NAACP considers resolution decrying racist elements in tea-party movement


By JUDY L. THOMAS


The Kansas City Star


 


Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/07/11/2076909/naacp-takes-critical-l...


 


 


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will propose a resolution this week condemning racism within the tea
party movement.


 


The resolution, scheduled for a vote as early as Tuesday by delegates attending the annual NAACP convention in Kansas City, calls upon “all
people of good will to repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties, and to
stand in
opposition to its drive to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”


 


NAACP leaders said the resolution was necessary to make people aware of what they believe is a racist element within the tea party
movement.


 


“I think a lot of people are not taking the tea party movement seriously, and we need to take it seriously,” said Anita Russell, head
of the Kansas City chapter of the NAACP. “We need to realize it’s
really not
about limited government.”


 


Russell said she was “pretty certain” the resolution would pass.


 


Tea party leaders deny that the movement is racist and said the resolution is unfair.


 


“I just don’t see racism in the tea party movement,” said Brendan Steinhauser, director of campaigns for FreedomWorks, which organizes
tea party groups. “Racism is something we’re absolutely opposed to.”


 


“The NAACP has more of a political agenda now, but I would hope that they would appreciate the fact that the tea party movement has a lot
in common with the civil rights movement. I’m personally inspired by
what the
civil rights movement did, and I want them to know that.”


 


Among the charges lodged against the tea party in the resolution:


 


•Tea party supporters have engaged in “explicitly racist behavior” and “displayed signs and posters intended to degrade people of color
generally and President Barack Obama specifically.”


 


•Tea party activists have used racial epithets, have verbally and physically abused black members of Congress and others, and have
been charged with threatening public officials.


 


Tea party supporters also have a distorted view of race relations, the resolution says, citing poll data that found that 25 percent
believe that the Obama administration’s policies favor blacks over
whites, and
52 percent believe that “too much” has been made of the problems facing black
people, compared with 28 percent of the general population.


 


To reach Judy L. Thomas, call 816-234-4334 or send e-mail to jthomas@kcstar.com.


This was also covered in a few other papers around
the country. They say that Tea Party members have a 'distorted view of
race relations"? This is so off the charts that it defies understanding!

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YIKES!!! Chelsea Clinton Emphatically States A Person With A Beard And A Penis Can ‘Absolutely’ Identify As A Woman

  • The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification
  • In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons about transgender self-identification
  • Chelsea Clinton replied ‘yes’ emphatically when asked if someone with a beard and penis can ever be a woman
  • ‘It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently,’ Hillary said
  • Aitkenhead said Hillary became ‘uneasy’ when the question was asked while Chelsea shot a ‘furious stare’ at the journalist as her mother answered
  • Hillary added: ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw’

(Daily Mail) – It may appear Hillary and Chelsea Clinton always see eye-to-eye, but in a recent interview one topic cracked the facade of the like-minded mother-daughter power duo.

The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons if someone with a beard and a penis can ever be a woman, to which Chelsea replied emphatically, ‘Yes.’

However, as Aitkenhead describes it, Hillary looked ‘uneasy’, and blamed generational gaps for being less accepting.

‘Errr. I’m just learning about this,’ Hillary responded. ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently.’

The Clintons sat sown with Aitkenhead to promote the book they co-authored, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.

The book features Danica Roem, the first trans woman elected to a U.S. state legislature.

According Aitkenhead’s account, she tells Hillary during the interview that many British feminists of Hillary’s generation have a problem with the idea that a ‘lesbian who doesn’t want to sleep with someone who has a penis is transphobic.’

Hillary nods in agreement, while Chelsea ‘stiffens and stares at me’, according to Aitkenhead.

The journalist then adds that many women of Hillary’s generation are uncomfortable with biological males sharing women’s bathrooms.

‘I would say that, absolutely,’ Hillary nods firmly. ‘Absolutely. Yes.’

That’s when Chelsea begins shooting a ‘furious stare’ at Aitkenhead, who points it out to her.

‘I’m a terrible actor’, Chelsea laughs.

Chelsea then says she is thrilled with the National Health Service’s decision to assign patients to single-sex wards according to the gender they identify as, instead of their biological make up.

‘How can you treat someone if you don’t recognize who they feel and know in their core they are?’ Chelsea says.

‘And I strongly support children being able to play on the sports teams that match their own gender identity,’ she adds. ‘I think we need to be doing everything we can to support kids in being whoever they know themselves to be and discovering who they are.’

At this point Hillary looks conflicted.

‘I think you’ve got to be sensitive to how difficult this is,’ Hillary says. ‘There are women who’d say [to a trans woman], ”You know what, you’ve never had the kind of life experiences that I’ve had. So I respect who you are, but don’t tell me you’re the same as me.” I hear that conversation all the time.’

Despite the clear tension in the room, the pair say they don’t argue about this topic.

But according to Aitkenhead, ‘I get the impression they don’t like to present anything less than a united front to the world.’

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