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July 19, 2010

What the NAACP Sees, and the Media Doesn’t, at Those Tea Party Rallies

photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/calistan/3447473218/" target="_blank">cometstarmoon</a> via Flickr via ThinkProgress via NAACP
photo: cometstarmoon via Flickr via ThinkProgress via NAACP

Sadly, I’m afraid Matt Bai’s inclination to write off the friction between the NAACP and the Tea Party as mostly lingering baggage between an older generation of black activists and older white Teabaggers comes off as wishful thinking.

If the NAACP is feeling a little paranoid, it’s because the Tea Party has become a vehicle for white fears and coded (and visually, at least, not-so-coded) scapegoating as the country does becomes more brown and education and real opportunity does stays down — that, compounded by the hesitancy of traditional media to show the kinds of pictures that bring out just how fringe the white so-called movement really is.

(This photo is posted with the NAACP’s resolution to condemn extremist elements within the Tea Party, and accompanies a montage of other examples. I should also point out, by the way, that the guy posing with the “Monkey See” sign at naacp.org is not exactly a senior citizen.)

  • http://motherrr.blogspot.com cmac

    And the left sidebar on my screen contains a Newsmax ad/fake poll about “Obama’s Healthcare Plan” featuring a picture of Obama looking goofy and wearing a surgeon’s cap. Kinda makes your point. It’s everywhere, and the media fails to call it out.

  • Matthew Platte

    bring out just how fringe the white so-called movement really is

    By “fringe” I presume you mean beyond the edges of acceptable behavior in a civilized society. If you mean “fringe” in the not-very-many-of-’em sense, well, I’d have to disagree with you there. At least here in the center of our once-prosperous nation, the wingnuts are not at all a minority.

    • http://bagnews.com/staff/#mshaw Michael Shaw

      I choose a.

  • http://aconservativeteacher.blogspot.com/ A Conservative Teacher

    So you have decided to ignore all data and polls of the Tea Party movement, that shows it is not ‘fringe’ in any way, and that its views fit more with the mainstream than a typical liberals?

    Or have you decided that someone at a Tea Party rally saying ’slavery’ is an example of racism, even when the sign conveys that slavery is a very bad thing and should be faught tooth and nail, whether it is black slavery or white slavery? Or I suppose you have some other explanation for that photo that is more plausible?

    You’re demonstrating your ignorance and bias with your comments on your blog- please educate yourself and wise up.

  • Elaine

    this is the one you should really be pissed at -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTp_atr2G9E

  • http://HavenWorks.com News Reference

    It’s disturbing how right-wingers can ignore a clearly racist sign making an absurd claim of “WHITE SLAVERY” by completely omitting the word “WHITE“.

    After “A Conservative Teacher” deceitfully omits the word “WHITE” from their criticism in order to arrive at a completely dishonest conclusion, “A Conservative Teacher” has the temerity to demand “please educate yourself and wise up.”

    It would be beneficial to everyone if “Conservative Teacher” were capable of taking their own advice.

    Unfortunately the fraudulent “Conservative Teacher” openly brags that they used their position as a “public high school teacher” to disseminate their deceitful brand of misinformation.

    This is what “A Conservative Teacher” thinks is funny [Note the white-face Obama picture at the bottom]:

    http://aconservativeteacher.blogspot.com/2010/07/republican-congressman-visits-white.html

    This is a perfect example of the type of “Conservative Teacher” that’s been misinforming American children for decades.

  • Squeaky McCrinkle

    And the “Conservative Teacher” can’t even spell . . . “faught”?Sarah, is that you???

  • Elaine

    It is amazing how the Obama people on this site simply ignore the video link I provided to you above. What is the matter? No comments on why it is okay for the Honorable David Manning to compare your Messiah with Hitler? No NAACP going Ballistic over the fact that that Rev Manning shows in great detail and with very nice imagery I might add – how the 2 of them are alike especially at the end when he talks about the brainless followers that both Hitler and Obama seem to have? Stop whinning about what Conservative Teacher wrote and help this white chick understand why there was no silly outrage over what Reverend Manning did to “your guy”. I really, really do want to be a good, non- racist person, but the rules about what is racism have been changing so fast these last 2 years I am getting whiplash. Is Reverend Manning a racist or not and explain why. I love that video – it is a shame a white person couldn’t have pointed out the similarities – especially at the end!

    • http://motherrr.blogspot.com cmac

      The video is nauseating and Manning is a racist, fringe, wingnut loon. You love the video? You’re a Manning fan? How special.

    • Elaine

      So…….cmac…….

      Why hasn’t the NAACP gotten their panties in a twist over Rev. Manning? I must have been out of the country for a while because I sure don’t remember the NAACP getting all “wee-wee’d up” about the great and very visual comparisons of Obama and Hiltler – I thought the split half heads were funny. So why not? Why no uproar and resolution passing? Why does the NAACP feel that the Tea Party is more of a threat than the brainless followers that both Hiltler and Obama had/have? See, this is the problem I have – I honestly don’t know what “racism” is anymore. Used to be a person was a racist if he hated one or more of the nationally recognized catagories of a humans ethnicity. Are you going to jump up and down now and demand that this website be “fair and balanced’ and put up the photo on Rev Manning video of 1/2 Obamas face and the other half Hiltler or are you just going to continue getting all “WEE-WEE’D up over some white guy with the words “white slavery” on his sign. You do know world history don’t you? Blacks weren’t the only ones that were slaves sweetie. But my question still doesn’t get answered here – because I hear you say that the video is racist, but the actions of various groups that I am sure have seen that video and yourself still tell me there is another standard when it comes to what is racist. When this blog puts up Mannings Hiltler/Obama photo will I beleive different. It doesn’t take but usually one visit to a site to tell if it is slanted in one direction ro the other.

    • http://motherrr.blogspot.com cmac

      I’m sorry I engaged with you, because in trying to understand what you’re after, I’ve realized that you’re not serious. Nobody who claims to believe this Hitler/Obama nonsense is serious. They’re just looking for a handle to hang their hate on.

      I will not engage with you again.

  • Shirley Sherrod

    http://wp.me/pnQZ0-4tB

    Apparently it is ok for the NAACP, an organization which is in existence exclusively to promote their black leadership at the expense of the black community, to invite, and listen to a racist talking about how she uses the government as a vehicle to promote racism as a black person onto a white person. The people in the NAACP audience instead of rebuking this action simply laugh at it. Apparently the NAACP believes the honest critiques of an impotent President and a corrupt Congress is somehow racist (when most of Congress is white, and the president is half white), but they don’t blink an eye when their members engage in outright racist behavior at a sanctioned event.

    I’m sick and tired of racists in the NAACP and the DNC telling people they are racist for wanting a balanced budget.

    • Squeaky McCrinkle

      Anybody falling for the crap that Breitbart spews should read this item from a Washington Monthly poster:

      Many salient facts and context are missing from this story:

      1. According to Shirley [Sherrod], it was a part of speech explaining how despite the fact that her father was murdered by a white southerner, using race to judge people is wrong.The incident occurred in 1986 when Sherrod was employed by the Georgia field office for the Southern Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund, a private organization who describes its primary mission as to “strive to assist in land retention and development, especially for African Americans, but essentially for all family farmers”.

      2. In essence, a white farmer called asking her organization for help. She struggled with racial issues providing help for him, given he was not an African American farmer. I should also note that the Coop and the Land Association recently won a $1 billion settlement for black farmers after they were systematically denied loans provided to white farmers in the early eighties, complements [sic] of Ronnie Reagan (Pigford v. Glickman).

      3. Sherrod did not say that she didn’t help the farmer in question, or that that she helped him less than he needed. Sherrod did say that she felt unease about helping a white farmer when there were so many black farmers in Georgia in need.

      4. Sherrod did in fact provide the farmer with the best help he needed, eventually referring him to an attorney who helped him saving his farm by filing bankruptcy under Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code.

      5. The farmer and his wife credit Sherrod with saving their farm and consider her a friend to this day.

      Posted by: Deborah Zeruiah

      How Andrew Breitbart got away with this editing con trick again is proof that the American media is a joke.

  • http://aconservativeteacher.blogspot.com/ A Conservative Teacher

    Slavery is wrong, whether it is white slavery or black slavery. This Tea Party activist sign conveys anger against slavery- this person is fighting against racism of any kind. From my own conversations and experience being at these events, I would guess that most of these Tea Party people would fight with the rest of the Republicans in the Civil War to free the slaves, or march with MLK and help the Republicans pass the Civil Rights bill, if they could time travel back and do so.

    You on the other hand obviously are a racist. You see the world in black and white, you judge people differently based on the color of their skin, and you really need to take a long look in the mirror.

    • black dog barking

      The balding white man holds a sign with *four* words, one of which is Slavery. Extracting rhetorical messaging from just these four words is a like analyzing poetry. Before looking deeper we must convince ourselves that the poem justifies the effort, that our attentions will be rewarded. I’m skeptical. A superficial reading, Obama’s Plan = White Slavery makes no sense in the context of health care, the topic of that sunny day ((?) late winter/ early spring, leafless trees and no coats (?)).

      As to the assertion that the “Civil War to free the slaves” was a Republican triumph, I’m skeptical here too. I’m neither conservative nor a teacher but I don’t think the nascent Republican Party of the 1860s held enough contemporary mind share to claim to be the driving force behind the war. I know for a fact that the political division over the Civil Rights legislation of 1964 broke along North/South lines, not R’s vs D’s. Northern Democrats supported the legislation more than Northern Republicans and while Southern Democrats overwhelming opposed the bill, Southern Republicans *unanimously* opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Republicans did not pass the Civil Rights bill.

  • http://HavenWorks.com News Reference

    re: “Conservative Teacher’s” ignorant apologies for overt racism

    The “Tea Party activist sign conveys anger against” an imaginary plan for “WHITE SLAVERY”.

    The sign is NOT complaining about just “SLAVERY” but specifically complaining about (imaginary) WHITE slavery.

    It’s sad enough that someone as clearly ignorant as “A Conservative Teacher” used to misinform children at public high schools, but even after having their ignorance carefully explained to them “A Conservative Teacher” not only IGNORES THE FACTS IN FRONT OF THEM, but goes on to make even more absurdly false statements.

    This is emblematic of the worst trait amongst right-wing/conservatives: The cultish willingness to deny facts either out of stubborn ignorance, complete dishonesty, or a disturbing combination of dishonesty and ignorance.

  • http://aconservativeteacher.blogspot.com/ A Conservative Teacher

    Only one person here is saying that slavery is wrong and that black and white people should be treated equally… and it isn’t any of you. It really makes me mad that racists are out there and don’t fight hard against discrimination in all its forms. Someday perhaps you all will judge people based on something other than skin color.

  • Squeaky McCrinkle

    This Tea Party activist sign conveys anger against slavery- this person is fighting against racism of any kind.

    That has to go down as the dumbest, most disgraceful perversion of the truth that I’ve seen in a long, long while.

  • http://HavenWorks.com News Reference

    “A Conservative Teacher’s” response to having an obviously racist sign at a right-wing Tea Party rally pointed out to them is the intellectual equivalent of ‘I know you are but what am I?’

    Classic.

    Consider the right-wing logic:

    After “A Conservative Teacher” repeatedly defends a racist, fearmongering sign about fictional modern-day “WHITE SLAVERY”, they are still crippled by a level of extraordinary cognitive dissonance that lets them subsequently claim that “Someday perhaps you all will judge people based on something other than skin color.”

    —-
    “There is none so blind as they that won’t see.” -Swift

    “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” -Orwell

  • thomas

    I recall Jon Stewart directly asking candidate Obama if he planned to enslave white people. And I recall thinking, “Stewart’s just having fun with the fears of a small number of daydreaming hillbillies. He should be asking what most Americans really want to know: will the highest-ranking members of the Bush administration face justice for any of their countless illegal activities?”

  • stevelaudig

    Perhaps “fringe” refers not only to the group’s political positions, but also its historical claims. They are fringe mentally rather like the hardline Afrikaners and the north of Ireland Protestants. Can’t count, deny history and are headed towards demographic irrelevancy. Shan’t miss them as their foundation is one of hatred and intolerance.

  • http://aconservativeteacher.blogspot.com/ A Conservative Teacher

    This ‘tea party protestor’ (assuming he isn’t a plant, which the NAACP and other liberal groups have been caught doing) is holding up a sign which conveys anger over what he thinks is Obama’s plan to turn whites into slaves. He is probably reacting to mandates from Obama that require people do things they do not choose to do (like buy healthcare) or reacting to efforts by Obama to force people into state servitude (Obama is pushing a national service act). He thinks slavery is wrong and is showing up to protest it.

    You idiots and this idiot writer assume that someone protesting slavery is someone who hates black people (ie, a racist). That’s a pretty big jump to make, and it would be nice if there was some sort of explanation on how you could make the jump to ‘that guy is a racist’ after simply seeing a sign with the words ‘white’ and ’slavery’ on it.

    Probably you are all racists, and see Obama only as a black person, and see that protestor only as a white person, and you hate white people and whatever they support. That tea party person is reacting to policies, you are reacting to skin color. Go take a long look in the mirror before throwing around ‘racist’ insults.

  • David Olds

    The man with the sign is calling Pres Obama a racist. And so he is. So we all are. It’s the way our brain is made. If you think you are above that take this Harvard test: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/
    So if this man is a racist for calling a black man a racist, what are you for calling a white man a racist? The same thing. Take the log out of you eye so you can see well enough to take the spec out of mine. In curent American culture the anathema of anathemas is being a “racist”. BS! Stop you hysterical ranting and almost religious Talibanic furor. I am so sick of liberals calling everyone racist. Like that is an argument for anything. Get some reasoned logical arguments or shut up!!

  • Paul_D

    Isn’t home-schooling popular amongst conservatives? If so what do conservative teachers teach? -If employed at all?

  • gene willis

    the only thing missing in the tea party movement is the self hating whites and there self hating white liberals.the jewish owned media fills in the untruths.the only slave owners in this entire world since every idiotic religion started is cuased by white people only.is this what people want to hear,that white people had slaves in egyp,and spain,and in islam,and in jordan,and in africa,and in russia,and in the u.k and in panama,and in well you self hating whites keep filling in the rest im sure there are many countries over the last 60 million years you and the jewish media can find that only whites owned slaves and no other race did.then the journy to truth will finaly be answeared.

  • gene willis

    ah one more thing,if white people such as the tea party is making to much nois and sence and is hurting minorities feeling,kille them that will make alot of minorities extremely happy and the jewish media can serve it up on the evening new.poetic justic.no whites and justice is served.

  • gene willis

    good god! white people gathering,protesting!naacp with racs cards in hand and the jewish media right behind them,well make these whites pay and pay they shall,so saids the head of the naacp and the jewish owned networks!we as the media will lie and distort the truth so only the naacp will be triumphant!no white person well escape jew media lies and inuendos!this isnt an attack,this is how it is!if more then three whites gather in one place,it’s racists,and hate mongering.and the jewish owned media will do what it can to distroy white haritage.sick!!

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