NAACP Condemns Racism In Tea Party Movement

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has issued a resolution critical of the racism in the Tea Party movement at their national convention:

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.”

“We feel it’s very important that we educate our membership about the tea parties,” said Anita Russell, head of the Kansas City branch of the NAACP, as the debate on the resolution began. “We are concerned that there is a racist element within the tea parties.”

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

The St. Louis Tea Party protests, writing that “The millions of good, decent, and loving Americans who have participated in Tea Party events deserve nothing less than our full condemnation of the NAACP’s hatred and lies.”

Other Tea Party members are going further to protest against the resolution from the NAACP.

More seriously, Think Progress has documented multiple examples of the “the Tea Party’s well-documented history of racism and wrongful co-opting of the civil rights movement.”

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  1. 1
    libhomo says:

    The teabaggers are the most ridiculous and easily manipulated people in the country.

  2. 2
    Billy McKee says:

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    Maurice Ross says:

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  4. 5
    Clint says:

    I’m willing to give the Tea Party a tremendous amount of benefit of the doubt and say that they’re not necessarily institutionally racist and that many of the racist comments/actions have been isolated and unsanctioned by its leadership.
    I think the far bigger concern is the effect its policy suggestions will have on African-Americans. The effect, in short: not good.

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