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NAACP is right to call out racists within Tea Party movement

Since February, I have been sounding the alarm against the radical voices that have attached themselves to the Tea Party movement. That is, the racists and the birthers and the Tenth Amendment-types who show up at Tea Party rallies with their hyperbolic signs comparing President Obama to Hitler, Stalin and other dictators who subjugated their countries through mass murder. Not the majority of folks in the movement who have legitimate concerns about the direction and size of government and the explosion of debt undertaken to sustain it. They are tired of Washington not listening to them. Well, Washington and the nation are listening to them now -- and to the crazies among them.

It’s the racists who have compelled the NAACP to vote unanimously on a resolution calling on leaders in the Tea Party movement to disavow them. As E.J. Dionne brilliantly points out today, the venerable civil rights organization isn’t asking Tea Party leaders to do anything less than what conservatives have consistently called on liberals to do.

The NAACP is doing what conservatives have done for decades in demanding that liberals and progressives separate themselves from left-wing extremists who trashed America, burned flags and praised foreign dictators. The racists are the Tea Party's flag-burners. It's fair to ask the democratic left to condemn extremism. It's fair to ask the same of the democratic right. (Note the small "d.")

Here's a specific example: Remember in the 1990s when Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was fanning racial animus, spewing anti-Semitism and spinning conspiracy theories about the government actively targeting black men for annihilation? African American lawmakers were called upon nationally and locally, particularly in New York, to denounce Farrakhan. It was unfair to ask elected officials to condemn his every crackpot utterance. But it was also a no-brainer for serious politicians to make clear that Farrakhan didn’t speak for them lest their work and priorities get derailed. Tea Party leaders who don’t want their real concerns crowded out by the radical elements around them must -- MUST -- do the same.

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 15, 2010; 8:23 AM ET
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I've been reading a lot of the material being written about this, and honestly, I'm left scratching my head. The vast majority of these articles don't point out a single substantiated instance of racism in the tea party movement. This article at least linked to another post referencing some public opinion poll data. I would suggest the author look into similar polling done on Bush in 2006/2007. Calling the president a socialist because he favors an enlarged government, and the takeover of a few key sectors of the economy (financial services, cap and trade, single payer healthcare, etc) is a far cry from the truly frightening threats that were made against the life of GWB. The left needs to stop using ad-hom attacks and start making policy arguments. Americans are not persuaded by the assertion that a vast majority of the country are racist bigots. Either that, or y'all need to substantiate one of your claims. This is a massive movement, so it shouldn't be difficult to find one bad apple, but as near as I can tell the left hasn't done its research to do that.

Posted by: rybo123 | July 15, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Blah - "racism", per capita, is more pervasive within the brown community. The majority of the white community doesn't dare utter a racist word. Time for the NAACP and other african american organizations to get their own house in order. btw - the comparison to Farrakhan is a huge stretch, since he is/was the leader of his organization. The leaders of the Tea Party movement stand up every day to denounce racism. Name one tea party leader that has used the term "black devils"

Posted by: Stevenj974 | July 15, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart, IF you are right that the naacp is calling out The Tea Party Activists on Racism then whatever ARE you going to do when the Republicans win back the house in November 2010 and Boot obama out in 2012?? Maybe Whine Louder???

Racism is a "losers limp", An Excuse, and besides not everyone who hates COMMUNISM is a racist!

Posted by: crackshot1 | July 15, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

".... comparing President Obama to Hitler, Stalin and other dictators" does not necessarily mean someone is a racist. It is obvious the point being made here is that they think Obama is a "Socialist."

What does this have to do with race?

Can the NAACP please provide real evidence of racism?

Posted by: DAS2 | July 15, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Typical liberal BS and journalism at it's worst. The only racism I see is this journalist and the NAACP. Notice neither condemn the Black Panther tyrades. Plus they cannot produce evidence of the signs they say exists. But then again. I quess if someone is against policy and not the person that's racism. Like they say, you can't fix stupid....

Posted by: sonnyphillips | July 15, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I do not have a problem with anyone complaining about racists. I have a problem when it is used as a political tool to smear opponents, as this was done to smear the entire tea party movement.

It is racially divisive to play the race card OVER AND OVER. Think about it, when was the last time you even thought about a problem between races? When Obama got elected? or when false claims were made against activists days prior to the UNWANTED healthcare vote? Someone offered $100,000 to anyone that could show proof of racial slurs and spitting, AND NO-ONE HAS CLAIMED THE MONEY. No-one recorded it? No-one had a cell phone camera or video clip of it? The liberal media didnt get it on tape? COME ON. we know it didnt happen!

I believe in the sanctity of life that babies should have rights, that life begins at conception. You call me a "birther"? and put me in the same catagory as racists? What?

You are as divisive as the NAACP! You should work for them!

Posted by: JBfromFL | July 15, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

The rest of America is right to call out the black racists in the NAACP and to call Capehart out on his continuous victimhood racist rants.

Posted by: wjc1va | July 15, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

How sad that the NAACP feels compelled to pass a resolution condemning perceived Tea Party racism, but ignores actual racism from the New Black Panther Party. You'd have thought that by 2010, the NAACP would have figured out that blacks will never truly be equal until they accept responsibility with the same degree of fervor with which they seek equality. MLK surely weeps to see the civil rights movement in such retrograde.

Posted by: mongoose1 | July 15, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party's message comparing Obama to Hitler, Stalin, and other dictators is a STRONG message about their belief that Obama is a "Socialist."

However, those characters (Hitler, Stalin, etc.) and what they represent is rather nauseating. Just evoking the thought of those ayeholes makes one feel instantly grossed out. I think if Bill Clinton had been in office, doing what Obama has done; I think the Tea Partiers would have used the same STRONG message to quickly get their point across to the public their suspicions about Socialism.

As nauseating as the reference is, there is no mention of race.

Posted by: DAS2 | July 15, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Comparing Obama to Hitler is now defined as racism (see Capehart's link to the NAACP).
Anyone know where I can download the official rules?

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | July 15, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

To ALL of the commenters above who can't seem to open their eyes and see the truth, here's a little something to watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S38VioxnBaI

Get the point now?

Posted by: B-rod | July 15, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Please do not tell me that people in the Tea Party are THAT blind. For those who continue to hide your heads in the sand, go to Youtube and type in Tea Party and Racism. Then go ahead and watch the videos. Yes, those are videos at Tea Party rallies. After that, come back with a better excuse.

Posted by: VAinDC | July 15, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The article's title refers to racists "within" the Tea Party. But then there is an implied suggestion that these are actually "outside" the Tea Party and simply showing up at Tea Party events. But, as others have noted, give us the substantiation of any racist activity going on rather than making blanket accusations.

The commentary is all over the place. The current investigation of the New Black Panthers' use of intimidation at the polls is an example of racism within, and accepted, by a black organization.
Capehart and or the NAACP should focus on that organization, for which there is some glaring evidence of racism.

Just wondering if Capehart wants to clarify his position.

Posted by: pjcafe | July 15, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

The leaders of the Tea Party movement have shouted from the rooftops. Who hears them?

Let's be clear. The NAACP is technically non-partisan but does everything possible to advance Democrats and defeat Republicans.

For liberals generally, conservatives are small-minded, such people are prejudiced, and such as those often are racist... ergo disproportionately high numbers of conservatives are racist.

When we try to explain otherwise they don't hear it and can't believe it because in their view of reality if you're conservative it goes with prejudice.

Posted by: slatt321 | July 15, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

BS, the comparison to Hitler has nothing to do with mass murder, rather the socialist nature of his (government) takeover of lives of the people.

Posted by: lgood24 | July 15, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Come on you mainstream media pimps. You and the NAACP have been getting the publicity and political beatings of your lives over this and other desperate attempts to save an administration that’s in a hyper free fall and to save the reputation of a "once honorable" but presently discredited NAACP. The Tea Party is not some organized political party. It is a populous movement of proportions not seen since the three-decade long Jeffersonian Era. Give it up. Your credibility is zero and so is that of the administration and anybody who still defends it. Take heart though. There will be plenty of news to cover during Regime Change 2010/12. Stay Tuned.

Posted by: OIFVet06 | July 15, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Those of you who are Youtube fans can go and search 'Bush Hitler' or 'Bush Murder' and find some fascinating takes.

Should the Democrats be scolded to renounce their absurdities as well?

Posted by: slatt321 | July 15, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I believe a chunk of the Tea Party fervor has a racial tone to it. However, I think the NAACP however should have left the bait alone. The are sane people in America and the real challenge is to get a succinct set of facts on the table to blunt the narrative of the "birthers" and "truthers".

Posted by: smileyzjohn | July 15, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

go look in the mirror Mr C..
that's what a racist looks like...
oh..this cracka will put that batton right were it needs to be should he encounter Private dumbazzzzzzzzz..

Rika

Posted by: Rika2 | July 15, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Liberals recognize that Believe, Hope, Change will not work a second time. Their new political message is Fear, Hate, Racism.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | July 15, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

One of the most infuriating things to me, as a student of history, is this ludicrous notion that Hitler was some sort of leftists. It betrays either a shallow understanding of history or a cynical disregard for it.

Proponents of this belief point to the formal name of the Nazi movement, National Socialism. What they fail to understand is that the modification of "National" is meant as negation. There were socialist elements within the movement, particularly in the lower ranks of the SA, but they were suppressed by the leadership, most notably in 1934's Night of the Long Knives. If the Nazis were socialists, why is it that the very first people sent to concentration camps (not extermination camps- that would come later) were socialists, communists, and other assorted leftists?

Others point to the fact that the Weimar constitution remained in place- it did, as well as most of the constitutional trappings of the Weimar state, but it was effectively suspended by the Enabling Act of 1933, and the merging of the offices of President and Reich Chancellor following the death of Hindenburg the following year. A liberal constitution means nothing if it's only for show.

Finally, the notion that Hitler was a leftist because of German social programs, notably healthcare. German healthcare was seen as the responsibility of the state, not out of any sense of egalitarianism, but rather to promote a healthy and strong Volk; the underlying concern of most Nazi domestic policies was a very illiberal strain of nationalism and ethnic "hygiene." Nazi medical killings (the T-4 euthanasia program) was couched in similar terms, viewed as regrettable but necessary in the context of long-term national and racial wellbeing.

Here endeth the lesson, and it's only tangentially related to the modern Tea Party, but the Glenn Becks of the world have been throwing out the notion that Hitler was a leftist with a sort of cavalier assumption that the facts back them up; serious history and historians have commonly been dismissed as ivory-tower intellectual elitism by their ilk.

The Tea Party movement's lazy attempts to shoehorn history to fit their preconceived ideology is more totalitarian than anything they accuse Obama of doing.

Posted by: gwgnj | July 15, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

For me this obviously politically motivated, voter intimidation tactic signals the end of the NAACP as a legitimate civil rights voice. To say the Tea Party tolerates racism and to cleverly infer that false statement as a “CORE” motivation of the Tea Party is nothing more than attempt to scare voters away from being associated with a new (Tea Party) “grass roots” civil rights organization that is attempting to bring some responsibility, a modicum of common sense, and accountability to a government that has been out of control for decades under both Republican and Democrat administrations. There is no evidence for this accusation of Tea Party racism, except for that which can be manufactured and created into a generality. The Tea Party is all about policies and the way forward for the country as a whole. Having a different policy perspective does’t make one a racist just because the president is an African American. This is a political hit piece - nothing more. This whole "you're a racist" thing has been so overdone in recent years. My new view and “hardened position” is that all charges of racism are false until proven true and not just by someone’s or some political group’s opinion of what racism is. Hard evidence is the only thing I will accept from this day forth. The NAACP is contributing to its own future, increasing irrelevancy by such actions. I for one - and I suspect millions like me will turn a deaf ear to their pronouncements from this point out.

Posted by: kleach41 | July 15, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Tell you what Capehart, when your home boys decide to racist check their own (Rev, Wright,Farrakhan and the New Black Panther Party) then feel free to call out another group. May I also suggest that you have some REAL proof instead of using tired old Lib talking points. I see no one has collected that $100,000 bounty for that proof you say they have. Did you personally see the signs? Did you personally hear those slurs? Typical Lib, just repeat the lies until they become the truth.

Posted by: elcigaro1 | July 15, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

to all,

as a "county coordinator" (the closest thing that the Tea Party has to an "officer" - we are too disorganized to HAVE "leaders", unless all ten million of us are "leaders".) may i simply say to Mr Capehart that:

1. racists are NOT welcome in the Tea Party and/or at any Tea Party function,
2. there are FEW who ever show up at rallies & MOST of the ones who do are are "infiltrators" from LEFTIST/DIMocRAT groups,
3. show us some PROOF (instead of making broad, generalized,SILLY, accusations) that any MEMBER of the Tea party has EVER done what you claim OR simply admit that you are simply passing around common gossip
and
4. understand that the SOLE reason that the NAACP & the DIMocRAT party is trying to "make a big deal out of" these FALSE accusations is that the LEFTISTS will "get their toucas handed to them" in November.

NOV 2, 2010 will be a BLOODBATH for the congressional DIMocRATS & BHO-supporters!= BOTH houses will be REPUBLICAN-controlled in January of 2011.

just my opinion.

NOTE: fwiw, i am NOT "a white man".- instead, i'm an AmerIndian & "an enrolled member" of one of the 300+ Native Nations.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | July 15, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Wow! What comments. I can't stand the left's "racism" cry whenever things get dicey. However, as an independent who voted for Obama but not a budget busting health bill with no cost controls (i.e. drug companies for example), I'm perplexed by these comments questioning whether or not there are people in the tea party movement that are racist. Heck ya! You find crazy nuts in every movement. Prove it! Give me evidence! Makes me think of childhood arguments like "yes it is," "no it isn't." I don't believe the tea party movement is motivated by racism. I think that it is motivated by folks watching bankers and wall street taking away their retirement security and the hubris of democrats pushing through their agenda whether fiscally realistic or not. This racism bit makes for a good story and the nuts should stay away from the movement but let's get to the real issues -- the party of "no's" complete obstructionism and the dems fiscal insanity.

Posted by: Fergie303 | July 15, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Are you now trying to "make up" for defending Ratigan? Why would you support the NAACP on this, and yet defend Ratigan when he called Obama a "little boy" and said that he "bends over every time?" This is very inconsistent and probably due to financial loyalties rather than any principles of right and wrong.

Posted by: converse | July 15, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Capehart is full of bull and he knows it. Where is his apology for the ones who are saying to kill us all? Shameful, really... hypocritical and frightening.

SHOW ME any racism in my tea party... really, where?
NAACP is so over... they are now separatists too? SHAMEFUL. We are now being lorded over by separatists... calling US 'racists' isn't that nice.

10th amendment is racist? Birthers, while I don't care about the issue are racists? Why is everyone opposed to Marxism suddenly a racist? Because this is about Marxism not about race... and we will not be deterred from the real question.

We don't see you denouncing these Shabazz's or Farrakahns and there are a fair number of them to make it serious.

So I guess Capehart wants to kill us all too?

PS - the dems were caught in NH on conference call to infiltrate and make tea party LOOK racist after they put out a phony press release that said it was white pride... what a bunch of losers.

Posted by: username | July 15, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP already has enough targets in the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.Instead of making lists of enemies thy should be making lists of friends.
The Tea Party wants to take on the source of most governmental problems,nepotism.I really don't think this is a racial issue,it is a comfort issue.Never have so many stolen so much from so few.

Posted by: TarheelChief | July 15, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Fergie303; Mr Capehart; ALL,

fwiw, i was THERE at the precise time/place that Princess Pelosi, Barney Frank & some other DIMocRAT LIARS claimed that "racist & homophobic slurs" were "directed at them".
furthermore i'm IN some of the pictures that were SAID to have been at the time/place that the Princess CLAIMED FALSELY that the comments were made =====> PELOSI (and the rest of the DIMocRATS) KNOWINGLY LIED, as did many "reporters" in the DIMocRAT-conteolled main-SLIME national "news" media.

TO Mr. Capehart: write on the palm of your hand, Mr Capehart, you were LIED TO & PLAYED FOR A FOOL! - furthermore, you owe every Tea party MEMBER a sincere apology for publishing NONSENSE, DIMocRAT propaganda & "common gossip", which you are smart enough to know are LIES, propounded by LESSER people than yourself.

TO ALL: it's NO more complicated than this: "the reported incident" did NOT happen & "pelosi & company" are HATE-filled, arrogant, LIARS & NOTHING more than that.
they richly deserve being vilified/ridiculed/thrown out of their office for being DISHONEST & a DISGRACE TO every decent American, regardless of color,creed,religion and/or any other "non-merit" factor.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | July 15, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

i think capehaet and the naacp should not ask the bagging racist to denounce anyone.
if the american voter buys the hatred and venom these repugs have been spewing then they will get what they deserve.
their leader limppaw said he wants to destroy this administration at any cost, americans and the country be damned and they will continue to try. after 8 years of the previous disaster anything is possible.

Posted by: ninnafaye | July 15, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

ninnafaye,

IF you learned to spell & use proper grammar/capitialization, perhaps you would be taken seriously as a poster on this forum.

until then, i suspect that you will be dismissed as an "empty head" & a DOLT, by most here on PP.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | July 15, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart should consider himself extremely lucky that he can draw a handsome salary for writing shameless smears like this.

There is virtually no evidence -- audio recording, video recording, or photographs -- showing even anecdotal expressions of racism at Tea Party rallies. Doesn't the Washington Post employ an army of photographers? Show us the racism! Why are you hiding it?

"Tea Party racism" is the latest big lie of the left. It is unworthy of a serious newspaper like (presumably) the Washington Post to be promoting big lies.

Posted by: twospiritbear | July 16, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart- a few things you very convienently overlook.
1) NOI and Farrakhan didn't stop demonizing Jews in the 90's. Farrakhan recently announced that Jews were behind the African slave trade. Did the NAACP condone it? No they didn't. Did you condone Jerimiah Wright giving Farrakhan an award? No you didn't. Did you or the NAACP take Tavis Smiley to task for including Farrakhan in his State of the Black Union conference? Nope. Do you and the NAACP take black colleges and student unions to task for inviting Farrkhan, NOI, or the New Black Panther party to speak on campus? No you don't. You have a lot of nerve. The limits of free speech is when black folks get angry. It's okay to claims Jews were overly involved in black slavery but it's taboo to claim blacks are overly involved in rape or old lady mugging? The last president of the NAACP referred to Bush as the KKK. Now the NAACP says it's not okay to use similar language in regards to Obama?
I do not like the Tea Party one bit but they are not 1/10th as extreame of as NOI. Today's "anti racist" activists and the NAACP treat anti-black racism like it is a cancer while treating homophobia, antisemitism, and anti-asian bigotry like it's a minor charm.
The NAACP gave an "image" award to an actor who routely calls gays "fag*ot". Right there they forfitted the right to pretend to have any moral highground.

Posted by: missxthe3rd | July 16, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Feb 20 1994 New York Times- "Leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People yesterday repeated their intention to invite Louis Farrakhan to speak......"
This can be viewed ONLINE.
What do you say now Mr Capehart?

Posted by: missxthe3rd | July 16, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Why is it such a big deal to ask that racist elements be denounced? It would seem that pointing out disagreement with public policy requires disparaging images amd epithets. Do those efforts really advance the debate? And why do some many Tea Party activists resort to them?

Two events come to mind. The need for Obama to address the comments of Rev, Wright is one. The other is the Louis Gates incident. In both events some form of national "mea culpa" was demanded to assuage hurt feelings. Of course, the feelings hurt by some of the things present at Tea Party events do not require the same medicine! Do they?

The NAACP passed a resolution speaking to those things considered offensive and asked that the Tea Party take steps to eliminate them. Why does a party that is already upset need to raise the temperature in the room?

Posted by: concerned13 | July 16, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

concerned13; all,

what is wrong with the NAACP calling for the TEA PARTY to "rid itself of racism" is that they KNOW that there are NOT any such groups in the TEA PARTY.
(percentage-wise the Tea Party Movement has about the same percentage of "non-white" members as the USA does.)

instead the NAACP efforts are "about" trying to SILENCE, SMEAR & MARGINALIZE the nation's largest "grass-roots reform movement" & protecting OBAMA from the criticism of his DISHONESTY & SOCIALIST AGENDA.

the TEA~PARTY is NOT about "race" - instead it's about RIDDING the US Government of:
LIARS,
CROOKS,
TAX CHEATS,
WASTEFUL SPENDING,
HIGH TAXES,
SELF-important ELITISTS & UNACCOUNTABLE/UNELECTED bureaucrats
AND
RETURNING the US government (at ALL levels) to "the common people".

IF/when the NAACP stops being an arm of the the LEFTIST, lunatic fringe, of the national DIMocRAT Party & returns to being a legitimate Civil Rights Organization, perhaps i'll even RE-JOIN the group.
(fwiw, we Native Americans are "colored people", too. - many of us of the AmerIndian community used to be members, until the organization became solely a LEFTIST politcal organization.)

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | July 16, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

There are more racists in the modern NAACP than the Tea Party.

The NAACP does racism for a living.

Posted by: ParkerShannon | July 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

How is comparing President Obama to Hitler or Stalin racist exactly? Granted the comparison is intended to be shocking, but a majority of Americans today believe Obama has socialist tendencies so it's not just some people in the Tea Party who think he's over read his mandate.
Maybe comparing President Obama with Mr Farrakhan or Reverend Wright would be racist.
I thought journalists are supposed to fact check. Implying Tea Party members (or voters who may sympathize with them) are racist or tolerate racism is not based on one verifiable fact (where are the photos of those racists activities, the cell pix or videos?). The name calling is incendiary, provocative and intended to smear their reputation with the intention of influencing the Nov election away from candidates they may back.
What are you afraid of? I know, it’s terrifying that middle class, blue collar non-union Americans might want a say in their government. Perhaps you are more frightened of facing the epic incompetence of this administration?
What happened to Question Authority?

Posted by: Valentinne | July 16, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party should condemn racism by anyone in their group.
While we're at it the Obama admin should also condemn racism by anyone in their administration or in the Democratic party.

Riiight?

Posted by: Valentinne | July 16, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Valentinne,

as the DIMocRAT party is the party that welcomed BULL CONNORS,J WILLIAM FULBRIGHT, JIM CROW, ORVILLE FAUBUS, LYNCHING of "persons of color", the KKK, etc.
AND
was, for well over a century, the PARTY OF RACIAL SEGREGATION, they would have a LOT of apologizing to do!

what eternally fascinates me is WHY any "person of color" would be SILLY/NAIVE/FOOLISH enough to EVER vote for any stinky little DIMocRAT, given their demonstrable BLOODY HISTORY of RACISM/PREJUDICE!

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | July 16, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

The "letter to Lincoln", by Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams, did not help the Tea Party to defend the group against claims of racism. I keep wondering when someone will finally tell Mark Williams that black people do not regard the words "colored" or "colored people" as a racial slur. It's frequently used in black literature to refer to past and current generations of black people or African Americans. A recent example is the fact that director Tyler Perry plans a 2011 release of a new movie that is a screen adaptation of the Obie Award-winning play by Ntozake Shange. The title of the book is "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" published in 1975. The working title for the movie is "Colored Girls". Also, the words "people of color" is frequently used to refer to people of different races and ethic groups who are not white. He offended people who are black or African American. He also offended white Americans and others who are tired of the world thinking that the U.S. is a racist country and culture. If the Mark Williams "letter to Lincoln" had been about a Jewish man writing similar thoughts to Hitler then maybe more people would see it, and the negative signs and billboards, as acts of racism. If the Tea Party can not display its ideas instead of publicly defacing the image of black people then it deserves to be called a racist organization. I hope and pray that the NAACP and more Americans will have the courage to speak out against the methods of communication used by the Tea Party.

Posted by: sevenroses | July 17, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

No man was hated more here in the South than John Kennedy in 1963. He was seen as trying to "force civil rights down white people's throats" and a full page "wanted for treason" ad in the Dallas Morning News the day of his assassination attests to it.

When Johnson and the Democrats passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights act a year later, was when the vast majority of segregationists left the Democratic party and were welcomed by the Republicans as part of the Nixon "Southern Strategy" to win the South, and the Presidency, in 1968. (Nixon hired Roger Ailes, now head of Fox News, to develop a media campaign to convince whites that THEY were the true victims of racism.)

Posted by: Provasek | July 17, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Capehart please show evidence of tea party racism. I have yet to see any journalist show me this proof. All I hear is Tea Party members are racist, but have yet to see how.

WHERE IS THE PROOF???

Posted by: Steve94 | July 19, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Steve94; Mr Capehart,; all,

Mr Capehart can only TRY to SMEAR the TEA PARTY with DIMocRAT LIES & by calling us "racists", as he KNOWS that there is NO TRUTH WHATEVER to what he & the NAACP claim.

IF he is a "man of honor" (and i fear that he is NOT.), he would go onto the editorial page of the Post & say:

"I'm greatly sorry & ashamed that i spread around untruthful "common gossip" about the DECENT/MORAL ordinary people of the Tea Party & i will never knowingly lie about the members of the Tea Party ever again, regardless of who in the DIMocRAT Party wants me to lie to cover-up their patent dishonesty & lack of common decency."

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | July 20, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

When I first read this article, I was outraged because The tea party is too big to monitor all of it's members. To be fair, so are many liberal orgs. So, now we have heard tea party deny it is racist. Good, don't need any of those! Counter productive. It would be nice to see both conservatives and liberal orgs ask racists to get lost. Why don't we demand each and every group that has been vocal in this controversy to ditch their private agenda racists? That should shut them all up and let the rest of us get on with trying to survive the coming troubles together as a united front, otherwise we ain't gonna make it, people!

Posted by: Swirly | July 21, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

As Thomas Flanagan might say 'the tea party isn't about race, its...its..umm..IT’S ABOUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING! YEAH THAT'S THE TICKET!’ However, the weight of history says otherwise, as this post suggests - http://wp.me/pNmlT-io

Posted by: dh1976 | July 21, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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