Benjamin Jealous, the head of the NAACP, wrote this post for CNN.com about the NAACP’s recent resolution asking the Tea Party crowd to repudiate racism in their ranks.
He wrote: “It is unfortunate that at a time when our nation is reeling in the midst of one of the most devastating downturns in our economy since the Great Depression, the NAACP is compelled to deal with a disturbing, corrosive attack from the Tea Party.
“Instead of joining us to repudiate racism, Tea Party leaders have attempted a tit for tat and demanded that we condemn the New Black Panther Party for reported hate speech. It is a false argument. Of course we condemn hate speech from anyone and any organization, including the New Black Panther Party. But that party is a mere flea compared to the influence and size of the Tea Party. And the New Black Panther Party is not a member of the NAACP. What we are asking the Tea Party to eschew is not the racism of some outside organization, but the bigotry within.”
After the resolution passed and was publicized, NAACP chaptersÂ across the country received phone calls with threats like this (warning; offensive hateful language that is not safe for work and frankly, not safe for civilized society) one received at the Hollywood office. Give it a listen.
So, we need to turn to those leaders of the Orange County Tea Party movement – people like State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, Supervisor Shawn Nelson, and Irvine Councilman Steven Choi. Gentlemen, care to denounce this sort of hate speech from the Tea Party movement?