More on that Tea Bagger Racism storm caused by the NAACP identifying the problem –
After the NAACP criticized the Tea Party for tolerating racism, Tea Party spokesman Mark Williams said, “I am disinclined to take lectures on racial sensitivity from a group that insists on calling black people ‘Colored.’”
One of the continued bits of Tea Bagger racism is the identification of the NAACP as a “black” organization. While the NAACP was front and center in the century long fight for Civil Rights denied black folks by racism and Jim Crow Laws, their efforts also eliminated Jim Crow laws against Mexican-Americans and Hispanics, race based immigration prohibitions against non-whites including East and Pacific Asians, Jim Crow ordinances against Native Americans, and housing segregation against Jews. Ergo, America’s racial problem went a lot deeper than just white and black.
“Colored” People… Indeed.
The racism of the Tea Bagger movement, is they have bought into the white supremacist concept of white victimology – ergo that this was done at the expense of white Civil Rights. But what “Civil Rights” are they talking about? The right to be the societal and economic beneficiaries of legalized Jim Crow. The segregationalists of the 50’s and 60’s have morphed into the conservative political operators of today driving an agenda ever bit as noxious, but shielded in clever language and symbology. This is the exact same racism nurtured since the Southern takeover of the Republican Party, and called conservatism. It is the sort of racism that under George Bush’s Department of “Justice” ran rampant. with the entire apparatus of the Federal Government assigned to find cases of “reverse discrimination” against whites for 8 years – to find one case, while ignoring the more tha 9,000 complaints a year sent to DOJ for review.
When compared with the Clinton administration, its findings show a significant drop in the enforcement of several major antidiscrimination and voting rights laws. For example, lawsuits brought by the division to enforce laws prohibiting race or sex discrimination in employment fell from about 11 per year under President Bill Clinton to about 6 per year under President George W. Bush.
The study also found a sharp decline in enforcement of a section of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits electoral rules with discriminatory effects, from more than four cases a year under Mr. Clinton to fewer than two cases a year under Mr. Bush.
So am I tarring the Tea Party movement with the criminal actions of the Bush Administration – “you betcha” – it’s all water, or in this case racist belief sets, from the same polluted well.
And as to the NAACP being a “black organization”, go back to some of those old newsreels from the Civil Rights era – and you find there have been moral white folks marching, putting their lives on the line (Philadelphia, Mississippi) right beside black folks, and involved with the NAACP since it’s inception.
With that, I am going to call out Cynthia Tucker, whose article in this morning Atlanta Journal, apologizes for Tea Party racism and chides the NAACP –
But as a child of the Deep South who grew up under the lash of Jim Crow, I learned to distinguish between well-meaning whites who weren’t quite ready for a black president of the local community college (black church members were OK) and actual racists.
The NAACP didn’t serve the cause of racial justice well when it further cheapened the word “racism”, along with its own mission.
Four quotes from Dr King…
A good many observers have remarked that if equality could come at once the Negro would not be ready for it. I submit that the white American is even more unprepared.
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
The time is always right to do what’s right.