July 19th, 2010
12:49 PM ET
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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. works for me

    "Took to be racist..." do you really believe the intelligent among us believe what you're spewing? It WAS racist, you are racist... all of you so called Tea partiers!
    I doubt you know what the original Tea Party was about. FYI... it was about unifying America, OUR AMERICA... not dividing it.

    July 19, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. teena

    Who are you kidding here?
    Saying the tea party is NOT RACIST is like saying Putin is not Russion!

    July 19, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. In the West

    "Tea Party Nation: Movement 'is not racist'"

    No, just 90% of its members are.

    July 19, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Gil

    Prove it!

    July 19, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    If the tea party isn't racist, then I'm not fat!

    I have a couple of finger that aren't fat at all, so just like the tea party is "not racist".....I'm not fat.

    yeah

    July 19, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Zombie Jesus

    Tea Party = Republican Code Pink

    The End.

    July 19, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. John Hennessy Black

    "Me thinks you protest too much..."

    July 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. thor

    The tea party movement has never been about racism!! this is something created by friends of the Obama administration in order to take the public's attention off the sorry state the economy is in.9.5% unemployment after 18 months in office is not something to brag about.And what happen to the summer recovery tour that Axlerod talked of just a couple of weeks ago.I guess Obama nixed that after thinking about it while eating ice cream on vacation in Maine

    July 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The worst racists in the country are blacks who attempt to smear with the label "racist" anything or anyone with whom they disagree.

    Fortunately, with overuse, and mal-application of the term to things manifestly not racist, the pejorative characterisation "racist" has come to reflect more on the motives of those applying it than on those to whom it is being applied.

    July 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Like Hell it isn't!

    July 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. No-T

    I'm surprised that the Tea Party apologists didn't "refudiate" racism and racists.

    July 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. ST

    "Tea Party group also says it has "banned members who were racists and will ban any members who show themselves to be racist."
    Are they going to ban Sarah as well? She is number one on the list!

    July 19, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Mesa Mick

    Riiight...the mostly white southern TP members are not really racists...And rethuglicants are not really "conservative christian" regressionists either...

    July 19, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. A Kickin' Donkey

    It is OK to criticize President Obama ... our nation's 1st Black President.

    It is not OK to resistevery single thing he does to better the country. We, the rest of the country, are savvy enough to see through the GOP ... err I mean the "Tea Party's" goal of trying to say he was ineffective and didn't get anything done as a strategy to defeat him.

    When you've been employing that strategy since the January 21 of 2009 ... his 1st day in office ... you are going to be viewed as hostile to the man .... not his principles.

    Richard Nixon, a former WHITE, REPUBLICAN President, proposed some of the same elements that can be found in the Healthcare Reform Bill. I don't remember any "Tea Partiers" calling him unAmerican, a Socialist, drawing parallels to Hitler, Stalin, Mousilini, etc.

    What ... and many other Americans ... see is that only when the idea came from a black man did it become a bad thing.

    That's why the Tea Party is called racist ... it is hypocritical. It matters not that the GOP has a token negro or two to make it's case. That doesn't insulate it from being racist.

    July 19, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. larry

    "Tea Party Nation (AKA The White Annoying Teabaggers) and many other groups have repudiated racism and racists." Why would anyone think that they are racists just because all the members are white, carry signs that compare the President to Hitler and refer to black people as the N word?

    July 19, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. TOM

    I find it very funny that cnn would report so much on this story. Where is the coverage of the new black panthers? Now that is racist. I grew up on the east coast of canada before moving to Los Angeles and i never even saw racism until i moved here and believe me is is not white people that are the worst for it. It is black people. I now have several friend who are black and even they agree. Then they call that reverse racisim. What the hell is that? Racism is racism. We really need to get over this and move on. I suggest that we start by getting rid of the term african american, this should only be used if you hold passports from africa and america.

    July 19, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. dem in wi

    Yeah right, not only are they racisits they are liars.

    July 19, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. cjr

    oh right – tea party is racist – sounds like Dick Nixon "I am not a crook" it 's over for them! What ever will the politicians do who ran to the tea party – Sarah, Jan, Michelle etc and etc – How do they back away.

    July 19, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Westside

    Yeah right lol!!!!

    July 19, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. The Other Micheal in Houston

    You tea baggers still don't get it. We would believe you are not racisit if any of you would have stood up between 2000 and 2008. But most of you were living in your "white is right" world and none of you had a problem with the government until an African American was elected. And that whole idiotic notion "taking the country back", from who? Sounds to me is to you want to take the color out of leadership. And stop it with "we have a black guy" Michael Steele crap. The RNC would have nevr let a black man run it's party until President Obama was elected. The only reason why Michael Steele even got a chance was so you can say "we have a black guy too, come vote for us"! All of you Tea People are the Ultra Conservative Wing of the Republican Party who are bent out of shape that your worse nightmare became a reality, an African American President. So shut, go burn your crosses, try to kick every Hispanic out of the country, barter your chickens or whatever you facist terrorist do but don't insult my intelligence! You are who you are and we the American people know it!

    July 19, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. TTBALA

    Of course Tea party Movemebt is RACIST, hey you guys where were you when Bush was ruining this country, you reared your heads as soon as we elected a Balck president, you idiots, who do you think you are fooling with your stupis statements, only yourselves thats who.

    July 19, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    TEA Party = Bushie Loyals

    Simple as that!!!!

    July 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Sharron

    Every time I see the Tea Baggers on TV in a rally, I see people holding up signs of the President painted White as the Joker, I see signs saying he isn't a legal citizen, this translates as Hate, Hate and more Hate......and why because the man is black.......they don't like having a Black President running this country......sorry but I see the most Racist people in the country trying to take this country in a direction that will take us back 50 years.......

    July 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. annie s

    No, it does NOT welcome all "patriots". I'm a patriot – a progressive independent who wholeheartedly supports the forward thinking Obama agenda. Would I be welcomed?

    July 19, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Thank God I am a Democrat

    These people are something else. For us white people that are not racist there is a good chance that you have known or are related to white people that are racists. We know what they think like, talk like, and act like. Why do they insist on trying to convince us differently. Is anyone really surprised that a group of individuals would rise up in some form of protest when the first black president was elected. The rest of us white people that are not part of this group are not fooled by the fact that they try to disguise their true motives behind a Tea party movement. We have seen this type of behavior since the day we were born so it really isn't hard for us to call it like we see it. I would like the Tea Party to just man up and state their true motivation which is they are scared to see other races making such strides in what traditionally has been white america. It is obvious there is more than taxing and spending behind this as they weren't so quick to take to the streets when Bush was still in office. If there is one thing I commend Mark Williams on is that he was at least man enough to show what the party is really about and what they really stand for. Now that he stated his peace I am glad they got rid of the bum. Now if the Tea party could just ban their whole movement we can move forward with more important things.

    July 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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