Thursday, July 22, 2010

Calling tea-party people racist is a S.I.N. ~ By Herman Cain

Since this column was posted early Monday morning (7/21/10), there has been another episode supposedly concerning racism and the NAACP. Only this time, it was turned around, and it didn't quite work out the way it all started. Andrew Breitbart of had released a tape of a USDA worker, Shirley Sherrod, speaking at an NAACP meeting. It turned out to be only part of the story, though. Racist remarks were shown in the first video released, but it turned out to be totally out of context. Acting without all of the facts, Ms. Sherrod was forced to resign. Below is a video I am including from a segment on Glenn Beck's show on Tuesday, July 20, which will help to explain what happened:

Video provided by fearblocke

Isn't it strange how things work out? In this column, Herman Cain explains why the NAACP was calling the Tea Party Movement racist, even though they never had any evidence that the movement was racist whatsoever. And last Friday (Jul 16), Patrick Buchanan had this to say about why the NAACP was accusing the Tea Party of being racist: "Rescuing itself from the obscurity it richly deserves, the NAACP has found a way back onto the front page: Accuse the tea-party movement of harboring racists."

Is this starting to make sense yet? Well, the NAACP sure found a way to put it all in perspective with the Shirley Sherrod debacle, as did the White House. In their rush to show themselves as not being racist, they forced Sherrod to resign, before they learned that the comments shown in the original video was out of context. They all acted "stupidly," you might say, where they acted before they had all of the information, the same thing Obama had accused the Cambridge cop with doing in the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (and another situation where Obama spoke before knowing the whole context of what had happened). Maybe it's time to just put race behind us, and that needs to include not accusing the tea party with being racist. Just sayin'...

Tea-party people are not racist. They are patriotic Americans who want the greatest country in the world to remain the greatest country in the world. We are exercising our right to speak out against bad public policy, even if the president is black.

This isn't about race. This is about results, and the results by this administration and this Congress are missing in action.

The NAACP has lost its relevance and its way forward. That's a sin.

By Herman Cain

Posted: July 19, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

The NAACP is doing the dirty work for the failed policies of the Obama administration and the congressional Democrats. Accusing the tea-party movement as being racist shifts (S) the attention from the mishandling of the Gulf oil tragedy, the failed $862 billion stimulus-spending bill, the lack of private-sector job growth and an economy stuck on stalled.

The NAACP's accusation also shifts attention away from the problems in the black community, which they ignore (I) in their name-calling (N) rhetoric, such as increased high-school dropout rates, increased incarceration rates, increased out-of-wedlock birthrates and unemployment rates among blacks that are 50 percent higher than the national average.

Although my invitation to the NAACP annual convention in Kansas City got lost in the mail, I suspect there were plenty of speeches blaming George W. Bush and greedy capitalists for those problems.

When NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell says "hardcore white-supremacist organizations have participated in and occasionally lead tea-party rallies," the mainstream lapdog media jump all over such a blatantly baseless claim. When asked what the claim was based on, she said academic research on the tea-party movement.

Of the nearly two dozen tea-party rallies at which I have been a keynote speaker, I have yet to see or hear of anyone doing a survey, poll or research asking attendees if they were white supremacists. Nor has any of the tea-party organizers indicated that such research was ever requested or being done.

Although it was not a scientific test, at a Georgia tea-party event I attended July 16, which included a live broadcast of my radio show, I asked all of the white supremacists and KKK members to raise their hands. There were none. When I asked a show of hands of all the people who want the big-government spending to stop, the legislative abuse to stop and the coming tax increases to be stopped, more than 3,000 attendees almost cheered the roof off the place!

Since there have been thousands of tea-party and citizen rallies across the country beginning in early 2009, those researchers obviously attended the ones I did not attend. I would love to see the research, or hear or see one audio or video clip of a tea-party speaker uttering one racist word. It does not exist!


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