Is the raucous Tea Party movement experiencing growing pains? After a vocal segment of the group, called the Tea Party Express, issued a controversial blog post this week suggesting that African Americans regret emancipation because “it means having to work for real,” and “think for ourselves,” the group has been expelled from the main National Tea Party Federation. A federation spokesman called the post “clearly offensive,” saying on the CBS show Face the Nation that the group and its spokesman, Mark Williams, refused to apologize for the comments and have been ousted within the last 24 hours. Ironically, the Tea Party Express’ blog post was meant as a rebuke to a call by the NAACP to crack down on racism in the movement.
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