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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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Virginia’s Black Conservative Leaders Reject Political Stunt of NAACP

Leaders of Virginia’s black conservative community who are strong supporters of the tea party movement issued the following statements today denouncing the NAACP for adopting a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement:

Bishop E.W. Jackson, Sr., President of STAND, Chesapeake VA

“While I have great admiration for the historic contribution the NAACP once made toward equality and justice for black Americans, they have lost their way. Instead of seeking justice, they play racial politics and march lockstep with the far left. They were once independent. Now liberals say jump, and the NAACP says, ‘How high?’

“The NAACP was silent during the hateful, racist, anti-Semitic rants of Jeremiah Wright and the New Black Panther Party. Instead of defending Kenneth Gladney’s right to freely express his political views as a black American, they were silent when he was viciously attacked at a Tea Party rally and called the “N” word by SEIU thugs. It seems that the NAACP is only for the advancement of liberal “colored” people. Therefore it has lost credibility as a true civil rights organization.”

Sonnie Johnson, President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Virginia, Woodbridge VA

“Here comes the Talented Tenth to the racial rescue! As an organization claiming to represent the black community, the NAACP would serve that community well by focusing on the critical issues of unemployment, education, and financial literacy. But instead they are playing politics with a racial resolution against the Tea Party—a non-partisan organization that represents Black, White, Brown, and all colors in between.

“From the Jackson Ward Area of Richmond to the Vinger Hill area of Charlottesville, I understand how the NAACP’s politics damages the black community. After forty years of advancing a big government agenda, trading political favors, and rewarding the children of former civil rights leaders for the courage shown by their parents, they continue to destroy productive communities that could otherwise flourish under the freedom that comes with small government.”

Gilbert Wilkerson, Richmond Tea Party Board of Directors, Richmond VA

“As an African American, I expect the NAACP to condemn the violent crimes in our neighborhoods, the genocide of millions of unborn black babies, and the high dropout rate among our black youth. Instead, the NAACP steps over the weightier matters to condemn the Tea Party for unproven racial slurs and a few offensive posters about the president (which the Tea Party itself has condemned). Is this how the many black supporters of the NAACP want their money used?”

Coby W. Dillard, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, Norfolk VA

“With 15% of blacks unemployed and 13% in fair or poor health nationwide, one would expect the NAACP to focus on problems that truly damage the black community. Instead, they choose to sow more racial divisiveness against the Tea Party—a movement that seeks to restore those founding principles that unite Americans of all colors as one nation, indivisible.

“Sadly, this continues the NAACP’s recent history of division among the very lines they claim to work to eliminate. How unfortunate that this organization, with its proud history during the civil rights era, chooses to denigrate the Tea Party movement instead of seeking common ground.

“When the NAACP is truly ready to work towards its goal of ‘One Nation, One Dream,’ they are welcome to unite with us as we work towards that same end.”