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Amina Luqman
Petersburg, Va.

Amina Luqman

My voice comes from my experiences as a professional African American woman raised Muslim, progressive and from less-than-privileged circumstances.

An NAACP punch in the nose

Editor's note: The contestants were given free rein for their second post of the day. You can read Amina Luqman's earlier post here.

 

Maybe the resurgence of old-fashioned racism awakened something in them. Maybe they just said enough is enough! But the NAACP is back and showing some youthful spunk. Not a moment too soon. 

 

Since this summer and now with their recent report release, the NAACP has been giving the Tea Party a well-deserved political punch in the nose.  Today the Post's Dana Milbank asks, "Is the NAACP picking a fight with the Tea Party?" Heck yeah! It's about time someone did.

 

With the election of the nation's first Black president, the Tea Party suddenly appears professing total disgust for government. The Joker-painted face of Obama, the racist signs, the racist remarks from Tea Party leadership and members, the constant drumbeat about white oppression.  There are times in history when silence in the face of ugliness is complicity. This is one of those times. We're watching what happens when a nation doesn't clearly and consistently denounce resurgent racism. It spreads. It's now unabashed anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-poor rhetoric that's beginning to make our nation's lofty ideals sound like a joke.

 

The pressure from the NAACP has filled some of this void. The sincerity may be paper-thin, but at least now the Tea Party is compelled to answer for the blatant racist nonsense in its ranks. At least they have to pretend to disagree with it. They have to profess that they have Black friends. Maybe, find a person of color or two to sprinkle in their white rallies. This is far from ideal, but it's a start.

 

Thank you, NAACP. Oh, and if you have a moment there's gubernatorial candidate in New York with an email problem and a Nazi re-enacting Congressional candidate in Ohio who could both use some of your anti-racist cheer J

 

Read more posts from this round. See what the judges are saying. And cast your vote on Friday.

 

By Amina Luqman  |  October 21, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  | Category:  Blogging Challenge
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This post continues Amina's habit of offering insightful posts worth reading start-to-finish. Her body of work is worthy of a good columnist, even if other blogging skills were not sufficiently strong to reach the next level of competition.

Posted by: pjro | October 26, 2010 10:05 PM
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Excellent!! Like they say in French, "chapeau" for you post.

Posted by: emelki1968 | October 26, 2010 12:30 PM
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This kerfuffle has everything: passion, righteous indignation, evil villans. About the only thing it's missing is factual accuracy. The Tea Party is many things, but it's not racist. There was a time, not long ago, when the word racist meant more than, "I disagree with you but cannot come up with a persuasive argument against you!" Such a pity that the such a fine organization with a heroic history and sacred mission should have lost its was so very badly!"

Posted by: cscorneil | October 22, 2010 8:29 PM
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Yes, I see Ms. Luqman's point; the NAACP is finally living up to its historic mission to fight racism. Hopefully Mr. Jealous has learned some lessons from his rush to judgement in his condemnation of Ms. Shirley Sherrod. He should have known better.

Posted by: sslcs | October 22, 2010 6:04 PM
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The Billionaire Koch brothers and right wing extremists look for any divisive wedge issue; racial, religious, economic, homophobia, islamophobia to divide and weaken American society for their financial gain.

The Tea Party and right wing Koch brothers are fighting for what's best for Wall Street Criminals, for Oil and Coal Industry Criminal negligence resulting in Deaths and Pollution, and the Policies that allow them to continue doing so Without Oversight or Regulation.

The primary funding sources for the Tea Party are Oil Industry funded conservative groups:

“Americans for Prosperity”, “FreedomWorks”, “Cato Institute”, “American Enterprise institute” and the “Heritage foundation”.

which receive substantial funding from Exxon Mobil, ChevronTexaco and David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, and the conservative Koch Family Foundations. Koch industries are responsible for hundreds of Oil spills spread over multiple states.

The Billionaires (David and Charles Koch) Bankrolling the Tea Party
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html?src=me&ref=general

The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer

Posted by: Airborne82 | October 22, 2010 2:07 PM
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Sorry, Amina, but your column comes off as a day late and a dollar short, considering that a UCLA study (mentioned in Oct. 14's Washington Post) found that few Tea Party signs at a recent rally had anything to do with race or Obama.

You're also wasting far too much adrenaline on the NAACP, whose latest move looks more like a desperate attempt at relevance. It's like watching your 80-year-old grandfather grab a microphone at a wedding reception and try to rap ... beyond entertainment value, what does it really amount to?

Posted by: UponFurtherReview | October 22, 2010 11:16 AM
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snap! I like it.

The Tea Party is good at pretending, though.

Posted by: jhones | October 21, 2010 9:08 PM
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Good stuff, as usual. Looking forward to seeing what you've got for the next round.

Posted by: waltersobchak2 | October 21, 2010 7:27 PM
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"Is the NAACP picking a fight with the Tea Party?" Heck yeah! It's about time someone did.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Past time, I'd say.

But please understand: Just because you don't hear anyone speaking up doesn't mean no one is. The Tea Party has been given a voice in the media not afforded to common ordinary folks who have a different point of view.

If you believed the media, you might think that all midwestern white folks held the same beliefs as Tea Partiers. But they don't. I know, because I am one.

Posted by: martymar123 | October 21, 2010 6:08 PM
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Agreed, about time! Way to say what others won't, or worse, oppose.

Posted by: chucky-el | October 21, 2010 5:05 PM
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Although in it death throws, it sounds like the NAACP has pulled together enough energy to make itself mid-term relevant. Yeah, I think.

Posted by: drpatgay | October 21, 2010 5:00 PM
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