How brilliant a strategy is this? Knowing that the only way to get the hidebound legacy media to pay any attention to the number of black candidates sponsored by the Tea Party, and its support amongst black conservatives, the NAACP issues a condemnation that’s so over the top, they know that the MSM will bite. Among the first to respond is the Kansas City Star, which reports:
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.”
“We feel it’s very important that we educate our membership about the tea parties,” said Anita Russell, head of the Kansas City branch of the NAACP, as the debate on the resolution began. “We are concerned that there is a racist element within the tea parties.”
Delegates said they wanted to make it clear, however, that the resolution wasn’t indicting the entire tea party movement as racist.
It’s that last sentence that gives numerous black conservative politicians and pundits the opportunity to be heard, and at Big Government alone, one can read responses from:
It also promotes new media efforts, such as Joe Hicks’ new series on PJTV.com, featuring interviews with leading black conservatives and moderates, such as:
And similarly, in an effort to promote fiscal responsibility amongst American minorities, the St. Louis Tea Party adds this:
Whereas, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded to advance the position of minority groups, and
Whereas a hallmark of the NAACP has been to do the important work of identifying and exposing remaining vestiges of racism and discrimination, and
Whereas the NAACP vocally stands against the discriminatory and harmful practice of labeling people with a broad brush, and
Whereas the NAACP decided to launch their 101st National Convention with a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement and labeling millions of their fellow Americans who subscribe to the movement as “racists”, and
Whereas the “Tea Party movement” is a label applied to patriotic Americans who have expressed their political free speech in the grand tradition of all that is American, that being the spirited expression of viewpoints in a 100% peaceful manner, and
Whereas, it is a hallmark of America that we settle our disputes civilly and avoid the gutter tactic of attempting to silence opponents by inflammatory name-calling, and
Whereas the very term “racist” has diminished meaning due to its overuse by political partisans including members of the NAACP, and
Whereas, the NAACP had an opportunity to preserve some semblance of legitimacy by standing up for Ken Gladney, the victim of a vicious racist battery conducted by a black avowed communist, even labeling him an “Uncle Tom”, but chose instead to use the opportunity to mock the St. Louis Tea Party, and
Whereas, the NAACP has refused to denounce the New Black Panther’s call to murder white cops and their babies, and
Whereas, the NAACP does its entire membership a grave disservice by hypocritically engaging in the very conduct it purports to oppose,
Now therefore be it resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party condemns the NAACP for lowering itself to the dishonorable position of a partisan political attack dog organization, and,
Be it further resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party calls on similar organizations to join in unanimous condemnation of this despicable behavior, and
Be it further resolved that we demand that the NAACP withdrawal their bigoted, false and inflammatory resolution against the tea party for any further consideration, and
Be it further resolved that these organizations call on the Internal Revenue Service to evenly apply their standards and consider the tax-exempt status of the NAACP considering the degree to which they are engaging in habitual partisan political behavior.
Adopted unanimously, this day, July 12th, in the year of our Lord, 2010.
A copy of this resolution shall be sent immediately to the NAACP at: email@example.com
And of course, it reminds the MSM of Andrew Breitbart’s unmet $100,000 challenge to prove that there was any racism from the Tea Parties on the Sunday that the fiscal train wreck of PelosiCare was passed. This is so closely coordinated and dovetails so well off each other that the Tea Party and the NAACP must be working together.
Kudos to the NAACP for finding the only way to alert the media to the post-racial idea of the Tea Party, and I for one look forward to similarly coordinated efforts in the future.
Update: As a byproduct of their efforts, the NAACP also helps to pierce the MSM’s cocoon that prevented politicians such as Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) from not knowing about voter intimation on election day 2008, and may help to ensure that the Obama-era Justice Department begins to operate in a color-blind fashion. All-in-all, well done.
Update: The NAACP is also deploying a multimedia strategy to help spread the word to the MSM.
Similarly, a progressive and forward-thinking politician sees the possibility of hope. And/or change.