Tea Party Members Erect Racist Sign Linking President Obama to Adolf Hitler.....

07/15/2010 11:18 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Dexter Rogers Sports Journalist, Independent Filmmaker, Activist,

The Tea Party is at it again. They issued a blatant attack against President Barack Obama that's believed to have racial undertones. Last week several Iowa Tea Party activists put their heads and money together to erect a billboard linking racist dictator Adolf Hitler and President Obama.

History suggests Hitler was a monster who embraced the notion of a "master race." Without question Hitler was a diabolical leader whose seize and destroy tactics were heinous at best. He was responsible for the slaughter of millions of Jews.

NAACP President Ben Jealous suggested the Tea Party's antics opens the door for white supremacy. Jealous issued the following: "We don't have a problem with the Tea Party's existence. We have an issue with their acceptance and welcoming of white supremacists into their organizations," said Ben Jealous, NAACP President.

Meanwhile former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin feels Jealous is out of bounds. Palin thinks his take is merely a measure to divide rather than to understand the true motives of Tea Party members. Palin reportedly issued the following from her Facebook page: "The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the colour of their skin is false, appalling, and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand."

One must ask with a degree of logic: what does Adolf Hitler have to do with President Obama?

What are the real similarities President Obama and Hitler share?

Does President Obama embrace the same racist ideologies as Hitler?

Has President Obama brainwashed millions of Americans to kill innocent human beings because he embraces the notion of a "master race?"

Has President Obama ever made outlandish statements there were race-based?

The Tea Party's recent antics are being utilized to stir up controversy. Linking President Obama to likes of Hitler is totally off base. Slice the pie as you wish: a segment of this country refuses to embrace an African-American as President of the United States.

Furthermore, for Palin to suggest the Tea Party members actions are not predicated on some level based on race is idiotic. Iowa is vastly white state. The billboard was placed there strategically to induce a reaction from those who may harbor negative sentiment towards President Obama for his leadership skills and also for being African-American.

If the latter doesn't have any credence and if the sign was in good taste why was the billboard ultimately taken down?

In closing, everyone has a right to express their views and opinions. It would be nice to have them expressed based on facts and logic rather than unfounded emotions based fallacy.