Last Tuesday, while appearing on MSNBC, Julian Bond, the former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said it’s only right and just that the federal government and the IRS target tea party groups.
Bond also added, Tea party groups are, after all, “overtly racist” and the “Taliban wing of American politics.” The IRS ought to look over these groups’ shoulders, he said — at the same time condemning former President Bush, for what he alleged was that administration’s biased push for the IRS to investigate the NAACP.
Today, talk radio host Glenn Beck decided to respond to Bond’s comments that Bush targeted the NAACP, by saying “dismiss them,” he urged his listeners. “They are a joke, and an affront to everything that Martin Luther King and anybody who ever — Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, you are an affront to their memory.”
Beck also said, “Read Booker T. Washington and tell me that he would be a member of the NAACP. No way, no way. Read Martin Luther King and tell me that he would be a part of anything like this today. No way.”
After noting that Dr. King had marched with a lot of whites during the turbulent sixties, he brought up Reconstruction and the Jim Crow days in the deep south.
“Twenty percent of the lynchings in the south, 20 percent of the lynchings by the KKK, were of white people — white people. And you know what? I contend the white people that were lynched were exactly the kind of people that would be in the Tea Party today.”
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