WTFX-TV (Philadelphia), July 18, 2010
Tea Party leaders will address charges of racism and take shots at big government in a July 31 rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
The site for the event features 13 speakers, with at least 8 speakers being persons of color.
The Independence Hall Tea Party is hosting the event, in the wake of the NAACP’s public call for the Tea Party to denounce members who are openly racists.
In the latest face-off between the conservative political movement and the NAACP on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program, Webb [TeaParty365 co-founder David Webb] accused the head of the NAACP of practicing “selective racism” in calling on the Tea Party to denounce members that use racist language.
Webb, an African-American, accused NAACP President Benjamin Jealous of “playing the race card” for suggesting that fringe elements attending the rallies represent all members of the Tea Party movement.
But he also cited steps the party is taking to be more inclusive, such as planning an upcoming unity rally and expelling Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams for a letter on slavery that Webb called “offensive.”