Between a touch of the flu and the flurry of activity over this very issue, I missed the best, most direct breakdown of Ben Jealous’s misguided and hypocritical attack on the Tea Party. Read this column by Michael Graham on BostonHerald.com dated Thursday, July 15.
When you’re looking for bigots at a Tea Party rally, they’re on the fringe. When you’re looking for them at the NAACP, they’re on stage.
When we find bigots, even on the fringe, at a St. Louis event, we drive them out. And we don’t hide the fact that they were there.
At the April 15 Tea Party in Clayton, MO, Adam Sharp and several others drove from the park a guy wearing Nazi crap. They did it by standing next to him with a sign that read “Fake Tea Partier” while Sharp verbally challenged him. Lee Fang, a “researcher” with American Progress with a history of shredding the truth, has doctored Sharp’s great video (without legal permission). Here’s what actually happened.
Perhaps if the NAACP treated the racists and anti-Semites in their midst the way the Tea Party does, Mr. Jealous wouldn’t be so busy back-peddling from his hypocritical lies today.
By “racists” and “anti-Semites,” I mean Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton, to name only a few. As Mr. Graham pointed out, “This is the leadership of the NAACP, not some lone kook in a vast crowd.”
Now that the President and Joe Biden have admitted that the Tea Party is not a racist movement, it seems Mr. Jealous and the NAACP are all alone, twisting in the wind.
Mr. Jealous seemed to want us to admit we’re intolerant? We are. We don’t tolerate racism. Period.