August 4th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Tea Party Express fighting back against racism charge

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Ed Hornick

The tea party movement has been called a lot of things - from racist to the voice of the people. One tea party group is on a mission to change how the movement is perceived, especially when it comes to race relations.

Lloyd Marcus, a spokesman for the Tea Party Express, is hosting a National Black Conservative press conference in Washington on Wednesday. The event at the National Press Club is featuring more than a dozen black conservative speakers, including former diplomat and presidential candidate Alan Keyes.

The goal, Marcus said in a statement, is to fight back against "bogus, false and malicious charges" and the NAACP's resolution calling on tea party leaders to crack down on racist elements in the movement.

"As a black singer/songwriter performing my 'America Tea Party Anthem' and traveling with Tea Party Express, I have attended over 200 tea parties across the U.S. The attendees are not racists," Marcus said. "They are decent hard-working Americans who love their country. Tea party patriots oppose President Obama's policies, not his skin color."

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  1. brad

    the tea party is not racists in my eyes. its people in both parties that like to use the race card to get notice. look hard and usally the one screeming racism is the racists. ps i am a democrat and i like the tea party.

    August 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Larry

    The NAACP are all racists.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  3. Augsbee

    Democrats=Progressive Movement; Netroots Movement
    Republicans= Tea Party
    All have black, whites members that are racists, all have black, white members that are not racists.

    August 4, 2010 at 11:37 am |