Resolution - : Comdens the Tea Party tolerance for bigotry and racism amongst its leadership, members and followers
WHEREAS, LULAC is our nation’s oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization addressing education, employment and civil rights issues in the United States of America since 1929; and
WHEREAS, there have been many incidents and actions of racism and bigotry within the Tea Party movement; and
WHEREAS, the Tea Party movement has been inundated with elements of racism and bigotry since its inception and its leaders have continuously failed to address such elements; and
WHEREAS, the Tea Party movement singles out Hispanics when discussing immigration laws that affect all immigrants in such a manner that cast an undertone fueled by racism and bigotry; and
WHEREAS, many Tea Party members support the new Jim Crow hate laws such as Arizona’s SB 1070; and
WHEREAS, some members of the Tea Party yelled at Congressman Ciro Rodriguez to go back to Mexico during the health care debate and called African-American congressman the N-word; and
WHEREAS, the Tea Party had former Congressman Tom Tancredo kick off the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Wherein it was suggested that people who voted for President Obama could not pass a basic civics literary test. Quote “People who would not even spell the word vote or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House…named Barack Hussein Obama”; and
WHEREAS, such actions by the Tea Party continue to fuel hatred and violence towards the Hispanic and other communities as a whole; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the League of United Latin American Citizens will continue to fully and actively support the condemnation of the Tea Party’s tolerance for bigotry and racism amongst its leadership, members, and followers;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that LULAC calls for the leaders of the Tea Party movement to repudiate any and all acts of racism and bigotry among its leadership, members, and followers.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that LULAC calls for the Tea Party to work and support on uniting all Americans rather than continuing to divide them based on race, ethnic or sexual orientation for political gain.
Approved this 17th day of July 2010.
LULAC National President