STATEMENT TO THE NAACPBy JENNY BETH MARTIN & MARK MECKLER | 7/14/10 4:43 PM EDT
A clear pattern of behavior has emerged over the last 16 months. According to liberals, if you disagree with their thinking, and if you disagree with the Obama administration, you are not only wrong, you are a “racist.”
The latest strike by the left comes from the NAACP, which has resolved that the tea party movement is inherently “racist.” At its most simple, this is a direct attack on the First Amendment rights of millions of Americans.
The NAACP has long history of liberalism and racism.
If you are a conservative — including a conservative African-American — there is no room for you at the NAACP. If you have opinions that differ from the NAACP and the liberal establishment, and if you are African-American, you are an “Uncle Tom,” a “negro,” “not black enough” and “against our people.”
In other words, the NAACP fancies itself the thought police for millions of black Americans. Disagree with them and you will be ostracized and attacked. You will be subjected to public humiliation and racist commentary from NAACP leadership. The message is clear: Toe the line or pay the price.
But the NAACP does not stand alone in this regard. The left has a long history of using the race card. It has been pulled on people across the political spectrum.
President Bill Clinton was smeared as a racist by the Obama campaign when Hillary Clinton was running for president. It seems that anyone who disagrees with the far left, socialist policies of Barack Obama and the current administration is subject to the heavy hand of the race card.
This card is generally played when all else has failed. It was inevitable that it would eventually be used aggressively against the tea party movement.
First, members of the tea party movement were called disgruntled voters, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said our movement was nothing more than "astroturf" and laughed us off as a flash in the pan that would disappear overnight.
Next the Democratic National Committee relased an ad calling us an “angry mob.” Now, we’re being called racist.
All these attacks have failed because they are untrue and the American people know it.
According to recent polling, more than 49 million people are active members of the tea party movement (Winston Group, April 1, 2010). More than 145 million people say that the tea party movement is a good thing for America (Rasmussen, June 2, 2010).
The Obama White House and liberal interest groups are hitting the panic button as they read weekly polls showing diminishing support for their radical big government issue agenda, and a weariness for the politics of division.
Like all movements, the tea party has its fringe. President Barack Obama’s domestic terrorist friends from the 1960’s anti-war past never represented the Americans of good conscience who opposed the Vietnam War. In a similar vein, the racist posters of a few at a Tea Party rally do not represent the feelings or behavior of Americans who believe in this movement.
ACCUSATIONS OF HATE, VIOLENCE AND RACISM...CUTS BOTH WAYS, MSN!
** UPDATE: ** Looks like the racist accusations against the Tea Party in D.C. were a SET-UP! MORE HERE
The following is just a SMALL sampling of incidents of violence, hate, threats, and general inappropriate behavior by the Left, often against the Right.
So Cal Tax Revolt Coalition does not take official positions on some of the topics outlined below (for example, Prop 8). This list is more to illustrate that people can behave badly on both sides of the political spectrum, so ENOUGH with labeling the Tea Party an extremist movement fueling the fires of hate and racism. We are a platform for the people to demand smaller, more responsible government. If a YEAR of peaceful protest by MILLIONS of law abiding taxpayers at tens of thousands of events should reasonably prove that point.
*And for the record, we do not consider Dale Roberson or Mark Williams, with their inappropriate comments about the President and race, to be legitimate Tea Party spokesmen. In fact, we have tried to clarify to the media that Robertson is clearly a racist...and no one who worked on the early tea parties has any knowledge of him being a part of the movement. His title as “founder” is fiction.
Bullet Fired at Sen. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Texas Governor’s Mansion Fire Bombed 2008
Bomb Threat Against Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Single-Payer Advocate Bites the Finger off a Taxpayer at Healthcare Town Hall
SEIU Activist Assaults African American Taxpayer at Healthcare Townhall
Car Bombs Against Police and GOP
Violence against TPE at Searchlight
Hundreds of incidents of Eco-Violence
Environmentalist Ted Kaczynski Murders 16
Anarchist Vandals in Seattle
Marine Recruitment Center Trashed by Students
Over 3 Dozen Attacks on Recruitment Centers in Recent Years (scroll down for list):
Shots fired at Bush Cheney Campaign Office
GOP Offices Vandalized
Kerry-Edwards Staffers Slash Tires of Republican Workers
Off Duty Soldier Assaulted outside Concert
Workers Face Union Violence During Volvo Strike
UAW Intimidation Against Immigrant
State Worker Beat Up at SEIU Meeting
2193 Incidents of Union Violence Between 1991-2001
More on Union Violence:
Spitting at Tea Partiers
Anti-Christian Violence in Mississippi
Prop 8 Supporter Assaulted Outside Church
Vandalism, Threats and Violence Against Prop 8 Supporters
Prop 8 Opponents Make Threats
Congressman states “Two nukes just wasn’t enough” for the Japanese and jokes about shooting “Reaganites.”
NY Governor allegedly protects staffer accused of domestic violence
Polling Station Intimidation
“Pin the Molotov on the Cop Car” and other offensive photos Zomietime’s Hall of Shame (WARNING: some not so titillating nudity. Not suitable for minors)
Left Slings Racist Slurs Against African American Republicans (scroll down)
Anti-Semetic NBC Producer
Video of Nazi symbolism
Masked Protesters at G20
Using Fire at G20 Protest
Violent Campus Groups?
Environmentalist assaults police officer
Animal Rights Activists Resort to Vandalism & Threats
Sarah Palin’s Church in Wasilla Damaged By Arson...with people inside
Anti War Protester Shoots Airman
Peace Activist Arrested for Slapping Citizen Journalist...Twice
Anti-War Activists Storm Church and Spray Fake Blood
Protesters at Military Funerals:
Swastika on a Bush supporter's lawn
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Senator Barack Obama, Phlidelphia 2008
Death Threats Against Bush at Protests Ignored for Years
Tea Party vs. Peace Protest
Media's Favorite Extremist Watchdog Silent on Leftwing Extremism
Bomb Threat Against Freedomworks on the Eve of 9-12 Tea Party
Misc. Liberals Gone Wild (mug shots)
Blue Dogs Use Gun Imagery Too: