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. Jason Asselin - Iron Mountain, MI

    Yes, I am Jason Asselin, one of the I-Reporters used in this story.. I have been to quite a few Tea Parties but haven't seen many hate signs or any form of Racism.. This video is from the big one this spring.. I think you might like it-

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-472253

    July 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JVS21

    why does everyone go completely nuts over the racism topic in this country. There are members of every group who are and aren't racist, racism is an individual sentiment you know for yourself to be true or untrue, the accusations flying back and forth are just a waste of time, how the hell does anyone on here know that 'tea partiers are racist', 'naacp members' are racistthats the eact type of generalization people who are truly against racism are fighting against.

    the arguement is pure ignorance and juvenile.

    Of course there are racist memebrs of the NAACP and the Tea Party. Hate to break it to you but in America you can feel however you want to about things and being a racist isn't illegal.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr love

    If anyone thinks that racism is nonexistent in the NAACP is mistaken. If anyone believes that racism doesn't exist in the black community you are sadly mistaken. I ,being black, have experienced black on black racism in the workplace, social events and church. I think the best thing the NAACP could do is to clean their own house first before they start sweeping someone else's.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. whynowcnn

    The tea party has been inciting racial undertones whether the press or America wants to call it that!!! SInce the prez has taken office there has been a groundswell of backlash from radical groups, and domestic terrorists. It was reported that te prez gets 100-300 death threats a day. Far more than any other president, and possibly anyone on earth. We are seeting a horrible example for our children, and America to the rest of the world!! This could have been an event for reconciliation of all races, and culturees in America, but instgead it has been turned into racebating, and namecalling very similar to the 60's and 70's. We also speak as if white privelege, and racism doesnt exist anymore? I'm remeinded each day as I report to work that the good ole boy system is alive and well!!! Older white males are feeling threatened, and are lashing out at minorities as if they have had any real power to begin with. In any metro area in america those are still the most underserved communities, and drugs, and violence are rampant!!! The largest divesture of wealth in the Black community has been over the last 10 years so to tell me that this isn't systemic, and look at the catalysts for this, and it always lead back to the same group of wealthy well connected male, senior caucasians. Lets discuss something else now that we can all agree to that.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dustin L. Hopper

    This entire thread showcases the reason as to why I hate modern day American politics. Polarized, irrational, un-thruthful slander on all sides of the spectrum. Where are the moderates? Why do we let these crazy people speak for us? The truth and the answer is always somewhere in the middle, yet in America, only the far right or far left get heard.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ·thesyntax·

    Every movement has their extremists. Don't kid yourself! There are members of the NAACP that are straight up racists. There are members of the Tea Party that are straight up racists. There are members of La Raza that are straight up racists. If I'm lying look up what a mayate is. There are members of the frikken Joy Luck Club that are straight up racists. Are you getting the idea yet? There are bad apples in every bunch! However that does not define the entire bunch. Do you know why the Tea Party is even called the "Tea Party" are you that dense? They opposed TAXES just like the ones England imposed way-back when... hence the name Tea Party. Liberals Tax&Spend. It's no secret. Thats the primary reason behind the inception of the... wait for it..... wait for it.... Tea Party.

    Here's the azz kikker; If you white and you oppose Obama you must be a supremacist cracka. If you are black and you oppose Obama you are an Oreo. If you are latino and you oppose Obama you are a coconut. Obama is a politician. A politician that was supposed to be a uniter, that would clear the air. I have never seen more division amongst people and confusion amongst industry. Ever. I don't agree with our president. What am I? When you don't agree with our president what are you? Judge this politician named Obama by his results. Not his hopes, not his ideas, not his intentions. Performance and Results baby.. That's what I will base my next vote on. It should be what you base yours on to. Not a name not a color not a slogan not a party. If I gotta swing parties to get results then guess what kids... I'm gonna do it.
    I'm a 29yr old mixed race person born right here in the USA. This is what I see around me now.
    ·thesyntax·

    July 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ann

    The problem with the tea party is their aggressive campaign that is fueled by their hate for Obama. Comparing anyone to Hitler is just plain wrong. Does the tea party even comprehend what Hitler actually did during his dictatorship?? Because their philosiphy seems to suggest that they don't.

    The tea party lacks the diplomacy to make a valid point. Any individual with common sense doesn't need the NAACP to see through the tea party's racist ruse.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. VP

    I'm not saying I'm super clued-in to this whole debate, but when I wanted to know what was going on, I just googled "NAACP" and clicked on the link on their homepage to see what their claims are about the Tea Partiers being racist. They talk about it with photo evidence. http://www.naacp.org/news/entry/naacp-delegates-vote-to-repudiate-racist-elements-within-the-tea-pary/

    July 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ccm123

    Yes, they are racist. They depict Obama being tarred and feathered, which is what the used to do in south to blacks. They have no diversity nor do they wish to seek diversity. If there were a white democratic president in office there would not be a tea party movement. And yet, they do not have the courage of their convictions. Michigan is considering putting tea party on ballots and of course they are against that idea because "It might confuse voters" In other words they may not vote republican, which is what 80% of tea party identify themselves as.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shawna

    Love to come to CNN every now and then to see what all the crazy people are saying. Also, love how CNN decides to put an obvious idiots comment on the main portion of the story...yeah every Tea Party member cannot talk about the completely broken and socialist policies of the president without mentioning he is Black. MOST people are against what the NAACP did, just as they are against the governments misguided attempt to stop their own immigration law. But you wont see any of that here on good ole Communist News Network...keep drinking the kool aid race baiters and socialist...its always good for a laugh.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pockets

    Anything palin is involved with is racist, without a doubt.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scott

    Those who undeniably control the government, have a monopoly on the media, and print the money (JEWS) will do everything they can to see to it that the "Tea Party" crowd is steered as far away from looking in their direction as possible. Hiding behind every other "minority" and portraying anyone who dares to name them and point out their undeniable control and culpability as being "racist". Just telling the plain and simple truth makes any White man a "racist". Merely wanting to look out for his own interests/survival is politically incorrect in a system that clearly seeks to destroy him.

    The Jews know that all roads of truth invariably lead to them, so they have to put up road blocks at every turn to prevent people from realizing that truth. The TRUTH itself is "antisemitic" and no matter how calm and peaceful the messenger might be, he will still be the focus of the attack.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tad

    I attended a Tea Party event for the first time a few weeks ago. The message clearly being shared was one of teamwork, traditional values, and God. It was made clear that racists, haters, etc. were not welcome. Those who knock the Tea Party should probably attend an event. Just sayin'...

    July 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Those who undeniably control the government, have a monopoly on the media, and print the money (JEWS) will do everything they can to see to it that the "Tea Party" crowd is steered as far away from looking in their direction as possible. Hiding behind every other "minority" and portraying anyone who dares to name them and point out their undeniable control and culpability as being "racist". Just telling the plain and simple truth makes any White man a "racist". Merely wanting to look out for his own interests/survival is politically incorrect in a system that clearly seeks to destroy him.

      The Jews know that all roads of truth invariably lead to them, so they have to put up road blocks at every turn to prevent people from realizing that truth. The TRUTH itself is "antisemitic" and no matter how calm and peaceful the messenger might be, he will still be the focus of the attack.

      So now, the Tea Party crowd has been put on the defensive(by design, as this very article is also meant to do). MOST of them spend their time proclaiming that they are "not racists" and nothing of any real significance is ever discussed at these Tea Parties.

      Tea Party member's general message: "we're not racists and to prove it we will quickly silence anyone who dare speak the truth in an attempt to let us know what is really going on and more importantly WHO is really behind it".

      THEY (God's "Chosen People") are playing you ALL for fools and 99% of you are taking the bait, hook, line, and sinker.

      Want to attack the messenger, go ahead. Want the one and only truth? Visit TheForbiddenTruth net Where the truth is FREE and uncensored. The choice is yours.

      July 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. d4c77

    To Havildar: I know I am late with this comment, but PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK! NO member of Congress and NO recent (this century plus the last 20 years) President has been elected by a majority of Americans.........only by a plurality.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. buke56

    SuzanneNY you must be from upstate New York because it is my experience that people from upstate NY (Im in the city) dont interact that much with African Americans as there are considerably fewer of them in the northern region of the Empire State. Because you dont You probably dont know that the NAACP has more blacks than whites because the organization is for protecting the civil liberties of African Americans. Who better to do that but an African American? Is a Chinese restaurant racist because it hires a Chinese American chef instead of a Mexican American one to cook Chinese dishes? Is it racist to star Italian American actors as Mafioso in a movie about the Mafia or should they use Muslim American actors instead? Name one person better to look out for an African American than a African American. Youre argument is now mute and anyone that reads your post knows you are indeed a misguided tea bagger. Sad

    July 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
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