*The NAACP is expected to approve a resolution at its annual convention condemning the tea party movement for harboring “racist elements that are a threat to our democracy,” a spokeswoman for the civil rights organization said Monday.
The proposed resolution states that the “movement is not just about higher taxes and limited government but something that could evolve and become more dangerous,” NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell said. Delegates gathering in Kansas City will consider the resolution as early as Tuesday.
The resolution would be the latest and perhaps the most pointed denunciation of the tea party movement, which has pushed back against recurring accusations of racism since its inception a year and a half ago.
Critics have pointed to signs carried by tea party supporters that mock President Obama and his Kenyan ancestry and to repeated questions by protesters about Obama’s U.S. citizenship.
The accusations intensified after reports that a tea party protester directed a racial epithet at U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a longtime civil rights leader, during a Washington rally in March.
Then and now, tea party leaders have distanced themselves from what they described as the work of fringe elements. Several also questioned the legitimacy of the Lewis report, asking why it had not been caught on video.
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