It looks like the venerable civil rights organization the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is preparing to play the race card against the Tea Party movement, according to UPI.
“The NAACP said it will consider a resolution formally condemning the Tea Party for ‘explicitly racist behavior.’
“The resolution calls on ‘all people of good will to repudiate the racism’ of the Tea Party and ‘stand in opposition to its drive to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era,’ The Kansas City Star reported.
“NAACP leaders said the resolution, which could be taken up Tuesday during the civil rights group’s six-day annual conference in Kansas City, Mo., is a response to what they call racism in the Tea Party movement.”
The resolution will accuse the Tea Party movement of racist behavior, “including racial epithets, verbal and physical abuse of black lawmakers and leaders, threats against public officials, and ‘signs and posters intended to degrade people of color generally and President Barack Obama specifically.'”
The bill of particulars is a little vague and debatable-at best. What the proposed resolution consists of is the timeworn and tiresome practice of yelling “racist!” at one’s political opponent in order to shut off debate. Back in the early 1950s, an accusation of being a Communist was enough to make someone beyond the pale and ostracized by society. In 2010, to a certain extent, “racist” is the new communist as a means of labeling people.
One could joke that an organization with the phrase “colored people” in it is in no position to hurl accusations of using racist language against anyone. But, there is a deeper problem being illustrated here.
Born near the beginning of the 20th Century, in the midst of the Jim Crow era, the NAACP did magnificent work that led to the eventual elimination of official discrimination against African Americans.
Unfortunately, the NAACP has morphed into another particularly ugly political pressure group willing to use ugly language to crush political opponents and to generally follow a far-left wing agenda that is often the opposite of advancing the interests of African Americans. The latest proposal to smear millions of Americans in the Tea Party movement is just the latest example of this kind of behavior.
The real sin, from the standpoint of the far-left wing activists in the NAACP, of the Tea Party is not racism, but opposition to President Barack Obama and his policies. The election of the first black President was a powerful and historic event for African Americans. Obama’s administration has not been so beneficial, not to African Americans, not to any Americans. The sad fact is that the first African American President is proving to be a disaster and a failure. Instead of facing up to this fact and dealing with it, the NAACP is lashing out. It is doing so at the cost of whatever moral authority it has left after decades of playing the race card against real and perceived enemies.
NAACP mulls resolution formally condemning Tea Party as ‘racist’, UPI, July 12th, 2010