Today, NAACP delegates passed a resolution to condemn extremist elements within the Tea Party, calling on Tea Party leaders to repudiate those in their ranks who use racist language in their signs and speeches.
The resolution came after a year of high-profile media coverage of attendees of Tea Party marches using vial, antagonistic racial slurs & images. In March, respected members of the Congressional Black Caucus reported that racial epithets were hurled at them as they passed by a Washington, DC health care protest. Civil rights legend John Lewis was called the “n-word” in the incident while others in the crowd used ugly anti-gay slurs to describe Congressman Barney Frank, a long-time NAACP supporter and the nation’s first openly gay member of Congress.
Missouri Representative Emmanuel Cleaver was spat on during the incident, and so it was particularly appropriate that the resolution was passed as NAACP delegates gathered in Kansas City for our 101st Annual Convention.
The NAACP did NOT say that everyone in the Tea Party was a racist, they simply pointed out that some of them have made some clearly bigoted statements and ANY responsible organization should denounced those types of statements, instead the Tea Party and their supporters have decided to denounce - THE NAACP!
In this clip from Countdown, NAACP head Ben Jealous makes the point that they've received Death Threats at their LA Offices for their resolution. How better do you define violent rhetoric that when someone speaks out against it, people direct VIOLENT rhetoric against them.
In response, Thinkprogress has a new video on Tea Party Racism.
I think this video goes the wrong direction. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been seriously critical of the Tea Party and their tacit support of Racism, but some of these clips are bad choices. That second guy shown “I’m a proud racists, I’m white” – was essentially kicked OUT of a Tea Party event as I documented on Dailykos. The guy who says “We Can’t Kill Obama” wasn’t advocating it, he was advocating defeating them electorally, because that’s what he said next. The “Yup, I’m A Racist” shirt is supposed to be Sarcasm, although all it really is – is Just Tragically Misguided Irony.
By using some questionable clips here I believe Thinkprogress may be opening themselves up to criticism from people like Andrew Breitbart, who thinks Congress was deliberately "provoking" the N-Word (and the F-Word) against themselves during the contentious passage of Health Care - and have been lying about it ever since.
This Brietbart claims even though CNN reporters and even Joe Trumka of the AFL/CIO heard the N-word themselves, and the F-Word against Barney Frank was caught on videotape.
Hey Andrew, if that's the only act of Racism you can find in among the Tea Party - you haven't been seriously looking. Here's a better Video showing Tea Party Racism...
Besides the signs, all you have to do to find their racism is listen to Tea Party Express Spokesman Mark Williams for a few minutes.
Williams on the NAACP:
WILLIAMS: You’re dealing with people who are professional race baiters, who make a very good living off this kind of thing. They make more money off of race than any slave trader ever. It’s time groups like the NAACP went to the trash heap of history where they belong with all the other vile racist groups that emerged in our history.
The purpose of the NAACP at it's start was to stop the Lynching of Black Men in America by The Klan. They continue today address situations like the brutal shooting of Oscar Grant.
As Tim Wise Documented, the balance between the Races is nowhere NEAR equal.
But y'know the NAACP - an organization that is 101 years old - is just a bunch Race Hustlers looking to make a buck off of White Guilt and Black Indignation. Yeah, right.
In this day and age research indicates that job applicants with white sounding names have a 50 percent better chance of being called back for an interview than their counterparts with black-sounding names, even when all qualifications are the same?
In this day and age studies still find that white job applicants with criminal records have a better chance of being called back for an interview than black applicants without one, even when all the qualifications are the same?
In this day and age evidence suggestes millions of cases of race-based housing discrimination against people of color occur each year.
In this day and age data from the Justice Department shows that blacks are far more likely than whites to have their cars and persons searched after a traffic stop, even though whites, when searched, are more than four times as likely to have drugs or other illegal contraband on us?
In this day and age the data shows that although whites and blacks use and sell drugs at roughly the same rates, African Americans are anywhere from 2.8 to 5.5 times more likely than whites to be arrested for a drug offense, depending on the year.
And.. the state level data indicating that in nine states, blacks are arrested at more than seven times the rate of whites, and in Minnesota and Iowa at rates that are more than eleven times greater than white arrest rates for drugs.
And... additional data that blacks are more than 10 times as likely as whites to be sent to prison for drug offenses, despite relatively equivalent rates of drug crimes.
And... the fact that a majority of persons admitted to prison for drug offenses are black, even though there are about six times more white users nationwide.
Anywhere here's what Williams says about Muslims.
[R]epeat after me: Islam is a 7th Century Death Cult coughed up by a psychotic pedophile and embraced by defective, tail sprouting, tree swinging, semi-human, bipedal primates with no claim to be treated like human beings or even desirable mammals for that matter.
So this guys not bigoted AT ALL, eh? In response members of the Tea Party have claimed that none of this has "anything to do with the Tea Party" - Oh really, statements by YOUR OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN have nothing to do with you?
Why is he even speaking then? What's he doing on TV supposedly representing the TEA PARTY and saying things like this? What about when he was on Anderson Cooper and called Obama an "Indonesian Muslim turned Welfare Thug, and a Racist-in-Chief".
This guy is a total loony toon - and he's a TEA PARTY loony tune!
But we shouldn't worry just about him, what we really need to be wondering and worried about is how many of these people from the McCain/Palin's rallies as documented in "Right America, Feeling Wronged" are now part of the Tea Party? And how many people will come out of the woodwork to make excuses and ratiionalizations for them?
Don't think SOME Conservatives in the Tea Party are Racist and Bigoted? Think again.