The Tea Party is a loosely organized group of people who favor generally conservative causes—lower taxes, smaller government, gun rights, and more immigration enforcement. But the party has attracted people to its rallies carrying signs comparing Obama to Hitler and telling him to “Go back to Kenya.” And members have spat epithets of faggot and nigger at congressmen Barney Frank (D-MA) and Jim Clyburn (D-SC).
As a result the NAACP passed a resolution last week calling on Tea Party leaders “to repudiate those in their ranks who use racist language in their signs and speeches.” (Several of those signs are shown here.) Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams, asked to tell racists “you’re not welcome” in the tea party, replied, “Racists have their own movement. It’s called the NAACP.”
Not satisfied to let things stand, Williams posted on his web site a letter supposedly written to Lincoln by “colored people” protesting emancipation and praising slavery.
While Williams defended his letter as satire, he has used ugly racial language regularly, especially in opposition to the proposed mosque near Ground Zero. He derided Mohammed as “the terrorist monkey god,” and called Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who backs building the mosque, a “Jewish Uncle Tom who would have turned rat on Anne Frank.” President Obama was an “Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug.”
But the faux Lincoln letter was too much for the national Tea Party Federation. They demanded that the Tea Party Express expel Williams. When that group refused, the federation expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams. Federation spokesman David Webb called the letter “clearly offensive.”
Sadly, the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) couldn’t say the same. When asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley if he thought there were “racial elements in the Tea Party, McConnell brushed it of as trivial. “I’ve got better things to do than to wade in to all of these disputes that are going on all over the country.”
Looks like the Tea Party is less hospitable to ugly racism than the Republican Party.
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