At a recent press event sponsored by the Tea Party Express, some of America’s most prominent leaders in the movement spoke out about race and charges of racism being hurled at the tea parties by the Obama administration, the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP.
In his remarks at the event, former Reagan administration ambassador Alan Keyes spoke of “rampant exploitation of the history of black Americans” by the Obama administration, using race as an instrument of political war to enslave all Americans.
“I say it’s an exploitation because a lot of moral capital was stored up by folks who fought in the name of justice to end slavery, to end the Jim Crow system of segregation, to restore a real understanding of civil rights that would respect the equality of black Americans,” Keyes said. “That moral capital of course is now being wielded as an instrument of political war by those who are seeking to pretend that somehow or another there is an ideological definition of what it means to be a black American.”
“I don’t know whether people realize how racist that assumption is,” Keyes continued. “The notion that somehow or another if you take a different point of view about political issues, about economic approaches, about fundamental issues of human character and decency, that that somehow means you’re a traitor to your race is patently racist.”
Keyes said the notion that he owes allegiance or a vote to Obama simply because of his skin color was constantly pushed on him by the American media, “Oh don’t you feel proud of Barack Obama?”
“Why should I feel proud of someone who wants to destroy the unalienable rights of unborn children; proud of someone who in fact wants to return this entire country to the condition in which my ancestors sadly found themselves?” he said.
The aim of the “Obama faction” Keyes said is to re-institute slavery, this time to government.
“What did it mean to be a slave?” he asked. “Your master guaranteed your food, your clothing, your shelter and a job! Sounds interesting doesn’t it?”
(It actually sounds like the Democrat Party platform.)
“That’s exactly what the Obama faction and the leftists and socialists and the so-called liberals want to pretend is what all Americans should aspire to,” Keyes said. “But I think having grown up having to wrestle with that heritage of slavery—understanding its true meaning—I have seen through that phony promise of socialism and government-dominated largesse.”
“It simply means that we shall all become slaves on the government’s plantation. It simply means that we shall all sacrifice the dignity that God intended for us when he endowed us with those unalienable rights that are the basis for government by consent,” he added.
You can see Keyes’ full remarks here:
For more from this event, see this report by Elisabeth Meinecke.
Also see this HUMAN EVENTS video of heated remarks between Tea Party Express leaders and reporters in attendance.