Sarah Palin has once again turned to Facebook to make her views known to an eager public. This time, she is fighting back against NAACP claims that the Tea Party movement is racist.
I am saddened by the NAACP’s claim that patriotic Americans who stand up for the United States of America’s Constitutional rights are somehow “racists.” The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling, and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand.
An NAACP statement claims members of the movement have "displayed signs and posters intended to degrade people of color generally and
President Barack Obama specifically" and says "the racist elements" within the tea party are "a threat to progress."
Palin, however, points to Obama's election -- the one she lost -- as a sign of racial progress in America. She writes:
We, as a united people, applauded that sentiment. We were proud of that progress. That’s why it is so sad to see that 18 months later, the NAACP is once again using the divisive language of the past to unfairly accuse the Tea Party movement of harboring “racist elements.”
Palin thinks the NAACP has other motives:
The only purpose of such an unfair accusation of racism is to dissuade good Americans from joining the Tea Party movement or listening to the common sense message of Tea Party Americans who simply want government to abide by our Constitution, live within its means, and not borrow and spend away our children’s futures. Red and yellow, black and white, this message is precious in all our sights. All decent Americans abhor racism. No one wants to be associated with any organization that is in any way racist in sentiment or origin. I certainly don’t want to be. Thankfully, the Tea Party movement is not racist or motivated by racism. It is motivated by love of country and all that is good and honest about our proud and diverse nation.