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. berysax

    So why is there not 1 example of racism in the tea party? I have yet to see that confirmed. Why didn't the naacp say anything about voter intimidation with the new black panthers banging their batons and yelling racist slurs? Why did eric holder drop charges against the new black panthers? There is racism in this country and its pretty clear it's not in the tea party. If the kkk was yelling racist crap, and doing voter intimidation at the voter booths, everyone knows they would have been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NonWhite/NonBlack

    I am a nonWhite/NonBlack person, do we count in the discussion, or should we just sit in the back and let the White/Black people rule?

    July 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MAvoter

    Not outwardly in their polices and speeches no, but the people drawn to the Tea Party generally as people are. These people have for most of their lives seen the changes brought to society by immigration, and progressive movements (key word there is progress), as a challenge to their way of life.

    To quote a friend and fellow avid Tea Party member, "every time I walk into a grocery store and see some latina woman buying groceries with food stamps for her 8 hungry noisy kids running around all over the place ..makes me want to just run home and start procreating. But for every one of us that springs up, there's like 10 of them."

    Most Tea Party people in public would speak against that. In private they would laugh, and say it's true. You can put on a face all you want in the public media, but speaking in private to anyone with ties to this organization, it's pretty clear exactly how you really feel. You're all closeted Mel Gibsons

    July 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |

      Crap, another psychic that's been eavesdropping on all our houses and now knows what it is we secretly think. Looks like our racist brother got too comfortable and gave us away with that too-many-latinos story we tell at the secret meetings.

      Let's meet on Friday in the anti-brain wave room to discuss. Same secret handshake as always.

      July 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    The TEA Party seems less racist than the NAACP.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |

    All you conservatives keep repeating the same lie over and over: "If I disagree with the liberals you call me a racists."

    NO...signs with Obama's face on a monkey make you racist.

    This is a case of a few bad apples ruining the bunch...not that the bunch wasn't already a mess.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      So what about those signs of Bush being portrayed as a monkey while he was President? Why does a monkey make something racist? If Bush is acting like a monkey, I'm going to call him a monkey. If Obama is acting like a monkey, I'm going to call him a monkey. It is YOU who is placing the racist connotation on it, not me.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ficheye

    I enjoy these posts. We are anything BUT the United States of America. More like the Dysfunctional States. As well, the more people there are the more each racial group fears the other. And as for the Tea Party? They are liars, hands down. As soon as they come up with ways to improve things for people of color... who are US citizens... then things may change. But all they are doing is deny, deny, deny while waving a confederate flag around. Doo dah.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BobInIrvine

    "Today Christians ... stand at the head of [this country]... I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity .. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit ... We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press – in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past ... (few) years." Hitler speech.

    Sounds like the stuff coming from the Tea Party, no?

    July 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack

    For all the talk the tea partiers have they have no walk. And neither do any of you other people. Do you people even know what the term Liberal means? The direct definition is the belief int he importance of liberty, equality, rights, and freedoms. And don't try to say thats not what it means, thats the definition, just like the definition of drive is to send, expel, or otherwise cause to move by force or compulsion, now if you woke up tomorrow and somebody said im going to because to new york, you would look at them and say what the hell are you talking about. Just because people ad hear to an "ism" doesnt change the definition folks, just like 2+2=4, the definition of liberal has always meant the same thing, so stop twisting it to mean something else.

    Secondly I personally have had enough of the whole party thing. People always talk about what the founding fathers would want, well for one the founding fathers were bitterly opposed to political parties. They knew it didn't work, they knew the parties would advance their agenda instead of setting petty school house arguments aside and actually doing what they are suppose to do and thats work towards a compromise on everything. I mean think about it, our founding fathers sat in Independence Hall in the sweltering heat of the summer locked away, and refused to leave without a compromise on how to best create the birth of this great nation.

    So in the end I am basically saying everybody in this damn country needs to shut their mouths and start actually doing something worth a damn, and working towards compromise and quit ridiculing and pointing fingers at Obama, the Tea Party, Black Panthers, Democrats, Republicans, Bush 43, Regan, Carter, and any other person you people feel like pointing fingers at. Its not what the founders wanted, they wanted compromise and hard work for the betterment of all of us and our nation.


    July 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JET

      You are correct Sir!

      July 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      Right On!!! Someone with a brain has finally weighed in here.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • george bragg

      Jack: Congratulations, you got it absolutely correct. Everyone writing here needs to read Jack's comments, quit gripping and get to work. Another fellow said, look in the mirror, then make a change. Let's get to work, America, specifically, those who claim they love this country. We can make a difference, but it will require compromise. Just ask any married couple.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    Black Panthers are racists, and the NAACP has no leaders, they're all cowards. All these economic problems being blamed on Bush or Obama...get a clue people. C-O-N-G-R-E-S-S!

    July 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Travis

    According to the NAACP, any organization that does not cater to a minority is racist. Which is one reason the NAACP has lost most of its luster and most people (black and white) just roll their eyes when they hear someone say, "The NAACP has a problem with another organization". Basically, if an organization does not regularly do something to score 'points' with the NAACP, then the NAACP will call them racists. The NAACP has become the opposite of what it was created for. The NAACP only cares that the people they think should be treated fairly are catered to...whereas any organization who doesn't cater to ANYBODY and treats everyone the same is considered racist to them...anyone else see who the real racists and bigots are in this situation?

    July 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kevin

    racism isn't usually far behind ignorance ...

    July 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael

    The Tea Party is a group of angry white people. Plain and simple. They are the Confederacy of the 20th century. I'm sure they talked about using that name but decided against it. Just by them showing up you can tell who they are. There's more white there than a JC Penny sale in January. The only thing missing is the sheets.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rod from Indy

    If you took all the racists out of the Tea Party, you wouldn't have enough people left to elect a mayor in a 200-person town.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wired2theTruth

    All that can be said, amongst all the cries of "And then all the democrats will be kicked out of office!", is that one can only hope that on Election Day, the same majority of this great nation looks back at the last two years of politics, and realizes that A) The Tea Party are just Republican Puppets. B) The Republicans aren't in politics for You. They are in it for themselves, and for the Big Business that gives them their vacation. See Republican Senetor on National TV being upset that he won't be getting his money from BP because BP has to pay into an escrow fund instead.

    Its true that all politicians are parasitic insects: but let us choose the lesser of two Weavils. Atleast the Democratic Party isn't trying to undo all of the industry reform performed during the Progressive Era where Every Farmer out there was kept afloat during a time when crops were worth NEGATIVE amounts, and a years pay didn't cover a month's rent.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wired2theTruth

      same should be the word "sane" lol.

      If the Tea partiests and etc were the majority, the last election would of gone to McCain.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I disagree with your opinions, that are for some reason, stated as if they were facts. The Progressive era was designed to destroy Capitalism and be replaced by Socialism. In other words, 20% of the population has decided that it is OK for us to suffer economic hardships to bring about your vision of America.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      If conservatives and moderates were a majority, then Bush would have been able to win two terms. He DID!!!

      July 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      40% of Americans are conservative, but only 20% are liberal.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Martha

    I find it interesting that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People would be calling the Tea Party racist

    July 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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