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. David B.

    *****1st Ammendment ******

    July 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. laross

    Race is an issue when our President is compared to a monkey, race is an issue when the tea party uses the "n" word, race is an issue when the black politicians are singled out and spat on. Stop saying blacks use the race card. It is clear to most why race keeps becoming an issue. Race is often used to divide, so who keeps bringing it up.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Melissa

    Obama is a one term President.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jim

    God forbid a white man stand up for himself If he does he's a racist. When are blacks gonna stop playing the race card everytime tey dont like something???? Now the hispanics are doing it... all there doing is making more people racist. And I'm willing there's more racists in the NAACP then the Tea party.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • USMC FOREVER

      Jim, you are exactly correct!! The race that is most discriminated against IN THIS COUNTRY is the poor single white man period. They have 0 programs and get nothing but TO pay a ton into taxes so they can be given to the worthless others that don't want to work. Oh, I'm sorry DOES THAT MAKE ME RACIST???? YOU PEOPLE ARE THE REAL JOKE!!!!

      July 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bruce H

    An analogy: is it fair to label all Islam radical because a few do acts in its name? How often do we see Islamic leaders anywhere speaking out against the acts of terror done by those claiming to be islamic? How often do those condemnations make the media? It is simply not good press to tell of moderates, it seems. Only the radicals on each wing of every issue seem to get the limelight these days, and those who take a moderate stand in the middle of issues do not get the attention of the press.
    Can we have racist liberals? Hard to find media pieces on such though they must exist.
    The bell-shaped curve of statistics tells us that there are extremists in every area. Where the majority of supporters of any issue are in the middle, the extremists on the wings are in the minority, but they stand out by taking radical stands that the media then magnify to the exclusion of the moderate middle in any topic.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. jeff

    I'll answer the question with a question asked by Eric Cartman:

    “Does the pope help pedophiles get away with their crimes?”

    July 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Zaggs

    As long as the NAACP continues to employ regional leaders like Zaki Baruti who still live in the 17th century mindset that if a black man is kissed by a white woman that makes him an uncle tom, they have no business preaching to anyone else.
    As for supposed racist acts, prove it. The NAACP wants to say black members of congress were attacked and had racial slurts yelled at them. There were plenty of video camera's, prove it. Just like they said Emanuel Cleaver was spit on, yet ask Cleaver and he says no such thing (april 2nd interview). But of course accusing white people of racist acts, when no such acts occurred wouldn't be racist would it? As for signs, I'd lay money most if not all signs were from counter protesters, specifically the "Crash the Tea Party" folks who said they were going to bring racist signs. Educate yourselves because the NAACP sure as hell isn't going to do it. They simply see their great hope failing miserably and have nothing to fall back on but racist accusations that are not backed by proof.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. KM

    I'm white and yep, the Tea Party is racists. Is this new news or just a really cool article to bring up every so many weeks? Things are what they are. White is white, black is black. As much as we say we hate labels..... we so love our little labels. I suggest a new topic... Is the Navy gayer than the other branches. Or is it the Marines? Or why does CMT always run a Mel Gibson marathon when he screws up and Nancy Grace is about to go mental about it.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. ChiTownPhilly

    Nazi Party, Ku Klux Klan, THE TEA PARTY.............WHITE TRASH REINVENTED. I know the Tea Party is racist because all the members are hillbillys and rural people that dont like black people!!! You don't have to go around using the n-word or claiming to be a racist to actually be one. Tea Party = disgraceful racism.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ChiTownPhilly'sLover

      ChiTownPhilly, You madam are a retard and an embarrassment to mankind!!!!!!! I am going to leave you and your one good brain cell.

      July 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. exCONservtv

    We're ALL racist to some degree. I acknowledge mine so I can think and try to keep it from affecting my decisions. The difference here is that the TeaPartiers don't. They're fearful, old, white, middle class conservatives with medicare and specific racial biases in common. They won't turn off FOX because they'd have to start thinking for themselves. So YES, they obviously do tend to hate blacks, Jews, gingers, the poor... basically anyone not like them. So what? My problem is that they are a big business tool and just a visible piece of the much bigger iceberg floating below.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. J

    Ahh, yes, Teabaggers.

    Their instant escalation from complacent couch potatoes to rhetorical revolutionaries just happened to coincide with the election of a black Democrat with the middle name Hussein.

    What are the chances of THAT happening?

    July 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. J Lodes

    I think it's all a bunch of crap. I'm a tea bagger and about as far from racist as you can get, some of my best friends are "different" races and they are tea baggers.....black, white, pink with green polka dots, OBAMA is not my president and is a complete moron.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Thefirstwife

    Yes, they are and Mel Gibson is their leader.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Surthurfurd

    As an aspect of Nixon's Southern Strategy the ideals of the Republican party were put on the shelf to court racists in the South who were feeling left out of the Democratic party. This led to a massive shift in the Republican party. Instead of a focus being on developing systems that encourage all people to seek their potential it became a focus on: "How dare those people take from you?" Steadily many of us traditional GOP members have been sidelined.

    The Tea Party does rally around some useful points (Ross Perot anyone?); but, they have rallied on rhetoric that has become nasty and disrespectful to the US and the process.

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

    Are people so blind they can't see that the country is where it is because of radical right wing control of the republican party, the tea party is at least up front about their radical ideas. The repubs pea down your back and tell you it's raining, unfortunatly to many Tim's believe it really is raining, and vote for them again and again. If you have a couple million in the bank you should be a republican, otherwise you are just their stooge. What blind stupid fools these Tims are.!

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