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Saturday, July 18, 2009
Graham: NRA Is A Civil Rights Group Like the NAACP
Topic: NewsBusters

Tim Graham, in a July 17 NewsBusters post, is offended that a Washington Post article referred to the NAACP as the "nation’s oldest civil rights organization." Why? Because "the National Rifle Association was founded in 1871":

This is only true if "civil rights group" can only be used as an honorific synonym for "black interest group." If the election of Obama ends one era of the "civil rights" struggle, can reporters stop using the "civil rights" tag just for black groups? 

In fact, the "civil rights" component of the the NRA, the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, was founded in 1978. Graham offers no evidence that the purpose of the NRA in 1871 was to serve as a "civil rights organization."

Graham goes on to complain that the media doesn't label the NAACP as liberal, even though he failed to label the NRA as conservative.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:22 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, July 18, 2009 9:23 AM EDT

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