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

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
12:14 pm

Barney is a tad chubby to easily hide..plus, face it, the lisp gives him away…

I do not know why some gays hate themselves..sucks to be them I guess..I never worry about others so I never gave it any thought.

Finn McCool

October 21st, 2010
12:15 pm

Dr. King was killed.. ON KENNEDY’s watch

James, you trying to give history lessons? LOL. Google is your friend.

dumbcrkr

October 21st, 2010
12:16 pm

James,

Al Sharpton was 14 years old when Dr. King was killed. And that was 5 years after JFK. You have to stop reading those Klan history books, there’s a reason the south lost.

George W

October 21st, 2010
12:16 pm

Finn….so what is your point?

Keep up the good fight!

October 21st, 2010
12:18 pm

Finn…well of course, James means that Kennedy was watching from heaven right? I mean 1968 vs 1963.

George W

October 21st, 2010
12:21 pm

HAHAHA…….

Georgian

October 21st, 2010
12:21 pm

Keep,

Republicans were the champions of the black man. It didnt change, blacks were just conned into believing a lie. Where is the racism and supremeists in the party? No one said ignor history, but no one wants you to hang onto it either. If Southerners hung on to the injustices done to them by Northerners after the Civil War, where would we be?

George W

October 21st, 2010
12:21 pm

Anyone doubt that MLK was a Dem?

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
12:22 pm

MLK was a marxist, so to hell with him
J Edgar had proof..but once someone gets their head blown of the deification begins, it seems..

sigh

George W

October 21st, 2010
12:27 pm

I dont think MLK was a marxist. Was he?

George W

October 21st, 2010
12:28 pm

MLK was a republican…..through and through.

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
12:30 pm

George W, Google Bayard Rustin..kings “community organizing” mentor and right hand collectivist

kevinbgoode

October 21st, 2010
12:31 pm

Yes. . .we are just one big happy melting pot – it is merely coincidence that the minority straight white males seem to continue to be the overwhelming majority holding positions of power.

George W

October 21st, 2010
12:31 pm

I will in a few…

George W

October 21st, 2010
12:31 pm

kevinbgoode….yep because they are the cream of the crop!!!

Keep up the good fight!

October 21st, 2010
12:32 pm

Georgian…so who is Jim Russell and why is he a Republican supremecist and current candidtate for Congress?

Ryan J. Murdoch (Murdough), registered republican racist in New Hampshire who is also state chair of American Third Position, a political party that “stands for the interests of white Americans”.

Why did David Duke become a Republican?

Funny…I heard something about a Confederate flag…but of course Southerners never live in the past.

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
12:33 pm

Yeah, kevin,

Obama and Pelosi are keepin the black and brown man down and the women in the kitchen..

George W

October 21st, 2010
12:33 pm

CT…..haha great point.

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
12:35 pm

David Duke ran as a republican, with the denouncement of the republican party of LA, because the incumbent was a democrat…

Facts..the cure for liberalism

CT the black Hillary

October 21st, 2010
12:37 pm

^5 GW..gotta get back to making some money today..WAR EAGLE!!

JKL2

October 21st, 2010
12:41 pm

keep- She also acknowledges, after her debate, that the 1st amendment includes the separation of church and state.

“It’s really funny the way that the media reports things,” she told ABC News. “After that debate my team and I we were literally high fiving each other thinking that we had exposed he doesn’t know the First Amendment, and then when we read the reports that said the opposite we were all like ‘what?’”

O’Donnell explained her line of questioning to Coons was not because she didn’t know the First Amendment, but to the make the point the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear anywhere in the Constitution. The Supreme Court has interpreted the First Amendment’s declaration that Congress “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” as a legal separation between government and faith.

“I asked him where in the Constitution is the phrase ’separation of church and state,’” O’Donnell recounted. “He said the First Amendment. I followed up with, ‘Can you name the five freedoms that are guaranteed to us that are protected by the First Amendment?’ And he could not.”

I guess she doesn’t agree with you after all.

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
12:43 pm

Since apparently there are 2 James I don’t know who to respond to.
Where did I say the Old South Democrats became Republican.

Georgian-
I would really like to know what your perception of black people are?

El Jefe

October 21st, 2010
12:48 pm

JKL2,

A literal, non-lawyer, reading of the First Amendment is actually a protection of Religion from the intrusion of Federal Government.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…”

No where does it provide protect from Religion intruding on Government. The Constitution is the Supreme law of the land, as described in Article VI of the Constitution. The Supremes use of a letter between Jefferson and a Baptist Minister to interpret the First Amendment was in my opinion vastly wrong.

pickle

October 21st, 2010
12:51 pm

Have you noticed that there are no Asians or Latinos screaming for affirmative action? Could it be that those minorities are happy to work, where the black minority is less than willing to work and would rather get a free handout to support their babies? Don’t get me wrong, Latinos are getting the handouts too, but they are working, as well.

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
12:52 pm

Affirmative Action works for Latinos and asians as well. It’s for minorities.

Old Southern Man

October 21st, 2010
12:53 pm

The sad part of this is OBAMA has done more in 21 months to the demise of racial relations, than even George Wallace had in 20 years. Obama has created a racial line that will take years to correct. Rev. Barber and the NAACP, should step-up and condemn Obama for setting the NAACP’s efforts to hold to their policies. The TEA Party has done nothing to cause anything in the RACIAL DIVIDE except to police it’s self and stop anyone who would try to undermind their high standards and morals. WHERE IS THE NAACP, WHEN THEY ARE NEEDED TO STOP, EVEN THE PRESIDENT,from damaging the RACIAL RELATIONS ? NO WHERE TO BE FOUND!!!!! So the NAACP, needs to either PUT UP or SHUT UP about the TEA Party and start doing something to SHUT UP the President from hendering and hurting centuries of GOOD WORK for the African-American RACE !!!

El Jefe

October 21st, 2010
12:54 pm

Some People are stupid,

If Affirmative Action does not help all races – isn’t it discriminatory? Is it Really just for Minorities?

guy

October 21st, 2010
12:55 pm

Always remember,you can’t please angry groups like the NAACP.They’re always being mistreated and it’s always someone else’s fault.
Hear nothing,say nothing. You can’t fix stupid!

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
12:56 pm

Old Southern Man-

Could you please provide examples of how Obama has contributed to the demise of racial relations. Besides the Gates thing, that’s actually the only thing relating to race that he has dealt with. I have yet to see his “black”Agenda…and can’t recall any law he signed for”blacks” only…but if you don’t mind, please enlighten me/

Georgian

October 21st, 2010
12:56 pm

SPAS,

I think there are many good hardworking honest black people. I work and am friends with many. They would not label me racist.

There are some that cling to the past as a means to get something they have not worked for however and that is not right. They seek to use their color and the past as a means to move up in the business world, to get a free living, and to do basically what they want.

pickle

October 21st, 2010
12:56 pm

Yeah, stupid, but you don’t see them standing out there pouting when they don’t get accepted into a job or the school they want to attend, unlike blacks who cry foul whenever somebody doesn’t hand them something they feel ‘entitled’ to. The difference between blacks and other minorities is that the other minorities don’t feel entitled to anything and would rather work hard to get farther in life. Blacks just want to bi.tch and moan and have it handed to them.

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
12:58 pm

El Jefe-

I never said it wasn’t discrimatory. At the time it was put in place to offset years of discrimination. It applies to all minorites, not just blacks. You only refer it to blacks because at the time, they were the biggest majority.

Avenger

October 21st, 2010
12:58 pm

kayaker. This bigoted gibberish (’Until blacks view themselves as part of scene instead of a peripheral player’ – ‘ You board a Delta flight to LA which is about a 4 hr flight. While taking your seat, you observe four Muslim men, in Muslim garb, about 25 or so, seated in scattered rows throughout the plane. Your pucker factor doesn’t go up? If not, you might gain some satisfaction, as the plane is going down in flames, that at least you were not politically incorrect.’) that you spout explains why you don’t have a clue about Blacks.

What next?

October 21st, 2010
12:58 pm

Keep up the good fight!
@ 9:07

Really? What about black people in Chicago openly saying that if McCain won the election, white people better have an Obama sign in their window or their house would be messed with? Is that discrimination?

How about the black panthers that were accosting white voters during the Obama/McCain election? Wouldn’t it be discrimination if the kkk was accosting black voters?

The Duke Lacrosse kids? The ones that were assumed guilty because they were rich white kids? Did Jesse ever apologize for the discriminatory remarks he made back then? Discrimination?

Better yet, how about you walk through the projects of Chicago as a white man at night. If you made it through without some sort of race based violence then we can talk.

Just because it isn’t as openly reported, does NOT mean that it isn’t there in plain site.

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
12:59 pm

Georgian-

Appreciate the response. I asked because from reading the comments, some people have a perception that all blacks have multiple kids, are lazy, and have no education. I think when this new generation grows up, some of the clinging to the past part will(for lack of a better term) die out.

HDB

October 21st, 2010
1:02 pm

El Jefe
October 21st, 2010
12:54 pm

Many have forgotten that the greatest beneficiary of Affirmative Action has been WHITE WOMEN!!

pickle
October 21st, 2010
12:51 pm

Could it be that those other minorities have not been castigated by white people, where the black minority has been marginalized, targeted, greatly discriminated against, and required governmental intervention to even be CONSIDERED American citizens? Could it be that the media has fueled the portrayal of black people as uneducated…and the corporate power structure – who has maintained a financial windfall at the portrayal – desires the continuation of the fallacy??

Think about it……

JKL2

October 21st, 2010
1:02 pm

finn- 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 amaizing how immigrants (legal and illegal)can come to the US with nothing and be successful, but that poor black urban male…it’s all whitie’s fault.

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
1:03 pm

pickle-
That’s a broad generalization. If someone is more qualified, and is better in every category than there white counterpart and is bypassed for a school, or a promotion, I’m pretty sure they are gonna think it is racial. How many black people have you seen pouting about not receiving something. If you put in a hard day’s work, are you not entitled to your paycheck.

El Jefe

October 21st, 2010
1:03 pm

Some People are stupid,

One of the groups that have taken advantage of Affirmative Action is women, any race. With in the Federal Government rule and regulations regarding minority set asides for government contracts, it specifies Minorities and Women.

Therefore, my question regarding the ” It’s for minorities.” quote from your post.

Finn McCool

October 21st, 2010
1:03 pm

JKL2 is defending O’Donnell?

There are no mulligans or “do overs”. She can’t come back later and say “oh, i meant this even though I said that.”

She’s an idiot. Face facts and get on with life.

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
1:05 pm

What next-

Examples 1 and 2 were not discriminatory. Wrong use of the word. 1 was a hate crime, 2 was intimidation. 3.Is bigotry I believe.

Some People are stupid

October 21st, 2010
1:06 pm

El Jefe-

They classify women as minorities.

Pretty much the majority is WHite Male.
DBE-White Female Business Enterprise
MBE-Minority Business Enterprise

Georgian

October 21st, 2010
1:06 pm

SPAS,

From personal experience I know this not to be the case. But I hate it for honest black Americans that the NAACP has become what it is and is not truly helping them more. I honestly feel that while perserving the history of the past is important, using it as a crutch is the thing that is holding blacks back. Black people will NEVER get anywhere by using the card that they are owed something because they were wronged 50 or 150 years ago.

HDB

October 21st, 2010
1:07 pm

El Jefe
October 21st, 2010
1:03 pm

Women are placed in the Affirmative Action statutes due to their lack of representation in employment areas…particularly management. In that aspect, women are considered as an economic minority……

Finn McCool

October 21st, 2010
1:07 pm

pickle’s never seen a homeless asian person?

Maybe get out of the suburbs sometime? There’s a whole wide world out there.

willie lynch

October 21st, 2010
1:07 pm

Old Southern,

??? How has the Black/White man in the White House hurt race relations?

pickle

October 21st, 2010
1:08 pm

HDB and SPAS: you are only marginalized because you allow it to happen. You’d rather sit back and complain on this blog than get up and prove people wrong. I don’t see any Asians or Latinos on here yelling about whitey holding them back – only blacks. And if anyone had a right to yell, it would be Latinos since nobody agrees with them being here illegally- but they still don’t yell. They go on about their work and they make blacks look like the slacker minority.

Mike

October 21st, 2010
1:08 pm

What choice does the NAACP have? The principles of the Tea Party advance ALL citizens, regardless of their color, and make groups that purport to advance only some people based on their color obsolete. Any black or white or any color person is better off coming to a Tea Party and meeting his neighbors and letting his voice be heard, than supporting the NAACP and busting out with stuff where every failure gets blamed on racist white people. As long as you have someone to blame, you will never advance yourself, and that’s true for anyone.

willie lynch

October 21st, 2010
1:10 pm

What next?,

That was funny!

pat

October 21st, 2010
1:10 pm

I must disagree. I think the NAACP needs to step up their attacks. The media swarms around it like flies on a turd and gives the Tea Party movement tons and tons of exposure. Especially since the claims of racism are patently false, it makes the Tea Party movement look even more attractive and the NAACP less and less relevant. This is especially important over the next two weeks.