Tea Party Express racist Mark Williams kicked out of movement
Some members of the Tea Party have been accused of being racist and directing that racism at the president. Frank Vest image from Flickr.

The Tea Party Express and its leader Mark Williams were expelled from the National Tea Party Federation. An over the top racist satire was written by Williams, chairman of the Tea Party Express, in response to an NAACP resolution asking the Tea Party to renounce racism in its ranks. The Tea Party denied that racists were part of its membership when the NAACP voted at its convention last week on the Tea Party resolution. But the Tea Party expelled Williams after his racist satire was highlighted by the national media.

Tea Party racism exemplified in Tea Party Express

The Tea Party Express, founded by Williams, is one of probably the most influential groups within the Tea Party movement. The New York Daily News reports that raising $2.3 million and helping Republican Scott Brown get elected to the late Ted Kennedy’s seat are among the Tea Party Express’ achievements under Williams. Last month, Williams stepped down as chairman to lead a campaign against a mosque project in New York known as the ground zero mosque, which he has described as a monument to 9/11 attackers where Muslims will “worship the terrorist monkey-god.” Williams called Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer a “Jewish Uncle Tom who would have turned rat on Anne Frank” for supporting the project.

Tea Party Express confirms NAACP resolution

While the Tea Party Express’ Williams was saying that Muslims worship a monkey god, the Tea Party twisted the meaning of the NAACP resolution requesting that the movement cull the racists from its membership. The NAACP was calling the Tea Party as a whole racist, said right wing pundits and Tea Party officials. Their comeback was that the NAACP members were the racists. But claims made within the NAACP resolution became clear after teapartyexpress.org published a racist satire written by Williams.

Slavery satire by the Tea Party Express

By writing a satirical letter to Abraham Lincoln from NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, Williams got his Tea Party Express expelled from the Tea Party movement. This sample from the letter was posted by Fox News:

“Perhaps probably the most racist point of all within 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?” he wrote. “Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a fantastic 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.”

Will NAACP Tea Party resolution tone down the racism?

The Tea Party movement may benefit in the long run from the Tea Party Express dismissal. The Huffington Post reports that one of the more interesting consequences of the NAACP Tea Party resolution may be that now the movement is going to have to take responsibility for having an actual organizing structure. Following the NAACP resolution, the Tea Party can’t use its grass roots, free-form nature as an excuse to condone such behavior.

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