Julian Bond: Why I Likened the Tea Party to the Taliban

Following the backlash after he compared the Tea Party to the Taliban, former NAACP head Julian Bond responds on the Trice Edny News Wire.

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Tea Party activists attend a CPAC convention in Maryland in March 2013. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

When retired NAACP leader Julian Bond said the Tea Party was "the Taliban wing of American politics" on MSNBC earlier this month, some people were not happy. But the long-time civil rights warrior writes on the Trice Edny News Wire that even a Republican agrees with his statement. 

One source is a study conducted for the NAACP by the Institute for Research and Education for Human Rights.

Their study, called "Tea Party Nationalism", found "Tea Party ranks to be permeated with concerns about race and national identity and other so-called social issues. In these ranks, an abiding obsession with Barack Obama’s birth certificate is often a stand-in for the belief that the first black president of the United States is not a "real American."

It says Tea Party organizations have given platforms to anti-Semites, racists and bigots and "hard-core white nationalists have been attracted" to Tea Party protests.

The link between the Tea Party and the Taliban was made by a prominent Republican office holder.

In 2008, the Washington Post reported that former Chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee and present day Congressman Pete Sessions likened the GOP House minority to the Taliban, saying, "Insurgency, we understand perhaps a bit more because of the Taliban."

Read Julian Bond's entire piece at the Trice Edny News Wire.

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