Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | July 16, 2010

No racism in the Tea Party?

Sign from April 2009 Tea Party rally in Madison, WI

I took a lot of heat when I wrote a column recently that called the Tea Party “sometimes racist.” I heard from folks who claimed that there’s no racism in the extreme right fringe group; these folks offered no proof, just made the assertion. Here’s proof that I was right:

  • Exhibit A — Tea Party spokesman Mark Williams posted a letter mocking the NAACP that pretends to be from the NAACP president to Abraham Lincoln and declining freedom from slavery. Williams has since removed the post, but to my knowledge, as not apologized for the bigotry and lack of judgment that writing and posting it displayed.
  • Exhibit B — ThinkProgress posted a collection of clips of overt racism on display at Tea Party rallies.
  • Exhibit C — The Kansas City Start reports on racism in the Tea Party, and leads with the write-in candidacy for Arkansas Governor of white supremacist Billy Roper, a Tea Party member. Here’s a quote from Roper: “I don’t want non-whites in my country in any form or fashion or any status. … We go to these tea parties all over the country. We’re looking for the younger, potentially more radical people.”

Three examples that it took me less than five minutes to gather. Want more evidence? Search for “tea party racism” in Google Images and be shocked by the hateful signs you see.



  1. I absolutely agree with you Lisa.

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