The NAACP today stepped up it’s criticism of what the organization perceives as "racist acts of Tea Party protesters." In an email to members today, President and CEO of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization asked Americans to unify and "stop the racism."
From Ben Jealous at the NAACP:
We are not backing down.
Yesterday, the NAACP passed a resolution condemning the racist acts of Tea Party protesters. The backlash from the Tea Party has been furious.
But we are not an organization that shies away from controversy. The NAACP was founded on hope, not hate — and we will not stand idly by as racists work to divide our nation.
Add your name to our pledge to unify America and stop the racism:
The NAACP does not have a problem with the Tea Party, nor its existence. We have a problem with their acceptance and their welcoming of prejudice into their organization.
And in case there is any misunderstanding about what defines racism, let me be clear.
In March, racial slurs were hurled at members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they passed by a Tea Party health care protest in Washington, DC. Missouri Representative Emanuel Cleaver was spat on. People at the rally held signs covered in bigotry.
That is racism. That is racism filled with hate, ignorance and acts of violence. And we will not stand for it.
We are calling on all Americans to stand for the values that have made our country the land of the free and the home of the brave. Sign the pledge now:
The past year has been one of major triumphs and major setbacks in the fight for racial equality. But we will not let bigotry silence us.
We are one people. We are one nation. And we are all NAACP Americans.
Thank you for your support,
President and CEO