Over the past week we have seen that the NAACP has voted on a declaration asking the Tea Party to denounce the racism that seems to follow their events across the United States. In that declaration the NAACP respected the right of the existence of the Tea party and their core values (fiscal responsibility, and small government). In my opinion the NAACP went out of their way to ensure that they were not saying all Tea Party members are racist but to point out that for the past year there is enough evidence to show there is a disturbing presence at Tea Party rallies.
In response to the NAACP Tea Party backers like Sarah Palin decided to only focus on the idea that Tea Party members are good Americans; Palin and the rest of the Tea party backers time and time again fail to acknowledge what is clearly evident; and now we have the “open letter” from Mark Williams (Tea Party organizer)…
Dear Mr. Lincoln
We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!
In fact we held a big meeting and took a vote in Kansas City this week. We voted to condemn a political revival of that old abolitionist spirit called the ‘tea party movement’.
The tea party position to “end the bailouts” for example is just silly. Bailouts are just big money welfare and isn’t that what we want all Coloreds to strive for? What kind of racist would want to end big money welfare? What they need to do is start handing the bail outs directly to us coloreds! Of course, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the only responsible party that should be granted the right to disperse the funds.
And the ridiculous idea of “reduce[ing] the size and intrusiveness of government.” What kind of massa would ever not want to control my life? As Coloreds we must have somebody care for us otherwise we would be on our own, have to think for ourselves and make decisions!
The racist tea parties also demand that the government “stop the out of control spending.” Again, they directly target coloreds. That means we Coloreds would have to compete for jobs like everybody else and that is just not right.
Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government “stop raising our taxes.” That is outrageous! 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 coloreds to be productive members of society?
Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.
Precious Ben Jealous, Tom’s Nephew NAACP Head Colored Person
Mark Williams attempt at comedy is in poor taste and is inappropriate for someone who is suppose to be a major organizer for a group trying to legitimize themselves. Recently Michele Bachmann spoke about her vision of the Tea Party having a caucus in congress that would represent Tea Party interest; you can’t talk about that until you address the deficiencies in that party.
So why does the Tea Party stand-by and say nothing?
In my opinion the Tea Party refuses to call out the racist in their party because they are fearful of alienating any supporters. As a young group their strength is in the number of supporters, if they call out the racist they worry about diminishing their numbers.
It’s time for Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rand Paul, and Sharron Angle to step up and be real leaders and demand the racism stop. Or else your silence speaks volumes of your overall views!
If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!