July 19th, 2010
12:49 PM ET
8 years ago

Tea Party Nation: Movement 'is not racist'

(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.

soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Yeah, okay.

    July 19, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    The tea party is not racist?

    That's like saying the Atlantic isn't an ocean, Everest isn't a mountain, water isn't wet, the sun isn't hot, grass isn't green and healthcare doesn't cost too much.

    The tea party is not racist?

    Dude, if it looks like a duck and it walks like a duck and it talks like a duck, you can bet it's not an elephant.

    July 19, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Larry

    The American people were aware long before the blog in question was written, that the Republican arm, called the Tea Party, was a racist, bigoted group, just like the rest of the Republican party

    End Of Story ...

    July 19, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Maybe not on purporse. However the vast majority of the right-wing extreme fringe groups are white-power militants that hate the government. These people adherently suffer from a lack of education, ignorance, bigotry and hate-based fundamentalism.

    Just say no to the Neo-Confederates and their base of Puritan fanatics that want to turn the clock back 100 years.

    July 19, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Chris

    Strange, a number of the signs held up at these meetings seem pretty racist to me. Or maybe they're just plain ignorant.

    July 19, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. CJ

    They can deny all they want , but the signs allowed at these events say it all!

    July 19, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. norma

    "Tea Party Nation and many other groups have repudiated racism and racists." BUT this statement DOES NOT repudiate the racist Mark Williams...is he or is he not banned from your group?

    When you say "many took to be racist", you mean 99% of the United States, right? If that piece of crap pretending to be sattire isn't racist then I don't know what is.

    I much prefer the Tea Party Federation's statement to this wishy washy "so sorry if you were offended" meaningless junk.

    July 19, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Eric in Denver

    Before all of the nut jobs rant and rave about the racism of the tea party folks why don't you get off of your couch and go check out a tea party event. I attended one in Missoula Montana(not exactly a right wing town by any stretch) and there were all different types of people(blacks, whites, latino etc). The racism charge is just desparation by the socialist party to change the focus of the Obama and democratics house failed policies. The bogus charge is not doing anything for the dem vote and is probably in fact rallying the republican party as well as independents to vote out all of these crooks and to send a message to the president that our country is not ready for socialism!!!!

    July 19, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. harold

    What is the T Party program to fight two Wars...Bring the USA economy out of the Greatest Recession and deal with the budget?....I understand your program as of now is to get the USA smaller government?. Is that your program in the face of all these problems?. That simple huh?

    July 19, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. progressive patriot

    I bet I won't be invited to their parties (oops, conventions).

    July 19, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Simon/Orlando

    This is a typical reaction from the left wing big government crowd. If you can't find a logical argument against the tea party, just call it racist and leave it at that. The NAACP is a group that is still living in the 60's.

    July 19, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Jim Brodie

    No, the Tea Party movement is not fundamentally racist, but MANY of their adherants are definity racist, as evidenced by the signs they carry and the blogs they write. When you troll the depths of the right wing, as the Tea Party has done, you are bound to catch lots of racists in your net. If the Tea Party is serious about maintaining a non-racist image, they need to denounce overt racism from any of their adherants, whether it is at their rallies, or in printed word. From my reading, that is all the NAAACP is asking. Racism is less of a problem among liberal groups, but present nevertheless. Liberal groups should also denounce any racism wihtin their groups.

    July 19, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yes, you really are.

    Racist people never seem to think they are racist, then they spout comments like (Mr. O'Reilly of Fox News):

    "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea."


    You tea bagger are racists, we know it even if you haven't figured it out yet, oh yes, God knows too, since he can actually read your hearts...

    July 19, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. KImberly

    this is actually a comment about the mosque NEAR the twin tower site. ARE YOU SERIOUS>????? I am curious how many of you ignorant right wing hateful people opposed a church being built by the Oklahoma City Fed building site, after that WHITE CHRISTIAN TERRORIS BLEW IT UP! killing children and CHRISTIANS!!!! Give me a break! Are you opposed to Catholic churches by schools because the priest rape children? Save your ignorance and hate for tea bagger parties! Your insignificant!

    July 19, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Whatever

    I wouldn't say the movement is racist just SOME of the people that make up the movement just like all the other movements!!!!!

    July 19, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Stacey

    "Tea Party Nation welcomes all patriots, regardless of gender, ethnicity or national origin to join us and help save this great country."

    Really? Then stop with the derogatory name calling; stop with the racists signs and slogans. The way it stands now, I would never walk by or amongst a crowd of tea baggers. I wouldn't feel safe around them. They have not been very welcoming at all.

    July 19, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Okay, but there should be some level acknowledgment that there is something about the groups that seems racist. They didn't come out while Bush was in office despite the huge levels of spending with no resolved to have any of it paid for. That seems a touch strange to me.

    July 19, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Jason

    It was a sad day for the Tea Party Movement when Mark Williams posted his blog. I don't know what he was thinking, and suspect that he wasn't thinking at all. In this over-sensative, PC scociety he was so incredibly stupid to write what he did. I am not arguing for against what he said, only saying that putting that out in public was 2 steps beyond moronic. While the point he was making may be accurate, the way he made it, was sure to cause wide-spread backlash. I am thinking he was an Obama plant (ha-ha). Sombody needs to re-set his brain-to-mouth (although this was brain to finger via a blog) filter. This blog will do more damage to the Tea Party Movement than any liberal group could have done. I suspect that Mark has killed any future of a successful public career

    July 19, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Larry


    What do we have to this point?

    Tea party express, federation and nation.

    You teabaggers should consolidate. It's tiring laughing at all 3 of your parties.

    Just one to laugh at would be great!

    July 19, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    o.k. explain the signs.

    July 19, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. ronalde

    ok explain the signs.

    July 19, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Donnatella

    Please tell it to somebody that doesn't know better, the tea party will always be labled a racist organization because it's member are mostly old white republicans, they didn't form until we elected our first black president. It's to late, just because you got rid of Williams means absolutely nothing, you still have Rand and Sarah to keep the hate going.

    July 19, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. BillE

    Wow, after seeing their posters and listening to their rants you could have fooled me.

    July 19, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Debby

    I agree they are not but, the NAACP is.

    July 19, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Liz the First

    And the check is in the mail and i'll respect you in the morning. if the teabaggers are not racist, then why is their supposed concern over the deficit only a recent development instead of surfacing nine years ago when King George the Lesser turned a record surplus into a record deficit? oh, right, he was white!

    July 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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