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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