July 15th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

Tea Partiers 'racist'? iReporters sound off

iReporters Jason Asselin, left, and Omekongo Dibinga sound off on the NAACP's recent resolution regarding Tea Partiers.

CNN.com readers and iReporters have had a passionate response to the NAACP’s resolution condemning Tea Partiers for having “racist elements.”

“We take issue with the Tea Party’s continued tolerance for bigotry and bigoted statements. The time has come for them to accept the responsibility that comes with influence and make clear there is no space for racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in their movement,” NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous said.

iReporter Omekongo Dibinga posted a video, telling CNN, “If the Tea Party wants to become a credible organization, it has to show leadership when racist acts are committed by its members."

Watch: NAACP, Tea Party at war?

He went on to mention things he believes the Tea Party could do to combat racism: “The Tea Party can also partake in events that promote respect for other groups in a non-reactionary capacity, such as MLK Day events. The Party can also call out individuals by name who commit racist acts.”

Jason Asselin, who has attended some Tea Party events, disagreed, saying in his own iReport video that the resolution was not fair.

“All organizations have people among them that are there for the wrong reasons, even the Tea Party has these type of people. If people were to pay attention, they might see these people being asked to leave,” he said. “Everyone has a right to free speech but even that should have its limits.”

Commenter “SJS52987” wrote, “If the Tea Party isn't racist, how is that every time I ask one of them a legitimate policy question, they can't answer it without mentioning President Obama's race?”

“Bigolug” wrote, “I'm sure there are a few racists involved with the Tea Party, just like there are racists involved with the NAACP. To label the whole Tea Party movement as racist is just a stretch and most likely politically motivated.”

If you would like to join the conversation, share your comments below or post an iReport on video.

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  1. Mike

    I am a white person, I grew up around white people I know white people....exspecially angry,ingnorant white people.....
    Just look at the peolple who show up at these tea partys...angry,ingnorant white people ...Need I say more.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Oh Please!

    The same people screaming that the Tea Party is a 'racist organization' are probably the same people stumping for Charlie Rangel not to be indicted for tax fraud even though he's a crook.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ouch

    Tea Party = Democrat?

    July 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David Ehrenstein

    Is the Tea Party racist? Is the Pope Catholic?

    July 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. O.D.

    The NAACP is the most racist "organization" on the planet. They would wipe white people off the face of the earth if they had a chance. The NAACP is one reson I have guns in my home. They are scary.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stewie

    “If the Tea Party wants to become a credible organization, it has to show leadership when racist acts are committed by its members."
    I agree wholeheartedly but I also believe it should apply to the NAACP, who invited Rev Wright to speak to them in Apr 2008 and got a standing ovation. Please find and read the transcript. You'll see there is a double standard for members or even the principal leadership of the NAACP.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. max

    The tea party was around before obama became president. It started as a libertarian movement based on the principles ron paul has been talking about for 30 years. It has been hijacked by hard radical republicans who are upset with obama. People will always be allowed to express their opinions. And the NAACP certainly has that right as well. See EQUALITY.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David B.

    The comparison to Hilter comes from the fanshion in which the Obama Admin has crushed disenting opinions.....such as this move by the NAACP.....that is the Hitler comments as for the Socialist and mrxist comment read the Cloward-Pavin stratagy......very eye opening....strange that ACORN is the only organization to actually put it to use.....bankrupted New York

    July 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Proud Liberal

    There are racists in every political party, but the VAST majority of them are in the tea party. If you dont like this president, criticize him on his policies, not his race. Thats what really matters. Being racist in this case just makes you look scared and uneducated. As for his policies, all the spending the teabaggers are so upset about is absolutely necessary. Without it there would be FAR more of you out of work, more companies out of business, and you would still hate him for it even though its completely not his fault. It a no win situation either way, and he is doing is best to fix it. I prefer to deficit spend to keep the country afloat rather than pull back spending and watch it spiral into a deep long recession. If there was no recession, there would be no deficit spending, what would they cry about?

    July 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sue


    July 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Waytogo

    Look the Tea Party did not come about until Obama was elected. Contrary to what some clown posted about three years before Obama. These great Americans didn't start this garbage until Obama , a black man, took office. They had no problems with Bush spending us into the mess we have now. We see the signs, the racist signs, and we know what they are all about. Sadly this started with Sarah Palin and a few other politicians with their covert little diggs about Obama being different and the ridiculous claims on his religion and even his birth. Everyone knows what the Tea Party really stands for and now they are upset, because the NAACP called them on it.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Being called racist by a racist doesn't really carry any meaning. Until the NAACP cleans it's own house the only people they are relevent to are other racists. I'm just saying.

      July 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tessa

    Bush can be compared to a chimp but not Michelle?

    July 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bush2004

    How would you take it if this image was reversed?

    July 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |

      Um yea ppl did that during Obama's campaign. More than likely that lady had the decency to wait until 2 or 3 years when Bush proved to be one of the worst presidents in history before they started hanging him.....but nice try

      July 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SuzanneNY

    Slow down. First, wouldn’t 9/11 be evidence that there was no “goodwill” prior to the Bush administration?

    Second, I am guessing you are one of those people that think that World War II helped to pull us out of the Great Depression. If that is the case, then why was WWII good for the economy but the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars are bad for the economy?

    You fail to mention the many things that Obama promised on the campaign trail that he has failed to follow-up on. (See my list above.)

    Lastly, why mention the Tea Party and the KKK when listing groups of “like-minded people” but not the NAACP or the Rainbow Collation? And is Fox any more divisive than MSNBC? Get balanced. Step back and view everything from afar. If you are going to call out ignorance on one side, recognize that there is ignorance on the other side as well.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GEORGE BUSH...

    I am happy these B@$tard tea partiers did not show up during my presidency...whew had they shown up that Devil Cheny would have given a government contract to Halliburton to nuke these B@$tards...it would have been fun though to BBQ some rednecks...hehe

    July 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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