Dear Tea Party leaders,
This week, the NAACP called on the Tea Party movement to reject the racist elements that exist among its ranks. Sadly, instead of taking any responsibility for putting a stop to the bigoted, hateful rhetoric and imagery that has repeatedly surfaced in the Tea Party movement, one of your movement's most prominent leaders responded by attacking the NAACP with a barrage of offensive racial stereotypes.
This week, Mark Williams, the public face of Tea Party Express, called the NAACP a racist organization and said "They make more money off of race than any slave trader, ever." He went on to publish a blog post which implied that Black people don't like to work or think for themselves, that they depend on welfare, and that they want to benefit from White peoples' tax dollars so they can have a widescreen TV in every room.
If as Tea Party leaders you wish to have any credibility when you claim that racism is not a welcome, integral part of your movement, you must act decisively to reject people like Mark Williams. I'm calling on you to denounce Williams' bigoted rhetoric about the NAACP, and to demand he resign from his position at Tea Party Express and stop representing himself as a spokesman for the Tea Party movement.