The Tea Party Must Police Itself

By Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP President and CEO

On Sunday, July 18, I will make an appearance on Face the Nation to discuss the NAACP’s resolution calling on Tea Party leaders to act responsibly by repudiating those in their ranks who use racist language and images in their speeches, placards and statements.

The response the resolution has sparked in some quarters only serves to underscore why it was so necessary in the first place. Fox News pundits like Glen Beck and Sarah Palin rushed to claim that we were painting the entire movement as racist, something we have never done. NAACP offices around the country received hate mail and death threats.