NAACP should have left the tea party alone

There are about 100,000 excellent causes the NAACP could take up right now— countless crusades that would elevate people of color, strengthen human rights and weaken discrimination. Launching a broadside against the Tea Party isn’t one of them.

I am disappointed that Ben Jealous insisted on forging ahead with a campaign against the Tea Party. It will backfire badly. The WaPo’s Dana Milbank outlines some of the more inflammatory rhetoric that NAACP officials used in a conference call yesterday:

The Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP chapter, used his time on the conference call to liken the Tea Partyers to southern racists during Reconstruction and church bombers and assassins during the civil rights era.

“We have to have particular concern about supremacy attitudes, violence, hate language, particularly when it’s rooted in notions of restoring or taking back or redeeming the country,” Barber said. “Because, in the American social-historical-political psyche, we have historical markers that tell us how dangerous this is to be given legitimacy.”

For instance:

“We know in 1867 when the Ku Klux Klan, for instance, laid out its political purposes, it was about restoring and re-enfranchising, if you will.”

“And then when you go to the Reconstruction Era, you find this same attempt to spew this division, this hate language out…. ‘We need to restore America. We need to take it back.’”

Barber moved on to 1963. “When George Wallace used this language and themes of division, very vitriolic hate language,” Barber said, “Medgar Evers was killed in June of that year… We had the bombing of a church, four girls were killed at Sunday school and then we had a president assassinated.”

Oh, for heaven’s sake. I remember the church bombings of 1963. I remember George Wallace. And I tell you that these times are nothing like those. Barber is guilty of doing the very things that so many tea party activists do — making such exaggerated claims that they hold absolutely no credibility. Obama is a Nazi? That’s crazy. Tea partiers are like Birmingham church bombers? That’s crazy, too.

Here is my prediction: Tea party supporters will use the NAACP’s report to claim that the organization painted all tea partiers — and all Obama critics — as racists. And the tea party will win the cage match.

479 comments Add your comment

Finn McCool

October 21st, 2010
11:24 am

Opportunities abound in this country for all races to excel. It’s just a matter of grabbing the brass ring and making it happen. But lets leave organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus, the Rainbow Coalition and the NAACP in the dustbin of history where they belong.

LOL, so says the white guy. Too funny. It’s just that easy.
Snap your fingers! Click your heels together!

willie lynch

October 21st, 2010
11:25 am

ken R,

Do you feel better?

Helen48

October 21st, 2010
11:25 am

This is what the Tea Party Movement is about (via wikipedia)

The movement’s primary concerns include, but are not limited to, cutting back the size of government, lowering taxes, reducing wasteful spending, reducing the national debt and federal budget deficit, and adhering to the United States Constitution.

I’m a member of the Bellingham Tea Party in Northwestern Washington. My husband and I are currently hosting a DVD course on the origins of the Constitution. The people who attend our class are good people of all ages who care about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, all of which the Constitution was created to protect. In addition, we have attended educational and patriotic Tea Party events that focus on Conservative values and fiscally responsible government. We love our family, our fellowman (all of them), and our country. We also believe, as did the Founders, that our inalienable rights come from God, our Creator–not from the government. We are saddened by the direction our country has been taking for far to long (long before Pres. Obama), and we want to do everything in our power (such as it is) to return our country and our government to the beacon of hope and the standard for freedom it was always meant to be. Is this such a radical agenda?

HDB

October 21st, 2010
11:27 am

Georgian October 21st, 2010
11:06 am
“HDB, Yeah I’ve heard those lies about the 2000/2004 elections before. There was never any proof, except for accustions because Bush was elected.” Nope – not lies!! It was shown that Jeb Bush disenfranchised almost 50,000 black votes by purging the voters rolls in Florida (Miami Herald, Tallahassee Democrat); in Ohio and Missouri, people were told that the polls were closed even though they had been standing in lines for HOURS (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)!!

“Southern Strategy of 1968? Really? REALLY? In 2010 you bring up that crap? How is that hurting black voters?” 1) Show me an area that has consistently marginalized the black vote since 1980 by being TOTALLY Republican? 2) Show me where black candidates have been voted into office by the GOP since JC Watts and Gray Franks?

“The millions of blacks was the “edge” that got him elected. Wont be that way in 2012 though.” If EVERY black person voted for Obama, that would have been enough to get him elected; it took a coalition of independent and Democratic voters to win the election!!!

“But for you and the NAACP to promote this and potential violence is maddening.” NO one is advocating violence….but what you think you’re feeling is how many black people ARE feeling and HAVE BEEN feeling for years!!

Oh Please!!!

October 21st, 2010
11:30 am

How long do the tails grow. Inquiring minds need to know.

grannyd

October 21st, 2010
11:32 am

I have two mixed gkids, their father is black. Because I made an anti-Obama remark one day, I have been accused of being in the TeaParty and a KKKer and am no longer allowed to see them. In his warped lil mind, anyone that is not PRO black, is a racist. I asked if he had ever looked in the mirror when he said the word racist. TeaParty not racist- me- not racist to color only to STUPID. We should declare open season.

Finn McCool

October 21st, 2010
11:33 am

…our inalienable rights come from God, our Creator–not from the government.

Ok, let’s see God get your Lexus back when it’s stolen or come and put out the fire when your house is going up in flames. And let’s wait for God to check our beef roast for deadly bacteria before we feed it to our kids.

Robert

October 21st, 2010
11:34 am

George, What part of my statement do you disagree with?

1. NAACP offically labeling the “tea party” as a “terroist” group.

2. Since the American People elected President Obama there seems to be a rise in other terroist groups which are claiming to be Christians such as the home grown terroist group known as the “tea party”.

3. The “tea party” uses the same weapons of choice as the “taliban” which are hatred, fear and rage/mob mentality.

4. The “tea party” extremist, mostly white people (klan, skin heads, etc.),

5. I feel uneasy and watch them very closely. We have a double standard regarding who we label as terroist.

6. The American People are sick and tired of ALL terroist groups whether they are Muslims, Christians or Jews.

Georgian

October 21st, 2010
11:35 am

Keep,

So you throw out 4-5 names out of millions and the Tea Party is a party of racists? Being affiliated with those groups means nothing.

Oh Please!!!

October 21st, 2010
11:36 am

From reading this blog, I can’t help but recall the SNL skit with Eddie Murphy changing his race to white and getting all sorts of special treatment when blacks were not around.

Russ555

October 21st, 2010
11:37 am

Means are different but the goals are pretty much the same.

James E. McMullen, III

October 21st, 2010
11:38 am

It is a shame that the NAACP has become part of the problem of racism. They, along with the Democrats and socialists, have been driving wedges between the black community and everyone else. They have helped in the destruction of black families and their communities as we have seen in the ghettos around our country. They have helped maintain the roles of welfare, that has seen 2, 3, and 4 generations living off the taxpayers of this country instead of getting educated and becoming part of the solution of improving these communities. They have defended the violence against police who have been frustrated to remove the drug dealers, thugs and perversion from these neighborhoods. The NAACP is, like this feckless government in Washington and local socialist influenced government, part of the problem, not a part of the solution to return our country back to the principles, morals and values of our Founding Fathers.

Finn McCool

October 21st, 2010
11:40 am

Helen48,
Right now you can believe in any God you want to believe in. With a radical change in government, that freedom might go away.

Think about what lengths radical elements went to to keep a Muslim community center out of a specific city block. all it takes is a little fear in the wrong hands and you might only be allowed to believe in a Baptist God or a Methodist God, or a Catholic God.

Oh Please!!!

October 21st, 2010
11:40 am

So Flinn our inalienable rights include police and fire protection as well as the FDA? Is that what you are saying?

Avenger

October 21st, 2010
11:41 am

kayaker. “Until blacks quit walking back and forth over Selma bridge, nothing much will change. I appreciate the struggle, I cannot believe how it must have been to live under Jim Crow but black youth cares about as much about Medger Evans as they do about Ronald Reagan. Opportunities abound in this country for all races to excel. It’s just a matter of grabbing the brass ring and making it happen” I am confused. You pretend to know what Blacks need to do, but you say “I cannot believe how it must have been to live under Jim Crow” Why not, you are old enough to have lived back in the 50s when the majority of Americans supported racism. Here is a news flash – the brass ring existed in the nineteenth and twentieth century too.

Lady Liberty

October 21st, 2010
11:43 am

In addition to my prior post,

It is correct people are not treated equally. Blacks, Hispanics, Minorities are treated more equal than Whites and Asians. Afforded more oppurtunities and assistance on the backs of their countrymen.

The level of this absurdity is seeing new heights. In my profession certain classes and tests are required. The entrance exam to enter the New York Fire Department was thrown out because not enough blacks passed.

Any minority should have their blood boiling.

Instead of training more and educating themselves more the test was called racist and thrown out. Even though its been in place for years and ensures canidates have the required basic knowledge to run in a burning building while others are running out.

And I will correct you. We are not a diverse nation. We are a nation united under the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We may have different colors, religions, etc but those founding documents have to unite us.

“United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”

Keep up the good fight!

October 21st, 2010
11:43 am

Georgian…I threw out 5 names of people with influence within the party…so why are they still there. I put out a part of a statement from the NAACP prosident that says that not all Tea Party members are racist..you choose to ignore that. Now why dont you read the entire report of the NAACP and then have an informed discussion.

Being affliated with those groups does mean something. But perhaps not to a person who states I have always said you have blacks and then you have BLACKS. And there is a BIG difference. as you have.

You also dodged the question about why you claim the NAACP is trying to incite violence but ignore the Beck and Tiller concerns. Why is that?

RGB

October 21st, 2010
11:46 am

Since conservatives are dumb and Democrats “know what’s best for those of us who aren’t as smart as Democrats”, then you should be quite confident the Democrats will strengthen their majority in both houses of Congress–shouldn’t you?

As for me, I’ll stick with Herman Cain and like-minded people who believe government is too big and too expensive and is quickly ending an Exceptional America.

To trot out some obscure, heretofore unknown commercial about some “group” wanting to suppress votes and suggest that it is representative of conservatives or Republicans is laughable. To be accurate, that group was upset about Democrats not passing comprehensive immigration reform. Groups that favor CIR aren’t conservative.

These obscure groups don’t scare me–what scares me is our elected officials–meaning almost ALL Democrats and many of the Republicans.

You people have cried wolf waaaaay too often. It doesn’t work any more.

Robert

October 21st, 2010
11:46 am

Oh Please,

I am sick and tired of ALL “tea party” lunatics who are ruining this country by spewing their venum of hatred, fear and rage/mob mentality which are the same weapons of choice used by other “terroist” such as the “taliban”. The American People are sick and tired of all terroist whether they are Muslims, Christians or Jews.

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
11:48 am

Juan WIlliams was dropped by NPR for stepping in the PC bear trap..It’s like a leftist circlular firing squad..the only people who give a flying pig F*** about being PC anymore are leftists, so only leftists are harmed by the PC police..gotta love the Serlingesqe irony!

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
11:48 am

Georgian-

Sorry for the late response

How long do you want them to pray. I can say the Lord’s Prayer in 30 seconds. Seriously, do you want every students to all start praying out loud. And then we can have the muslim students get their daily prayers in as well. I mean seriously…how do you want god in school.

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
11:52 am

screw god, get GOVERNMENT out of schools..send your kids to private school..not a government indoctrination center. When I graduated high school in 1999 schools had already started to shift from teaching facts and skills to targeted socialization and idealogical(leftist mainly) indoctrination.

I'm Just sayin

October 21st, 2010
11:54 am

@ No More B.O. (It stinks!)

October 21st, 2010
10:24 am

I’m sick of “black this” and “black that”. You KNOW what would happen if we had White Miss America, White-only colleges, NAAWP, UWCF, WET TV…? The list goes on and on. If we even TRIED to lable something white-only, it would be WWIII in the streets.

Yeah, we would have America in the pre-civil rights era. The “good old days” the Tea-Party is looking to “restore”

George W

October 21st, 2010
11:55 am

11 DAYS!!!! Tick tock Tick tock……..THANK GOD!

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
11:56 am

Typical government school example..

If mohammed has 24 apples and he eats 4 and gives 1/4 of the remainder to Juanjulio, how many will mohammed have left and how many would he have had if the evil white capitalists didn;t control the apple supply?

p.s.. the Answer is…If Mohammed is homosexual it doesn’t matter how many apples he has, you have to respect his lifestyle choice per the UN declaration of human rights.

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
11:56 am

Targeted socialization and leftist indoctrination like what? Please cite some type of examples

James

October 21st, 2010
11:57 am

First and foremost I am an AMERICAN. I am from Indian (native) and Scottish Highlander heritage. My ancestors fought during the Revolutionary war to make this land free. I know most of their names, I know the ones who died doing this. My ancestors also fought during the Civil war. Part of the family from Mississippi and Alabama lent over 60 of its sons and only 37 returned. The other half of the family was in Abraham Lincolns inner circle. One even being his Attorney General.. the other his closest friend.

As I said, I am an AMERICAN first and foremost. No matter what your skin color is.. if you were born here (exempting illegal entrants) and raised here YOU ARE AMERICANS. I’m not going around telling people… “Hey, I’m NATIVE AMERICAN, SCOTTISH AMERICAN!”. I am purely AMERICAN. Be proud of your heritage as I am proud of mine, but we, as a people here in America cannot afford to be divisive and pull away from what we truly are.

I am a STAUNCH CONSERVATIVE. Whatever that conjures up in your minds I dont particularily care. What’s important is .. what do I believe and what am I willing to stand up for? I am willing to stand up beside ANY man.. I mean ANY man who will stand there and defend this Country against it’s enemies. Something which I have done, I’m an honorably discharged disabled US Military Veteran.. who actually enlisted in my State Guard too. I dont give a rats A$$ what color that man is beside me.. he is my brother if he will shed his blood with me. If that mans stands up for the poor and for the orphans.. He is my brother. If he offers a “Hand UP”… not a continuing “Hand OUT”. I will stand in defense of those who need it.. and would by arms oppose those who would enslave.. even though my family over 160 years ago owned slaves.

I am for ACCOUNTABLE Government and a SMALL GOVERNMENT. I do NOT believe a HUGE Federal Government serves the people.. it only takes. I believe in fostering the BEST and MOST FRUITFUL economies so that a man can make a GOOD living and not be hand to mouth.. which I am myself at some times. I am AGAINST a Government that is so huge and becomes such a swollen gulping pit that it drains the soul of a nation.

I am for people being RESPONSIBLE for their actions, or lack thereof. I do NOT believe in RE-DISTRIBUTION of wealth.. that is SOCIALISM.. and if anyone has ANY wisdom.. they can see in History that EVERY instance of Socialism has failed miserably. The problem is, the ones at the top run out of other people’s money to hand out.

I am for normalization of ALL things. If a test is given for a job.. the best man should get the job.. no matter what his skin color… that cuts both ways you know. We have Black Doctors, Astronauts, Laywers.. PRESIDENT.. there is NO EXCUSE that Blacks cannot achieve these things. Just as people said the same to my ancestors whom they assimilated.

I am a TEA PARTY member, but first and foremost, I am an AMERICAN. Now tell me .. what can you say to DISAGREE with me? This is common sense.. GET to know WHO you say you hate before you go to war with them.. you may find out .. “They” are YOU too.. Blacks in record numbers are joining the Tea Party because they are FED up with the Republicans AND the Democrats.

Just a little food for thought.. Dont think ether the Republicans or Democrats are your friends. The Democrats have HIJACKED the Black cause since Martin Luther King Jr… who by the way was a Conservative REPUBLICAN.. NOT a democrat. He mistrusted Kennedy deeply. Kennedy only got involved because he was FORCED to. Only ONE party has actually helped Americans of color.. Republicans. Starting with Abraham Lincoln (Republican) and on and on.. they were the party who tried to give Blacks a hand up. Republicans signed MORE legislation in favor of minorities than Democrats EVER did. So why are most Blacks Liberal Democrats.. this is the Mystery…

George W

October 21st, 2010
11:57 am

CT the black Hillary……..that was hilarious!

George W

October 21st, 2010
11:58 am

MLK was a Republican!!! I agree 10000000%

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
11:58 am

Contractor/Pat/George W/Georgian-

What is your perception of black people….just want to know what you think about us. Serious question

Keep up the good fight!

October 21st, 2010
11:59 am

CT the black ignoramus…now there you go messing up a day of somewhat rational argument with pure stupidity.

Tiger

October 21st, 2010
12:02 pm

It’s nearly election time. The NAACP is worried that thier side might lose in the coming voting. So thy label the tea party “racist”. It’s just another tired attempt to get the base fired up, rehashing old events, myths and past injustices. Having lost the battle for the minds of the voters in America, the NAACP is cynically using the race card to motivate turnout. It’s not that they really beleive the Tea Party is racist, they just need people to get excited and angry. Even as the NAACP accuses others, they stand themselves using anger, lies and mob action as the basis for their political influence.

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
12:02 pm

So let me get this, MLK was a conservative republican, but wanted FEDERAL intervention in civil rights…that’s not very conservative…

I get tired of hearing this everytime CT has a race article. Was MLK a republican, yes…old south democrats were for segregation..kinda goes against his whole purpose…however the platform of those republicans during mlk times…are similar to the platforms of todays democrats..look at the dixicrat platform…segregation, states rights, George Wallace was for limited goverment…what party does that sound like.

John

October 21st, 2010
12:03 pm

This organization has out-lived the usefulness of the laudible message it once carried. It really has fizzled itself into non-existence outside its own screams for attention. This organization is more bent on creating divisiveness than harmony.

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
12:05 pm

what party runs on segregation? just curious..

Segregation is generally the natural order in nature and human nature, and integration should never be forced..but no party runs on forced segregation today..

FAIL

willie lynch

October 21st, 2010
12:05 pm

CT,

If a Republican Senator is sitting in a bathroom stall soliciting the “johnson” of another visitor does that mean he has the same rights as Mohammed?

Pamela

October 21st, 2010
12:06 pm

The TEA party is made up of ALL parties. I can go to a TEA party meeting/rally/boot camp and sit among democrats, republicans, green party, Independents and libertarians and we ALL agree on the Core values. CORE VALUES of the Tea Party are Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government and
Free Markets. Period. I have never been to a meeting where they said “just vote Republican.” Ever. They do however teach us to become involved and educate ourselves. The Tea Party core values are the values that America was founded on and they have roots in our shared heritage and belief in natural law. They derive from a belief in free will and the primacy of an individual who is responsible for his/her own actions.

~ An individual who is personally responsible will be fiscally responsible.

~ An individual who is personally responsible will make better decisions than a distant federal government.

~ An individual who is personally responsible will productively respond to and interact with markets.
I am a TEA party member and I will NEVER bomb a church or start a war or become an assassin but I will educate myself on candidates and vote out those that lie, cheat, steal and ignore my valley and deprive it of water. I am not a racist and never will be, I have friends of many faiths, colors and creeds and I respect and love them all and will continue to do so. I am not a gun toting, uneducated moron but I do love that the liberal media portrays me as such because then I get to SHOW people how the lying left leaning liberal media is the one that is attacking and lying…not the conservative media.

Yes, Rev. William Barber, I agree with you that hate speech must stop. The question now is when will you stop your hate speech against me? *ding* Round 1.

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
12:06 pm

Or as Angela Merkel says , rightly so, “multiculturalism has failed”

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
12:07 pm

willie, yes, Barney frank can suck as many d***s as mohammed ..isn;t love grand

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

Ct the Black Hilary-
You got me..i meant to say segregation as a states rights issue( That’s how George Wallace defended it). Not saying a party is actually running on segregation but on States Rights.

Das Right

October 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

Of course MLK was a republican. He presented an image of piousness while sleeping around all over town.

ml

October 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

it was a mistake to confront the tea party before first sweeping around one’s own back door.
and also it is idiotic to argue with an idiot

Finn McCool

October 21st, 2010
12:09 pm

So Flinn our inalienable rights include police and fire protection as well as the FDA? Is that what you are saying?

No. But the argument can be made that the police don’t just protect the rich, the fire dept. don’t just put out house fires in certain neighborhoods, and the FDA checks the food that everyone buys – not just the tax payers.

Das Right

October 21st, 2010
12:09 pm

CT,

Try as you may Barney Frank ain’t hiding….sorry.

Keep up the good fight!

October 21st, 2010
12:09 pm

Amazing that the people who claim that history should be ignored as to racism but quick to claim history as to Republican party….while at the same time ignoring the racism and supremecists in the current republican/tea party.

James

October 21st, 2010
12:09 pm

SomePeopleAreSTupid – Wrong. The Old South Democrats did NOT turn into Republicans.. they just quit saying what they believed and stuck a pacifier in people’s mouths to shut them up. Whoever told you there was a “Turn Around” in the parties is DEAD wrong. Did you know that dear “Jessee Jackson” changed his political positions 180 degree’s when he ran for President? At first he was Against Abortion – when Dr. King was alive.. now he is paid BIG $$$ by planned parenthood.. is he for abortion? ABSOLUTELY. He and Sharpton have actually changed the opinions of Blacks and made them think it was “the other party”.. when in FACT it was THEM.

James

October 21st, 2010
12:11 pm

Whats even more insidious is the fact that Jesse Jackson & Sharpton will NOT discuss WHY they changed their political opinions and parties after Dr. King was killed.. ON KENNEDY’s watch.

James

October 21st, 2010
12:12 pm

I will tell you Exactly WHO are the REAL Racist… they are the ones screaming “RACISM!!!”… Those are the ones you need to watch out for.

Finn McCool

October 21st, 2010
12:13 pm

Looks like some of you don’t recall political history in the 60’s. Prior to Lyndon Johnson, most of the conservative-types were in the Dem party. When Johnson passed Civil rights, Medicare, etc. the conservatives, racists, etc all left the Dem party and joined the Republican party.

Later on Nixon saw the anger and ran on that anger bringing more into the fold of the Republican party.

James

October 21st, 2010
12:14 pm

James @12:09 did you make up a blog name or you name jacking? Anyway- grabbing my top hat and coat and jumping on our new trolley-