Will the NAACP Repudiate Jerermiah Wright for His Remarks?

Posted on July 19, 2010

The NAACP made a big splash last week by condemning elements of the TEA Party movement as “racist.”   While there is scant evidence of widespread racism in the movement, it doesn’t stop the left from trying to use the charge to drum up political support for Democrats  in advance of the November elections.  The NAACP CEO and President, Ben Jealous has issued a statement on the organization’s website calling for the TEA party to denounce those in their ranks who use racist placards and language:

On Sunday, July 18, I will make an appearance on Face the Nation to discuss the NAACP’s resolution calling on Tea Party leaders to act responsibly by repudiating those in their ranks who use racist language and images in their speeches, placards and statements.

Well, I’ll agree with Mr. Jealous here.  If there are any people in the TEA party movement who express racism, they must be called out and denounced.  In today’s society there is no place at the table with those who hold racist beliefs. 

But, I would also like the NAACP to look within its own ranks and police those who express racist and hateful tones as well.  I give you the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in an interview with the Daily Press in June of 2009:

If you can’t quite make out what Wright is saying, here are the quotes from the Daily Press interview:

In an exclusive interview at the 95th annual Hampton University Ministers’ Conference, Wright told the Daily Press that he has not spoken to his former church member since Obama became president, and he implied that the White House won’t allow Obama to talk to him.

“Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” Wright said. “I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. …

“They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. … I said from the beginning: He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.”

Wright also said Obama should have sent a U.S. delegation to the World Conference on Racism held recently in Geneva, Switzerland, but that the president did not for fear of offending Jews and Israel. He specifically cited the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobbying group.

“Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing (by) the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don’t want Barack talking like that because that’s anti-Israel,” Wright said.

The language is so outrageous, it even made Keith Olbermann’s Worst Person in the World segment, by beating out Liz Cheney and Ann Coulter! And you know how much Olbermann loves Cheney and Coulter. (You can skip ahead to the 2:10 mark to hear Olbermann’s comments on Wright):

So why was it then, five months later (on November 20, 2009), the Reverend Wright was asked to come and speak/pray at the Anne Arundel County NAACP Freedom Fund banquet?:

This chapter of the NAACP still has pictures from their banquet on their website with Rev. Wright featured prominently. Remember this banquet happened five months AFTER  Reverend Wright made those comments about “the Jews controlling”  President Obama.  Why would a chapter of the NAACP still support Reverend Wright after making such statements?  Will the NAACP repudiate Reverend Wright for his inflammatory remarks or will they give him a pass?

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