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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 07/19/2010

Tea Party Nation reaffirms opposition to racism

By Matt DeLong

By Matt DeLong

Updated at 11:21 a.m.

Fresh on the heels of the banishment of Tea Party Express and founder Mark Williams on Sunday, another tea party group is reaffirming opposition to racism.

Following Williams's satirical mock letter to Abraham Lincoln from NAACP President Ben Jealous in which Williams called slavery a "great gig," Tea Party Nation issued a statement Monday appearing to condemn Williams without mentioning his name. The group says it has a "zero tolerance policy against racism" and "will ban any members who show themselves to be racist."

Tea Party Nation is perhaps best known for hosting the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville earlier this year, where the keynote address was delivered by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Former CNN host Lou Dobbs has signed on to headline the group's next convention. The issue rose to prominence last week after the NAACP passed a resolution condemning racism within the tea party movement at its national convention.

Read Tea Party Nation's full statement after the jump.

As most of you are aware, one of the leaders in the tea party movement posted a controversial blog many took to be racist.

The Tea Party Movement is not racist. Tea Party Nation and many other groups have repudiated racism and racists. If you look on our website's FAQ's, you can see we have a no tolerance policy against racism. We have banned members who were racists and will ban any members who show themselves to be racist.

Tea Party Nation welcomes all patriots, regardless of gender, ethnicity or national origin to join us and help save this great country.

By Matt DeLong  | July 19, 2010; 11:01 AM ET
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Comments

Methinks the racists doth protest too much.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 20, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

They can deny racism all they want, but many of them (most?) are.

Posted by: reiley | July 20, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

doesntmatter asked
"What’s all this about the Black Panthers,"

It's a diversion - an attempt on the part of some in the Tea Party and rightie media to put the NAACP on the defensive rather than to address the obvious problem of racists in their ranks. It's the "I know you are, but what am I?" school of political discourse.

From what I've gathered, the "smoking gun" in the NAACP/New Black Panthers connection is that - acording to the attorney who was prosecuting the voter intimidation case against NBP members, who admits that his knowledge is not first-hand - someone from the NAACP asked the Justice Department when the civil case about NBP voter intimidation would be dismissed.

The rightie blogs and talking heads that are getting all indignant about this very tenuous alleged connection between the NAACP and the New Black Panthers minimize the fact that the source of this information has a vested interest and no first-hand information, and they don't mention the fact that the Justice Dept has brought criminal charges against the NBP member responsible for the voter intimidation. It doesn't support their chosen narrative.

Posted by: fyuteal | July 19, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Mark Williams as the Grand Master.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 19, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I learned long ago never to defend stupid behavior. I wonder when Mark Williams and his Tea Party cohorts will learn the same lesson.

Posted by: queenofromania | July 19, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I learned long ago to never defend stupid behavior. I wonder when Mark Williams and his Tea Party cohorts will learn the same lesson.

Posted by: queenofromania | July 19, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

What’s all this about the Black Panthers, I doubt many even know or care about them. They are irrelevant and worrying about them is like worrying about some all white racist militia in Michigan. Tea Partiers need to stop comparing apples to oranges; it’s a very defensive, childish and lazy argument and exposes your inability to critically think. You guys want to be a national party – step your game up.

Posted by: doesntmatter | July 19, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

What’s all this about the Black Panthers, I doubt many even know or care about them. They are irrelevant and worrying about them is like worrying about some all white racist militia in Michigan. Tea Partiers need to stop comparing apples to oranges; it’s a very defensive, childish and lazy argument and exposes your inability to critically think. You guys want to be a national party – step your game up.

Posted by: doesntmatter | July 19, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I refudiate that assertation. It be too late for teabaggin redemshun!

Posted by: johng1 | July 19, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Will the NAACP and the Dept. of Justice make the statement? Will they both condemn the "kill cracker babies" rant by the New Black Panther party "leader"?

Posted by: hz9604 | July 19, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

As an Obama supporter, who views himself as a moderate, and doesn't agree with hardly anything the Tea Party espouses, let me say, that I APPLAUD THEM for making this statement. They could have done this a week ago. I don't understand why it was so difficult. No we can all move on.

Posted by: ksanders32 | July 19, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

There, was that so %$#@ hard???

We now officially have a dilaogue. Who'da thunk it in this day and age?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 19, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama had his Jeremiah Wright.

The Left didn't have much to say about that racist until he was exposed by Fox News.

Nor did the Left have much to say about Robert "Grand Ku Klux Klan Kleegle" Byrd once he started voting liberal.

Cry me a river.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | July 19, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

he was their FOUNDER. How dumb do you think Americans are, really?

Your tactics are as visible as a large, unkempt gorilla. Odd that, it doesn't seem to phase most folk in "that" icky party.

Tea?

No thanks - I've got HOPE.

Posted by: pgibson1 | July 19, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse


By the mere fact that the Tea Party exists with mostly WASPs as members, one knows that racism is in the back of their minds. They have the opportunity to cry racism, but don't. But what's behind the facade?

They remind me of the protests of the 60s against Nam. But of course, those were warranted.

The Tea Party fights our federal government and that is anarchy.
What' their mission or vision statement? That all patriots are invited.

Please......we have that down here with the American Militia. Tea Party, in my view, lean towards being anarchists.

/////
anarchy – disorder, chaos lawlessness, revolution, rebellion
Chaotic situation. A situation in which there is total lack of organization or control. Lack of government. The absence of any formal system of government in a society.

Anarchist –rebel, radical
Supporter of anarchism. Somebody who believes that governments should be abolished as necessary. Lawless person. Somebody who tries to overthrow a government or behaves in a lawless way.

I wonder if they get permits for their protests. Like the Nazi's have to have permits for their little marches.

!!!!


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 19, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

You want racism? Check out the New Black Panthers!!!!! Guess the left doesn't have a problem with them.

Posted by: Jimbo77
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They're despicable, but they're also a tiny group and completely irrelevant. Racists make up a substantial percentage of tea-baggers and are influential in the movement. Huge difference.

Posted by: luridone | July 19, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Racism is racism, whether white on black or black on white. For those who would like an example of the NAACP's racism, check out this video from Brietbart:

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/07/19/breitbart-hits-naacp-with-promised-video-of-racism/

Posted by: DL13 | July 19, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The various tea parties have been clear in stating the issue they advocate - fiscal responsibility, including an end to the insane deficit spending that threatens the republic. While I've never participated in a tea party event, I must applaud this group's equally clear repudiation of any hint of racism or bigotry. Now if Luke Visconti of DiversityInc will apologize for his blatantly prejudiced remarks on CNN over the weekend, we can get back to discussing fiscal prudence - an issue for which even President Obama has stated support.

Posted by: ricegf | July 19, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"As most of you are aware, one of the leaders in the tea party movement posted a controversial blog many took to be racist. " Im not really sure they are saying that Williams remark were racist or just plain inappropriate....Many took to be racist is not that same as saying a controversial blog that was racist...

Posted by: pruguy21 | July 19, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

It is funny (sad, really) how the left can be outraged by one nut showing up with a racist poster to a Tea Party, but a whole society/culture can veil and entrap all of it's women into subservience and not a peep from the liberals.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | July 19, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Now the Tea party is like Hamlet, mortally wounded by the poison of racism, but still staggering, proclaiming and repudiating. Tragic yes, but deserved, yes. America does not need to be "saved" by these right-wing Republican/Libertarians, but saved from them. We don't need more Mad Hatters; we need more Democrats!

Posted by: dudh | July 19, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

stop the pressed: tea party comes out with SHOCK announcement that they abhore racism. good, that should shut dems up for a few months.

Posted by: dummypants | July 19, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

They refudiate repudiating racism except when it is against Muslims trying to build a mosque in New York. Then you can be a racist

Posted by: racerdoc | July 19, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

It's hilarious how stupid the 'partiers are. No matter how many times they repudiate racism, their opponents are going to keep making them repudiate it again (and again and again). The 'partiers thought that simply focusing on their fringe ideas about very strong fiscal conservatism and ignoring social issues would work; their opponents are and will continue to use those social issues against them.

As if that's not enough, they'll all delusionally think the NAACP has been damaged by this episode when in fact it's the 'partiers that are calling each other racists and in effect smearing those associated with TP Express, such as Lloyd Marcus.

For more on their movement, see my coverage:

http://24ahead.com/s/tea-parties

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | July 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I have never heard of these "new black panthers" except in teetotalers' rants. I kind of think the Tea Party made them up in the first place. Even if they do exist, it doesn't give the TPers a right to be racist.

Posted by: jb777 | July 19, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

After 9/11, we let the government take away our Constitutional rights and freedom. American citizens now can be arrested, jailed, vanished without any legal representation and spied on routinely in the name of fighting terrorism.

After the financial crisis, we let the government completely dismantled our free-market capitalist system. They robbed from every taxpayer to bail out the rich bankers and guarantee their profits at the expense of everyone else.

How long are we going to keep dismantling pieces of our nation's founding principles that enable it to become the greatest country on earth? What else are we going to destroy after our democracy and free market are now completely distorted beyond recognition?

Posted by: neolib | July 19, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

You want racism? Check out the New Black Panthers!!!!! Guess the left doesn't have a problem with them.

Posted by: Jimbo77 | July 19, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The various tea parties have been clear in stating the issue they advocate - fiscal responsibility, including an end to the insane deficit spending that threatens the republic. While I've never participated in a tea party event, I must applaud this group's equally clear repudiation of any hint of racism or bigotry. Now if Luke Visconti of DiversityInc will apologize for his blatantly prejudiced remarks on CNN over the weekend, we can get back to discussing fiscal prudence - an issue for which even President Obama has stated support.

Posted by: ricegf | July 19, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Does the tea party repudiate racism, or do the refudiate racism? You boneheads should try to get your stories straight.

Posted by: jb777 | July 19, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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