Actually, I never liked that term "hate group." Hate can be difficult to prove. The common denominator shared by all "hate groups" - bigotry - is another matter.
That the NAACP falls in that category is old news, dating at least as far back as the 2000 election cycle. Like much of the left, the organization blamed racist sentiments for fueling opposition to "hate crime" laws. The NAACP went so far as to politicize the James Byrd murder in the most vicious political campaign ad in recent history. Brent Bozell reported
in October that year:
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is now airing an ad that seeks to exploit black fears of white crime. Actually, that’s too kind. Over black and white video of a pickup truck dragging a chain, the daughter of Texas dragging death victim James Byrd declares, "So when Gov. George W. Bush refused to sign hate crimes legislation, it was like my father was killed all over again."
(The most horrifying aspect of the murder was not the racial angle but that those three killed a guy for fun.)
In its latest sordid chapter, the NAACP accuses the Tea Party of being founded in racism. Memo to Julian Bond: READ THE SIGNS. The overwhelming theme is the government's tax greed and budgetary recklessness - something that hits everybody's pocketbooks, not just one particular set of races.
The only people who should be offended by the Tea Parties are the parasites who live off of Washington's budgetary excesses. Which should tell us who's advancement the NAACP truly represents.
Update: Andrew Ian Dodge weighs in.
Update: Instapundit has more links.
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