The NAACP Commends the National Federation of Tea Parties for Expelling the Tea Party ExpressJuly 18, 2010
(BALTIMORE, MD) NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous issued the following statement today after learning that the National Federation of Tea Parties had expelled both Mark Williams and the Tea Party Express.
“Williams’ recent letter, in which he reiterated a litany of offensive racist stereotypes against African Americans and called Abraham Lincoln a "racist" because "colored people" liked slavery reflects a long history of racist statements. Williams wrote that Muslims worship the "terrorists monkey god" and called the NAACP "a vile racist group that makes more money off of race than any slave trader." But it was the thousands of people of goodwill calling for the Tea Party to repudiate its racist factions that result in this good first step.
We call on the major leaders of the Tea Party such as Sarah Palin and Dick Armey who have not spoken out to do so.
It is encouraging to know that the Tea Party can act in unison through the Tea Party Federation and take decisive action. We call on the Tea Party to police its events and make it clear that there is no space for racist signs and hate speech.
We look forward to being able to have a civil political discourse with the Tea Party on the serious issues facing all Americans.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.