T-shirt design seen on Bayard Street in NYC
The New America ... well, it looks, sounds, smells and acts a lot like the Old America, doesn't it?
On July 13, 2010, NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) President Ben Jealous said during an interview on ABC News:
"For more than a year we've watched as Tea Party members have called congressmen the N-word, have called congressmen the F-word. We see them carry racist signs and whenever it happens, the membership tries to shirk responsibility."
"If the Tea Party wants to be respected and wants to be part of the mainstream in this country, they have to take responsibility."
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On July 14, 2010, spokesman Mark Williams of the Tea Party Express wrote and published the following "satirical" letter as a personal blog post. Mr. Williams imagined himself as NAACP President Ben Jealous writing to Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
Dear Mr. Lincoln
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!
In fact we held a big meeting and took a vote in Kansas City this week. We voted to condemn a political revival of that old abolitionist spirit called the 'tea party movement'.
The tea party position to "end the bailouts" for example is just silly. Bailouts are just big money welfare and isn't that what we want all Coloreds to strive for? What kind of racist would want to end big money welfare? What they need to do is start handing the bail outs directly to us coloreds! Of course, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the only responsible party that should be granted the right to disperse the funds.
And the ridiculous idea of "reduce[ing] the size and intrusiveness of government." What kind of massa would ever not want to control my life? As Coloreds we must have somebody care for us otherwise we would be on our own, have to think for ourselves and make decisions!
The racist tea parties also demand that the government "stop the out of control spending." Again, they directly target coloreds. That means we Coloreds would have to compete for jobs like everybody else and that is just not right.
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.
Precious Ben Jealous, Tom's Nephew NAACP Head Colored Person
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Again, the above fictional letter was written by Mark Williams of the Tea Party Express. Shame on you Mr. Williams.
On July 18, 2010, the National Tea Party Federation expelled the Tea Party Express from its membership.