TEA Party Exress Spokesman Proves NAACP Resolution Correct

Posted on July 17, 2010

The NAACP passed a resolution this past week that asked Tea Party groups to address the racist elements in the group or that attend rallies. They moderated their resolution to:

“we take no issue with the Tea Party movement,” while urging it to “make clear there is no place for racism and anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry in their movement.”

The Tea Party Express leadership has always been outspoken but within bounds.  This time, their s0-called “national spokesman”  Mark Williams, took things too far.  He denounced the NAACP and then went off the deep end with a mock up letter to President Lincoln that went:

Noting that the NAACP has the word “colored” in its name (a vestige of its founding in 1909) Williams then went on to post a satirical letter ostensibly written by NAACP President Benjamin Jealous to President Abraham Lincoln:

Dear Mr. Lincoln:

We Colored People 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 Colored People. That means we Colored People 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 Colored People 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
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Head Colored Person

Williams pulled the letter but the damage has been done and it reverberates through all of the other Tea Party groups who are honest and forthright – the kind of people Sarah Palin characterized as:

“No, the Tea Party Movement is a beautiful movement, full of diverse people, diverse backgrounds,” Sarah Palin said on Fox News. “Folks of all walks of life who, for the most part, happen to oppose President Obama’s policies. Not the color of his skin. They don’t care that he’s half white or half black.”

It is hoped that people will realize that there are factions within the Tea Party movement and when Sarah Palin spoke at the national convention, she was speaking to a different group of them.  At that time the discord among the various groups was evident and then as now I ask Sarah Palin to not get overly involved in this controversy.  This is exactly what the Democrats have planned for her.

If you are unfamiliar with Mark Williams and his often inflammatory rhetoric, here is a sample.  You will note that Williams denies he is a national spokesman for the Tea Party movement and reminds Rowland Martin that there is no one movement only groups within a loose network :

NOTE:  The above blog post based on remarks on the blog of the Atlanta Journal Constitution by Jay Bookman.