FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Tea Party Federation Rejects NAACP Accusations of Racism
July 14, 2010
Tea Party and citizen group leaders from across the nation came together to respond to the outrageous and untrue accusations promoted by the NAACP and their political allies on the Left.
The Tea Party Movement was founded on a desire to return the United States to the proven principles of fiscal responsibility, free enterprise and liberty; and that limited, effective, and efficient government must be our collective goal.
A tease of the NAACP’s announced, approved, but as-of-yet unreleased resolutions states, “… Tea party movement is a threat to the pursuit of human rights, justice and equality for all.” A short statement on the group’s website seems to base this upon the repudiated charges levied by Congressional Black Congress members against Tea Party rally participants in March.
David Webb, co-founder of New York’s TeaParty365 said, “A false charge of racism is itself, racist. The NAACP’s looming irrelevancy as a true civil rights organization is result of their shift to a far-left ideology. This Resolution shows they no longer serve the black community’s interests to advance people of color within American culture. Instead, they exert their power to isolate and control people of color.”
“We strongly condemn the resolution by the NAACP, labeling the Tea Party as ‘racist,’” said Texas’ Laredo Tea Party Co-Chair Marion Santiago.
“Our group is comprised of at least 90 percent Hispanics/Latinos. We embrace anyone regardless of color, race, religion, gender or political affiliation, unlike the NAACP.”
Andrew Breitbart, Publisher of BigGovernment.com said, “The NAACP – like the Democrat party which it now exclusively serves – is in search of a desperate butt-saving play to protect the Party from November electoral losses. People’s eyes are now wide open to the complicity of the once-respected civil rights organization and once-respected Party.”
A collection of statements by tea party group leaders from across the country and further documentation illustrating the hypocrisy of the NAACP’s selective condemnation of fringe elements versus institutional racism can be found at http://thenationalteapartyfederation.com/press_room.html
About the National Tea Party Federation (NTPF):
The Federation is a broad coalition of local and regional Tea Party groups committed to improving communications between tea party and like-minded organizations. Our purpose is to facilitate and support messaging, rapid response to media misinformation, and to collaborate and promote the movement’s core principles of Fiscal Responsibility, Free Markets and Constitutionally Limited Government.
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July 14, 2010
– Tea Party and like-minded group leaders – all of whom are minorities – issue statements from across the country denouncing the NAACP for adopting a resolution condemning “racist elements” within the Tea Party Movement.
Bishop E.W. Jackson, Sr., President of STAND, Chesapeake VA
“While I have great admiration for the historic contribution the NAACP once made toward equality and justice for black Americans, they have lost their way. Instead of seeking justice, they play racial politics and march lockstep with the far left. They were once independent. Now liberals say jump, and the NAACP says, ‘How high?’
“The NAACP was silent during the hateful, racist, anti-Semitic rants of Jeremiah Wright and the New Black Panther Party. Instead of defending Kenneth Gladney’s right to freely express his political views as a black American, they were silent when he was viciously attacked at a Tea Party rally and called the “N” word by SEIU thugs. It seems that the NAACP is only for the advancement of liberal “colored” people. Therefore it has lost credibility as a true civil rights organization.”
M.Davies, The Kitchen Table Patriots “As a Conservative, Latina, military mom of four and daughter of immigrants, I respect the values and principles upon which this great nation was founded. The principles espoused by the tea party movement are much more in line with our family’s values than those espoused by the party of Pelosi and Code Pink. ”
Frantz Kebreau, Co-Founder, NAACPC.org, “Martin Luther King JR. once stated, ‘…and from one blood God made man. Let us be dissatisfied until nobody shouts “White Power,” nobody shouts “Black Power,” but everybody talks about God’s Power and human power.’ The Tea Party movement is made up of Americans who truly believe in the concept of Individual Freedom. If you truly believe in that concept, it is impossible to be racist. Racism can only come from those who do not aspire to the knowledge that “all men are created equal.” The Tea Party Movement and its members do not care about skin color because the concept of Individual Freedom does not allow it.”
Sonnie Johnson, President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Virginia, Woodbridge VA
“Here comes the Talented Tenth to the racial rescue! As an organization claiming to represent the black community, the NAACP would serve that community well by focusing on the critical issues of unemployment, education, and financial literacy. But instead they are playing politics with a racial resolution against the Tea Party—a non-partisan organization that represents Black, White, Brown, and all colors in between.
“From the Jackson Ward Area of Richmond to the Vinger Hill area of Charlottesville, I understand how the NAACP’s politics damages the black community. After forty years of advancing a big government agenda, trading political favors, and rewarding the children of former civil rights leaders for the courage shown by their parents, they continue to destroy productive communities that could otherwise flourish under the freedom that comes with small government.”
Ana Puig, co-Chair, The Kitchen Table Patriots. “The condemnation of the Tea Party as a racist movement by the NAACP has finally exposed the true political agenda of what was once the pre-eminent civil rights group in our nation. Today’s NAACP is no longer about civil rights, but about promoting communist ideology under the pretense of social justice. They are attempting to smear the Tea Party movement due to fear of the effective messaging with the American people.”
Gilbert Wilkerson, Richmond Tea Party Board of Directors, Richmond VA
“As an African American, I expect the NAACP to condemn the violent crimes in our neighborhoods, the genocide of millions of unborn black babies, and the high dropout rate among our black youth. Instead, the NAACP steps over the weightier matters to condemn the Tea Party for unproven racial slurs and a few offensive posters about the president (which the Tea Party itself has condemned). Is this how the many black supporters of the NAACP want their money used?”
Katrina Pierson, Dallas Tea Party “The NAACP should only propose resolutions that they have exercised themselves. The Tea Party, only active for a year and half, is the only group being singled out for racism in today’s society. Could it be that the 2008 election served a greater purpose? The existence of the NAACP, and others like it, is threatened by the existence of the Tea Party. The reality is that we colored people no longer require the assistance from other Negros for advancement in 2010.”
Marion G. Santiago Co-Chairwoman Laredo Tea Party Patriots, “We strongly condemn the resolution by the NAACP, labeling the Tea Party as “racist”. Our group is comprised of at least 90 percent Hispanics/Latinos. We embrace anyone regardless of color, race, religion, gender or political affiliation, unlike the NAACP. We believe in Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Free Markets, and we recognize the strength of grassroots organizing powered by activism and civic responsibility at a local level. We leave no room to discriminate against ANYONE. The statement and resolution by the NAACP is bigoted and false.”
Kamau A. Bakari of the Nevada Tea Party, “I, here and now, admit to being a Colored man, business owner, native Las Vegan, and a member of the local tea party movement. I resent the NAACP accusing my fellow tea party members of being racists. I have never seen or heard anybody at the tea party rallies say or do anything that would be considered racist. My experience at the tea party rallies is one of complete civility. It seems the tea party is doing more to advance this Colored man than the NAACP.”
Coby W. Dillard, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, Norfolk VA
“With 15% of blacks unemployed and 13% in fair or poor health nationwide, one would expect the NAACP to focus on problems that truly damage the black community. Instead, they choose to sow more racial divisiveness against the Tea Party—a movement that seeks to restore those founding principles that unite Americans of all colors as one nation, indivisible.
“Sadly, this continues the NAACP’s recent history of division among the very lines they claim to work to eliminate. How unfortunate that this organization, with its proud history during the civil rights era, chooses to denigrate the Tea Party movement instead of seeking common ground.
“When the NAACP is truly ready to work towards its goal of ‘One Nation, One Dream,’ they are welcome to unite with us as we work towards that same end.”
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