After the NAACP approved a resolution condemning racist elements within the Tea Party movement, Tea Partiers and conservatives hit back, with some going so far to call the civil rights group racist. Here, is a compilation of signs seen at various Tea Party protests that support the NAACP‘s claim of racism. Some signs attempt to link President Barack Obama and his policies with Socialism, Stalinism, and Adolf Hitler (Nazism). Others repeat the untrue rumor that Obama was born in Africa and not Hawaii. And other signs take issue with Obama’s race. Decide for yourself, is the NAACP wrong in calling on the Tea Party movement to repudiate those who use racist language in their signs and speeches? (Source: ProgressNow Colorado)
“As a frequent speaker at tea party rallies around the country, I can assure the NAACP that the tea party movement’s concerns are about President Obama’s policies and not his race,” Deneen Borelli, a fellow with the black conservative group Project 21, said in an interview with Newsmax.com. (Source: ProgressNow Colorado)
The Tea Party movement can be traced back to 2009 after a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests in response to the Wall Street bank bailout, the stimulus package, and the healthcare reform bills. The name is a reference to the Boston Tea Party, which was a protest by American colonists against taxes imposed on them by the British. (Source: Pargon’s Flickr feed)
Tea Party supporters tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45, according to an April New York Times/CBS News poll. Supporters perceive federal government debt and the size and power of the federal government as threats to the future of the United States. (Source: Cometstarmoon’s Flickr feed)
</a>This billboard, which was ordered and paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party, depicts President Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler, and Vladimir Lenin. After drawing criticism from other tea party groups, the local organization covered up the billboard.
Despite ample evidence that there is an extreme wing of the Tea Party movement, both former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Mark Williams, the spokesperson for Tea Party Express, have both criticized the NAACP for its move. Williams accused the group of being “professional race baiters,” adding “They make more money off of race than any slave trader ever. It’s time groups like the NAACP went to the trash heap of history where they belong with all the other vile racist groups that emerged in our history.” (Source: Gawker)
More images comparing Obama to Hitler and Communism. (Source: Views from across the pond)
This protester takes issue with Obama’s family on his father’s side. (Source: Pargon’s Flickr feed)