Today the NAACP at it's 101st Annual Convention is scheduled to vote on whether to condemn the "Racist Elements" that have been on display within the Tea Party. Keith and Melissa address it - I think - quite fairly noting first of all that not everyone in that group is, or even could be, a Racist - just some of them.
People these days seem to really forget just who and what the NAACP really is. It was an organization began by both black and white people to help curb the scourge of Lynchings across America. Medger Evers was an NAACP leader. Rosa Parks was an NAACP member. Today the NAACP is standing up against the unjust verdict in the Oscar Grant Shooting, and against Arizona's SB1070.
The need for such an organization was made crystal clear yesterday by Tim Wise's Must Read Tour-De-Force post on modern day discrimination and racism... Black Power's Gonna Git You Sucka
Prominent white conservatives are angry about racism.
What is it that woke them up finally, after all these years of denial, during which they insisted that racism was a thing of the past?
Was it the research indicating that job applicants with white sounding names have a 50 percent better chance of being called back for an interview than their counterparts with black-sounding names, even when all qualifications are the same?
Was it the study that found white job applicants with criminal records have a better chance of being called back for an interview than black applicants without one, even when all the qualifications are the same?
Was it the study that found the lightest-skinned immigrants to the United States make as much as 15 percent more than the darkest, even when the immigrants in question have the same level of education, experience and measured productivity?
But y'see according to Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity, this condemnation of the Tea Party is a) Pure Politics and b) a False accusation, maligning a good organization. Yes, that's right Miss Palin Death Panel 2010 is outraged - OUTRAGED - that someone would make an unfair "false" accusation against her buddies and pals in the (Mad Mad) Tea Party.
HANNITY: Members of the NAACP are going to vote tomorrow on a resolution that condemns what the group calls — the NAACP — explicitly racist behavior by supporters of the Tea Party Movement.
Wanted to get your reaction to that.
PALIN: Yes. This is some typical divisive politics that is so absolutely unnecessary, especially at this time of turmoil within our country. Turmoil when you consider the state of the economy and so many other challenges that we are facing. This is just so unnecessary.
No, the Tea Party Movement is a beautiful movement, full of diverse people, diverse backgrounds. Folks of all walks of life who, for the most part, happen to oppose President Obama's policies. Not the color of his skin. They don't care that he's half white or half black. It has nothing to do with the person's skin tone —
Diverse people with diverse backgrounds? Urm, not so much via HuffPo
The individuals who make up the Tea Party movement are largely conservative and get their news from Fox; they're generally old and of moderate to low income; and they're fairly convinced that their taxes are going to rise in the next few years, even though they likely won't.More than 80 percent (81 percent) of Tea Party respondents expressed very little approval of Barack Obama's job as president, which exceeded disapproval levels held even by Republicans (77%) and conservatives (79%).
All these data points suggest that the Tea Party crowd is comprised predominantly of conservatives. And, not surprisingly, the demographics of the movement seemingly align with those who traditionally vote for the conservative candidate as well. Fifty-six percent of Tea Party respondents are male; 22 percent are over the age of 65 (compared with just 14 percent who are between the ages of 18 and 34); and 23 percent fall in the income range of $50,000 and $75,000.
The data shows they're middle-class, white, conservative and watch nothing but Fox News - so NO Sarah, they're not really that "diverse". You may use that word, but I don't think you really know what it means.
Hannity then chimed in that since no one had claimed $100,000 Breitbart bounty for a video showing Black Congressman being called "Nigger" - even though there were Eye-witnesses there who Heard It - including Reporters!
That just got Palin revved up.
PALIN: Well, it's very unfortunate that they are taking this tactic because it's a false accusation that Tea Party Americans are racist. Any good American hates racism. We don't stand for it. It is unacceptable.
So to be called a racist, yes, those over there on the left who are opposing that good message of Tea Party Americans are using this racism accusation in order to keep people away from not only the movement, but keeping them — keeping a wall built between what the message actually is and the American public that is today receiving that message very well.
False accusation, very unfortunate and again very, very unnecessary. And the president and his wife — you know, the first lady spoke at NAACP so recently, they have power in their words. They could repudiate what it is that this group is saying and they could set the record straight.
And they could — they could correct what this false accusation is that the Tea Party America, that movement, is racist.
Yes, dear reader, you read that correctly - 1/2 Governor Sarah (Palling Around with Terrorists) Palin actually called on the President Obama and Michelle Obama to denounce the NAACP in support of the falsely accused Tea Party.
Yeah, well - let me just answer that by going back to Tim Wise who admittedly went on for quite a while.. it's a veritable exhaustive litany of American bigotry... but here's the part I found particularly relevant.
Well then it must be the blatant stuff. Maybe they finally got around to looking at those images of Tea Party protesters and other assorted conservatives coming to rallies with signs advocating the lynching of Democratic party leaders (HELLO NAACP - LYNCHING!!), or portraying the President as an African witch doctor? Or maybe somebody informed them of all the times that conservative and Republican Party activists have sent around blatantly racist e-mails lately, like those portraying the white house lawn covered in watermelons, or once again with the witch doctor imagery, or likening Michelle Obama to an ape, or picturing the President as a pair of "spook eyes" against a black background?
Maybe they're angry at Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams for calling the President an "Indonesian Muslim" and a "welfare thug?" I mean, that's pretty racialized rhetoric, right?
Or maybe it was the Tea Party leader in Ohio who tweeted about how he wants to shoot Hispanic immigrants, to whom he refers as "spicks?" (sic)
Well then surely it must have been the story about Tea Party candidate for Governor in New York who sent e-mails picturing the President dressed as a pimp and featuring a group of African tribesman performing a traditional dance, which he referred to as the "Obama Inauguration Rehearsal?"
These came not just from a few random Tea Party Protesters, it came from Tea Party LEADERS and Candidates currently running for Office under the Tea Party Banner - rank and file Tea Party members are so comfortable with their own being branded "Racists" they have their own t-Shirts
What was that about "Any good American hates racism. We don't stand for it. It is unacceptable." - seems like the Tea Party accepts it just fine. I have one question for Miss Sarah: exactly where or when has she or ANY TEA PARTY LEADER, instead of acting like Brietbart and literally trying to trivialize it out of existence, stood up and DENOUNCED any of the above? "Won't Stand For it" my bulbous black ass - you stand right next to it and try to make the rest of us believe it's not there - which is frankly, pardon my pure unadulterated English - BullShit!
Nothing to see here - Move Along.. move along...
And yet Palin thinks that President Obama and Michelle Obama should call out the NAACP?
Seriously? To borrow a phrase - That woman is a Fracking Idiot!