NAACP to Slam Tea Party 'Racists'
Tea Party leader calls NAACP 'racist'
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2010 1:43 AM CDT
Tea Party poster girl.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

(Newser) – The Tea Party movement harbors "racist elements" that are a "threat to democracy" the NAACP is expected to declare in a resolution at its annual convention in Kansas City today. The "movement is not just about higher taxes and limited government, but something that could evolve and become more dangerous," warned NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell. The proposed resolution states that "hardcore white supremacist organizations have participated in and occasionally lead Tea Party rallies." The rebuke could have a significant impact on Tea Party support.

Tea Party critics point to signs carried by members mocking President Obama's Kenyan heritage and movement members' continual questioning of Obama's citizenship. Tea Party Patriots founder Jenny Beth Martin acknowledged some racist elements in the movement, but added: "We're not going to put up with it." Mark Meckler of the same groupcalled the NAACP racist. "It's a little ironic that an organization that has lost legitimacy through its own racism is trying to call another racist," Meckler told the Los Angeles Times.

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call_me_roy
Jul 19, 2010 10:21 PM CDT
Tea Party problems? Most recent Progressive meeting Where's that gavel? OK, (knock, knock, knock) Speaker of the House (Nanci) speaks: Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention. We Democrats are having this closed door meeting today after hearing comments from White House Press Secretary Gibbs about Republicans taking control of the House in the fall. I am sure everyone here today realizes what "dire straits" we find ourselves in for the November elections . Who would like to start this meeting with a recommendation? (Representative Maxine Waters speaks: I will Nanci, Play the race card Nanci : Sounds good to me, that works every time. I will contact the NAACP this evening. Meeting adjourned. Where are we having brunch?
call_me_roy
Jul 19, 2010 10:20 PM CDT
MSNBC and NYT Surprised Black GOP Candidates Aligned With 'Racist' Tea Parties By: Kyle Drennen / May 05, 2010 13:20 ET Near the end of Wednesday's 10AM ET hour of live coverage on MSNBC, correspondent Luke Russert highlighted a report in Tuesday's New York Times about the number of African-Americans running for Congress as Republicans and observed: "these candidates are actually soliciting support from the tea party, a group that a lot of folks have claimed to be racist against African-Americans." In the Times article, Jennifer Steinhauer noted how the Republican hopefuls were "insisting that the racial dynamics of that movement have been overblown." She then cited evidence of the supposed racism of tea partiers: "Videos taken at some Tea Party rallies show some participants holding up signs with racially inflammatory language. A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that 25 percent of self-identified Tea Party supporters think that the Obama administration favors blacks over whites, compared with 11 percent of the general public."
call_me_roy
Jul 19, 2010 10:16 PM CDT
In a year when America's tea party activists have been surging, cable news networks that slam the grassroots movement have been dying in the ratings. Is it merely coincidence? As widely reported, 2010's first quarter ratings for cable news networks were released earlier this month. Compared to the numbers in 2009, Fox News Channel, frequently reported as a favorite of the tea partiers, actually gained 3 percent over last year's numbers, but MSNBC, whose left-leaning commentary has been far more critical of the movement, has dropped 15 percent of its audience. Even more startling, however, is the ratings freefall of the former news giant CNN, whose viewing audience has been sliced by 39 percent. The continual decline of ratings for two key players CNN and MSNBC have many Americans calling these twins Pravda America. Americans want to hear objective reporting of news, instead of the non-stop cheerleading for the Obama Administration. If Pravda America doesn't want to become more fair in their reporting- so be it. Let them go down the toilet with all the liberal media.