NAACP Has Better Things to Do Than Bash Tea Party
It's an 'unhealthy obsession,' argues Jason Riley
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2010 1:54 PM CDT
Tea Party supporters listen to a speakers at a Tea Party Express rally that drew about 1,000 people at the Arizona Capitol Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – The NAACP has an “unhealthy obsession” with the Tea Party movement, writes Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal. How else do you explain its recent report linking white supremacists groups to the movement? “Given the real challenges facing black Americans today, the fact that the nation's largest civil rights group is devoting time and resources to monitoring Sarah Palin rallies for Confederate flags is rather sad.”

Black unemployment rates are unconscionably high—16.1% overall, and a whopping 41% among black teens—yet the NAACP says nothing when liberals push job-killing minimum wage hikes. Where was the NAACP when labor unions kept a job-creating Wal-Mart out of a poor Brooklyn neighborhood? Shouldn’t the group be combating the Obama administration’s plan to end a school voucher program for low-income DC students? It’s not, of course, because “the NAACP is, first and foremost, a Democratic Party organ.” The Tea Party doesn’t threaten blacks—it threatens the left.