Alternate title: Zero Legs to Stand On. From the NAACP convention, on Tuesday:
Late this afternoon the NAACP passed a resolution calling on all people – including tea party leaders – to condemn racism within the tea party movement.
Passed on the fourth day of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s annual convention in Kansas City, the resolution also urged people to oppose what it said was the tea party’s drive “to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”
From the NAACP convention, on Wednesday:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson told reporters in Kansas City that the focus on the tea party was a “diversion” from more important issues, while NAACP president Ben Jealous said the resolution was just a small part of a bigger agenda and blamed the media for focusing too much on the tea party.
An NAACP spokesman said the exact words of the tea party resolution were not available Wednesday evening, and may not be available until this October, when the NAACP board meets to consider ratifying the language.
But spokesman Chris Fleming said, “We’re not condemning the tea party at all…We’re condemning some racist elements within the movement.”
You’re condemning the tea party a little, if you mention the movement only to say it’s populated by racists. If I make a 40 minute speech and take 14 seconds to say, “And we should keep an eye on Columbus, Ohio, because there are some scary racists in Columbus,” it doesn’t take a Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton level of intellect to see that as critical of Columbus.