NAACP Links Tea Party Factions To "Racist Hate Groups"


The NAACP issued a report Wednesday detailing links between certain factions of the Tea Party and "acknowledged racist hate groups in the United States."

The report, entitled "Tea Party Nationalism," focuses on six Tea Party groups: FreedomWorks Tea Party, 1776 Tea Party, Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Patriots, ResistNet and Tea Party Express.

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous wrote in the report's forward that the allegations of racism and hate group links does not encompass the movement as a whole, but some certain prominent members.

"The majority of Tea Party supporters are sincere, principled people of good will," Jealous wrote in the forward. He urged leadership and Tea Party members to read the report and take steps to distance themselves from "Tea Party leaders who espouse racist ideas, advocate violence or are formally affiliated with white supremacist organizations."

Research for the report began in 2009, when the authors noticed that the prominent white supremacist Website had started a thread in the Website's forum proposing that the group join the Tea Party.

CBS News viewed the report in advance, and reported on some of the authors' findings. Among them, alleged death threats against President Obama by Mark Williams, former chairman of the Tea Party Express; Nazi "glamorization" by Billy Joe Roper, one of the founders of the white nationalist organization White Revolution and a member of ResistNet Tea Party; Tea Party members who belong to the Ku Klux Klan and anti-semitism in certain factions of the Tea Party.

"These groups and individuals are out there...they are speaking at tea party events, recruiting at rallies and in some cases remain in the Tea Party leadership itself," Jealous said in a statement.

"To attack a grassroots movement of this magnitude with sundry isolated incidents only goes to show the NAACP has abandoned the cause of civil rights for the advancement of liberal Democratic politics," Tea Party Express member Sal Russo said.

The report also connected the "abiding obsession with Barack Obama's birth certificate" to racism, stating that the obsession over the birth certificate was simply a stand-in for not believing the first black president of the United States was a real American.

Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips told the Kansas City Star that the report was just another example of liberal smear tactics.

According to a CBS News poll, 52 percent of people who align themselves with the Tea Party believe that too much is made of the problems facing black people. That is in marked contrasts to Americans overall, where only 23 percent believe the same.

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  • by Jared Location: cos on Oct 20, 2010 at 11:47 PM
    Tea Bagger= idiots
  • by Race vs Nationality Location: Here in the Springs on Oct 20, 2010 at 11:21 PM
    Other then animals, there's only one race: Humans. And as for nationality, if you are born here under legal pretenses as in your mother and/or father is an American, then you are an American. As for ethnic background, unless you trace your ancestors to Adam and Eve, we're all mutts.
  • by hmm on Oct 20, 2010 at 06:55 PM
    what about the American Blacks? who just vote for someone because the person is black? is that not being racist? look at Charlie Rangle, he is a corrupt politician who happens to be black and his constituents voted for him in the primaries.. where is the morality?ethics? truth ? integrity? if that is not being racist ......
  • by C.S. Location: Fountain on Oct 20, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    OOOHHHHHHH The race card! COP OUT!!!
  • by Bert Location: West Side on Oct 20, 2010 at 04:24 PM
    Gee so everyone with a tea partier like feeling must be a racist. Maybe alot of people black white purple green yellow orange are all tired of people calling themselfs "minorities" and expecting a free ride on the backs of everyone that has a silver spoon (the white folks) or atleast thats how they paint it. Does anyone get a tax credit for hiring "white folks" do we have a "united white peoples college fund". THe problem is that some power hungry people go together and convinced someone that they were opressed and wronged and that they deserve "special treatment" because they are different. So in actuality they are asking for us to discriminate against them. I think its time that everyone was evauluated and only given preferences based upon true ability not minority status.
  • by unbelievable Location: falcon on Oct 20, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    The NAACP is the racist one! What else do we have? Black Caucus, ACLU, ACORN, Miss Black America, etc....
  • by Charlie Location: C/S on Oct 20, 2010 at 01:40 PM
    One of the most ridiculous accusations I've heard yet! But, coming from the left wing, what do you expect?
  • by MD Location: Canon City on Oct 20, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    Why is it that when any group of people speak out the NAACP labels them as racist? This group promotes the separation of the races and is racist in most everything they do.
  • by kl Location: jkl on Oct 20, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    I think everyone with a brain already suspected this. not news.
  • by Missy Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 20, 2010 at 11:24 AM
    What a joke. If there is ANY racist group out in force, it is the NAACP. It is their sole purpose to intimidate anyone and everyone, always crying discrimination. The people of this country are sick of hearing it and quite frankly, ignore the group. I put them in the same classification as ACORN. If they are so pure, they need to change what the initials of the NAACP represent. The intials are offensive to me. Just what color of people do they supposedly represent? We don't care what color they are as long as they are legal U.S. citizens.
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