Thursday, May 16, 2013

NAACP Leader Julian Bond Justifies IRS Abuse of Conservatives

The National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People leader Julian Bond said during a Tuesday interview on MSNBC that it’s only right and just that the federal government and the IRS target tea party groups.  “I don’t think there’s a double standard at all,” Bond said, in the MSNBC report. “I think it’s entirely legitimate to look at the tea party. I mean, here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political, who tried as best they can to harm President Obama … They are the Taliban wing of American politics and we all ought to be a little worried about them.”

My response to Mr. Bond:

Mr. Bond,
Your recent comments in regards to the IRS scandal are disgusting to say the least.  Your accusation that the Tea Party is "overtly and admittedly racist" just boggles the mind.  You use this asinine rationale to justify the abuse the IRS directed towards the Tea Party and conservatives as a whole.   

You're an educated man Mr. Bond, however, history is rife with educated men that were imbecilic and dangerous and you fall into both categories.  The fact that you are the leader of the NAACP does a dishonor to the history of your organization.  The NAACP's founding mission was in part to ensure the equality of rights of ALL persons, regardless of color or political affiliation. 

Even though you are an educated man, I don't think you would qualify for Du Bois's idea of 'The Talented Tenth.'  I think Du Bois would have wanted future black leaders to promote equality and tolerance for all Americans.  You fail in that mission with the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center.   

Do you think the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. would have endorsed or justified the recent IRS abuse?  The answer is no.  But of course you are no Martin Luther King...not even close.  


Mr. Bond contacted me in an effort to explain why he thinks the Tea Party is a racist movement.

I have received a few messages like yours (although yours is more civil than the others) and answered some by pointing out the many examples of Tea Party racism which failed to convince them. Not the ugly racist signs and placards displayed at Tea Party rallies, not the shouts of the “n” word aimed at members of the Congressional Black Caucus, not the spittle hurled at civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis, not the racists expelled from the Tea Party for their venom, not the association of many members with the Council of Conservative Citizens, a lineal descendant of the White Citizen Council, not the anti-gay slurs aimed at former Congressman Barney Frank, not the members whose racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia should be an embarrassment – not all or any of this could get them to acknowledge the label “racist.” One study, called Tea Party Nationalism, found “Tea Party ranks to be permeated with concerns about race and national identify and other so-called social issues. In these ranks, an abiding obsession with Barack Obama’s birth certificate is often a stand-in for the belief that the first black president of the United States is not a “real American.”It says Tea Party organizations have given platforms to anti-Semites, racists and bigots and “hard-core white nationalists have been attracted” to Tea Party protests.
There is no need for me to apologize for the exercise of free speech.
Julian Bond

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