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. Roscoe

    Any among you who are NOT racists, stand up and cast the first stone. And be counted as liars because it is a human trait to harbor prejudice no matter what your color and whether or not you care to admit it. That said, calling each other racists is unproductive, destructive and fast becoming irrelevant. Try getting your point across, if indeed you have one, without the petty mudslinging.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. bubber

    If the mere mention of Obama's race makes one racist, then why is it OK to refer to "The First Black President"?

    Typical hypocrisy of the Left...

    July 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • SomeGuyInNC

      Maybe because he IS the first black president?
      .
      (Now I'll sit back and listen to someone talk about "the last white president"... aahh, the chirping of crickets..)

      July 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chuck

    Let's see.....Obama says no race in his term as president...hmmmm....so that thing with his buddy and the white cop wasn't racist? I get it when it comes to racism it only applies to non white people. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are 2 or the most racist people on the planet and they are the main reason that racism is still an issue, because they scream racism when there isn't any. Seems anytime a person of color....black, spanish, oriental, native, middle eastern and so on....has a problem, is arrested or whatever the race card gets played. It's not always white people that bring racism into the fray. Let's be realistic when throwing out the bad R word folks. The crap flies both ways. Personally I think racism is not as bad as people say.....it's exploited and made an issue in many cases where it never is an issue.....just ignorance and people looking for a way to make a quick buck, gain attention or simply because they want to deflect the problem that they caused.....Rodney King is a perfect example...yes some cops were excessive, but once race was introduced the fact he was a drunk lunatic mouthing off cops and was abusive to women (real important issues) became lost in the cloud of racism created by slick lawyers....and then he got paid and a celebrity status...for being a criminal. That's messed up.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Kaye

    It's amazing that this Country boasts on being a melting pot, but all the ingredients just don't seem to mix. I personally think that the "Tea Party" is a racist group. Some are bold with their convictions and others are under cover with it. Either way, its wrong and has been wrong since the Pilgrims got off the Mayflower. But, what really gets me is when an ethnic group; be it black, hispanic or whatever stands up to be accounted for and to speak out against it, they become racists too. How does that work? So the NAACP are racist because they choose to stand up and stay what's going on in the Tea Party is wrong? It's a sad place this Country has become. We fight against each other when there are those in other countries that want to anniolate us from the map. Get a grip people. God created man & woman in his image; no one is the same. He didn't make us like Gingerbread cookies. We're individuals with thoughts, feelings and concerns. Also, repect President Barak Obama; though some may dislike or even hate him; he is the President of the United States for these 4 years, get over it. We respected President Busch, being white and causing the issues that we are having today; economically and with the war. No one is disrepecting him; so don't respect the current President. You better recognize!

    July 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. scott anderson

    THIS IS ALL A POLITICAL PLOY. MICHELE OBAMA MET WITH THE NAACP 3 DAYS AGO IN KANSAS AND RIGHT AFTER THAT THE NAACP ANOUNCED THEY WERE GOING TO CALL FOR THE TEA PARTY TO BE LABELED RACIST. I AM NO TEA PARTIER I THINK SARAH PALIN IS A JOKE BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT BARAK IS USING THIS NAACP TO QUELL HIS OPPOSITION. PERSONALLY ITS LAUGHABLE TO CALL PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST YOU RACIST. THERE ARE MANY RACISTS STILL AROUND IN AMERICA. BUT THE FACT THAT THE BLACK PANTHERS INTIMIDATED WHITE VOTERS IN PHILIDELPHIA DURING THE 2008 CAMPAIGN AND THAT OBAMA HAD A HUGE 3 INCH SQUARE BLACK PANTHER LOGO ON HIS 2008 CAMPAIGN WEBSITE AND THEN DISMISSED THE SENTENCING OF THE BLACK PANTHERS IS "ALL" TELLING OF ITSELF. THE BLACK PANTHERS ARE A HATE GROUP THAT DOES NOTHING BUT YELL HOW BAD WHITES AND JEWS ARE. AFTER SEEING THERE LOGO ON A PHOTO OF HIS 08 WEBSITE IT DOES NOT TAKE MUCH TO CONNECT THE DOTS. SORRY I WAS GETTING OFF POINT. IF THE NAACP REALLY CARED ABOUT RACISM THEY WOULD CONDEMN THE B.P. ORGANIZATION BUT THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN BECAUSE WHAT THEY REALLY STAND FOR IS THE ADVANCEMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE AND THATS IT. I FOUND OUT QUITE ALOT ABOUT THE "GREAT OBAMA" AFTER SEARCHING THE WEB. HIS WHOLE POLITICAL HISTORY IN FACT. THIS MAN HAS AFFILIATED HIMSELF WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE ALL ABOUT THE OPPRESSED BLACK MAN. I FEEL TRICKED. I BELIEVED IN THIS GUY AS A COLOR BLIND MAN. THATS AS FAR FROM THE TRUTH AS IT CAN GET. HE HAS AFFILIATED HIMSELF WITH RADICAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR AS LONG AS HE HAS BEEN IN THIS COUNTRY. HE SOLD HISELF TO AMERICANS AS JUST ANOTHER REGULAR GUY FIGHTING FOR THE LITTLE GUY. BUT WHAT HE REALLY WAS ALL ABOUT WAS THE ADVANCEMENT OF HIS OPPRESSED BLACK PEOPLE. YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT HE PUT IN HIS HEALTH BILL FOR SPECIFICALLY BLACK PEOPLE. ITS UNBELIEVEABLE. ITS ALL ABOUT REVERSE DESCRIMINATION. I FEEL SICK! I VIEW BARAK AS THE BIGGEST TRAITOR AMERICA HAS EVER SEEN. BUT THAT IS ONLY AFTER I REJOICED OVER HIS ELECTION AND FOUGHT FOR HIS HEALTH CARE BILL. THIS GUY IS A GREAT TALKER. THE OPPOSITE OF THAT MORON BUSH. BUT HE HAS AN AGENDA THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT SPY NOVEL. BEWARE NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • avid_reader

      Ouch. Your ALL CAPS rant just hurt my head. And by the way, there are drugs that can help with your paranoia. See a doctor.

      July 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SHOCKER49

    What's really funny is when they compare President Obama to Hitler, when we all know that Hitler and the Nazis were an extreme RIGHT WING ORGANIZATION. What a bunch of nuts!!!

    July 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. David B.

    The Tea Party didn't come into existence until the Democrats, headed by Pres. Obama, started our country on a free-fall to socialism.......thus the Tea Party was born........it is likened to throwing of the Opressive British Govt.....The Tea Party wishes to throw off the opressive Democrat Administration....that is all.......and can anyone post a picture of a Racist Sign at a Tea party Event? I don't see any!

    July 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Mike Speakman

    Where were the calls of racism against those who marched for the six criminal thugs in Jenna, Miss. several years back? There is a definite double standard when it comes to using the term racist and it had better end soon or we will end up in a bitter civil war. The NAACP is a racist organization and for it to call any other organization racist is just ludicrous. Our mixed race president has foregone his white heritage verifying that he is indeed racist, where are the racist labels for him in our liberally controlled media.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. PJ

    Is everyone as sick of hearing the word Racist as much as I am?

    July 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zaggs

      Did you actually think with the first black president that word wasn't going to get thrown around in record proportions?

      July 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alan Hochbaum

    Of course Tea Partiers aren't racist. Just like Muslims aren't bad. Are there people in the Tea Party Movement who are racist? Absolutely. Are there Muslims who want to destroy the U.S.? Of course there are. But until we start using our brains to actually consider people based on "the content of their character" rather than their race, religion, political affiliation, etc., we will continue to be lost as a society.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Not all Tea Partiers are racist.....but if you're racist, i'd lay odds you're a member of the Tea Party.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nathan

      Really? "Odds" arre you are not a mathematician. This has nothing to do with race and everything to do with leadership and competence. People don't trust politicians; especially politicians with shady relationships and those who say one thing and do something else. I know more racist Mexicans and Blacks than I do racists whites. Racism isn't a problem with the TEA party, or the Whites, or the NAACP, or the Blacks; it is a problem that HUMANS deal with ACROSS THE BOARD.

      July 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evil Hollywood Liberal

      Nathan, you're totally right – this is about competence....because Bush was SO competent.......but where were all these yahoos back then?

      July 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nathan

    I am surprised by this whole thing. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People need to keep fueling the race card because in this "post-racial" world we live in; they are in danger of losing their job. The Taxed Enough Already movement is a grassroots movement encouraging freedom and liberty; this includes economic and personal liberty. And where is the NAACP condemning the Black Panthers? It seems to me that the only group being singled out and "condemned" are white, Christian, and male. Let's let some reason rule here for a moment. Racism is bad- but it isn't contained within one race, and just like any group of people there are always people who do not fully represent the movement.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. steve

    the NAACP is the racist group, where were they when cartoons were making fun of Ms. Rice, what about whne judge Clarence Thomas was getting grilled in his hearings, Black OPanther groups callinig for the killing of white people, Where is your protests NAACP. Thought so.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Will

    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.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thomas

      I am a loyal American and I'm white and I'm calling you on the carpet.

      I challenge you to give specific examples prooving ANYTHING in your post.

      I doubt that you can. You don't have facts on your side or you would have posted them already.

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

    I am sure there are racist people in the tea party but they are a minority.

    But the real problem that that tea party has is that they attract this kind of extremist lunatic fringe.

    On one hand I respect that this is a grassroots "organization" of people who are concerned about the direction our country is going – even though I disagree with them on almost every issue.

    But it is also a group who has built their ranks by using rhetoric and propanda to perpetuate myths and lies.

    I stood across the street from a Tea Party rally in Denver and was incredibly distrubed at the amount of misinformation and outright lies they were spreading – i.e. health care death panels, etc.

    The tea party has zero credibility, in my book, because they say they are so concerned about government size and spending and the growing deficit but...WHERE WERE THEY FROM 2000-2008?

    Until they have the honesty and integrity to admit that they only have a problem with these issues when it's democrats who are running the show...they are just a bunch of sore losers who have already lost control of their movement to extremists...just like the GOP did.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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