The NAACP just passed this resolution officially condemning racism in the Tea Klux Klan movement. On cue, Tea Klux Klan leader Mark Williams attacked the NAACP, charging that the they make “more money off of race than any slave trader ever,” denying that his 'movement' is laced with racism. Oh, really?
Teabaggers in 50 seconds (via Think Progress):
Free flowing hate from the Tea Klux Klan (via Keith Olbermann):
ThinkProgress has produced a short video demonstrating the vile racism that has been exhibited at some Tea Party events:
TEA PARTY ACTIVIST1: He’s too black to be President.
TEA PARTY ACTIVIST2: I’m a proud racist, I’m white.
TEA PARTY ACTIVIST3: Afro-Leninism! Coming to you on a silver platter, Barack Hussein Obama!
Is racism flowing freely in the Tea Party?Tea Parties are a threat to our democracy (via Ed Shultz):
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous talks about the resolution his organization passed to condemn “racist elements” within the Tea Party and reacts to Sarah Palin’s objection to it.
NAACP targets Tea Party groupsUPDATE I
Hilary Shelton, director of the D.C. bureau, discusses why the civil rights group is voting on a resolution that condemns the “explicitly racist behavior” of some Tea Party supporters.
First, Mark Williams doubled down with this hateful faux letter from NAACP's President to Abraham Lincoln:
Tea Party Leader Mocks NAACP "Coloreds" In Online ScreedKeith Olbermann had a field day over this:
On Tuesday, the NAACP passed a resolution denouncing racist elements within the Tea Party movement. Responding to the resolution, Tea Party Express chairman Mark Williams lashed out against the civil rights group, claiming that "they make more money off of race than any slave trader ever." Williams continued his assault last night on CNN, telling host Roland Martin, "Racists have their own movement. It's called the NAACP."
Williams, however, is doing little to refute the notion that there is racism in the Tea Party movement. Last night, the proud Tea Partier wrote a blog post mocking NAACP president Benjamin Jealous. The post takes the form of a fake letter to Abraham Lincoln, in which Jealous asks the former president to repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments (and to reinstate slavery) because the "coloreds" don't agree with the Tea Party's version of "freedom."read the letter....
Tea party's racism revealedBut then, Mark Williams backed down:
Keith Olbermann shares a snide and racist letter by tea party leader Mark Williams written in response to the NAACP request for the renunciation of racism.
Mark Williams Removes Racist Blog Post, Calls for Racial Harmony...Kind OfUPDATE II:
A day after he posted a screed to his personal website calling the NAACP "racist" for using the word "colored" in its name, the Tea Party Express' Mark Williams has taken the post down and called upon tea partiers and NAACP activists alike "to fight those who seek to divide us by race, no matter the color of the racist."
Under pressure from critics, Williams says that he first altered the post before removing it all together today:
"[Y]es, there were several versions," he writes on his blog. "As reasonable people pointed out to me wording that I agreed was indeed objectionable was removed or changed."
Report: ‘It’s Clear That Some With Racist Agendas Are Trying To Make Inroads Into’ The Tea PartyOh, and Tamron Hall owned his racist ass yesterday:
But as ThinkProgress has documented, there is racism in the Tea Party movement. Moreover, a new report from the Kansas City Star digs deeper into the racist elements of the Tea Party and citing various instances of racism linked to the movement, concludes that “it’s clear that some with racist agendas are trying to make inroads into the party,” noting that “in several instances, tea party members with racist backgrounds”:
Tea Party responds to NAACP
Mark Williams with the Tea Party Express talks about the NAACP recently condemning elements of the Tea Party as "racist." Both groups seek an intermediary to voice their views.