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Do NAACP leaders resent Tea Party prominence?

While, on its surface, the video that Bruce posted earlier today presents pretty strong evidence of the NAACP welcoming the racial attitudes of an Obama Administration official, like the Anchoress, “I want the rest of the story before I start passing judgment on it“:

I want to see the rest of the tape. I cannot believe Sherrod ended on “I took him to one of his own.” Either she said something much worse after that (which we would have seen) or she said something much better.

If it was something “better” then we should have seen that, too.

Via Instapundit.

That said, with the attitudes of the Department of Justice toward the Black Panther case as well as this woman’s initial attitude toward a white man in need, we have considerable evidence of racial attitudes in the Obama Administrations, attitudes that the mainstream media is all but ignoring while dwelling on the NAACP resolution and a few isolated racially-tinged signs at Tea parties.

It seems that whenever I have gone to the gym these past few days, I look up to see something on CNN about the NAACP resolution; the “news” network almost always features the same stock footage of four, maybe five signs, only two clearly racist, one likely a fabrication of a Tea Party crasher.  (Wonder if CNN investigated the phenomenon of Tea Party crashers.)

Now, I wonder if the NAACP has been harping on the alleged racism of the Tea Parties, basing their resolution, in large part, on unsubstantiated charges, in a desperate bid to make the organization relevant in an age when most Americans increasingly see race an increasingly irrelevant and warm to Dr. King’s dream that his children “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  Well, maybe not so desperate given the makeup of the MSM today.

Still, for many years, the NAACP was at the vanguard of a movement for positive social change in this country, pushing many reforms which were good for this country and fighting many laws (and attitudes) which represented some of the worst parts of this nation’s history.  And now the Tea Party has become a vehicle for real change in this country.

Perhaps NAACP President Ben Jealous resents the more prominent role his predecessors played in the debates of their day than he does today.

Do NAACP leaders resent the Tea Parties for representing the most dynamic grassroots political movement of the day, a role it once enjoyed?

UPDATE:  USDA Official resigns.



  1. Before the ludicrous NAACP resolution against the Tea Party, the MSM has the same NAACP narrative that the Tea Party is racist; therefore, your example of CNN is just reaffirming their untruth about the Tea Party, but it fits into their mantra. This is why the NAACP resolution gets constant play on the MSM.

    Another reason they carry the NAACP’s water is that the MSM is pandering to the NAACP, ironically, not to appear “racist” themselves. The MSM cannot see that the NAACP is an irrelevant, outdated, racist organization consuming itself in their own corruption.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — July 19, 2010 @ 7:42 pm - July 19, 2010

  2. I agree with you regarding wanting to see the rest of the tape.
    Let’s hope it’s not selective editing where he leaves out something that would cast her in a better light.

    Comment by Bobbie — July 19, 2010 @ 8:18 pm - July 19, 2010

  3. Bobbie, I doubtful that he did, but still her meandering remarks indicate she could go either way. And we know that liberal protestations (about Breitbart) notwithstanding, accusations of selective editing just don’t hold water. He has released the whole tapes in the past. Let’s hope he does so again this time.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — July 19, 2010 @ 8:26 pm - July 19, 2010

  4. If she resigned, I can’t imagine it would be much better.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — July 19, 2010 @ 8:26 pm - July 19, 2010

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  6. I’m wondering if the TEA Party “racism” isn’t some sort of creation by the left to manufacture a “crisis” for Chairman Obama to manage. They invent a crisis, he rides in and saves us from our own stupidity with more liberty and constitution shredding legislation.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — July 19, 2010 @ 8:52 pm - July 19, 2010

  7. #4, TGC, she has resigned, following a blistering statement from the USDA, but still no word from the NAACP.

    Comment by John in Dublin CA — July 19, 2010 @ 10:03 pm - July 19, 2010

  8. It could also be that the person recording the event shut off the tape after her saying that in a ‘oh gods, she’s digging herself deeper’ moment. Not enough data to go on, but the initial words are pretty damning.

    It’s still funny since we have video of some pretty damning statements, when the NAACP denounces the tea parties on non-existant claims.

    Comment by The_Livewire — July 20, 2010 @ 6:55 am - July 20, 2010

  9. Yes, NAACP leaders resent the TEA Party “prominence.” More than that, they see the TEA Party as inauthentic.

    The the tie that binds many American blacks is: “Nobody knows the trouble we have had put on us from out of the blue and nobody, except Bill Clinton, knows our sorrow.”

    The NAACP is nothing without its misery and sorrow. Even a black mind being a terrible thing to waste is an accusation of racism.

    The TEA Party is not a movement of the downtrodden victims of institutionalized bigotry. The TEA Party is a union of American spunk and grit and determination to end the hijacking of the Constitution and the rule of law and the free market system.

    The NAACP is the oldest, most respected, most sacred, most deserving, most blah, blah, blah, blah, blah ……… and the TEA Party is just rabble without the sheets.

    The NAACP has no end game. They will always exist to monitor the permanent racism they can spot in a Big Mac and to call attention to how seriously close we are to starting up the slave trade again.

    Comment by heliotrope — July 20, 2010 @ 8:14 am - July 20, 2010

  10. This is all over the rightysphere, but worth a quick mention: The JournoList archives are proving that the Left is out to smear people as racists, whether or not they are. As Ed Morrissey explains:

    [Washington Independent reporter and JournoList member, Spencer Ackerman] wanted to conduct a campaign against any figure on the Right… for the political purposes of electing a Democrat to the White House… Ackerman doesn’t even bother to ask people to look for actual evidence of racism, but just suggests to pick a conservative name out of a hat. Tellingly, the pushback from [other] members of Journolist had less to do with the outrageous idea of smearing an innocent person of racism… than with whether it would work

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 20, 2010 @ 1:16 pm - July 20, 2010

  11. (continued) RTWT.

    P.S., since Sherrod has resigned and the Agriculture Dept made a statement about “zero tolerance for discrimination”, I agree it is unlikely now that the video cut off because she was about to say something redeeming. Not impossible; but less likely.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 20, 2010 @ 1:24 pm - July 20, 2010

  12. I think there may be an even simpler reason for NAACP hostility towards the Tea Party — the NAACP tends to favor the creation of new public-sector jobs as a solution for the problems of its black constituents, while Tea Partiers are wary (at best) if not outright hostile towards any expansion of the public sector.

    Comment by Throbert McGee — July 20, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - July 20, 2010

  13. The full video Sherrod video has been released. She goes on to explain that she set aside her racial choice when she realized that poor whites were also being held down by The Man. (my phrase) Translation: when she traded her racism for Marxism. (I mean, like there’s a real difference. They’re both forms of collectivism: refusing to evaluate an individual on her merits, just seeing her as an appendage of the group.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 20, 2010 @ 9:25 pm - July 20, 2010

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