Black Conservatives Say Black Liberals Are Using Race to Discredit the Tea Party Movement

By Penny Starr | August 5, 2010 | 4:35 AM EDT

Talk show host Herman Cain joined other black conservatives on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at the National Press Club to defend the Tea Party movement against charges of racism by the NAACP. ( Starr)

Washington ( – Black conservative leaders from around the country gathered in Washington on Wednesday to denounce the NAACP for its resolution charging that elements of the Tea Party movement are racist.
“The accusation by the NAACP is just another example of playing the race card because of failed policies,” conservative talk show host Herman Cain said at the event, which was organized by the Tea Party Express and held at the National Press Club.
“And it’s being used as a distraction from what really ought to be happening and what the NAACP, in particular, ought to be doing -- and that is focusing on many of the problems in the black community.”
Cain said in his opinion, “the NAACP has lost its relevance and they are looking for relevance in all the wrong places.”
Niger Innis, spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality, said the NAACP has betrayed its own legacy by adopting the same tactic it was formed to fight in the first place. “The same racial terror that was employed by whites in hoods is now being employed by blacks and whites in suits,” Innis said. “The victims now are Americans who just want to exercise their First Amendment rights,” namely members and leaders of the Tea Party movement, he said.

Niger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, told a gathering of black conservatives in Washington on August 4, 2010 that the NAACP is using tactics it was founded to fight. ( Starr)

Innis and others at the event also blamed the Black Congressional Congress for injecting racism into politics and using it as a weapon against the Tea Party movement.
They noted that the first racism charge against the Tea Party movement followed rallies on Capitol Hill against the Democrats’ health care.  “And it was the fraudulent and phony charge issued by the Congressional Black Caucus, or some clueless members of the Congressional Black Caucus, that alleged that the ‘N’ word was dropped and that people were purposefully spit upon,” Innis recalled.
Innis mentioned that one of the Tea Party factions wrote a letter to the caucus, stating they “take very seriously any charge of racism within our ranks” and asking the caucus to join them in investigating the matter. “The Congressional Black Caucus has yet to respond to this letter,” Innis said.
Kevin Jackson, president of the Black Conservative Coalition, said the Congressional Black Caucus makes race an issue to further its liberal agenda and keep its members in office.
Americans of different nationalities, creeds, colors, and religions mingle at grocery stores and sporting events without “a hint of racism,” Jackson said. “Yet as soon as a piece of legislation comes up, the Democrats roll out [the Congressional Black Caucus] as their intimidation group,” similar to what used to happen with the KKK.
Speaker after speaker at the event said that the Tea Party isn’t about race or racism but about all Americans who value the free market, limited government and the Constitution.
“We have an obligation to defend what made us great,” Mychal Massie, chairman of the Project 21 black leadership network, said. “This is the greatest country in the world, and it will continue to be only as long as Americans stand up and fight to keep it that way.”