NAACP Links Tea Party Factions To "Racist Hate Groups"

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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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