Monday, July 26, 2010

Jennifer Burke on the NAACP

Jennifer Burke recently wrote an article for Red County on racism and the NAACP. I'm reposting it here, along with video of her speaking at our Tax Day Tea Party on April 15th of this year.




The Racist Hypocrisy of the NAACP
By Jennifer Burke

Racism. The mere word conjures up immediate thoughts of Ku Klux Klan members in white sheets and covered faces lynching a black person simply because of their color. It brings to mind images of “whites only” and “coloreds only” signs on water fountains because one ethnicity was deemed to be dirty and beneath another simply because their skin was darker. It makes one think of discrimination, alienation, and rejection based not on one’s intelligence, talent, or experience, but rather on the color of a person’s skin.

Racism has been a thread in the fabric of our nation for many years; a thread that the Democrat party has had a heavy hand in weaving. From the formation of the KKK to the Jim Crow laws to the modern day enslavement of the black community in the form of welfare programs, the Democrats have had an undeniable hand in the way of racist policies that continue to be at the heart of destruction of the American dream and all that it stands for. Yet, rather than owning up to the reality of the outcome of their objectives, they have chosen instead to practice “revisionist history” in rewriting the reality of their legacy rooted in racism and, instead, labeling the Republican Party as the party full of racists.

If you look at the ethnic breakdown of those who claim one party over another, you can see that the Democrats have done a great job in the art of revisionist history. The black community tends to overwhelming vote Democrat. Delving into the negative impact the party’s policies have had on the black community, one has to wonder why. In my own humble opinion, the answer to this question lies squarely in one name: John F. Kennedy, Jr.

It comes as a surprise to some since I possess such strong conservative principles and proudly state that I am a Conservative Republican, but I also happen to be one who is a black woman. Although I am a native of Texas, I spent a lot of time in a small town in Louisiana when our family visited my grandfather, great aunt, and great uncle. I distinctly remember not only in their households but in my own, pictures of JFK on the wall or sitting on the mantle. The singular act of his introduction of the Civil Rights Act obviously created a strong allegiance of the black community to the Democrat party. When Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, he went down in history as a martyr for the cause of equal rights and opportunity for all. What the minority communities of today have lost sight of, due again to revisionist history, are the racist statements and traditions that have followed.

What blacks today need to realize and accept is that these are not your father’s Democrats (and frankly, those weren’t so great either with the racist policies inherent within them that I mentioned previously). Let’s not forget, it was Democrat Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia, former Kleagle/Recruiter in the Ku Klux Klan considered disturbingly as “the conscience of the Senate”, who filibustered the Civil Rights legislation. We have been made to believe by Bill Clinton, ridiculously referred to by some as the first black President, that Byrd only joined the Klan to get elected. But, let’s not forget Byrd’s membership in and recruitment for the KKK was during a time when lynchings of blacks were prevalent and the police largely looked the other way. Upon JFK’s death, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. He is reported to have said regarding this bill and its policies, “I’ll have them n*g**rs voting Democrat for the next 200 years.” How prophetic and true those words have unfortunately come to be.

In gaining an understanding of the disconnect between which party’s policies are detrimental and downright destructive, one only has to look at the practice of revisionist history of Democrats and its entourage; the mainstream media and front groups such as the formerly esteemed NAACP.

With real racism in our midst at multiple levels and against various ethnic groups, it is shameful that the NAACP has found it suitable to cry racism against the Tea Party. What are they guilty of? Possessing a basic belief in and support of the very backbone of what has made this nation a beacon so bright that many around the world have longed to be a part of it: limited government, individual responsibility, free markets, and the Constitution.

On July 13, 2010, the NAACP voted in favor of a resolution denouncing the Tea Party as racist. In the words of the NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous, "We take no issue with the Tea Party movement. We believe in freedom of assembly and people raising their voices in a democracy. What we take issue with is the Tea Party's continued tolerance for bigotry and bigoted statements.” Jealous went on to accuse the tea party of bigotry, homophobia and anti-Semitism calling for leaders to denounce such statements by its members.

Their evidence? Unsubstantiated claims of racist epithets being supposedly hurled at members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.),at a Tea Party protest following the vote on the unconstitutional health care bill. Unsubstantiated claims of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) being spit upon at the same rally. Unsubstantiated claims of Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) being met with anti-gay chants at the same rally.

Andrew Breitbart, founder of biggovernment.com and bighollywood.com, offered a $100,000 reward for video or audio evidence to substantiate these claims. To this day, despite heavy press coverage, no evidence has been produced. In fact, each of these claims continues to be spoken of as truth despite clear evidence to prove it. I guess, in spite of the rule of law legal system which the NAACP typically rails against as unfair to black criminals, when it comes to Tea Party members, they are guilty until proven innocent.

What astounds me even more about this false accusation and cry of racism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry against the Tea Party movement by the NAACP is the fact that the NAACP has had not one, but two, of the biggest racist, anti-American, and anti-Semites on this earth as speakers at their conferences. Jeremiah Wright, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, the Black Liberation Theology church that the Obama’s attended for over 20 years, was their keynote speaker at a conference in 2008. Louis Farrakhan, leader of the racist, anti-Semitic, anti-American group Nation of Islam, was a speaker in 1997.

Just recently, a video surfaced of a staff member of the Dept. of Agriculture, Shirley Sherrod, speaking at an NAACP group, where she openly admits that she injected race into her position by choosing not to assist a white farmer facing bankruptcy and the loss of his farm as much as she could have. Instead, she took him to a lawyer, “one of his own kind” so that he would at least have something good to say about her. Ms. Sherrod went on to say that she realized it wasn’t all about race, but class warfare in the haves vs. the have nots (as if that is any better). The fact that the NAACP flip-flopped on its original position denouncing her racist statement to then supporting her shows an extreme lack of judgment, ethics, and principles in opposition to racism. It also indicates a disturbing perspective on the part of the organization and its members rooted in a belief system that it is okay to pit Americans against each other. [**]

Despite the NAACP now saying that Ms. Sherrod’s story was taken out of context and that the white farmer’s farm was indeed saved, the fact is, she did infuse race into the equation of her job which should be one that is color-blind. Even more telling is the reaction of members of the NAACP in the audience. The clapping and cheering for her actions is evidence that there is something very wrong with a group who claims to be for equal rights having a history of speakers, and members who applaud them, who stand for exactly the opposite.

For an organization that has attacked as racist a grassroots organization of Americans who simply believe that their freedoms and the Constitution are being trampled upon to have individuals who spew vile, racist statements and obviously believe that racism is okay if it is projected onto individuals who happen to be white is beyond hypocritical. It is shameless.

Racism, counter to what the NAACP would have you believe, is a two way street. The definition according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”. The supposed evidence of their accusation of racism against the Tea Party movement does not remotely adhere to the definition of what racism truly is. The reality is the cry of racism has been a long standing tactic to silence opposition by shame and denigration.

I am a proud Tea Party member who happens to be a black woman. Unlike Hilary Shelton, Senior Vice President for Advocacy for the NAACP who was recently caught on tape lying about his alleged Tea Party experience, I have both attended and spoken at Tea Party rallies. Never once have I felt afraid. Never once have I witnessed pervasive racism. Never once have I heard speakers use language that was racially divisive. I, as my fellow black Conservative tea party participants can also attest, have simply seen a group of people who believe that the integrity of our nation and the foundation upon which it was built is under attack by far left Progressives who have infiltrated the Democrat party and changed the landscape of their agenda for the worse.

I believe in the foundation of this country; the Constitution. I believe that we are a nation based on rule of law, not that of feelings. I believe that we have the right to pursue happiness, but that happiness is not guaranteed. I am for individual liberties, limited government, and real “hope” that lies at its very core in the notion that we all, despite our color or upbringing, can rise up to achieve what we dare to dream and, even more importantly, what we dare to work towards.

Neither I nor my fellow tea party members will be silenced for we believe that the very core of our nation is being attacked and dismantled. The cry against the movement as racist simply serves as an indicator of the power of its existence and the fear it has instilled in Progressives and their organizations. This fear takes root in the fact that we who believe in the foundation upon which this country was built are willing to stand up and fight for it. As one of the rallying cries of the movement that has come to fruition says…..We are not racist. We are not violent. We are just no longer silent!

**Note: follow some of the more recent coverage of the Shirley Sherrod incident here.


10 comments:

  1. While I don't believe the majority of tea partiers are racist or motivated by racism, it is a factor for a significant minority of tea partiers. No one will admit to being racist, but you have to wonder what is behind the still-persistent beliefs that Obama was born in Africa or is a Muslim, despite a complete lack of evidence for these beliefs.

    I'm surprised that the lack of a youtube video containing racist insults following the constitutional (see Article I, Section 8) is now considered "proof" that it didn't happen. While it may seem like it, not everything anyone does is recorded by cell phones and posted to youtube. Youtube can't prove it did happen, but it's not disproven either.

    Jennifer Burke makes no reference to other evidence of racism at other Tea Party rallies, which can be viewed here:
    http://dailyhurricane.com/racistteabagger.jpg
    http://www.blueridgemuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/teapartyracism5.jpg

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  2. Dancar fails to mention that 100% of the racist incidents at Tea Party events are committed by leftist plants.
    People like Dancar (left wing kooks) will stop at nothing to get and keep power because they think they know what is best for the little people.
    Lies and distortions and outright fabrications are just necessary evils for Dancar.
    A few well placed plants and a few dozen journalists calling conservatives racists and you have yourself a narrative.
    The only problem is that this hateful, evil narrative has kept people victims for generations. The left (Dancar) has trapped generations of people in victimhood.
    Conservatives want all people to succeed. Left wing kooks (Dancar) need to keep people divided and afraid.

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  3. Whaaaat you say???? "I'm surprised that the lack of a youtube video containing racist insults following the constitutional (see Article I, Section 8) is now considered "proof" that it didn't happen." Sorry, Dancar, as usual you make no sense. Get a real job, man so you can stop having to write gibberish.

    I have been to dozens of Tea Party gatherings and rallies and the only signs I've seen that attack Obama personally (as opposed to politically) belong to the Lyndon LaRouchies and THEY are not mainstream anything. When did you ever haunt a blog in the George Bush days to complain about the Left's signs showing a hanged Bush or sign's hoping for his assassination? Bush with a Hitler moustache was so mild compared to the other vile stuff, it became commonplace and beyond notice.

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  4. LB,
    One of your links took me to the following defense of Mr. Breitbart by Ann Althouse: "Don't we constantly extract quotes and clips from larger contexts? I do blog posts by that method all the time. I find the juiciest line and quote it often deliberately out of context or with intent to misdirect for humorous or shocking effect. It's the reader's responsibility to figure out what to do with it. I'm not ashamed to operate that way.... etc."

    The only unassailable statement here that is that Ann Althouse is "not ashamed to operate this way." Otherwise, this is the purest sophistry I've encountered anywhere.

    Was Breitbart's doctoring of Sherrod's remarks merely a little jeu d'esprit? Ms Althouse, before I sell you my car, I'm going to fiddle with the odometer -- it amuses me to do this, and it helps me make a valid point, that my car is a juicy little number. It's your responsibility to check the odometer for signs of tampering. I'm not really deceiving you, since any mechanic can do this for you. So, I feel no shame . . .

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  5. Anonymous writes: "Dancar fails to mention that 100% of the racist incidents at Tea Party events are committed by leftist plants." I haven't seen that even one "leftist plant" has been verified. But 100%? Come on.

    Every political movement is plagued by its own loose cannons. The left had Jane Fonda. The right has people carrying signs comparing Obama to Hitler. For once, you would think that left and right could look at each other and say: "I feel your pain. . ." Apparently that is not to be, in our hyper-polarized political state. All the worse for all of us.

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  6. "The right has people carrying signs comparing Obama to Hitler."

    That is a lie. A complete and total lie.
    The left has infiltrated the Tea Parties and is doing anything they can to discredit this wonderful uprising of American patriots.
    http://www.anncoulter.com/
    The left are violent, racist, and evil. The facts are there for everyone to see. Thank God we have real news sources now.

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  7. Anon:

    "That is a lie. A complete and total lie.
    The left has infiltrated the Tea Parties and is doing anything they can to discredit this wonderful uprising of American patriots."

    Do you have ANY proof of that beyond "Ann Coulter" says so?

    As for the anti-war protesters with the Bush as Hitler signs, if you had talked to me at that time I objected to those as well. It is patriotic to question what the government is doing (democrats or republicans), but comparing a US President (Bush or Obama)to Hitler is offensive, inappropriate and adds nothing to productive discussion of national issues.

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  8. Dancar- I need to respond more thoroughly to some of your accusations (which, btw, I was disappointed in the low caliber of those accusations. I somehow expected more from you.) but quickly now, I wanted to point out that it is VERY well known that those Obama/Hitler posters were LaRouchie's!! Lyndon LaRouche, the thorn in everyone's side. They always came to our rallies and we always told them to go away but freedom of speech belongs to them too.

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  9. I'll grant you that the Hitler sign most often displayed by the LaRouchies, who are not actually tea partiers, but then why does Glenn Beck regularly imply that Obama promotes a progressivism that is a precursor to National Socialism? And what about the birthers? Does the TP put them in the same category as the LaRouchies?

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  10. If no Tea Partier ever gets carried away, never carries an outrageous sign, never shouts something hateful or crazy -- then the Tea Party movement has received a blessing from on high that no other political movement -- left right or middle -- has ever received, to the best of my knowledge. I repeat that politically active people of all persuasions have good reason to commiserate with each other on this sad circumstance . . .

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