LatinaLista — Ever since the NACCP issued a press release announcing that a resolution repudiating the “bigoted elements” within the Tea Party had been passed unanimously by its 2,000 delegates at their national conference, they’ve been receiving quite a bit of flack.
Not surprisingly, the strongest criticism comes from Tea Partiers themselves who have passed their own resolution denouncing the NAACP charge and accusing the civil rights organization of being nothing more than a lapdog for the Democratic Party.
A diverse list of Tea Party members have contacted the media to say the Tea Party is not racist and has members from all ethnicities, and that’s true.
So, the question remains why haven’t these diverse members been more vocal in condemning the actions of the few who seem to turn up at Tea Party rallies spouting their own versions of patriotism?
If there had been a consistent response from the Tea Party leadership then such a resolution would not have been needed. As it is, because the Tea Party has chosen to remain mum on the issue and allow the extremists to be a part of their public gatherings the popular perception, whether they like it or not, is that the Tea Party is more concerned with advancing racist views than addressing “fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets,” as their Mission Statement claims.
Yet, in fairness, the Tea Party isn’t alone.
The same thing is happening within the Republican Party with some fringe GOPers taking the party down a radical path. It’s a path that includes attacking the integrity of Latinos and Latino immigrants and actively promoting the passage of laws, that if passed in another country, would be condemned by our government as oppressive, undemocratic and inhumane.
But in this case, it’s just considered politics.
Maybe that’s why the Hispanic membership of the GOP, for the most part, has either remained quiet on the issue or been in agreement that a true conservative agenda includes a No Tolerance policy when it comes to undocumented immigrants.
The ironic thing is that when it comes to cultural connection, Hispanic GOPers have more in common culturally with immigrants than the leadership of the party that politically leads them and which is intent to stave off a collaboration reforming immigration — which would actually begin the process of consolidating the two halves that now exist in the greater Latino community.
Most people agree that the NAACP’s resolution repudiating the Tea Party’s tolerance of racists within their groups is nothing more than words on paper, but it has achieved one thing — a higher awareness from within the group that they don’t want to be identified as such.
Maybe it’s time to do the same for the Republican Party.