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Tea Party Express leader Mark Willliams, responds to the National Tea Party Federation spokeman David Webb and his announcement this morning on CBS’s Face The Nation that Williams has been “expelled” from the parent group because of “clearly offensive” comments posted on his blog last week.
In the response post written today, Williams admits that his comments calling the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) racist were “inflammatory” and “arguably over the top.”
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Williams wrote the original July 14 post as a response to the NAACP statements during the organizations annual convention on July 12, accusing the tea party of tolerating racism within their group.
The NAACP also called on the Tea Party to “repudiate those in their ranks who use racist language in their signs and speeches.” In the July 14 post, now deleted, Willams wrote a satirical letter to President Abraham Lincoln and accused the NAACP of being racist for using the word “colored” in its name.” Williams also shot back during an appearance on NPR claiming NAACP’s leaders “make more money off of race than any slave trader ever.”
Williams was not the only public figure to blast the NAACP declaration. Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin also slammed the repudiation on her Facebook page saying the charges were “false, appalling” and a “regressive and diversionary tactic.”
In a new blog post today, Williams writes about a battle of egos within the tea party how self proclaimed leaders try and speak for the masses. He also called Webb’s denouncement of him and the Tea Party Express as “self-interested treachery.” Webb, who is African American and also the founder of the New York City grassroots group, Tea Party 365.
“Mind you, there is no tea party leadership; every tea partier is a tea party leader. But something happens when the stronger egos and personalities in a movement begin to feel a sense of ownership. It is not long before they act to claim and defend that feeling.”
“We are fighting for a future of not just this nation but for the future of Mankind. That’s just a litttle more important that my fat head, or apparently the even fatter head on Face The Nation today who misrepresented himself as the tea party “leader”.”
Williams also said he sat down to discuss racism with a group of prominent civil rights supporters, including National Urban League President (and former mayor of New Orleans), Marc Morial, Reverend Al Sharpton, and NAACP Senior Vice President Hilary Shelton. Williams says at the end of their meeting…they all vowed to do “everything within our power to realize that goal in order to facilitate real discussion and a united front against the enemy that faces our country.”
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