The problem specifically dealing with the NAACP - Shirley Sherrod - Andrew Brietbart fiasco stems from the beginning. In the beginning of this whole scandal, the NAACP issued a resolution asking for leaders to repudiate the racist elements of the Tea Party. I've seen Ben Jealous on television several times since this whole incident and he has made it extremely clear that the resolution does NOT lump all Tea Partiers as racists - rather that those racist elements need to be called out for their bullshit.
Breitbart and the conservative hacks supporting the Tea Party completely misconstrued this resolution as a broad attack on Tea Partiers across America. Yet if you read the resolution along with listening to NAACP leaders, they've made it very clear that their resolution did no such thing. People like Beck and Breitbart have no qualms in making the NAACP the enemy because they see the entire NAACP in the light the NAACP sees some of the Tea Partiers. I don't think the conservative hosts like Breitbart are racist per se, but I do think they are intellectually dishonest by trying to equate the NAACP's anger to racism to their anger of the NAACP. I do think these conservative hosts are walking a fine line however, because their comments stoke fires and they have no problem with that.
I'm the first to admit that I don't like race discussions. For too many times, I have seen discussions end so poorly because they are never thought out to the end as most end with claims of racism or reverse racism thrown about. To me, they are utterly worthless unless you have a group of people on both sides who understand what each side deals with. I am strongly against affirmative action, but that doesn't make me a racist or even unsympathetic to racism.
I've been to a Tea Party rally before (just to check it out, did not participate) and a lot of the stuff really offended me. There were racist elements, but not much. It wasn't organized, it was a few guys in the back of the crowd holding up Obama is a Muslim Kenyan signs.
To me, the problem with the Tea Party isn't its racist elements, but its ignorance and flat out rejection of ideas or facts that have been proven through history. I know a guy, a Tea Party regular, who actually thinks Abraham Lincoln was the worst president in United States history. Hell, the Campaign for Liberty thinks that Lincoln was the worst in history!http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=13379
|Caused the Civil War, Burned the South, Started the First Draft Ever, Huge Protection Tariffs, Income Tax, Corporate Welfare, Cotton Trade Takeover, Huge Deficits, US Bank/Ended the Gold Standard with the Greenback, Censorship of the Press, Imprisonment/Deportation of Political Opponents, Deported African-Americas to Liberia
Caused the Civil War?! Are you freakin' kidding me?!
As far as I'm concerned when you hold opinions like this you've already lost me. It's a total distortion of proven fact and the idea that you are promulgating that fact shows how warped your mind really is. At that rally, I saw countless Confederate flags. It's despicable really.