Michelle Obama Rouses NAACP Before Vote Condemning ‘Racist’ Elements of Tea Party
First Lady Michelle Obama brought renewed energy to the NAACP today, delivering the keynote speech at the annual convention one day before the nation’s largest civil rights group is expected to condemn what it calls racist elements in the Tea Party movement. The nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization will vote on the resolution Tuesday during its annual convention in Kansas City, Mo.
Tea Party members have used “racial epithets,” have verbally abused black members of Congress and threatened them, and protestors have engaged in “explicitly racist behavior” and “displayed signs and posters intended to degrade people of color generally and President Barack Obama specifically,” according to the proposed resolution.
“We’re deeply concerned about elements that are trying to move the country back, trying to reverse progress that we’ve made,” NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell told ABC News. “We are asking that the law-abiding members of the Tea Party repudiate those racist elements, that they recognize the historic and present racist elements that are within the Tea Party movement.”
In March, Tea Party protesters opposing the health care bill were alleged to have shouted racial slurs at black House members in the halls of Congress, a charge that Tea Party supporters say has not been proven. Liberal blogs have also seized on signs that have appeared in Tea Party protests, comparing President Obama to a monkey.
Tea Party leaders say the charges are misguided and are being fertilized by the left for the sole purpose of gaining political ground. The Rev. C.L. Bryant, a former president of NAACP’s Garland, Texas, chapter who is now a leading Tea Party activist said the idea that the Tea Party is racist or is trying to instigate a racist climate is “simply a lie.”
“I have seen posters … where every president from Reagan to Obama has been called a fascist,” Bryant, who serves as a contributor to FreedomWorks, which organizes Tea Party groups, told ABC News. “Why is it that just because we have a black president, we are hyper-sensitive to posters at rallies?”
Michelle rouses the race hustlers, and what an absolute DISGRACE the NAACP is as they try to make the November elections about race. So vile. They are offending literally thousands of blacks and hispanics who count themselves as Teabaggers. They have institutionalized their culture of oppression, which makes their condition a self-fulfilling prophecy. Need an example? Blacks who try to excel in life are accused of “acting white.” The dysfunction within the black community is self-inflicted and self-fulfilling. Racism does not exist in America to the extent that it will hold anybody back. Period.
Back in my Lib days, a black friend of mine asked me which side I’d take if a race war broke out between hispanics and whites. It was the kind of college dormroom intellectualizing you might expect at the small liberal arts college I attended. I responded to his query without a second’s hesitation– hispanics. As far as I was concerned, that goes without saying. As a young and committed Leftist, it seemed the eminently moral thing to say and believe. My Lib pal nodded in agreement. As a “person of color” immersed in the secular progressive morality of my very Liberal college, it goes without saying that I would join “my people” against Whitey. It never occurred to my young and deeply inculcated self that as a human being I should choose a side based on right/wrong, not race. It never entered my thinking that “my people” were Americans– regardless of color. Au contraire, this was the age of Reagan, and the American people had just given him 49 out of 50 states. It never entered my thinking in our little mental exercise that I could choose sides based on which side had the judeo-christian moral high ground. You know, based on who was right and wrong. You see, judeo-christian morality doesn’t distinguish between the races. When it come to justice and mercy, people are deserving regardless of their race. That’s the judeo-christian way. So naturally, as a good Leftist, my way was different (mind you, I self-identified as a christian, but as most Lib christians, my real ideology was Leftism). Today, I can only look back and shake my head at the utter sophomorism that passes for wisdom on the Left, an ideologically-based lack of wisdom that has apparently found a comfortable home within the Democratic party.