The NAACP today is scheduled to vote on a resolution that would condemn the Tea Party movement as racist.
An NAACP spokesman told me that the office would not release the text of the resolution until after it has been adopted, but details of the proposal emerged in the Kansas City Star.
According to the report in the Star, the resolution charges:
•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.