[float=right][/float]Earlier this week the NAACP called on the Tea Party to reject the racism that exists within its own ranks. Tea Party activists responded saying that racism isn't a part of their movement. But then yesterday one of their biggest leaders, Mark Williams, the public face of the Tea Party Express, attacked the NAACP calling it a "racist" organization and that "they make more money off of race than any slave trader, ever."
He went on to write a blog post implying that Black people don't like to work or think for themselves, that Black people depend on welfare, and that they want to benefit from White peoples' tax dollars in order to have a wide screen TV in every room.
I've joined ColorOfChange.org's effort to hold the Tea Party's leadership accountable. If they want to have any credibility on race, they need to kick Mark Williams out of their movement. If they refuse, it will make it clearer than ever that Tea Party leaders accept and rely on racism as an integral part of their approach to politics.
The first step is ask the question. Please join me in challenging Tea Party leaders to reject Williams' statements and remove him from his position at Tea Party Express, and ask your friends and family to do the same. It takes just a moment:
[color=#FF0000]"Tea Party Leader Mocks NAACP "Coloreds" In Online Screed," Media Matters, 07-15-2010[/color]
[color=#FF0000]"NAACP Delegates Unanimously Pass Tea Party Resolution," NAACP," 07-13-2010[/color]
[color=#FF0000]ColorOfChange.org email on Tea Party hate, 03-23-2010[/color]
[color=#FF0000]"Mark Williams, Tea Party Express Spokesman: NAACP Is Racist (VIDEO) (TRANSCRIPT)," CNN / Huffington Post, 07-15-2010[/color]
[color=#FF0000]"Tea Party Leaders: We're Not Racist! The NAACP Is! (AUDIO)," TPMDC, 07-14-2010[/color]