Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, has launched a high-profile media and web campaign to demand that people in the Tea Party movement renounce racist “elements” in the movement. As I have posted before, Mr. Jealous took islolated, and in some cases planted, signs at Tea Party rallies to smear tens of millions of Tea Party supporters.
At the One Nation rally yesterday, there was active and open participation by communist and socialist groups, so much so that even the New York Times could not ignore it (although the Times did not run photos of the banners and signs).
In the NY Times article on the rally, Jealous was questioned about the communist and socialist participation in the rally. Jealous did not apply the standard he applied to the Tea Party movement, and while not embracing the communist and socialist agenda, welcomed their participation:
On Thursday Mr. [Glenn] Beck warned that the march included Marxist, Communist and revolutionary groups. Among the organizations endorsing the march were the Communist Party USA, the United Church of Christ, Jewish Funds for Justice, the National Urban League, the National Baptist Convention, People for the American Way and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
“This is a big tent,” Mr. Jealous said. “Anyone who wants to stand up to create jobs and defend the jobs of teachers, police officers, nurses, firefighters — I say come on and join us.”
He said the rally’s sponsors welcomed groups that endorsed their goals, including a higher minimum wage, immigration reform, improved public education and an end to the wave of foreclosures. But he said that did not mean that the organizers agreed with all the policies of every group that endorsed the rally.
How about we now start a media campaign demanding that the NAACP renounce and repudiate the “communist and socialist elements” in the union and civil rights movement? How about we insist that by failing to do so, the NAACP is in effect embracing the communist and socialist agenda?
In the alternative, how about the NAACP apologizes to the Tea Party movement?