In it, but not of it. TPM DC
Adams said national tea party groups like the Tea Party Federation and the Tea Party Nation were "right" to distance themselves from Williams today. She said she hoped the rally will help to put the NAACP flap behind them.
Nine African-American conservatives are scheduled to appear at the July 31 rally, which is co-sponsored by the Independence Hall Tea Party Association in Philadelphia and the
Uni-Tea organization. Emceeing the event will be David Webb, spokesperson for the Tea Party Federation.
"This was something that has been in the works for months," Adams, who is president of the Independence Hall group, said. "It's not a response to the charges by the NAACP."
But "we recognize that we have to and want to reach out to minorities," she added.
Adams told me the idea for the rally began months ago in the midst of charges of racism thrown at the tea party following some bigoted shenanigans during the health care debate. Adams said that then -- as now -- charges that the tea party is racist are false. But she said that it's lucky her rally is happening now, after Williams' post created a huge focus on racism in the tea party.
"Before Williams I think the NAACP was hard-pressed to find racist rhetoric the tea party organizations," Adams said. "The tea party has gone to great extremes to reach out to people of color, let them know they're welcome in our ranks."