NAACP won’t directly address racism leveled against Clarence Thomas at progressive protest
The NAACP won’t directly address the racism displayed by progressive protesters outside a summit hosted by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch at the end of January in Palm Springs, Calif., but the organization did call for an end to all “vitriolic language.”
In response to The Daily Caller’s request for comment on a video showing progressive protesters calling for somebody to “string up” African American Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, or “send him back into the fields” or “cut off all his toes and feed them to him one-by-one,” NAACP spokesman Hilary Shelton pointed to the organization’s recent resolution calling for a “civil political discourse.”
“Last summer, the NAACP passed a resolution calling for a civil political discourse,” Shelton said in an e-mail to TheDC. “We continue to call on all Americans to abandon vitriolic language. It serves as a distraction from the real issues our society need to address and distorts the challenges we as Americans have to confront to make our nation greater still.”
Shelton would not, however, address the content of the video directly.
WATCH: Progressive protesters make racist remarks at rally outside conservative summit
This isn’t the only time in recent years that the NAACP has chosen not to condemn racism directed against black conservatives, according to Deneen Borelli, a fellow with the black conservative group Project 21. Borelli has called on Shelton and the NAACP to denounce racist remarks she has received as recently as last summer.
Appearing together on Fox News Channel’s “Geraldo At Large” in mid-July, Borelli asked Shelton if he and the NAACP would issue a public statement condemning racist remarks that have been directed against her.
Shelton answered her by saying, “Why, yes, ma’am. Just give us some details. The very broad answer is: Yes, we repudiate anybody calling you a bad name in the political arena.”
WATCH: NAACP spokesman tells Project 21 fellow Deneen Borelli he would denounce racist remarks against her
Borelli says she sent the evidence of the racist remarks directed against her for being a black conservative to Shelton and the NAACP in late July 2010, but the self-described “civil rights” group has yet to release any statement. Shelton, according to Borelli, hasn’t even acknowledged receiving the documentation.
One of the sample e-mails Borelli sent to Shelton reads: “You faggot niggas need to be lynched by the Klan. I pray a nightrider strings up every one of you no count good for nothing niggas, it would serve you right for trying to think that these crackers love you. I hate a house nigga worse than I do a Klansman. Rot in hell you scurvy dogs. I would laugh to see you body strung up. It would save us real brothers the time and trouble to do it.”
The NAACP ran a full court press campaign against alleged racism within the Tea Party movement in the months preceding the 2010 midterm elections, and launched websites like TeaPartyTracker.org that featured video and reports from left-wing advocacy group Media Matters, liberal blog ThinkProgress and misleading video-journalist duo New Left Media. But, the NAACP didn’t address the racist remarks made toward black conservatives during that same time period, including Borelli.
Borelli told TheDC that she sees a double standard.
“My takeaway is the significant double standard that is displayed here when it comes to what we’ve witnessed on this video versus how black conservatives are also attacked and the NAACP remains silent,” Borelli said in a phone interview. “The NAACP, and I’m sure you know this, they were basically hired by George Soros to track racism in the Tea Party movement.”
The NAACP did condemn racist attacks against former black secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice during George W. Bush’s presidency.