(CNN) – A national Tea Party group responsible for the conservative movement's first national convention is out with a statement Monday responding to the weeklong controversy about claims of racism within the movement's ranks.
"As most of you are aware, one of the leaders in the tea party movement posted a controversial blog many took to be racist,' the statement says in an apparent reference to a blog post by Mark Williams which Williams published but then later removed from his personal blog.
"The Tea Party Movement is not racist," the statement says. "Tea Party Nation and many other groups have repudiated racism and racists."
After pointing out that the Tea Party Nation website states the group's no tolerance policy when it comes to racism, the national Tea Party group also says it has "banned members who were racists and will ban any members who show themselves to be racist."
The statement ends on a welcoming, conciliatory note.
"Tea Party Nation welcomes all patriots, regardless of gender, ethnicity or national origin to join us and help save this great country."
The Tea Party Nation organized a national Tea Party convention held in February in Nashville, Tennessee. The group is also one of the organizers of a National Tea Party Unity convention planned for October in Las Vegas.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.