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.”

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  1. Andrew

    America seems to want its cake and eat it too. Deregulation leads to recession. Regulation leads to socialism? I think the US can't make up its frikkin mind. Obama did win the election. Now those same people who voted him in are freaking out? I don't get it. In my mind the US will always have a deficit and I don't think any Republican tax cuts or program cuts will be able to change that. Someone explain to me how this can all be changed by the tea party? I just think it's a Republican political strategy and they won't change anything either. They are all talk now but when they get in office I bet nothing will change.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carl

    Radical liberal/progressives are in wholesale panic because they know they are about to lose control of the House of Representatives, and possibly the Senate, so President Obama will be stopped dead in his tracks as he attempts to continue to ram his socialist agenda down the throats of taxpaying American citizens. Fortunately for our country, Tea Party patriots recognize his failed policies for what they are. We recognize the fallacy of socialism and the false welfare of redistribution of wealth. We understand that you cannot spend your way out of deficits, and that you cannot simply throw more money at problems and wish them away. We Tea Party patriots certainly have a few members who are bigots or even racists, just as the NAACP, the democrats and the republicans are populated with a small percentage of bigots and racists. Let's think past simple labels and consider what's truly in the best interest of our country. Obama's socialist agenda certainly isn't the answer. He is pushing us to financial ruin faster than Bush ever could. He must be stopped, and the Tea Party movement is the catalyst to make that happen. Of course the progressives are panicking. Of course they want to do whatever they can to convince minorities to support their agenda. And of course they will resort to name-calling and labels rather than conduct open and balanced discussion of actual facts. They know they will lose, so out of desperation their only hope is to cry "racist". We get it. We ignore it. We move on.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Instead of spouting glenn beck ideas what do you feel obama has done that is so socialist. Ill give you a lesson who did the stimulus start with?? BUSH

      July 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      James...I don't know who you think you're giving lessons to...

      Stimulus was all Obama. TARP started under Bush, but stimulus is all Obama's fault.

      What's socialist? "redistribution of wealth", takeover of the auto industry, takeover of the healthcare industry, attempts to take over the energy industry, attempts to implement the "fairness doctrine" in the media, legislation to take over the Internet in times of emergency ("emergency" to be defined by the government if/when it chooses)...need I go on? Now, your turn. What about the Obama administration has been Capitalist/pro-business? Ya moron! YOU are part of the problem in this country that has led the ignorant/uninformed to elect an elitist with zero executive experience to the most important office in the land. I hope you lose your voter registration card...

      July 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike in Texas

    This is nothing more than an open form for nut cases on the fringe to spout off and those seeking to malign the movement to get some fringe validation.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James

    Look..point blank...if you want to disagree with the president fine that in itself is not racist..But when you hold signs up depicting him with a joker face, telling him to go back to africa (which many white people should go back to europe) and using other derogitory epithets to describe him , THAT IS RACIST. Jimmy Carter was right on his points. Hardly anyone in the tea party or on the republican side is condeming this behavior which causes the tea party to completely loose its credibility on anything. Not to mention i have not seen any person of color at these rallies other than the occaisonal token which again causes the tea party to loose credibility on any issue of diversity...the fact of the matter is people are so blinded because they hate the fact there is a person of color as president and his predecessor was such as disaster. To the right, good luck with your genius sarah palin, have fun living back in the stone age...

    July 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      How is the Joker sign racist?

      July 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GAB

    The NAACP is a racist organization. I don't care what comes out of their organization the group is and always will be a racist organization. I did not vote for Obama and I do not support his policies or administration but it does not make me a racist either. I did not vote for Clinton and did not support his administration either. Obama is ruining what little is left of this nation. The fiasco with the Black Panthers is just the tip of the racist card he plays. Obama wants your guns, your savings and everything you worked for so he can give it away and become part of the new world order. Pay close attention to the United Nations and what Obama has agreed to. This was his intention all along, to start racial tension and take over. Obama was groomed for this, he planned for it and yes, he should not be where he is because he lied to get there. Those who voted for change will get it and it won't be anything you were hoodwinked into believing. Check out the forensic examination of said 'birth certificate' and then try to find some truthful news. News agencies fear him and CNN has become a political propaganda machine. So if loving and believing in the freedom of America makes me a racist, then so be it. I WILL vote for change in November.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David

    All I can say is with the radical elements within the NAACP, having them claim another organization is racist is a HOOT. Look in the mirror gentlemen, why don't you condem your own members for their radical comments regarding other races.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rockstar

    Of course they are racist. The majority of Teabaggers still think Obama was born in Kenya. Just look at there (misspelled) signs. Tea Party = Racists

    July 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rockstar

      their LMAO!

      July 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KateMae

    Well, of course they are racist! That's what this whole thing is about. The Tea Partiers want to keep their money for themselves and their children, and to hell with the rest of America. What they fail to realize is that because of their white skin, they have been given all the opportunities America had to offer, and now they behave as though they somehow earned the right to deny everyone else their advantages. The two Tea Partiers I know have never served in the military (even as military spouses), and both have more than enough money to support 10 familes each if they found it in their hearts to do so. The Tea Partiers are a bunch a greedy, mouthy racists...period.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • KateMae

      By the way, I also believe the NAACP is a racist organization. But there are plenty of TeaBaggers to make that point.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. andrew koenig

    I'll admit I'm a little prejudice against colored people and I H8 Obama. I hate his liberal policies and his social programs. Yes the fact that he is a monkey doesn't appeal to me much but that's the second reason not the first wy I disagree with him.
    I think we need Sarah Palin to be President to lead us into the Amerikkka we want and need.
    I'm also a proud member of the Tea Party and I for one am glad it's always alomst 99.9 white attendance in our gatherings. It means I'm doing something right

    July 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Harvey Yazijian

    Last summer, Tea Partiers were calling Obama a Nazi because they didn't dare use the real "N" word they would have preferred.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hopealive

    To say that the Tea Party was started during the Bush era is disingenuous...Obama at that point was a already the likely presidential candidate. So they started drumming up this TEA party nonsense already. They knew the Repubicans were not going to win, so they started bracing upfor these false notions that the Democrats, led by the balck man, put the country into the ditch. They are not fooling anybody. This TEA Party trash is racially motivated. The NAACP and others need to beware. They are being drawn into an argument that make this whole thing as case between black and white. This makes the weaker, uniformed or misinformed and uneductaed whites see it that way...A perception that Obama wants to take care of black people, using white people's money.

    Even people that don't even have anything; no job, poor, just like any other black or any other race think their money is being given to the blacks. The HealthCare Bill is not for black people; it's for poor and middle class people..some black people just happen to be part of this group. Even if it were that all black people were poor, they will still be out-numbered by the number of poor white people.

    I don't care what anybody says; the majority of this group are racists; very few are there for the reasons that the TEA Party claim to represent. If it's not racially motivated, why does it fail to attract black people? What is the TEA Party trying to say about blacks? That they don't care or don't understand the issues?

    When did the people really started caring about the deficit?. Some people that clain to care about it don't even know what it is. The deficit didn't start with Preident Obama. Obama is doing what he has to do to fix the mess that Bush left and unfortunately it requires spending. Look at the Car industry..where would it be if Obam didn't do what he did? The unemployment rate that everyone whants to blame on the current administration...it was in the ditch before they came..It was in free fall.

    They claim they are taxed too much..Taxes ddidn't start with Obama, in effect, he cut taxes for the average American. If cutting taxes is the answer to reducing the deficit, and they claim Bush cut taxes, why did the economy went bust the way it did?

    Tax is the boogyman..it scares everybody and especially the uninformed. They believe what the Ruch Limbughs and the likes claim.

    They don't want to come out of the wars where billions of dollars are being spend and lost. This adds to the deficit you morones...

    The TEA Party is a racist movement...if you claim otherwise, you are a liar


    July 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • writingmomma

      I agree!

      July 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gary

    This well coordinated set of articles, pronouncements and "outrage" shows that this is pure spine from groups who feel that the Tea Party is getting heard and is making sense. It came out in such a fast and scripted way that you know is is being written to prop up politicians and lobby groups. The game is over for you race lobbyists and "community activists" and I think you know it. This administration and current Congress has been your godsend and you know what? It woke up us thinking people as to what the game was all along...a take over of the country for redistribution and pay back for past sins. Well it ain't working and those who are playing along with it are gonna get burned.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    the Tea Party is comprised of white people who want an America ruled by Ultra-Conservative Christian white people, how can it not be racist?

    July 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Max

    I've read many of the posts on this page... probably more than is good for me. There are some really good posts but many of the posts on this page are just meaningless rants by scary and angry people. However, not all, but definitely the vast majority of the scary rants have one thing in common. They are from Tea Party members.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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