July 19th, 2010
12:49 PM ET
4 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. doug

    The party that is carrying on the Robert Byrd tradition of holding minorities back for political benefit is calling the tea party racist, that's priceless!!!

    There was a $100,000 ransom for anyone who could prove the lib congressmen were called the n word, a dozen cameras and mics were around them when it so called happened, no proof exists. Meanwhile Democrat Senators have said the N WORD ON NATIONAL TV over the last decade, the naacp never said a word about it!!!!!!!!

    Maybe another $100,000 ransom is due, if you can find a Democrat who tells the truth. That one will go uncollected as well.

    July 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Keith

    Yes it is!

    July 19, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Lisa, Miami

    Exactly,

    you are just a bunch of delusional crazies.

    July 19, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Anybody asssociated with the shrilla' from wasilla IS a racist and even if you claim you aren't just following her every brain fart (like CNN does) is ground to be banished from Earth.
    @ron in CA – back to it's(sic) roots?" Does that mean faux news needs to start a new anti President Obama campaign all over again?
    What will you call it? The 21st century kkk without the hoods? Oops, sorry you already have that with those stupid teabag hats.
    I consider myself a patriot but I guess that as long as I don't follow your silly tirades I don't count.
    We need to refudiate (oop,s sorry that's the quitter tweeting). We need to repudiate the teabaggers.

    July 19, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Geoz

    Yea, but what about the racism?

    July 19, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. one voice

    And the world is flat? LOL

    July 19, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. David in Houston

    I guess better late than never...

    I'm still baffled by the fact that they were nowhere to be found during the 8 years of Bush's massive government spending. It just seems odd that this "movement" consisting primarily of older white folks (99.9%) wasn't formed until after we elected a black man to the Whitehouse.

    Coincidence?

    July 19, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Shucks

    Try all they want, all you have to do is attend one and look at what they are calling the fringe. Too bad there is fringe everywhere.

    July 19, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Get A Grip

    It's not the Tea Party that's racist, it's the NAACP that's racist.

    July 19, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Patsy, Texas

    So, explain Palin calling President Obama "half-white and half-black",
    and calling on him to "refutiate" the NAACP. President Obama
    refers to himself as African American, and so should she. Also,
    explain the spitting and "n" word calls on African American
    Congressmen and the "Monkey See, Monkey Do" signs directed at
    President Obama. More "satire"?
    You just gotta love it, lyle.

    July 19, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. gina

    So based on this we will no longer see signs addressing the president as Hilter or as a socialist or anything else that is disrespectful to the president.I'll believe that when I see it

    July 19, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Mr. Tea

    That healthcare bill is a disaster. I don't want those people coming into my doctor's office with all their fatherless children and other undesirables. Understand, I don't care if they have healthcare, I just do not want them to exercise their healthcare in my places. The quality of care will go down just like their neighborhoods. My family should not have to be exposed to them in a medical setting. Some don't even speak English and those other ones speak improper English at best. I don't want them in my doctor's office.... PERIOD!

    July 19, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. mike

    What a joke the tea party is not racist how come it took the NAACP to
    say that some people in the party are racist and they still challenged
    them on that when everyone knows and saw it for themselves are they
    that stupid or are they that racist that they can't see for themselves look
    lets face it they didn't do it on there own but were force it to doing it so
    what does that tell the american public. Williams just showed his true
    colors and he represents the tea party

    July 19, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. T

    If the Tea Party is not racist, my as$ ho#e don't point to the ground.
    There were no Tea Party two years ago, only when a person of color is now President of the US. They are racist and dump, to think that we don't know what is really going on. Am so ashame of this, I thought that our country was moving forward, but they what us to go back. I can't see the US and me going back the far, histroy that some of us are not pride of, but Acknowledged .

    July 19, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Steve, New York City

    I believe that the majority of people involved with the Tea Party are not racists.

    However, there are some extremely troubling elements within the Tea Party – people holding up caricatures of the President, making him out to be simian, in nature . . . .
    and what about the birthers? They're so angry that a Mulatto got elected that they're not giving up on their moronic quest? Memebers of the right who don't repudiate these imbeciles might be seen as appeasers.
    Neverthless, I am glad that more even-headed elements within the Tea Party now seem to be repudiating the racists.

    July 19, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. vegage

    These people are definitely racist, who says otherwise is just plain blind and racist too.

    July 19, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. reality

    They're mostly all racist it is pretty obvious

    July 19, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Tea Party Nation: Movement 'is not racist'
    -------------------------------–
    Well it sounds like y'all need to get back to the burning cross and communicate that sentiment to the rest of your membership.

    Y'all have a lot of renegades running around evidently.

    July 19, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Ted

    Perception is that the Tea Party folks are racist. That means they are if that is the message people are perceiving.

    I am enjoying the GOP splintering into raucous factions such as Tea Partiers, Tea bagger, Grizzlie mothers, and other assorted groups full of conservative ignorant blowhards. Doing so will guarantee that the Dem will retain the white house in 2012.

    July 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Bertina

    Only in their pea brain is the Tea Party movement not racist.

    July 19, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. GL

    These fool keep missing the point. No body said the Tea party is racist, but it have elements and racist people that they need to address. This is getting old. Get the racist elements out of the tea baggers movement that all that is being asked.

    July 19, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. GL

    It is too late for them and I believe this is the beginning to an end of the Tea Baggers and they know this. They have no crediablity left because they waited to long to address the racist elements displayed on TV time after time. THIS IS THE BEGINNING TO AN END OF THIS MOVEMENT.

    July 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. ramtruck2500

    'that some people have taken as racist' Says it all my god get beyond this enabling. From what I have wtnessed from the chanting to screaming. When you call my president a Nigger there is little you can ever do to convince yuo are not racist!

    July 19, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Robert Warner

    Just saying something doesn't make it true- Tea Party actions are what they are. We've all seen the racist signs, heard the racist comments and read the racist screeds from TP leaders. Are all Tea Party people racist? What it comes down to is that all TPs aren't racist but all racists find a welcoming embrace in the Tea Party.

    July 19, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. GL

    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."

    Sorry the damage is done and people like Sara Palin, Michelle Backmann, Glenn Beck will never stop inciting racist with in the Tea Bagger movement. Until you denounce people like Sara Palin, Michelle Backmann, and Glenn Beck, you will all way be looked upon as a racist movement.

    Don't cry now that you have been called out on this.

    July 19, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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