Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) tweeted Thursday morning that dialogue could lessen the growing tensions between the NAACP and the Tea Party movement.
Those tensions have grown since Tuesday, when delegates to the NAACP convention in Kansas City approved a resolution that calls on “all people of good will to repudiate the racism
of the Tea Parties and to stand in opposition to its drive to push our country
back to the pre-civil rights era.”
It refers specifically to instances where Tea Partiers yelled racial slurs at black members of Congress while protesting the healthcare overhaul in March.
Since the vote, Tea Party leaders have leveled similar accusations back at the NAACP.
While fielding criticism from CNN political analyst Ronald Martin on Wednesday, Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams said that "racists have their own movement. It's called the NAACP."
Gingrich, via Twitter, took a different tone:
The naacp has opened up a wonderful opportunity for the tea party movement. Local tea party leaders across america should reach out
If tea party leaders contact local naacp chapters and offer to cohost local townhalll meetings a wonderful dialogue could begin
african americans want jobs, worry about deficit spending,oppose taxes, love freedom and america--tea party naacp dialogue will be exciting
He has, in the past, referred to the Tea Party movement as the presumptive "militant wing of the Republican Party."
The NAACP resolution will not be official until the body's governing board approves it at their next meeting, in October.