On Wednesday, liberal Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) called out Tea Party members and compared them with the Ku-Klux-Klan (KKK) angering many Tea Party members, including black conservatives who on Thursday are calling for an apology.
On Thursday, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND Action and The South Central L.A. Tea Party are demanding, on behalf of all Tea Party members and supporters, that Grayson apologize.
In released statements sent to the Paulding County Republican Examiner, Peterson said, “Conservative and independent-minded Black Americans are demanding a public apology from Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) for his remarks equating the Tea Party to the Ku-Klux-Klan. Grayson made the remarks on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” with host Al Sharpton and escalated the attack by issuing a letter to his constituents depicting an image of a burning cross in place of the letter “T” for Tea Party.”
The image also had the following caption: “Now You Know What the ‘T’ Stands For”.
“Rep. Alan Grayson has managed to insult both the Tea Party and sensible Black Americans with his outrageous and callous remarks. I grew up on a plantation near Montgomery, Alabama during Jim Crow and witnessed real racism… Klansmen murdered my great-grandfather,” said Peterson.
“For Alan Grayson to cavalierly compare law-abiding Tea Party people to a violent and racist organization like the Ku-Klux-Klan, is offensive and minimizes the suffering of Black Americans.”
Grayson has been embroiled in controversial statements before.
In 2010, Grayson released a campaign ad calling his opponent, Republican Dan Webster, “Taliban Dan Webster”.
As a result, the Orlando Sentinel disapproved of the ad and pointed out that Grayson edited and chopped the video to make Webster appear he said one thing when he meant something else.
Grayson appears ignorant in not knowing that the Tea Party embraces all citizens, including black Americans, who believe in fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free market economic policies.
Peterson said, “Alan Grayson is playing on the worst fears of Blacks in an attempt to continue the brainwashing tactics of the Democratic Party. He knows that for more than 160 years it has been the Democrats who have used the Ku-Klux-Klan, Jim Crow, and failing liberal policies to keep many blacks on the liberal Democrat’s plantation.”
“Grayson’s latest actions show a lack of self-control and a complete disregard for the facts. I am seriously concerned about his sanity. It is disturbing to know that this man is entrusted with our nation’s national security secrets,” said Peterson.
“The South Central L.A. Tea Party is demanding that Congressman Grayson apologizes to black Americans and the Tea Party for his outrageous lies.”