Black members of tea party dispute claims of racism within grass-roots movementBy Philip Elliott, AP
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Black members of tea party dispute racist claims
WASHINGTON — Black members of the tea party movement are disputing allegations of racism within the grass-roots movement and say the claims are merely an attempt to discredit their work.
Black leaders told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that the racism attributed to their members is coming from outsiders who infiltrated the organization.
The tea party leaders accused liberals of economic oppression. They promised a second Emancipation Proclamation that would bring another wave of freedom.
Last week, a former leader of the Tea Party Express cut ties with the group. Mark Williams had set off a firestorm after posting a letter on his blog written from “Colored People” to Abraham Lincoln. The post suggested that black people would choose slavery over having to do real work.
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