Tuesday night, some NAACP members issued a resolution on the Tea Party Movement and racism.
While we have no problem whatsoever with the existence of the Tea Party itself, and most of the members of the Tea Party; however, we have a problem with what appears to be the Tea Party condoning racist behavior of those who seem to be affiliated with them.
Dot Scott is the president of the Charleston branch of the NAACP and explains some of those recent behaviors:
We’re talking about the billboard that depicts the president as Hitler. We’re talking about some of the behavior of some of those gathered in Washington sitting on the elected officials calling Congressman Lewis a nigger. We’re talking about some of the local behavior. I haven’t seen it in my area of Charleston, as much as we see it on the national level.
After the NAACP’s conference, First Congressional District GOP candidate and Tea Party member Tim Scott, who is black, stood against the organization’s statements.
When I think about all the rallies that I have gone to throughout South Carolina campaigning, when I think about the Tea Party, the Patriots, what I find that they all have in common is one question they ask me: ‘Tim, how can we fuse our movement with the Conservative blacks in our community?’ And, it is simply a desire to reach all people with a message of limited government, fiscal responsibility and free market.
Scott says the NAACP is making a mistake in their stereotypical comments.
The whole racial overtone is, in my opinion, the move of the Democratic Party and the Liberals in Congress and in our country, unfortunately, to make the notion of Conservatism to be synonymous with racism. And, that is wrong.
Scott says he thinks the racially-charged claims are a deeper issue than what the NAACP feels the Tea Party is doing wrong.
As a member of the movement I find it repulsive that an organization that was founded on the premise of racial equality would find itself looking for ways to create a division within our country.
The Tea Party Movement has nothing to do with race, according to Scott.
It has to do with fiscal responsibility, free markets as the solution to what ails us economically, and limiting the role of government in our lives. Anyone who agrees with that, we want you as a part of our community, a part of our movement.
However, Dot Scott says welcoming someone into the Tea Party and making them accepted are two different issues.
We welcome anybody into the NAACP, but I’m sure some of the Tea Parties, they would not want to affiliate with us because our ideologies are so different. Let’s say the role of the NAACP really is to look after those folks who are not able to stick up for themselves, and when we talk about things like taking our country back, and that tends to be that’s the stance of the Tea Party. Who are they taking it back from? As if this America doesn’t belong to everybody.
Tim Scott and Dot Scott have no family relation to each other.