A Tea Party group in Missouri is calling on the Internal Revenue Service to reconsider the NAACP’s tax-exempt status for engaging in partisan activity because of the Civil Rights group’s impending vote condemning Tea Partiers for their “explicitly racist behavior.”
The St. Louis Tea Party is demanding that the NAACP withdraw the resolution linking activists to racism.
“The NAACP does its entire membership a grave disservice by hypocritically engaging in the very conduct it purports to oppose,” Tea Party leader Bill Hennessy wrote in the resolution sent to NAACP in Washington.
The St. Louis Tea Party document calls the NAACP a “partisan political attack dog organization” that is hypocritical for standing “against the discriminatory and harmful practice of labeling people with a broad brush,” but making a broad statement about the Tea Party movement.
“I think a lot of people are not taking the Tea Party movement seriously, and we need to take it seriously,” said Anita Russell, head of the Kansas City chapter of the NAACP, according to the Kansas City Star. “We need to realize it’s really not about limited government.”
One Tea Party activist in Missouri, John Loudon, said during an interview that the NAACP resolution is nothing but “a flat-out political move.”
“It goes right into the Democratic Party narrative that if you’re against the party agenda, you’re racist,” he said. “It’s so wicked and so wrong.”