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Not breaking news: Tea Party has a lot of racists

July 21, 2010

As if we needed proof the Tea Party has racist elements beyond their signs, Eugene Robinson has a great column in The Washington Post yesterday.

Courtesy CNN

An excerpt, though you should read the full piece.

On Saturday, the National Tea Party Federation announced it had expelled one of the movement’s most prominent figures — a California blowhard named Mark Williams — because of the outrageously racist things he had said about the NAACP. Ejected along with Williams was his whole organization, Tea Party Express, which had been a particularly active, high-profile group.

The last straw was a “satirical” letter that Williams, a former right-wing talk radio host, posted on his Web site. It was supposed to be a missive from NAACP President Ben Jealous to Abraham Lincoln, and the Tea Party Federation deemed it “clearly offensive.” With good reason.

Here is one passage:…

…”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.”

That’s not satire, it’s hate speech…

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