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NAACP Double Standards on Common Cause Rally

Last summer, the NAACP passed a resolution that charged the Tea Party movement with racism, despite a lack of evidence to support this claim.

Ironically, the civil rights organization appears to be much more tolerant of well-documented racism at left-wing rallies. At a Common Cause–sponsored anti-Koch demonstration last week, protesters were caught on camera calling for Justice Clarence Thomas to be “sent back to the fields” and lynched. And yet, the Daily Caller is reporting, the NAACP has refused to address these comments:

In response to The Daily Caller’s request for comment on a video showing progressive protesters calling for somebody to “string up” African American Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, or “send him back into the fields” or “cut off all his toes and feed them to him one-by-one,” NAACP spokesman Hilary Shelton pointed to the organization’s recent resolution calling for a “civil political discourse.” …

Shelton would not, however, address the content of the video directly.

Shelton’s response to the Daily Caller seemed to imply that the statements at the Common Cause rally didn’t need to be addressed individually. But if the organization was focused on improving “civil discourse” in general, then why did the NAACP feel the need to single out the Tea Party at all?

Last July, the civil rights group condemned “the Tea Party’s continued tolerance for bigotry and bigoted statements” and said that “[t]he time has come for them to accept the responsibility that comes with influence and make clear there is no place for racism & anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry in their movement.”

The fact that the NAACP can’t do the same regarding the Common Cause rally — despite the fact that the bigoted statements were actually documented on camera — demonstrates a troubling double standard.