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Posted on July 17, 2010

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RACISM BREWS BAD TEA LEAVES

There are those who say you are a racist when you point out racism in America. This is where America is today as most of us are color blind. We do not acknowledge that there are those who do not share the late Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream.

This came to light with the beat down of the NAACP after their leaders pointed out the obvious that racists have infiltrated the tea party movement. At the NAACP convention in Kansas City, the tea party movement was asked to condemn the extremists too frequently seen at their meetings, and who carry racist signs and make bigoted remarks.

Any criticism of America’s first black president at a tea party rally gives those attending a buzz. They forget that Barack Obama is our president.

To make a point the NAACP resolution was accompanied by photographs taken at tea party gatherings, including one of a young white man holding a sign with a drawing of a thick lipped character and words, “Obamanomics Monkey See Monkey Spend.”

Another sign was of a baseball capped man in a shirt that looked like the flag of Texas, who carried a sign that said, “Congress = Slave Owner. Taxpayer = Nigger.”

Also mentioned was the disrespect tea party persons gave to black Congressmen on their way to vote on the health care bill.

Tea party leaders deny racism or that recorded events of such took place. These leaders have accused the NAACP of being the point man for liberal Democrats.

“The only purpose of such an unfair accusation of racism is to dissuade good Americans from joining the tea party movement or listening to the commonsense message of tea party Americans who simply want government to abide by our Constitution, live within its means, and not borrow and spend our children’s futures,”said Sarah Palin. This sounds like a campaign speech to me.

If the tea party people want to change America for the better, they will act on the NAACP resolution in a positive way. Racism should not be denied, it should be confronted.

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