NAACP may rip tea par­ties over racism

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

WASHINGTON — The NAACP is ex­pected to ap­prove a res­o­lu­tion at its an­nual con­ven­tion con­demn­ing the tea party move­ment for har­bor­ing “racist el­e­ments that are a threat to our democ­racy,” a spokes­woman for the civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tion said Mon­day.

The pro­posed res­o­lu­tion says the “move­ment is not just about higher taxes and limited govern­ment but some­thing that could evolve and be­come more dan­ger­ous,” said Leila McDow­ell, a spokes­woman for the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Col­ored Peo­ple. Del­e­gates gath­er­ing in Kansas City will con­sider the res­o­lu­tion as early as to­day.

The res­o­lu­tion would be the lat­est, and per­haps the most pointed, de­nun­ci­a­tion of the tea party move­ment, which has pushed back against re­cur­ring ac­cu­sa­tions of racism since its in­cep­tion 11⁄ years ago.

Crit­ics have pointed to signs car­ried by tea party sup­port­ers that mock Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and his Kenyan an­ces­try.

The ac­cu­sa­tions in­ten­si­fied af­ter re­ports that a tea party pro­tester di­rected a racial ep­i­thet at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a long­time civil rights leader, dur­ing a rally in March.

Tea party lead­ers have dis­tanced them­selves from what they de­scribed as the work of fringe el­e­ments. In re­sponse to the NAACP res­o­lu­tion, two tea party lead­ers said Mon­day that any racism in the party was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of a few bad ac­tors and not the larger move­ment.

Also at the NAACP’s con­ven­tion Mon­day, first lady Michelle Obama said a child obe­sity epi­demic fed by fast food, sug­ary drinks and too much tele­vi­sion threat­ens to cre­ate the first gen­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can youths who live shorter lives than their par­ents. She spent much of her half-hour key­note ad­dress dis­cussing her “Let’s Move” ini­tia­tive to com­bat child obe­sity.

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