Dear Mr. Lincoln
We Colored People have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!
In fact we held a big meeting and took a vote in Kansas City this week. We voted to condemn a political revival of that old abolitionist spirit called the ‘tea party movement’.
The tea party position to “end the bailouts” for example is just silly. Bailouts are just big money welfare and isn’t that what we want all Coloreds to strive for? What kind of racist would want to end big money welfare? What they need to do is start handing the bail outs directly to us coloreds! Of course, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the only responsible party that should be granted the right to disperse the funds.
And the ridiculous idea of “reduce[ing] the size and intrusiveness of government.” What kind of massa would ever not want to control my life? As Coloreds we must have somebody care for us otherwise we would be on our own, have to think for ourselves and make decisions!
The racist tea parties also demand that the government “stop the out of control spending.” Again, they directly target Colored People. That means we Colored People would have to compete for jobs like everybody else and that is just not right.
Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government “stop raising our taxes.” That is outrageous! How will we Colored People ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! The tea party expects coloreds to be productive members of society?
Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.
Precious Ben Jealous, Tom’s Nephew National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Head Colored Person
Can I say it? OK, I’ll say it. The Tea Party, as represented by their chairman, are a bunch of racist pigs. I’m sorry I’m not at all sorry it’s come to this, but as a white dude, I feel it’s my duty to both mock these swine and to point out that the NAACP is right & correct. If I have ever found equality-for-all to be a burden on me personally, then I hope I have at least had the good grace to realize it’s a burden felt just as heavily by every other American, and not an insult or imposition on me personally.
That seems to be where these cats are coming from–they just resent having to think about *any*body else besides their damn selves. This letter is an ugly, cruel thing, and I hope that denouncing this bullshit can bring us all (except, obviously, the scumbags who agree with this atavistic yowl) together.
Also: Rush stays classy. Remember, folks, there’s nooo racism on the Right! None a’tall!
Letter via Balloon Juice.