Rescuing itself from the obscurity it richly deserves, the NAACP has found a way back onto the front page: accuse the tea party movement of harboring racists.
At its Kansas City convention, NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous declaimed: "Expel the bigots and racists in your ranks, or take the responsibility for them and their actions. We will no longer allow you to hide like cowards."
Is it not an absurd world we live in?
Here is an organization whose very name, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, pronounces its goal -- advancement through affirmative action, quotas, contract set-asides based on race -- accusing another organization of being motivated by race.
Jealous might revisit the Sermon on the Mount.
"Judge not that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged. ... Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"
If discrimination means favoring people or opposing people based on race, two questions arise. Is that not pretty much the job description of the NAACP? And when has the tea party advocated hirings, promotions or school admissions based on race?
In the South Carolina gubernatorial primary, the tea party backed a woman of Indian-American descent, Nikki Haley, who was raised a Sikh, over three white men with superior resumes.
In the GOP primary in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, African-American Tim Scott, with tea party backing, routed Strom Thurmond's son three to one.
In Florida, the tea party vaulted a Hispanic, Cuban-American Marco Rubio, into so strong a lead over favorite Gov. Charlie Crist in the race for the U.S. Senate that Crist quit the GOP.
And the NAACP?
In the year 2000, the organization ran an ad using the daughter of James Byrd, the victim of a dragging death by white racists, to imply Gov. George W. Bush's opposition to a hate crimes bill meant that Bush was indifferent to the lynching of James Byrd.
This was as nasty a piece of political advertising as has been run in our time. When or where has the tea party run such a despicable ad?
In the last month, the major story with a racial dimension has been the charge that Eric Holder's Justice Department dropped an open-and-shut case against members of the New Black Panther Party of Philadelphia, two of whom were caught on tape threatening and intimidating white voters in the November 2008 election.
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