Skip to comments.Free Republic Smeared by NAACP Report (Freepers will not be intimidated)
Posted on 10/20/2010 8:50:32 PM PDT by kristinn
In a report released today entitled, Tea Party Nationalism, the NAACP falsely accuses Free Republic of being "an important space for...racist(sic)" and of having as a member the Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn.
In falsely accusing Free Republic of being a haven for racists, the NAACP report notes Free Republic's front page promotes the Tea Party Express. However, the report fails to note the front page also includes several statements warning that racism and violence are not welcome on Free Republic:
"Please enjoy our forum, but also please remember to use common courtesy when posting and refrain from posting personal attacks, profanity, vulgarity, threats, racial or religious bigotry, or any other materials offensive or otherwise inappropriate for a conservative family audience."
"Free Republic does not advocate or condone racism, violence, rebellion, secession, or an overthrow of the government. Free Republic advocates a return to constitutionally limited government, reserving all government powers not expressly delegated by the constitution to the United States to the States respectively, or the people, emphasizing sovereign state governments, local government, self-government and self-rule, while restricting government powers to only those enumerated in the constitution and maximizing individual rights and liberty as originally envisioned and established by our Founding Fathers and secured and defended by the blood of patriots and statesmen for over two hundred years."
With regard to Von Brunn, he was not a member of Free Republic. The article authored by him was posted by another poster. The article did not contain racism, however the article was pulled when the moderators became aware that Von Brunn was a racist. Articles by known racists are not tolerated on Free Republic (unless the articles are authored by racist Democrats like the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Vice President Joe Biden or the late Sen. Robert Byrd.) To say that Von Brunn was a poster at Free Republic, or that the site is "an important space for...racists" is false and a correction will be demanded.
From page #53 of the section on the Tea Party Express in the NAACP report:
One of the official partners of the Tea Party Express is Free Republic, which identifies itself as an online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web.173 It is an important space for the birthers and racist. One of those posting material on Free Republic claiming that President Obama had no birth certificate was James von Brunn, the white supremacist who killed the guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., on June 10, 2009.174 This website has also posted racist attacks on the Obama family. In July 2009, after Obamas elevenyear- old daughter Malia was photographed wearing a t-shirt with the peace symbol, a Free Republic thread featured racially charged comments about President Obamas wife and children, using racist epithets and terms like Ghetto street trash. The thread was accompanied by a photo of Michelle Obama speaking to Malia that featured that caption, To entertain her daughter, Michelle Obama loves to make Monkey sounds.175
On the front page of its website, Free Republic advertised the Tea Party Express Bus Tour. (The Free Republic web page also features links to Tea Party Patriots and ResistNet). Free Republics Kristinn Taylor serves as a bridge between Free Republic and the folks behind the Tea Party Express.176 He has also worked for the anti-immigrant vigilante group Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, and has spoken at Florida Tea Party events.177 He does not get along particularly well with factions other that Tea Party Express, however. In a March 22, 2010 article entitled Freedom Works Willing to Throw Tea Party Under the Bus to Appease Democrats, Media on Free Republic, Taylor wrote: Freedom Works...latched onto the Tea Party movement last year is now threatening to abandon the grassroots movement in the face of a propaganda onslaught by the Democrat party and the media.178
The mention of the offensive comments about the Obama family is regretfully correct, but the report fails to note that the offensive comments were made by a handful of posters out of over 300,000 registered user and that the thread was pulled by Free Republic moderators when it was brought to their attention.
Freeper Gary Dunn was quoted today in The Guardian about the report:
Gary Dunn, a contributor to the Free Republic website, said it had a policy of always removing racist comments as quickly as possible.
It uses up to eight moderators to filter offensive posts, and repeat offenders were had their access withdrawn, he said.
As for my affiliation with the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, I was a media consultant for several months. The group was not anti-immigrant and not vigilante.
The NAACP report is not just meant to smear the Tea Party movement, it is also meant to show participants and organizers that they will be investigated and held in a bad light to the public just for being in the movement. For example, others mentioned in the report have their financial situations highlighted.
I will not be intimidated by the racist NAACP, nor, I know, will Freepers.
NAACP report footnotes:
173 . Free Republic website, http://www.freerepublic.com.
174 . James W. Von Brunn, Obama is missing! Free Republic website, taken down by Free Republic after the shooting, cache of the post available here, http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:niXSYG-nVO8J:www. freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2141655/posts+http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2141655/posts&cd
88 | Tea Party Nationalism A Special Report of the IREHR
175 . Chris Parry, Conservative Free Republic blog in free speech flap after racial slurs directed at Obama children, The Vancouver Sun, July 12, 2009, http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Conservative+Free+Republic+blog+free+speech+flap+after+racial+slurs+directed+Obama+children/1782375/story.html.
176 . Kristinn Taylor is a spokesperson for Free Republic and also works with Move America Forward, whose leadership is also behind Our Country Deserves Better PAC. See, Kristinn Taylor, Author page Big Government website, undated, accessed August 1, 2010, http://biggovernment.com/author/ktaylor/.
177 . Our Country Deserves Better PAC is the creation of the principles in the PR firm of Russo Marsh & Rogers. Russo Marsh & Rogers was the driving force behind Move America Forward, the pro-war, pro-torture group known best for harassing anti-war activists. In fact, Our Country Deserves Better and Move America Forward share several staff members. Howard Kaloogian chairs OCDB and is the founder and former chair of MAF. Sal Russo serves as chief strategist for both groups. Joe Wierzbicki, a principal in Russo Marsh & Rogers serves as grassroots coordinator for MAF and coordinator of OCDB. Deborah Johns is MAFs director of military relations and, until recently, an OCDB spokesperson.
178 . Kristinn Taylor, Freedom Works Willing to Throw Tea Party Under the Bus to Appease Democrats, Media, Free Republic Website, March 22, 2010, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2477257/posts.
It is amusing that an organization whose very name and mission are racist in nature are accusing others of racism.
In a related story. NPR fired Juan Williams today for being “racist”. LOL!!! The kooky libs are losing it. The magic has worn off of their race card.
IRONY: a group that gives money and advocates only to people of one particular race and claims that Tea Parties want to return to pre-civil rights days.
If the NAALCP is looking for racists, they don’t need to commission a fancy “report.” They just need a big mirror....
I think we all need to sit down, make some popcorn, and all watch “Blazing Saddles”, a pioneering movie that demonstrated how stupid racism and bigotry truly is - written, in part, by Richard Pryor. The NAALCP needs to stop hating whitey!
We don’t like the “maximum leader”? Well, we must be racist!/maximum sarcasm
The NAACP must be sterilized!
I think a tad more than a protest needs to be filed with them ~ in fact, FR can probably call in the FBI to identify the NAACP staffers who did the job.
What does NAACP stand for?
Defending our self against the most racist organization since the Democrat KKK is not racism.
They don’t like it when we call the kettle a kettle.
Vile, utterly dishonest slander by a paid professional propaganda wing of the democrat party.
The NAACP enslaves American blacks by keeping them trapped in corrupt Teachers Union run urban schools, and keeping blacks dependent on the government with soul-crushing public housing and welfare.
If we are so racist, how many FReepers voted FOR Jimmy Carter in 1980 but are voting AGAINST Obama now?
Typical NAACP trying to scare minorities into the polls, I have been here since 1998 and any racial comments on FR have been removed by the mods and we police ourselves here.
I don’t want to sound racist, but,
The NAACP is starting to sound like a bunch of white urban liberal ninnies scared that they have become the establishment, their party is “The Man” and the tool of donors, so the create stories about traditional villains to point their fingers at.
This current event is funny. Democratic politicians, knowing their Obamacare is mostly an insurance company plan, and fearing the dissent from their own quarters, decide to give them the flyover racist villain distraction using the N-Word on a stunt on the capitol steps. NAACP, believing this must be true, and very unhip to identity politics (ironically) work to help the meme about racism. Of course, never, never does this faction of the media interview Tea Partiers because they don’t want to hear Obama is out-Bushing Bush, among other things.
Folks need to wake and realize that
THIS WAS ALWAYS THEIR PLAN !
I dunno, the democrats might be bigger.
We must be making a difference, otherwise they wouldn’t bother.
If the NAACP of 1966 called me a racist I would have had to reexamine myself and my ideas. The NAACP of 2010 is a racist despicable bearer of a once proud name.
That's quite a stretch....
Thanks for your insight. It is sad to see anyone allowing themselves to be defined by people that only care to use them.
BTW, I read your tagline as “my tagline is BLACK like the inside of Joe Biden’s head”. I did a double take and then laughed at myself. Ohh I must be racist. Lol!
Did that idiot Von Brunn ever even post here?
I have never seen race relations so bad in this country, and its all on side stirring the pot.
NO profanity, NO personal attacks, NO racism or violence in posts.
And Jim Robinson's statement also makes this policy clear:
We oppose all forms of liberalism, socialism, fascism, pacifism, totalitarianism, anarchism, government enforced atheism, abortionism, feminism, homosexualism, racism, wacko environmentalism, judicial activism, etc.
Speaking as an ex-member of the NAACP, I can assure the racism resides in that vile organization and is absolutely NOT here on this site that stands for individual liberty without regard to race.
Is this like the pot calling the kettle BLACK????
Shocking - the sun will set tonight and rise in the morning. There is plenty of racism on free republic. I don’t think that is a secret. The question is how to the mods deal with it. I read crap on here on a regular basis that I feel is am embarrassment to the site and to those reading the site.
Accuse them of being racist right back...don’t sit in the witness chair and answer their baseless attacks...
Call them what they are...a bigoted, lying, demagogue-driven cult of left wing nuts
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These people aren’t interested in facts or truth, and it is most unlikely that they would recognize it. They have apparently decided that the agenda is more important than credibility or honor.
Comments-reactions to NAACP charges of racism.
Was Williams really fired by NPR today? Or are you being sarcastic?
If you want to see what real communists look and act like, look no further than the NAACP.
They represent nothing but their own communist agenda.
More lies from the left, what else is new
Douglas was a real leader and reformer, unlike these repulsive NAACP propagandists/deceivers.
NAACP, National Association Attacking Conservative People
The tactics lately of the NAACP seem similar to Leftist projection. With the Republican Tsunami about to hit, they must be anxious about their Leftist support.
7th post down.
If they can't find any racism , they make it up.
The guy who wrote this report for them, Leonard Neskind, is an out-and-out communist who at one point described himself as a “neo-Stalinist.”
In another example, the NAACP has constantly chosen to associate itself with racist antisemites. In other examples, the NAACP has actually aligned with segregationists to help keep political power.
If they want to play this game, bring it. They need to be exposed for the racist organization they are. They are in the business of racism, not promoting equality. They want African Americans to stay oppressed so they can keep their power and finances rolling.
That was Chris Perry of the Vancouver Sun who trolled
The NAALCP accusing us of racism is truly the pot calling the kettle black.
The NAALCP has long used racism to advance its cause. If it’s looking for racism, it might want to begin at its own headquarters first.
I take that back, one thing does occur to me. You could look in the mirror and say to yourself, "Well, at least I'm not in the ACLU..."
Oh, pray tell....give us some examples....and tell us it’s different than anywhere else than in America?