Mark Williams rants earn Tea Party Express the racist label

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The National Tea Party Federation excommunicated the Tea Party Express and its leader, Mark Williams. Williams, the chairman of theTea Party Express, wrote a racist satire on the group's site last week in response to an NAACP resolution calling out the Tea Party to denounce the racists in its movement. The Tea Party denied that racists were part of its membership when the NAACP voted at its convention last week on the Tea Party resolution. After the racist satire by Williams came to light within the media, the Tea Party expelled him in an apparent move to keep the party from being labeled racist.

Tea Party Express leader fans racist flames

The Tea Party Express, founded by Williams, is one of probably the most influential sub groups within the Tea Party movement. The New York Daily News reports that Tea Party Express achievements include raising $ 2.3 million and helping Republican Scott Brown get elected to the late Ted Kennedy's seat. Williams relinquished the chairmanship last month to focus on leading a racism-tinged campaign against a mosque project in New York called the ground zero mosque, during which he has said Muslims will "worship the terrorist Monkey-god" in a temple in honor of the 9/11 attackers. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who supports the project was called a "Jewish Uncle Tom who would have turned rat on Anne Frank" by Williams for backing the project .

Muslims worship "monkey god," says Tea Party Express

The Tea Party played the victim card when the NAACP put forth their resolution requesting that the Tea Party denounce its racists, despite the fact Williams was calling Muhammad a monkey. Tea Party officials and right wing news pundits said the NAACP was calling the Tea Party a racist organization. They retorted by calling the NAACP racist. But a letter Williams wrote and posted on made the NAACP Tea Party resolution's claims absolutely clear.

Tea Party Express calls Lincoln "greatest racist ever"

Williams got his Tea Party Express kicked out of the Tea Party movement by writing a satirical letter to President Lincoln written from the perspective of NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous . Fox News posted this excerpt:

"Perhaps one of the most racist point of all within 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?" he wrote. "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."

Will Tea Party be more responsible after NAACP resolution?

The Tea Party movement may benefit in the long run from the Tea Party Express dismissal. The NAACP resolution, the Huffington Post reports, may benefit the Tea Party in the long run because now the movement may have to be responsible for controlling its behavior. Until now, its vast organic, grass roots nature served as a convenient excuse for denying the kind of accusations that the NAACP made within the first place.

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