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Monday, July 19, 2010

NAACP v. TEA PARTY



On July 13, the NAACP voted to approve a resolution condemning the racist element in the Tea Party.
The Tea Party was shocked that they were called racist. (REALLY…?!)
Tina Fey Lisa Ann Sarah Palin issued a statement in their defense:
“I am saddened by the NAACP's claim that patriotic Americans who stand up for the United States of America's Constitutional rights are somehow ‘racists.’”- Sarah Palin, Facebook note, reported by Huffington Post

Half Governor of Alaska Fox News Talking Head Speech Giving Shill Mrs. Palin, I think I know the difference between patriotism and right wing paranoia.

Ahem…
This resolution is long overdue after the Tea Party showed their true colors during the health care vote.
This is also a reactionary position this organization is taking due to Prof. Harold Hill Lonesome Rhodes Doctor Glenn Beck’s efforts to organize a rally at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2010.
Since the Tea Party is talking about reclaiming the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, what efforts have they led since talking about it? Any efforts in improving education? Overturning DADT? Stopping Arizona SB 1070 from taking effect? Voting rights?
As a matter of fact, these Tea Parties are no different than those that intimidated the people involved in the Civil Rights’ movement.
As stated in the book Common Nonsense, Beck would have been Dr. King’s largest critic if they were alive in the same time period. All of these observations are based on Beck’s history and I credit the book for bringing up these points.
On health care, he would have called Dr. King an enemy to the Constitution.
“Of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”- Dr. King
On Vietnam/war in general, Beck would have levied charges that Dr. King was a traitor and a subversive to American military efforts.
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”- Dr. King
Beck would have declared Dr. King to be communist, a communist agent, or even an associate with radicals. Beck would have defended the Mormon Church’s efforts to keep African-Americans from being ordained as priests until 1978.
And while we are on the subject of race (I hate to play this card), I must have missed the-identify-your-race box when I filled out my 1040 in April. So, people of non-white races are subject to lower taxes than white citizens? How can I get in on that? (NOTE: Sarcasm)
How come I only see white people when I watch videos of Tea Party rallies?
The main question: Where are the people of color in the Tea Party? Are they NOT Taxed Enough Already too?

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