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Letter to the NAACP

July 15, 2010

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Headquarters

4805 Mt. Hope Drive

Baltimore MD 21215

After voting to pass a resolution condemning the Tea Party Movement at your annual convention, your organization launched a page on your website asking people to “repudiate racism within the Tea Party.” The page asks people to sign a pledge to stop hate, and to identify as an “NAACP American.”

As a member of my local Tea Party organization, I have signed your pledge, and will attempt to outline how what we believe parallels with your pledge. I do this from no official capacity, and at no one’s request. These are my own personal reflections on what I see from our movement, based on my involvement.

I believe all Americans have equal rights and equal value.

The Tea Party Movement prides itself as an organization built on the preservation of equality. We believe, as you do, that all Americans have equal rights and equal value. This, in part, explains our opposition to policies that seek to place one segment of American society in superiority to another, or to denigrate any group for political expediency or favor.

I cherish the diverse cultures, beliefs, and values of America.

We in the Tea Party acknowledge, appreciate, and cherish the diversity that marks the exceptionalism of the American experiment. Our ranks are open to all Americans, regardless of color, national origin, religious preference (or lack thereof), or any other factor. Our only litmus test, if such exists, is a respect for and desire to return America to the principles that our nation was founded under, and that have held us together.

I believe we can disagree without being disagreeable.

The NAACP may not find much common ground with our movement. There are few segments of American society that completely agree with one another, and our dynamic is no different. However, we are able and willing to work with you in those interests that we do share, though they may be few. On everything else, we are able to move forward with our agenda without seeking to cast you as our enemy. We hold to the principle stated in Ephesians 6:12 – that our struggle is not one of flesh and blood, but of ideas.

I repudiate all acts of racism and hate, both in words and action.

The Tea Party Movement has consistently rejected all instances of racism and hate that are brought to our attention. We recognize that there are some who claim our mantle to advance their own bigotry, just as there are some who have used your mantle to forward an agenda not in keeping with your principles. Our purpose is not to sow division, but to bring Americans together. We expect that you will hold us to that standard, and you can expect that we will hold you to it.

I have faith in the promise of America – a promise built on mutual respect, common civility, and hope for a better tomorrow.

We have faith that, through God’s guidance, we can renew this promise. Our movement stands on its respect and civility-even in our disagreements with others. We know that God will restore our nation as one indivisible by the shifting winds of partisan opinion, and that He will guide us to a future greater than our expectations.

I commit to building that better America by participating actively and peacefully in the democratic process.

Like you, we are committed to activism and change through the nonviolent political process. We know that the weapons of physical violence will not solve our nation’s troubles, and we denounce their use to bring about political change. We will make use of our prayers and our votes to advance the agenda we feel is best for our nation and our future.

I hope my words provide insight to the true motivation behind the movement with which I choose to associate. While we will have differences of political opinion, I am an NAACP American…and a Tea Party Patriot.

Sincerely,

Coby W. Dillard

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Written by Coby Dillard

July 15, 2010 at 7:00 am

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  1. Coming from someone who isn’t usually a big fan of the Tea Party because of the “angry people” movement I’ve seen it to be (first hand as a resident of DC), I think this is an excellent post. The Tea Party would gain even more momentum and respect if more who were trying to organize under its name were calm enough to think as rationally as you have about the problems we are facing on a national level.

    john h

    July 15, 2010 at 7:42 am

  2. What About

    July 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

  3. I say Mark Williams is ignorant. I say that, with the exception of the group Tea Party Express, no one else in the movement wants nothing to do with him.

    What else needs to be said?

    Coby Dillard

    July 16, 2010 at 6:34 am


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