PatriotPost.US First Lady Michelle Obama went to the NAACP convention in Kansas City, Missouri, this week to speak on childhood obesity, but if you read the ABC News story1 on the speech, you might think she railed on the Tea Party movement for being racist. On the contrary, the First Lady stuck to her theme of encouraging children to eat healthy foods and get more active in their lives.
Yet since the NAACP's jihad against all things Tea Party is sexier and more inflammatory than yet another lecture on childhood obesity, the Leftmedia outlet hijacked its own headline story to play up the conflict and promote an upcoming protest march in Washington this fall. It's a telling dichotomy that ABC emphasizes polls diminishing the Tea Party movement's impact yet continues to treat the movement as a significant threat. If the Tea Parties were so impotent, one would think the media would ignore them. Then again, they tried that while the movement grew last year -- and just like everything from the Left, it didn't work.
NAACP chief Ben Jealous lived up to his name when he noted the Tea Party's political success, saying, "We have to close the enthusiasm gap." And to close that "enthusiasm gap," the "civil rights" group unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Tea Party movement to repudiate the supposed racism and bigotry in its ranks.
The entire text won't be available until the board of directors votes in October (that's brave of them), and Jealous equivocated: "We take no issue with the Tea Party movement. We believe in freedom of assembly and people raising their voices in a democracy. What we take issue with is the Tea Party's continued tolerance for bigotry and bigoted statements. The time has come for them to accept the responsibility that comes with influence and make clear there is no place for racism and anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry in their movement."
According to a press release, the resolution cites phantom incidents as proof. "In March, members of the Congressional Black Caucus were accosted by Tea Party demonstrators and called racial epithets. Civil rights icon John Lewis was spit on, while Congressman Emanuel Cleaver was called the 'N' word." But the NAACP can't even get their story straight2 when it comes to these fabricated altercations.
In response, the St. Louis Tea Party passed a resolution condemning the NAACP's resolution condemning the Tea Party movement, specifically calling for the NAACP to withdraw its, "bigoted, false, and inflammatory resolution." We concur. The time has come for the NAACP to accept the responsibility that comes with influence and make clear that there is no place for racism and anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry in their movement.
As for our "post-racial" president and First Lady, they'd do well to focus their NAACP legions on the content of their own character, rather than baseless attacks on the character of others. More:http://patriotpost.us/edition/2010/07/16/digest/print/