And for the record, the NAACP has been shrill for over a century and the Confederate nostalgics have hated every minute of it. Since they began in 1909 the NAACP has always been attacked by the Confederate Party regardless of the alias they use. Today’s iteration of the Confederate Party uses Republican, GOP, conservative and Tea Party as their cover names, but the NAACP can still send these folks into fits of rage just by tugging at their sheets from time to time.
As they done countless times before, the NAACP called on a political movement in America to condemn the racist statements and actions by folks in their ranks. Nothing really new here, as the NAACP has been doing this kind of thing for 101 years. But because the movement they call out this time is the
Tea Party TeaBagger movement it has caused an outrage from all the usual suspects making up the various strains of the modern Confederate Party.
It took almost no time at all for TeaBagger leaders to respond with claims of victimhood and, of course, fresh examples of the racism the NAACP call on the movement to refute.
Leading the way this time was TeaBagger grifter extraordinaire, Mark Williams. He started a TeaBagger cell group called The Tea Party Express and now serves as the mouthpiece for the group. And what a spokesman. He put up some racist bile and when he was called out on it he first called it ‘satire’ and then he took it down when it was clear that he was tripping over his own sheet.
Fortunately, Ta-Nehisi Coates has preserved a copy.
Many words have been written about the NAACP’s call to condemn any racism in the Tea Party, but I think TNC’s reading of the entire episode is spot on. Especially this:
If Mark Williams is not a racist, then there are no racists in American society–a position which many, some liberals among them, no doubt find plausible.
It’s been asked in comments, a few times, what good has come of the NAACP’s resolution. I would not endeavor to speak for anyone but myself when I say that I owe the NAACP a debt of gratitude.
And finally this:
When engaging your adversaries, that approach [thoughtful fair-mindedness] has its place. But it’s worth saying that there are other approaches and other places. Among them–respectfully administering the occasional reminder as to the precise nature of the motherfuckers you are dealing with. It strikes me that this is a most appropriate role for the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.
Thank the FSM that the NAACP is still calling out these motherfuckers after all these years. Folks like Williams may not like it, but then again they are WATB assholes who always think it is unfair for anybody to hold them accountable for their words and deeds (they are sons of the Confederacy after all).
We are a better Nation because of the NAACP and they deserve respect and support, but I doubt that will be the outcome.
If I had to make a guess, I would suspect that the outcome of Mark William’s racist tirades will be that CNN or MSNBC will hire the little bastard any day now and give him his own show.
Why? Because the NAACP is shrill, that’s why.