The NAACP is weighing the merits of the Tea Party movement and the odds are good that it will be found wanting. Alleging racism within the movement’s ranks, the civil rights organization nevertheless gives a pass to the New Black Panther Party. Say what?
What Does NAACP Stand For?
The letters “NAACP” are an acronym for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Its mission(1) is “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”
NAACP To Condemn the Tea Party Movement?
The Associated Press(2) announcement that the NAACP was considering a resolution that would officially condemn racism “within the tea party movement,” came as a bit of surprise to news outlets, especially in light of the recent scandal surrounding the New Black Panther Party.
Basing their claims on the allegations made by three congressmen that purported hearing Tea Party members utter racial slurs, the NAACP has yet to come out against the New Black Panther Party in general and Minister King Samir Shabazz(3) in particular. The latter has been captured – on tape – suggesting that if “You want freedom? You’re gonna have to kill some crackers! You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies!”
It is noteworthy that the Southern Poverty Law Center(4) has already added the New Black Panther Party to its list of hate groups, right alongside the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and Voz de Aztlan, while still keeping a wary eye on the Tea Party Movement(5).
The Anti-Defamation League(6) is clear in its identification of the NBPP as “the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist black militant group in America.” Concurrently, it reveals that (with respect to the Tea Party(7)) “extremists were a tiny minority of Tea Party protesters.”
When Ideology Trumps Facts
It is worrisome that the NAACP chooses to condemn the Tea Party movement on anecdotal evidence and claims of extremism that other civil rights group do not equate with the entire movement. Conversely, factual evidence of militant racism, as is the case with the New Black Panther Party, is given a pass.
Of course, this lack of facts expresses itself in the politics of the formerly revered organization. Consider that the NAACP is filing a class-action lawsuit(8) against Arizona over its anti-illegal immigration law. Is this not (in itself) an example of racial profiling and thus in violation of the NAACP’s mission statement?
After all, it suggests that each and every African American and Caucasian police officer will racially profile Hispanic-looking residents and then break the law.