That proud history, however, has been subsumed in recent years by a series of increasingly partisan decisions that emphasize victimhood and reliance on government handouts. In essence, the NAACP leadership relies upon the Democrat Party -- no matter how awful their policies are -- and vice versa. An example is its implicit tolerance of teachers' unions at the expense of charter schools that benefit poor, urban kids most.
The group's latest embarrassment involves a resolution that claimed the grass roots Tea Parties were, by and large, "racist". The assertion was so patently ludicrous that even legacy media outlets couldn't keep a straight face.
...former Alaska governor Sarah Palin sent out a Twitter message about the group Tuesday, helping to make the NAACP convention a hot topic on conservative Web sites. She condemned the organization's passage of a resolution denouncing what it called "racist elements" within the "tea party" movement... The statement, which won overwhelming support among the group's voting members, sparked a round of denials from grass-roots conservatives and lots of media coverage.
The notion that the Tea Party movement is racist is laughably outrageous. Active Tea Party members belong to every race, religion, creed, color and culture.
Michael Meyers, New York's Civil Rights Coalition Leader slammed the NAACP yesterday for its idiotic claims.
So why would the NAACP market such a lie?
They're scared of even more blacks and Hispanics joining the Tea Party. Better to label them racists and hope that some folks are scared away.
The only thing even remotely racist about the Tea Party is the NAACP's bogus assertion.
To top things off, the NAACP has been reduced to the traditional Jackson-Sharpton modality of corporate shakedowns.
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous also released a letter to BP chief executive Tony Hayward, asking to meet with company officials to discuss his "outrage" that minority contractors are apparently being left out in the cleanup of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Today's NAACP is an anachronism and a laughingstock -- not necessarily in that order.
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