You can’t clean-up ugly…

I was sincerely trying to give the Tea Party Movement the benefit of doubt in my last Tea Party post but at what point do a growing number of “isolated” incidents of racism simply become the overall nature of the organization?

Earlier this week Mark Williams posted an incredibly offensive mock letter on his Tea Party Express blog.  Mark Williams is the spokesperson for Tea Party Express, one of the largest and most active Tea Party member organizations.

The NAACP and similar organizations have been calling for a firmer hand to be taken with factions of the Tea Party movement who engage in racist behavior.

Williams posted his letter in response to that request.  The mock letter is written from civil war-era slaves to President Abraham Lincoln.

Here’s a taste of the filth he was spewing…

“Dear Mr. Lincoln,

We [National Association for the Advancement of] Colored People have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us [National Association for the Advancement of] Colored People and we demand that it stop!”

Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government “stop raising our taxes.” That is outrageous! How will we Colored People ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! The tea party expects coloreds to be productive members of society?

Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.”

I don’t give a crap what a person’s political affiliations are… there is no name for that except RACIST.

After the backlash, he removed the post from his blog a few days ago.  He claimed it was simply to foster better relations with the NAACP but was in no way an admission of guilt.

Then the dimwit (I call ’em like I see ’em) posted a new blog at marktalk.com stating,

“So, with that I reiterate what I and every tea partier have said repeatedly: We denounce racists of any color and all those who seek to divide the American People along any lines.”

Sure Mr. Williams, clearly you are a man who would stand firmly against those who would work to bring division through matters of race. Clearly… I would even go so far as too say that you are sensitive to the power of language and offensive terminology.  Otherwise you would never have so easily identified the “only” possible offensive statement that was in your mock letter:

“I would suggest to those offended by the term “Colored People” (the phrase that made my article so controversial) please contact the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and join me in calling for an end to their use of the racial slur and that Mr. Jealous take me up on my offer to travel with me on the next Tea Party Express so that he may meet all of you in person.”

If it weren’t for that darn colored people phrase you’d be tolerance personified.

Well Mr. Williams words have come back to bite him in the ass.  He was expelled from the National Tea Party Federation this weekend.  Good riddance…

The National Federation also demanded that the Tea Party Express publicly admonish Williams and expel him from their organization.   They refused.  They now are no longer a member organization of the National Tea Party Federation.

I suppose the National Federation’s strong actions against Williams and his group should be comforting; a sign that it is still not the group mentality but rather select individuals.

Somehow i’m not comforted though.  The cynic in me sees more of a political and public relations clean-up job than a sincere effort to end racist actions that they claim contradict their core beliefs.

I’d be more impressed if such firm punishments were assigned before the media got wind.  A little policing and accountability within the federation would be nice.

Again I ask…

At what point do a growing number of “isolated” incidents of racism simply become the overall nature of the organization?

** all information obtained from CNN news, ABC news, and Mark Williams’ Tea Party Express blog.

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One thought on “You can’t clean-up ugly…

  1. When this blog post was sent to my facebook account I ended up having the following conversation with Tim Clark. Thanks for your insights Tim!

    Tim Clark
    It was a downer on both ends though. NAACP isn’t without fault either. They were both going at it pretty intently.

    AnaYelsi Sanchez
    NAACP was certainly forcefully requesting public condemnation for racist behavior.. They did nothing, at least on record to my knowledge, that even touches on the nature of Mark Williams letter.

    If they have and i’m unaware than they are equally culpable but either way it does not absolve Williams of responsibility. In the least.

    Tim Clark
    I’m just saying it takes two to have an argument. Not trying to defend williams at all, just saying it was a childish way to go about an argument to begin with. Act like grown ass men and meet/talk on the phone/email eachother instead of releasing different statements to the media and all the other ridiculous ways it was handled. No reason for petty stuff like this. Although, it is politics lol.

    AnaYelsi Sanchez
    I don’t argue that at all.
    In fact you’re absolutely right on those points.
    But can I point out that on more than one occasion Mr. Jealous, the NAACP president and others have met with Mr. Williams or engaged in organized debates.
    And releasing racist parodies is much more than petty or childish. It is in no way the same as off the cuff angry statements or outbursts addressing political matters.

    AnaYelsi Sanchez
    side note: I really appreciate your input. I always enjoy a good conversation.

    Tim Clark
    Yea Williams was way out of line with that letter, I read it the other day. That’s something a HS girl does, ha. Glad they got him out of there. I’m frustrated with both groups, but can sympathize with both too. I mean, all the racist generalizations made about those in the Tea Party are very misguided. My old man is a member I think and he’s as … See Morefar from racists as you get. But ofcourse the normal ones aren’t going to be covered by the news. NAACP is an awesome organization, just passed one of their buildings in Durham today, but the way the originally went about accusing the Tea Party administration wasn’t the greatest either. Talk those things out in private behind closed doors and then change and make statements to the media accordingly. No reason for it have the negative impact it did until they finally decided to be civil.

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