The NAACP approved a resolution recently condemning the Tea Party's fringe element of their movement for "explicitly racist behavior." It would require a flow chart the likes of which have not been seen since the days of health reform to explain all of the ways this is wrong.
For starters, the mere act of criticizing a black president is not racist. Nor is it racist to raise the public consciousness to the very important issues of spiraling debt, misguided bailouts, and a series of social policies that may bankrupt the country. Our nation benefits from uninhibited discussion about these serious issues. Very simply, when movements--Tea Party or otherwise--openly debate these issues, the truth rises up. When the NAACP labels and dismisses the Tea Party as racists, it has a chilling effect on this important debate. As a result, the national dialogue is stifled.
It is sad that the nation's oldest and most revered civil rights organization has been so co-opted by the Democrats that use the racism epithet to chill political discussion, rather than engage opposing viewpoints on the merits. Please understand, I have the utmost respect for the NAACP. But I cannot ignore the simple fact that the issues supported by the Tea Party relate principally to smaller government, lower taxes, less government debt, enforcing the immigration laws and more individual freedom. These issues have nothing to do with abridging the rights and dignity of African Americans. By pretending otherwise, the NAACP has willingly allowed itself to be co-opted by the Democratic party. Even more alarming, they risk turning the word “racist” into a proxy for “someone whose politics you disagree with.”
Will the NAACP also condemn the blatant civil rights violations of the New Black Panther Party when, during the 2008 elections, they engaged in wanton voter intimidation? Since when has appearing at a voting precinct, brandishing weapons and hurling epithets at voters not been something the NAACP stands up against? Perhaps when those voters are white?
Or what of Black Panther comments regarding the need to kill "cracker" (i.e. “white”) babies? How can any rational American not see such comments as racially motivated, yet have the utter gall to condemn the tea party movement?