The Crescent Report

October 20, 2010

NAACP Exposes Tea Party Bitter Brew

Introduction:

What does Islamophobes , some prominent Tea Party Activists and White supremacist groups all have in common? They are bigots.

Bigot: A person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance, irrationality, and animosity toward those of differing beliefs. The predominant usage in modern American English refers to persons hostile to those of differing race, ethnicity, nationality,  various mental disorders, or religion.

Of course, as a Muslim and African American who has the double whammy of worrying about driving while black, and flying while Muslim, i did not really need a dictionary to define bigots . And yes the Tea Party has bigots among their ranks.

Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day: “A bigot by any other name is still a bigot”

 

MAS Freedom Responds to NAACP Report on Tea Party Grouped Linked to White Supremacists Organizations

 

On October 20th, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America’s oldest and largest African-American led civil rights organization, issued a report entitled Tea Party Nation, which exposed  linkages between Tea Party Express political groups and avowed white supremacists organizations in the United States.

 

The report, according to NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous, stated that while the NAACP viewed most Tea Party members and constituent organizations as decent and patriotic Americans, there were disturbing incidents of some Tea Party organizations with open connections to white supremacist and racist organizations.

 

Further, the report criticized politicians who denied the obvious relationships between some of the

Tea Party groups, and acknowledged Tea Party leaders, who maintained these open relationships.  The NAACP report specifically mentioned a number of Tea Party leaders and statements that were of deep concern to the civil rights community, including death threats made against President Obama by then -Tea Party spokesperson Mark Williams, and “Nazi Glamorization” statements made by South Carolina white supremacist, Billy Joe Roper, a founder of an organization called “White Revolution” and a member of the Resist Net Tea Party organization.

 

In all, the report mentioned six different political organizations operating under the Tea Party banner in the United States.

 

MAS Freedom Executive Director, Mahdi Bray, commended the NAACP for issuing the report, and stated that “We, as Muslims and supporters of the ideal of universal civil rights and opponents of racism and bigotry in all of its forms, support the NAACP and other organizations and leaders who continue to shine a light on racism and bigotry that had infected the political discourse in America.  Tea Party leaders who claim legitimacy and respectability must repudiate any and all linkages with white supremacists and open racists, even when these forces claim alignment with ‘conservative’ politics and principles”.  Bray went on to say that there should be an explicit “no tolerance” policy in political contests when it comes to statements and actions that reflect open racial or religious bigotry and hatred.

 

Ibrahim Ramey, the Human and Civil Rights Program Coordinator for MAS Freedom, also stated that “while the NAACP report will be condemned by political Conservatives as a front for the ‘Liberal political agenda’, the exposure of these known associations between some Tea Party factions and avowed supremacist groups is a challenge for Conservatives who claim to have no agenda espousing racial animosity, or disdain for Muslims and immigrants, while they draw financial and political support from open racist individuals and organizations who also, nearly always, espouse hatred of Muslims, immigrants, and a host of other groups in America.”

 

MAS Freedom, in conclusion, stated the importance of the November 2010 election and the organization’s work to support on-partisan voter registration, mobilization, and education for Muslims and all citizens who are stakeholders in building a true democracy with freedom over fear and justice for all”. Please call MAS Freedom at (888) 627-8471 for information about upcoming community events and actions to expand voter participation in your area.

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