Tea Party Group Slams NAACP at NAACP Convention (Video)

| by Michael Allen

FreedomWorks, a corporate-funded Tea Party group, was allowed to set up a booth at the NAACP's 105 annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev., which began on Saturday and will continue until Wednesday.

Deneen Borelli and CL Bryant, of FreedomWorks, were respectfully questioned about their booth by an African-American woman, which the conservative website ProgressivesToday.com described as "open hostility" and "awful display of intolerance."

In reality, the African-American woman clearly articulated her opposition to FreedomWorks, and explained why she supported the NAACP (video below).

In response, Bryant slammed the NAACP, "What we're saying is that the economic, the education, the empowerment that the NAACP should represent for black people, they're not."

However, the NAACP supports education, health programs, civil rights, and economic justice.

Bryant also complained that the NAACP would not allow Borelli "to speak here and share a different view."

The African-American woman reminded Bryant that the NAACP convention was attended by people who support the values of the NAACP not the Tea Party.

"That's why maybe they don't want you," stated the African-American woman.

According to The Huffington Post, the Tea Party organizations Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity were once a single group called Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), which was funded in 1984 by David and Charles Koch. From 1991 to 2004, CSE was given over $5.3 million in donations from tobacco companies.

Mother Jones notes that former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey, who is also a former GOP congressman, was paid $8 million to leave the group after squabbles with FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe in 2012.

Sources: ProgressivesToday.com, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, NAACP