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Tea Party Spokesman Says NAACP Is Racist

Tea Party Spokesman Says NAACP Is Racist

Amid claims that there is rampant racism within the Tea Party, a spokesman for the organization made the bizarre choice of turning the accusation on its head, saying that it is the NAACP, the historic civil rights organization, that is really racist.  Mark Williams, the spokesman in question, was on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” discussing (well, perhaps that’s too gentle a word) the issue of racism within the Tea Party with CNN contributor Roland Martin. 

When told to make it clear to racists within the party that their behavior is unacceptable, Williams replied, “Racists have their own movement. It’s called the NAACP.”  Williams continue by castigating the NAACP, saying that its members were simply “a bunch of old fossils looking to make a buck off skin color.”

I know.  I can’t quite believe it either.  In other statements, Williams continued his attack on the NAACP, saying, “You’re dealing with people who are professional race-baiters, who make a very good living off this kind of thing. They make more money off of race than any slave trader ever. It’s time groups like the NAACP went to the trash heap of history where they belong with all the other vile racist groups that emerged in our history.”

This was in response to a recent NAACP resolution, condemning the Tea Party for tolerating bigotry within its ranks.  “We felt the time had come to stand up and say, ‘It’s time for the tea party to be responsible members of this democracy and make sure they don’t tolerate bigots or bigotry among their members,’” NAACP President Ben Jealous explained. “We don’t have a problem with the tea party’s existence. We have an issue with their acceptance and welcoming of white supremacists into their organizations.”

And, in case Williams needed to disprove himself just a little more, he wrote a blog post in which he took the NAACP to task for using the word “colored” in their name, claiming that the Tea Party was the real route to “emancipation” (he later removed the blog post and called for everyone to band together to fight racists).  All of these remarks, as a defense against ongoing disturbing accusations (Tea Party activists are alleged to have yelled racist epithets and spat at black congressmen during the health care debates), seem only to condemn the Tea Party even further.  It’s remarkable that Williams can be so un-self-aware, but his inability to recognize the idiocy and offensiveness of his remarks simply reinforces all of the negative publicity that has been attached to the Tea Party of late.

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7:45AM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

When there becomes a N.A.A.W.P [ advancement of white people} like there is for blacks we will talk about racism. When there becomes a United White people's college fund like there is for black people we will talk about racism. When there is a Miss White America beauty pageant like there is for black Americans then we will talk about seperatism and racism Okay? Until then NOBODY has the right to accuse , shout or point the finger at anyone for obvious racism ! Nobody!

9:31PM PDT on Jul 21, 2010

Do not the Tea Party members realize that their own words prove the charges of racism? Oh wait, they're too busy spouting simplistic rhetoric and spewing venom to actually listen to there own words....

8:44PM PDT on Jul 21, 2010

Well, all of this name calling has been extremely beneficial to our country.

7:39PM PDT on Jul 21, 2010

Anyone with at least a junior high school education knows that unless you FULLY READ a person's WHOLE STORY or listen carefully to THEIR ENTIRE SPEECH, you will NOT be able to give an accurate response about that person's statements. Taking statements OUT OF CONTEXT and then inaccurately posting or blabbing them to others is nothing more than SLANDER!

Therefore, Andrew Breitbart & FOX News should both be sued from here to Saturn by both the NAACP & Shirley Sherrod for SLANDER, because the woman never said anything that warranted her termination of employment at the USDA. She simply spoke in detail of how she learned that the problems of poor farmers over 24-yrs ago was about the rich against the poor, NOT the Whites against the Blacks!

It's painstakingly clear that Breitbart's only intent was to seek REVENGE against the NAACP & everyone else who stood tall against the Tea Party's head Mark Williams for making derogatory statements in a satirical, fictional letter to Abraham Lincoln over "colored people" that contained constant, racially insulting remarks on Blacks & other people of color. But Ms.Sherrod's speech was never anything like Mark William's racist mess. It was about the lessons she learned a quarter century ago, on how people who need help should be treated, regardless of their race; and how they should ALL be given the assistance they need & deserve. (Continued below...)

7:37PM PDT on Jul 21, 2010

It thoroughly disgusts me to see, in the year 2010, that despicably racist politicians have become so obsessively desperate to stop the progress of people-of-color in the workforce as well as in political circles, that they will literally slander& rob the hell out of us to get their corrupt deeds accomplished. Michael Moore details it very well in his movie "Capitalism:A Love Story."

Although an apology from Mr. Williams wouldn't be sincere & thus shouldn't be demanded, Ms. Sherrod does deserve not only her job back, but Punitive & Compensatory Damages for Slander from Andrew Breitbart as well. That kind of lawsuit would set an example to help stop this nasty little habit of taking the statements of people-of-color out-of-context, especially since our President Barack Obama decided to run for the Presidency over 2-years ago & has repeatedly been the victim of the same mess ever since.

7:33PM PDT on Jul 21, 2010

Anyone with at least a junior high school education knows that unless you FULLY READ a person's WHOLE STORY or listen carefully to THEIR ENTIRE SPEECH, you will NOT be able to give an accurate response about that person's statements. Taking statements OUT OF CONTEXT and then inaccurately posting or blabbing them to others is nothing more than SLANDER!

Therefore, Andrew Breitbart & FOX News should both be sued from here to Saturn by both the NAACP & Shirley Sherrod for SLANDER, because the woman never said anything that warranted her termination of employment at the USDA. She simply spoke in detail of how she learned that the problems of poor farmers over 24-yrs ago was about the rich against the poor, NOT the Whites against the Blacks!

It's painstakingly clear that Breitbart's only intent was to seek REVENGE against the NAACP & everyone else who stood tall against the Tea Party's head Mark Williams for making derogatory statements in a satirical, fictional letter to Abraham Lincoln over "colored people" that contained constant, racially insulting remarks on Blacks & other people of color. But Ms.Sherrod's speech was never anything like Mark William's racist mess. It was about the lessons she learned a quarter century ago, on how people who need help should be treated, regardless of their race; and how they should ALL be given the assistance they need & deserve.

It thoroughly disgusts me to see, in the year 2010, that despicably racist politici

10:49AM PDT on Jul 21, 2010

Zach - people need to stop playing the victim, it's no way to live, and will not help to further anyones cause. Anyone, no matter what color could walk through life playing the victim, and asking for handouts, but the people that don't, choose not to. That's what people need to start learning, all of our actions, and reactions, are a choice. We have to choose our own path, and stop blaming everyone else for our woes.

3:08PM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

The Tea party is a bunch of racist spouting hate.

9:38AM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

Can you imagine founding, then building a civil rights organization at a time in our history when people who shared their color and background together and who had previously been held as slaves for almost 400 years, THEN who during the intervening 150 years have fought for equal footing AND respect amid a slanted playing field with unfair educational AND economic opportunity.
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I would just say in closing that were my ancestors and my many relatives today dealt with the way those people were, then I might possess a frayed nerve Or two as well over just such treatment.
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It is why that old expression, "walk a mile in my shoes" is often so prescient for Black's in America!

9:13AM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

The Tea Party movement is a grassroots organization for starters. Saying they are racist because a few people joined the group too that are racist is like saying all dogs are killers because a few are. The Tea Party is about cutting government spending and decreasing taxes. It is made up of Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians that are tired of our corrupt government officials spending money that our country does not have. As for the person who said that blacks were the only ones brought to the US for the use as slaves they may want to do some fact checking. Some whites were enslaved also and lets not forget all the Asians too.

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