George Will: NAACP’s Tea Party Resolution ‘Left-Wing McCarthyism’
July 18, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The NAACP’s resolution calling for tea party leaders to repudiate the extremist elements within its ranks and the conservatives’ defensive, somewhat hysterical response to charges of condoning tea party racism, dominated the Sunday talk shows. And George Will, conservative Washington Post columnist and climate change denier, took the already heated discussion on race to new levels of vitriol, by attacking the NAACP, as engaging in “left-wing McCarthyism.” And suggesting that Georgia Democratic Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during a march in the 60s, is a liar.
People don’t like to be called racists. And racists are surely not going to admit they are racist. Instead, you have outright denials and counter attacks of the other side being racist. And that is exactly what has occurred.
There is ample photographic evidence showing tea party protesters carrying racist and bigoted signs and even bigoted tea party funded billboards. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous did not condemn the entire tea party movement as racist, but instead called on the group’s leaders to repudiate bigoted elements within the Tea Party.
Mark Williams, the Tea Party Express spokesman responded with his usual offensive race-baiting. And his bizarre racist “coloreds” screed on his website reminded us all why the NAACP felt the need to draw attention to racist elements within the tea party movement.
The angry mob of tea party protesters that assembled at the Capitol during the contentious healthcare debate last March, shouted the slur “faggot” towards Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), shouted the N-word at Rep. Lewis and spat on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). A reporter heard the teapartier scream “faggot,” and the spitting was caught on tape, but the shouts of “ni**er” were not picked up by TV cameras.
So, the tea party has denied it ever happened. And right-wing lawmakers, such as Michele Bachmann (R-MN) have suggested Congressman Lewis and other black lawmakers are lying.
Will claimed that the credibility of whether the shouting of the N-word actually occurred comes down to “four television cameras saying it didn’t happen” versus Congressman Lewis and other lawmakers who heard the racial epithet.
Will didn’t address the other instances of racist and bigoted behavior by the tea party. Apparently they don’t exist either.
And Will denounced the NAACP resolution as an attempt to silence the tea party. The NAACP is “name calling” and engaging in “left-wing McCarthyism said Will, adding the civil rights group is making “a desperate lunge for its vanished relevance.”