Racism And The Tea Party

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The NAACP does not have a problem with the Tea Party. We have a problem with their acceptance and welcoming of prejudice into their organization. In March, racial slurs were hurled at members of the Congressional Black Caucus--Representative Emanuel Cleaver was spat on

Racism And The Tea Party

By Ben Jealous

[Op-Ed: National]


Denouncing And Repudiating Tea Party's Racism

We are not backing down.

On July 14, the NAACP passed a resolution condemning the  racist acts of Tea Party protesters. The backlash from the
Tea Party has been furious. But we are not an organization that shies away from controversy. The NAACP was founded on hope, not hate -- and we will not stand idly by as racists work to divide our nation.

Add your name to our pledge to unify America and stop the racism: http://action.naacp.org/PledgeToStopHate

The NAACP does not have a problem with the Tea Party, nor its existence. We have a problem with their acceptance and welcoming of prejudice into their organization. And in case there is any misunderstanding about what defines racism, let me be clear.

In March, racial slurs were hurled at members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they passed by a Tea Party health care protest in Washington, DC. Missouri Representative Emanuel Cleaver was spat on. People at the rally held signs with bigotted statements.

That is racism. That is racism filled with hate, ignorance and acts of violence. And we will not stand for it. We are calling on all Americans to stand for the values that have made our country the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The past year has been one of major triumphs and major setbacks in the fight for racial equality. But we will not let bigotry silence us.

We are one people. We are one nation. And we are all NAACP Americans.

Ben Jealous is President and CEO of the NAACP

"Speaking Truth To Empower."


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