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NAACP Report Claims Tea Party Gives Platform to Racists, Bigots 

Photo Courtesy - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(BALTIMORE) -- A controversial new report about the Tea Party alleges that white power groups and militias have tried to infiltrate the movement in order to “push these protesters toward a more self-conscious and ideological white supremacy.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People released the findings of the study called “Tea Party Nationalism,” funded in part by the liberal-backed Firedoll Foundation and written by white nationalism experts Devin Burghart and Leonard Zeskind.

According to Judson Phillips, founder of the Tea Party Nation, the report is nothing more than a “liberal smear,” given that the more organized facets of the movement have repudiated racism.  There are also questions about the timing of the report’s release, with the midterm elections less than two weeks away.

Burghart and Zeskind focused more on fringe Tea Party groups online and low-level county chapters, where allegations of racism have cropped up.  They also cited five members in particular, including one former Tea Party official with ties to anti-Semitic or white nationalist groups.

NAACP President Ben Jealous said that his group’s support of the findings was not meant to attack the Tea Party as a whole but to simply repudiate any racists who may try to associate themselves with the movement.  Jealous called most Tea Party supporters “sincere, principled people of good will.”

"Tea Party Nationalism" also claims that a large number of Tea Party backers are 'birthers,' who believe that President Obama was born outside the U.S., and therefore wasn't eligible to run for the White House.

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