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NAACP releases report claiming widespread racism within Tea Party

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) – The NAACP will release a report by the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights which, details various associations between Tea Party organizations and acknowledged hate groups in the United States. 

The report comes a few days after the NAACP board ratified a resolution calling on the Tea Party to repudiate racist elements within its ranks along with a resolution calling for civility in the political discourse.  Those resolutions were part of nearly 80 others on jobs, education and climate change. 

The new report details ongoing links between Tea Party organizations and various white supremacist groups, anti-immigrant organizations, "birthers" and independent militias.

The report analyzes each of the six most active Tea Party organizations. Drawing from Tea Party literature and websites, as well as original statistical analysis, the authors provide demographic information and specific instances of racist ties.  It also offers interactive maps showing where Tea Party membership is located within the United States.

In addition to the report, the NAACP has been running Tea Party Tracker, a website that monitors instances of racism and other forms of extremism within the Tea Party movement. You can visit it at www.teapartytracker.org.

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