[REVISED 07/2010] – Michell O Hits the Campaign Trail in Address to NAACP

Posted on July 12, 2010

CORRECTION:  When this post was first published, in error, it ascribed anti-Tea Partier remarks  below to Michelle Obama.   In point of  fact, her address focused on Obesity in black students and on raising the quality of schools. Her speech did precede the annual convention of the NAACP at which they will be voting on condemnation of the Tea Party movement as racist.

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The fall campaign is off an running at the mouth.  Michelle Obama addressed the NAACP yesterday.  Outside of her remarks, NAACP members plan to publicize their protest march on Washington October 10th against the Tea Party movement. In agreeing to speak before the body prior to a vote on the Tea Party movement to declare it racist, she was helping to raise the level of awareness of their proposed action by her very presence.

Most Democrats have declared the Tea Party dead.  The NAACP hopes to bury it.

Tea Party members have used “racial epithets,” have verbally abused black members of Congress and threatened them, and protestors have engaged in “explicitly racist behavior” and “displayed signs and posters intended to degrade people of color generally and President Barack Obama specifically,” according to the proposed resolution.

An NAACP spokesperson continued:

“We’re deeply concerned about elements that are trying to move the country back, trying to reverse progress that we’ve made,” NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell told ABC News. “We are asking that the law-abiding members of the Tea Party repudiate those racist elements, that they recognize the historic and present racist elements that are within the Tea Party movement.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in coordination with 170 other groups, including labor unions, is planning a protest march in Washington, D.C., Oct. 10 as the next step in building momentum against the Tea Party.

In addition to addressing national obesity and its effects on the African American community, she brought up inequality of education.  She  stated the obvious:  Blacks still don’t have good schools and opportunities to help them compete.  I agree.  Most people agree with this. The President has an educational initiative for public schools.   We await it’s timed-for-maximum-effect introduction.  Perhaps she is the vanguard in its introduction.

So once again the Democrats have beat the opposition to the punch in organizing for a campaign season.  The Tea Party “Movement” is really several movements. (see On My Watch here)  It would be difficult for them at this point to organize behind a single initiative – but perhaps not under this kind of pressure.

The Republican Party, the Tea Partiers and whatever independents who want to join in  need to organize to fight this.  I don’t see it.  They will be declared dead before they have reached the starting gate.

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