Monday, July 12, 2010

NAACP Proposing Resolution Condemning “Racism of the Tea Party

(Kansas City Star) — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will propose a resolution this week condemning racism within the tea party movement.

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.”
NAACP leaders said the resolution was necessary to make people aware of what they believe is a racist element within the tea party movement.

Tea party leaders deny that the movement is racist and said the resolution is unfair.

“I just don’t see racism in the tea party movement,” said Brendan Steinhauser, director of campaigns for FreedomWorks, which organizes tea party groups. “Racism is something we’re absolutely opposed to.”

“The NAACP has more of a political agenda now, but I would hope that they would appreciate the fact that the tea party movement has a lot in common with the civil rights movement. I’m personally inspired by what the civil rights movement did, and I want them to know that.”

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.

1 comment:

Rosemary Welch said...

Hello. I have asked one lady not to return because she did not comfortable around people who were not all white. She should have been surprised to learn that I am Mohawk/Armenian! First and foremost, however, I am an American.

I am saddened that you chose to publish this article without any research. If you would have asked me, I am a Tea Party coordinator. I could have offered several sites for you to try to find any racism. I will not put up with it. I never have before, I will not now.

Even the Republicans are afraid us, so I guess if the news comes from the Hill it must be true, right? WRONG! We have grown weary of being treated as though we are little chips to be played at election time, and we demand better from our servant elected officials.

I didn't mean to write so much. Please pardon me. I cannot add your blog to mine, cuz I don't need the death threats. Yes, we have received them. We do not fight back. That is an order. We are peaceful people who just want a better government for all of our citizens. Thank you for your time, and thank you praying for my brother. God bless your family and you.