say that we all need to tend to our own backyards before we throw stones into someone else’s.

  • Artimus Maximus

    CAn you admit that the NAACP also has an element of rascism within it? Anything that is for the benefit of a race over another race is ravist. So in fact I call the NAACP racist in its own right.
    As a tea party member, I want more fellow americans of a darker skin color to realize the importance of the Tea Party. The more members we have, the more we can accomplish.

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