7.17.2010

Tea Klux Klan: Tea Party is Racist to Its Core (UPDATED)

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):

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!


Free flowing hate from the Tea Klux Klan (via Keith Olbermann):
Is racism flowing freely in the Tea Party?

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.
Tea Parties are a threat to our democracy (via Ed Shultz):
NAACP targets Tea Party groups

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.

UPDATE I

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 Screed

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....
Keith Olbermann had a field day over this:
Tea party's racism revealed

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.


But then, Mark Williams backed down:
Mark Williams Removes Racist Blog Post, Calls for Racial Harmony...Kind Of

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."

[snip]

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."

UPDATE II:
Report: ‘It’s Clear That Some With Racist Agendas Are Trying To Make Inroads Into’ The Tea Party

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”:

read more...
Oh, and Tamron Hall owned his racist ass yesterday:
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.


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