When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909, it had a legitimate purpose. Their original mission:
To promote equality of rights and to eradicate caste or race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; to advance the interest of colored citizens; to secure for them impartial suffrage; and to increase their opportunities for securing justice in the courts, education for the children, employment according to their ability and complete equality before law.
The change was slow, but ultimately, the organization and it’s like-minded counterparts succeeded. With the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act despite an attempted filibuster by the late Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, we as a nation began the final leg of this journey. Unfortunately for the NAACP, they now face the activist’s paradox. Since they have been so successful, their organization no longer has a purpose. Their stated mission has hardly changed, which means they must continue to find racism, change their mission, or dissolve.
Unfortunately for our nation, the NAACP has been hijacked by leftists who seek to use its former glory to advance their agenda. The organization’s systemic need to fuel race-related tension in order to remain relevant leads to remarkable condemnations. We saw this in California, where the Los Angeles NAACP succeeded in getting a “controversial,” “racist” Hallmark graduation card pulled from the shelves. The card’s offense? The characters put the universe “on notice” and warn black holes to “watch your back.”
Now, the NAACP has taken it a step farther. They have lied to the American people in order to slander the Tea Party. In announcing the decision, the NAACP claims:
The resolution came after a year of high-profile media coverage of attendees of Tea Party marches using vial, antagonistic racial slurs & images. In March, respected members of the Congressional Black Caucus reported that racial epithets were hurled at them as they passed by a Washington, DC health care protest.
Quite simply, this did not happen. There is absolutely zero evidence that it did happen. This walk, out in the open, smug, through the middle of the opposition, was meant to provoke, and it didn’t work. And the Congressional Black Caucus should know. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. recorded the entire episode and was unable to produce any evidence that racial epithets were shouted once, let alone fifteen times.
The NAACP further claims, “Missouri Representative Emmanuel Cleaver was spat on during the incident.” Let’s assume Cleaver has any credibility left after claiming there was a “chorus” of people shouting the n-word. After foolishly rushing a press release, Cleaver ultimately backtracked on the apparent “spitting incident.” If Cleaver says it didn’t happen, why would the NAACP report the incident as fact several months later?
The NAACP concludes with this:
The proposed resolution had generated controversy on conservative blogs, where in some cases the language has been misconstrued to imply that the NAACP was condemning the entire Tea Party movement itself as racist.
When you condemn “racist elements” that don’t exist, you slander the entire movement. The NAACP is just doing its part in attempting to discredit any opponent of Obama’s radical agenda.
/********** Update: NAACP Doubles Down on Twitter **********
Before publishing their condemnation, the NAACP doubled down on the false charges via Twitter. Here’s what the organization had to say:
Twitter’s character constraints have also forced the NAACP to be honest. This is meant to be a condemnation of the Tea Party in an attempt to de-legitimize the political movement. The whole bit about “racist elements” was to provide media cover.