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New Tone: NAACP Silent on Racism Against Conservative Clarence Thomas

9:45 AM, Feb 7, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Last week, a disturbing video surfaced, showing anti-Koch protesters in California. As we previously noted, "At a rally aimed at the conservative Koch brothers this past weekend in Palm Springs, progressives called for Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas to be sent 'back to the fields,' and they offered that they  'string him up,' 'hang him,' and 'torture' him."

New Tone: NAACP Silent on Racism Against Conservative Clarence Thomas

The video was so disturbing that even Common Cause,  the group who organized the rally, apologized. "We condemn bigotry and hate speech in every form, even when it comes from those who fancy themselves as our friends," Common Cause said in a press release.

But how did the NAACP respond? With silence. 

The Daily Caller reports

The NAACP won’t directly address the racism displayed by progressive protesters outside a summit hosted by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch at the end of January in Palm Springs, Calif., but the organization did call for an end to all “vitriolic language.”

In response to The Daily Caller’s request for comment on a video showing progressive protesters calling for somebody to “string up” African American Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, or “send him back into the fields” or “cut off all his toes and feed them to him one-by-one,” NAACP spokesman Hilary Shelton pointed to the organization’s recent resolution calling for a “civil political discourse.”

“Last summer, the NAACP passed a resolution calling for a civil political discourse,” Shelton said in an e-mail to TheDC. “We continue to call on all Americans to abandon vitriolic language. It serves as a distraction from the real issues our society need to address and distorts the challenges we as Americans have to confront to make our nation greater still.”

Shelton would not, however, address the content of the video directly.

Whole thing here.

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