The NAACP Tea Party Resolution
Edmund Burke once said, “All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Racism is evil and needs to be exposed wherever it exists. For that reason, I think the NAACP’s resolution regarding racism in the Tea Party movement is appropriate and necessary. The conservative push to brand any discussion of racism in America as “playing the race card” has had a chilling effect on our public discourse in this area.One of the great things about this nation is that you can be whomever you choose and associate with whomever you want. That includes being a racist and associating with others. People who oppose those viewpoints have the right and responsibility to speak loudly against them. I don’t believe that everyone in the Tea Party is a racist. I believe that the Tea Party is a magnet for racists who feel they have no other way to politically express themselves. I'm reminded of Sarah Palin’s late 2008 campaign events in which hostile opponents of Barack Obama shouted racist things from the audience. The racist element within the Tea Party is worried that their grip on the nation is slipping and the party is their last best hope stop the change that is clearly coming to the nation. An esteemed organization such as the NAACP has done the nation a great favor by shining new light on this element of the Tea Party.
I discussed this in the following Minnesota Public Radio clip. Kerri Miller is the host and Cord Jefferson was the other discussant.