The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has a convention coming up in Kansas City, and a resolution will be introduced to call Teabaggers racist, because why not? Seems pretty valid, as many Teabaggers do seem to be rather racist. A LITTLE LATE, but valid. Teabagger leaders cannot believe this, though. THEM, TEABAGGERS, racist? It is strange, because Teabaggers have pretty much picked up the torch from the NAACP in leading the civil rights movement.
“I just don’t see racism in the tea party movement,” said Brendan Steinhauser, director of campaigns for FreedomWorks, which organizes tea party groups. “Racism is something we’re absolutely opposed to.”
“The NAACP has more of a political agenda now, but I would hope that they would appreciate the fact that the tea party movement has a lot in common with the civil rights movement. I’m personally inspired by what the civil rights movement did, and I want them to know that.”
Yes, can you try to appreciate this, NAACP? Stop thinking about how the Teabaggers are almost your ideological opposites for a second and appreciate how much you have in common. Teabaggers hate racism, you see. Why do you think they criticize Obama for being a bigot every five seconds?
Meanwhile, Teabagger scribe Dave Weigel has run to their defense:
Dave Weigel is stuck in Alaska this week inside a jet engine, yet no one will help him on Twitter. He is also co-guest-blogging with fellow conservative-fatwa victim David Frum for the vacationing Andrew Sullivan. These two scenarios are pretty bleak, so Weigel is understandably ingratiating himself with the Teabaggers he once had a sense of humor about and disagreeing with the NAACP, which makes him racist, but whatever.
(Is this enough to get the Weigel page-view gold? Maybe we need a little more.)
Weigel is wrong, of course. The NAACP does have something to do. It can perhaps try to solve poverty, or it can find people in the country to call racist and then call them it, which is something. The latter gets you media attention, so you may want to do more of that one. The NAACP can also LIVE IT UP in Kansas City, America’s vacation destination. See, that’s three things right there, Weigel. [Kansas City Star]