The NAACP voted for a resolution to repudiate the racist elements of the Tea Party, and they are right. There are racist elements in the tea party, but it is not the Tea Party agenda itself. The agenda for the tea party, at least the one out on the open is a very conservative small government and lower taxes. There is nothing racist about that, but unfortunately a lot of people in the tea party see beyond that agenda. Mark Williams is the latest example.
Williams, a prominent figure in the tea party movement has been expelled from the National Tea Party Federation after a very racist “satirical” letter addressed to Abraham Lincoln posted on his blog. The letter read in part: “Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is too much to ask of us Colored people and we demand that it stop!” The letter continues: “How will we coloreds ever get a wide-screen TV in every room if non coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! The tea party expects us coloreds to be productive members of society?”
It should also be mentioned that although the National Tea Party Federation expelled Mr. Williams for his racist post, the Tea Party Express did not. Amy Kremer, the chairwoman for Tea Party Express in an interview in Alaska made it clear that she has no intention of following in the steps of the National Tea Party. According to the Anchorage Daily News her exact quote was: “I’m not going to throw a fellow conservative under the bus.” In other words, bring your sheets, if you are a conservative, you are just fine.
That was not the first time Mark Williams has been in trouble for racist statements. On an Islamic cultural center and Mosque two blocks away from the World Trade center site in New York City, Mr. Williams said that the site would be used for: “terrorists to worship their monkey god”. Maybe someone should point to Mr. William that Muslims worship the same God that Christians do.
Mark Williams may be the focus of “racism in the tea party” arguments, but he is not alone. Billy Roper is a tea party organizer, a candidate for governor of Arkansas, and a white nationalist. The Kansas City Star quotes him as saying: “I don’t want non-whites in my country in any form or fashion or any status.” Roper is a write in candidate, but he is getting his support by attending tea party rallies, and there lies the problem for the tea party and the republicans seeking their support. There is nothing racist about lower taxes and smaller government, but as long as there are Mark Williams and Billy Roppers, as long as they have to confiscate racially charged signs at their rallies, and as long as they refuse to condemn these people, they will be seen as a racist movement. Good luck getting Republican leadership to join the tea party caucus Michelle Bachmann.