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. jim

    Tea Party is GREAT! The leftist idiots on this board are stupid!

    July 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David Scott

    Hell yes they are all racists. Just look at Screamin palin and big mouth and gut Limpbaugh. All BIGOTS AND RACISTS.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PB

    I would say that the TEA party is about as racist as the Black Panthers and the NAACP.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Why do you believe that? The Tea Party has not ever had a policy that has anything to do with race. The Black Panthers and the NAACP are focused only on race. Do you see the logical error you have made?

      July 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • GEORGE BUSH...

      @Jim – and NAACP and the Black Panthers ancestors did not own slaves and torture people of different race...wish the same could be said about the tea baggers ancestors...

      July 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. socalguy

    Well if the Tea Party isn't racist, why am I in it? Guess I'll just have to hook back up with the Chamber of Commerce, the NRA, and my drinking buddies over at the Klan HQ ... errr ... I mean Republican headquarters.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |

      We're meeting at Dale's for beers and skeet shooting this weekend if you want to go.

      July 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    To let you know how stupid it sounds to hear the NAACP call some else racist imagine what would happen if someone form a group call The National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP). Now do you understand?

    July 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. T Bone

    the NAALCP (National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People) and all the minorities who voted for Obama sloey because of his skin color are the biggest racist.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Popso

    Boy o boy, the new world order sure has done an excellent job of keeping people occupied with their inane arguments about 'race'. You people are aware that race has no inherent meaning, right? Its been created so that the NWO can control the masses. We are screwed until we stop yelling at each other and start working together.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Markus

      Hey Popso....

      Its working, if you mention anything about the new world order
      or 911, they call you a conspiracy nut.

      Europe is now the European union, erased borders and one currency.
      Canada/US/Mexico is next our currency will be called the Americo.

      We are too busy fighting among ourselfs (red state/blue state)
      Repub/democrat – liberal/conservative
      gay/straight – black white...

      Divide and conquor works vey well.

      July 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Todd

    NAACP is racist. Why do they go to Duke to help a liar and then never apologize. Why do they not help people of otherm races? Sounds racist to me.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Markus


    I see Obama as a racist. Anything that loyal American citizens want or white people want, he is against. Therefore, he is more racist than anyone. He absolutely does not represent the American people as a President, he has became a dictator.

    OH MY GOD.....i cant even reply to this garbage.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. eric

    i thought the naacp had the same relevance today as, say, 8-track cassettes? i guess just as with lead-based paints, they're only dangerous if you're biting.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. magic

    As a people we all need to educate ourselve is reality instead of blindly following parties. The tea party is a manifestation of what is wrong with our society as a whole. The are misinformed, sometimes uneducated individuals that are being fueled by an ugly part of our history. Racist definitely! Bush has done so much damage that it is going to be a while before we recover. Obama is not perfect, but he is the right person for this job. All that read this educate your self on truths and not what you are told by FOX, CNN, MSNBC, orother stations that shade news a bit. I'm an American and want us all to be better.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. who cares

    Let's all vote for that dumb bi#ch Sara Palin. I'm sure she will get us out of this mess.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john

    The cry of "Racism" is being overused lately. The president even claimed yesterday that Al Qaeda is a racist organization. It seems that anyone who disagrees with this administration does so because they are racists at heart. If you don't like bailouts, it's not because you are fiscally conservative, it's because you are looking for some way to disagree with Obama because he is black. The list goes on, but the longer that the list gets, the less effective calling out racism will be in the future. Think "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".

    July 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fonz

    Will, Will you must be breathing rareified air to think that Democrats are just doing what Republicans were doing. Nothing could be further from the truth in that our country is undergoing radical change under the current administration. Also, it's interesting we all were elated to recognize Obama as our first black President. No one seemed concerned that he was described as such – now, all of a sudden, it's racism to describe him in that way. It's not the color of his skin that greatly disturbs me as an Independent, it is his lunatic politics.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. McCluhan

    Bush got us into to wars! Thats costs moeny! Period.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
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