Tea Party’s Mark Williams defends "NAACP’s Letter to Lincoln"
There’s been a relentless attempt to goad African-Americans into an angry response on a number of fronts and the Tea Party’s Mark Williams’ satirical letter to Lincoln from the NAACP is the latest installment in this effort. This bait that is being hung out there by far right wing should be ignored, but unfortunately the NAACP has blundered into a situation by grabbing it and the result was this letter and the interview below on CNN.
The objective in all of this is to take down the Obama administration using race as a wedge to do so. This can be discerned in Williams’ opening comments in the video about the administration doing whatever it can to “divide us by race, social status, economic status and etc.” The route being pursued to topple the administration is to flip the script on racism and accuse groups like the NAACP of racism. This is something that will resonate with many whites as there is a level of resentment around the idea that black folks have been the beneficiaries of reverse racism. Moreover, I can’t recount the number of times I read or heard the argument that “we don’t have an NAAWP” or a “Black Student Union”, so for some whites the mere existence of organizations like this is cause for resentment. The far right is determined to target this deep well of resentment to drive a wedge in the electorate and topple the administration. Wedge politics have been the republican game plan for the last 30 years.
They are being greatly assisted in this effort clearly by Fox and now by CNN. The difference is that CNN is not being as overt as Fox is but there’s little doubt that some elements within the network support the tea party as evidenced below. Look at the first video carefully. John King attempts to act as if he’s being the “objective” reporter, but he’s actually guiding Williams through the entire interview and letting him make his points as established in his satirical letter to Lincoln while continuing to taunt and bait the NAACP.
There’s little doubt that Williams wrote this letter with the view of causing a firestorm even though he knew he’d be called upon to withdraw it. I suspect that was planned. With all his talk about “colored people” not being his term, don’t be surprised if we hear racial epithets at some point being excused because “that’s what they call each other.”
Williams appears to have skills similar to those of Glenn Beck. It’s sort of funny that these guys would tag Obama as being a Hitler as that’s really is an apt description of them and the dog whistle they’re blowing. The far right is highly organized, very well funded and have message discipline. They are also a danger to this nation. I say that because anyone uses dog whistles and slogans as a substitute for substantive discussion and debate is hiding their true intentions. The silence from the moderates and grownups in the republican establishment is also very telling. This can be interpreted as their tacit support for what’s being done here.
By contrast, it appears that the left is not very organized at all and exhibits no coordinated response. The NAACP was bullied here and that’s actually been the case with much of the left. What the administration and others have failed to do is aggressively take these guys to the mat and body slam them by a full frontal multi-pronged assault on their policies and expose their lack of intellect. In the second video below, Chris Matthews is questioning Williams’ knowledge of the names of the republican congressional leaders and he can’t even name them but decides to obfuscate matters by taking a shot at Matthews for his “tingling leg” comment during Obama’s election.
The strength of the far right is having articulate spokespersons, but that’s also their weakness as none of these guys have any intellectual heft. The cartoon opening this entry describes them well—they’re pea brains. That’s where the administration and its supporters have an opening to take them down.