(CNN) – In a "personal note" posted on his blog Friday afternoon, a well-known face of the national Tea Party movement announced that he has removed a controversial post which mocked the NAACP's criticism of the conservative grassroots movement.
Earlier this week and apparently in reaction to an NAACP resolution regarding racist behavior exhibited by some attendees at Tea Party movement events, Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams published a satirical, mock letter from NAACP president Benjamin Jealous to the late President Abraham Lincoln.
"Dear Mr. Lincoln," an earlier version of the blog post read, "We [National Association for the Advancement of] Colored People 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 [National Association for the Advancement of] Colored People and we demand that it stop!"
In the "personal note" on his blog posted Friday afternoon, Williams explained his decision to remove the controversial mock letter.
"I learned this morning that Ben Jealous, author of the NAACP anti-tea party resolution has offered something of an olive branch and wants to open discussions with tea partiers regarding dialing down the unproductive shots going back and forth," wrote Mark Williams, a spokesman for the Tea Party Express.
Williams also said that he has responded to the outreach from Jealous by providing his contact info. "I do hope that he follows through and calls. The first round of beers at our 'summit' will be on me," said Williams.
The Tea Party activist added, "Following what I believe to be a sincere move by Mr. Jealous I recognize that I have a responsibility to act in kind (just as I did in response to the NAACP's anti-tea party resolution and what was said about us) and that the continued controversy over this post can only detract from the discussions."
Williams explained that he decided to remove the controversial blog post as "a reciprocal gesture." And Williams suggested that he had been mistaken in publishing the mock letter in the first place.
"Now that Mr. Jealous and others realize their error and seek to mend fences it becomes my job to not offend rational people who disagree with me on the relevant issues while not sacrificing the truth. I heard too from many very sober and thoughtful people who counseled me that my comments were an obstacle to progress and that I missed my intended target."
And, echoing his past comments and those of other national figures in the Tea Party movement, Williams directly addressed claims that the conservative grassroots movement tolerates racist behavior within its ranks.
"So, with that I reiterate what I and every tea partier have said repeatedly: We denounce racists of any color and all those who seek to divide the American People along any lines."
And the outspoken Williams ended his new blog post with both a defiant note and invitation to Jealous.
"I would suggest to those offended by the term "Colored People" (the phrase that made my article so controversial) please contact the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and join me in calling for an end to their use of the racial slur and that Mr. Jealous take me up on my offer to travel with me on the next Tea Party Express so that he may meet all of you in person."
CNN has reached out to the NAACP for comment on Williams' latest blog post.
Update 7:43 p.m.: NAACP president Benjamin Jealous has responded to Williams. "I have not reached out to Mark Williams nor have we made any statements against the Tea Party," Jealous told CNN's Roland Martin. "We have simply called on the leaders to repudiate racist elements in their ranks."
Jealous added, "If Mark Williams apologizes for his past troubling statements, including the offensive letter he recently authored, and is willing to repudiate racist elements in the Tea Party, I would be happy to sit down and talk to him."