Last week the NAACP created a media firestorm when it accused some supporters of the Tea Party of “explicit racist behavior” and accused the Tea Party of a “drive to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”
While I am not a member of the Tea Party, and while some of its most vocal supporters have accused me of being on the other side of their platform, I have to ask, just which organization is really racist?
Doesn’t the NAACP play the race card with it’s very name – the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? How much hell would be raised if somebody formed a National Association for the Advancement of White People?
The first page of the NAACP website is filled with links to articles against the Tea Party. If you were to believe these guys, the Tea Party is nothing but a bunch of neo-Nazis who spend their time burning crosses.
As I understand it, the NAACP is all about protecting those civil rights that they accuse the Tea Party of trying to destroy. So how come the NAACP (and people like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, for that matter) didn’t spring into action when the Justice Department declined to prosecute two Black Panther Party members who were accused of intimidating voters outside a polling place during the 2008 election? If the roles were reversed, and the Ku Klux Klan were accused of scaring off black voters, the group would be demanding Senate hearings, and Jackson and Sharpton would be pounding their fists on their pulpits, and leading protest marches through the streets.
Do I agree with everything the Tea Party says and does? No. But then again, half the time I second guess myself after the fact. Do I think they are racist? No, not as a group, though I have heard some people who claim to support all that the Tea Party stands for make some pretty racist statements. Then again, I have also heard soldiers, school teachers, truck drivers, and RVers say the same things. I don’t think we should judge any group by the actions or words of a few individuals.
Like it or not, there are a lot of people who do allow racism to impact their feelings about our President. If you don’t believe that, you may need to have a long, honest talk with yourself. I get their forwarded e-mails and jokes every day.
But, just because somebody disagrees with President Obama and his policies doesn’t necessarily make them a racist. That is what the NAACP fails to recognize.
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