The NAACP vs. The Tea Party


“Being a Negro in America means trying to smile when you want to cry. It means trying to hold on to physical life amid psychological death. It means the pain of watching your children grow up with clouds of inferiority in their mental skies. It means having their legs off, and then being condemned for being a cripple.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you don’t know by now, the NAACP and the Tea Party hate each other. For over a year, they have labeled one another as racist and accused one another for pursuing a racial agenda. Recently, the NAACP is diversifying their agenda. The NAACP has evolved from tackling racial inequality issues to tackling social issues for all minorities. Organizations are constantly fighting to stay relevant by adapting to contemporary society. Today, the NAACP are focused on civil and human rights.

There are so many ways the NAACP can do to improve their relevancy than fighting with the Tea Party. Getting Black voters out for the 2012 elections seems more important. The NAACP, for decades, have focused on housing, employment, equality, education, etc. These seem like American problems, so why just focus on the Black community?

Should an organization focused on improving the lives of African Americans change their agenda and focus on the lives of all minorities? Should they aim to improve poverty, homophobia, and/or xenophobia?

Does this intransigent argument between the Tea Party and the NAACP hinder race relations?

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2 responses to “The NAACP vs. The Tea Party

  1. Nicolle Morales Kern

    Well in today’s world, my question would be how the NAACP would determine who qualifies for their help and who doesn’t? How do they factor in those of mixed ethnicities?

    It really all depends on what their ultimate goal is. Do they want to keep to their own issues or do they strive for cultural unity? Fact of the matter is that a lot of people of different backgrounds experience similar things.

  2. I agree with your final statement. Their goals have shifted slightly over the years. They are adapting to society and focusing on issues other than civil rights. I don’t think the NAACP have fought for equality. However, they are constantly battling inequality.

    Your first set of questions are up for debate. I think it all comes down to socioeconomic status. If those mixed people are living in these lower class conditions, they deserve improvement.

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