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.