Thursday, July 15, 2010

Proving Their Point

If you’re going to deny that there are racists among the Tea Partiers, perhaps the way to do it effectively is not to use racist imagery against the people who are suggesting that there are racists among you.

That was a point that was clearly lost on Mark Williams, a spokesperson for Tea Party Express in an interview on NPR.

You’re dealing with people who are professional race baiters, who make a very good living off this kind of thing. They make more money off of race than any slave trader ever. It’s time groups like the NAACP went to the trash heap of history where they belong with all the other vile racist groups that emerged in our history.

As Think Progress notes, Mr. Williams has some experience with racist talk, and he’s made a living at it.

Last year, he called called President Obama an “Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief.” And in February, he called Obama “our half white, racist president.”

In May, while serving as chairman of Tea Party Express, he called the Muslim god Allah a “terrorists’ monkey-god” while fighting the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero. Despite universal condemnation for his comments, Williams refused to apologized to Muslims. “In the course of the article I described the ‘god’ worshiped by terrorists as ‘a monkey god.’ I was wrong and that was offensive. I owe an apology to millions of Hindus who worship Lord Hanuman, an actual Monkey God,” Williams wrote in a follow-up blog post. He also called a Jewish developer involved in the project a “Jewish Uncle Tom who would have turned rat on Anne Frank.”

He and David Duke should take a cottage by the sea together.