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Gregory Kane: Race-baiting Julian Bond is at it again

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Race-baiting Julian Bond is at it again.

This time Bond is defending the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of Tea Party groups. They're racist, you see, and hence deserving of the IRS' wrath and scrutiny.

Bond defended his position — and race baiting — in an op-ed piece he wrote for politics365.com.

He called the piece "Racists Don't Like Being Called Racists."

Inveterate race baiters like Bond don't like being called inveterate race baiters, either. But back to Bond's op-ed.

"I have always suspected that racists don't like being called out for their racism," Bond wrote. "Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC's Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was 'the Taliban wing of American politics," a firestorm erupted. Arguing the IRS was correct to target them for extra scrutiny, I also said 'Here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political' and therefore worthy of IRS concern."

Notice Bond's criteria for making a group "worthy of IRS concern" and scrutiny. One is the group has to be overtly political. The second is it has to be "admittedly" racist.

I could add a third: It has to be a group whose politics and racial views to which Bond objects. Those groups that agree with Bond, if he had his druthers, would have nothing to worry about from the IRS.

But there are some double standards here. The Nation of Islam surely has some curious racial views — what with all that "whites-are-devils" thing — and some have accused the group of being anti-Semitic as well.

Ditto for the New Black Panther Party. Does Bond think these two groups — based on their racial views and politics — are "worthy of IRS concern"?

They don't get so much as even a casual mention in Bond's op-ed piece. In Bondworld, all the racism, all the bigotry, comes from those on the side of the political spectrum opposite his own.

In Bondworld, only those on the American Right get compared to the Taliban, not bona fide Muslim nut jobs like the Tsarnaev brothers.

In addition to Bond's double standard problem, he has this one: naked hypocrisy.

The IRS should target Tea Party groups, Bond tells us, because they're "overtly political." But there is not a Tea Party group or organization that is more "overtly political" than the highly partisan "nonpartisan" NAACP was during Bond's tenure as the organization's board chairman.

Comparing those on the right to the Taliban isn't a new thing for Bond. He did it throughout his tenure as NAACP board chairman.

Former President George W. Bush was barely in office before Bond was criticizing his Cabinet appointments as being "from the Taliban wing of American politics."

At each annual NAACP convention, Bond would use the occasion to launch into one of his standard rants against Bush in particular and Republicans in general.

All this was done in the name of "nonpartisanship," mind you, but Bond, to even the most objective observer, had taken the NAACP from being a truly nonpartisan organization into being an unofficial hatchet man of the Democratic National Committee.

Now, after the IRS admits it blatantly targeted groups for no reason other than their politics, comes Bond trying to justify the clearly inappropriate action.

And this was the guy that had the audacity to cry "foul!" when it was suggested that the IRS investigate the NAACP after Bond's flagrantly partisan attacks on Bush and the Republican Party.

In Bondworld, you have to think like Bond, talk like Bond and act like Bond. Do otherwise and the big, bad IRS might be coming after YOU.

Washington Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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