Excerpt from a post by Tea Party activist Mark Williams:
“Dear Mr. Lincoln,” began the fictional letter posted by Williams. “We Coloreds 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!”
Williams went on to write that the Tea Party movement couldn’t be racist because it opposed government bailouts for Wall Street banks and big corporations.
“Bailouts are just big money welfare and isn’t that what we want all Coloreds to strive for?” the posting said. “What kind of racist would want to end big money welfare? What they need to do is start handing the bailouts directly to us coloreds!” — CNN.com
Coming on the heels of NAACP’s Ben Jealous’ demand that the Tea Party “must expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take full responsibility for all of their actions,” which was followed by a formal resolution that honked off Teabaggers nationwide, the timing for this chunk of hilarity is priceless.
Mark Williams, whose brilliance is clearly on display in his insightful prose, is no ordinary TeaPublican. He’s on the Tea Party Express web site as a “spokesman,” hosts a radio program from northern California, and is the author of Taking Back America One Tea Party at a Time.” My bet is he knows his audience pretty damn well: what they think, what they like, and what they laugh at. Doubtlessly he penned this nauseating little tidbit snorking and guffawing and wetting his panties in anticipation of its reception by the faithful.
And it gets better!
“I just don’t see racism in the tea party movement,” said Brendan Steinhauser, director of campaigns for FreedomWorks, which organizes tea party groups. “Racism is something we’re absolutely opposed to.” —Wonkette
Sara Palin: “The Tea Party movement is a beautiful movement, full of diverse people, diverse backgrounds,” Palin said on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “It’s very unfortunate that they are taking this tactic because it’s a false accusation that Tea Party Americans are racist. Any good American hates racism. We don’t stand for it. It is unacceptable.” — ABCNews
They can’t smell what’s right under their nostrils, and never will. The cover-the-ass game has barely started. Hang on, and prepare for hilarity.
I see emails all the time with this kind of stupid shit; primitive racist humor, stereotyping photos, real lowbrow street bigotry. White people love sending this around. They’re usually smart enough to keep it off their web sites, though.
So is every teabagger, conservative, Republican, etc., a closet Klansman? Nah, don’t be silly. Even Ben Jealous, who ignited this firestorm, doesn’t believe that. The problem is they’re too damn comfortable with and tolerant of racist attitudes that lead to discriminatory policies and less than equal protection under the law. For starters. Run the numbers on life expectancy; representation in the professions, upper management, and the academy, political influence, etc., and you start to see what an institutionalized bad attitude can lead to.
Then add in to that appalling list of character flaws a really crappy sense of humor and your tea party goes from Orange Pekoe in a porcelain teacup to granulated shit between your molars.