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Project 21 chairman defends Tea Party on racism charges against empty chairs of Al Sharpton, Marc Morial and Walter Fauntroy

The conservative chairman of the black leadership network Project 21, Mychal Massie, did not mince words Monday afternoon as he spoke at the empty chairs of his three would-be sparring partners — Al Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial and former D.C. Congressional Delegate Walter Fauntroy — all of whom had been scheduled to debate him about the alleged racism in the Tea Party.

“It is nice to blame the white man, it’s nice to blame ‘Uncle Toms’ — such as myself — it’s nice to blame right-wing, extreme Republicans and conservatives. It’s easy,” Massie told his absent liberal counterparts. He was driving home the point that demonizing the Tea Party, which is unified by a desire for less spending, limited government and devotion to the Constitution, is not the answer.

Debate moderator Richard Pollock, who is the Washington editor for Pajamas Media, explained the reasoning of going forward with the event despite the threesome’s failure to show.

“Those who make allegations in public have a responsibility to be accountable,” Pollock said. “We have heard an awful lot about civility in our society today and Project 21, I understand, on numerous occasions were in touch with all of these organizations and had conversations with them and I think with civility and respect — if you get an invitation you do respond.”

Without the Sharpton, Fauntroy or Morial, Pollock posed questions to empty seats based on the three absentees’ past racially charged statements about the Tea Party. When the empty chairs failed to respond, Massie provided his rebuttal to their claims.

Much of the debate focused on the comments surrounding Glenn Beck’s Aug. 28 rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Massie noted that his event would have been held closer to when the statements were made, but Project 21 kept pushing it back so as to allow the three leaders more time to RSVP. They never did.

On the anniversary of the March on Washington, Glenn Beck is going to talk about the dream of Martin Luther King and how he was with him and not us,” Sharpton said in June, implying King’s legacy belonged only to the civil rights movement.

Massie responded that King’s words were not the sole property of African Americans, and argued it was a holistic message for all Americans.

“Dr. King spoke of not allowing the root of bitterness to spring up, and that is what we see taking place today. He spoke of an inclusiveness and we cannot deny that in any of the words of Dr. King,” Massie said. “I am disappointed because I would like to hear how Rev. Sharpton defends his remarks. This is not about white or black. This is about America. This is about the inclusiveness and the wholeness of America.”

When confronted with Sharpton’s accusation that Beck hijacked the location and date of King’s March on Washington — “I’m trying to be disciplined and not make this about those that have, in my opinion, hijacked a location, but will never be able to hijack the dream” — Massie flipped the charge around, saying Sharpton was the one hijacking King’s memory for his own ends.

“It is they who have hijacked the message of Dr. King and his memory and prostituted it as currency for personal gain to promote their agenda,” Massie said going on to detail how America has become a bastion of equality where anybody can become wealthy and prosper — a place where institutionalized racism is dead.

“I can get a hotel where ever I wish, I walk in I am greeted with a ‘Yes sir, can I help you, sir.’ Even if they scowl they are reminded to say ‘sir’ because they have an order of the day,” said Massie.

Massie took on Fauntroy’s charge that the Tea Party is interchangeable with the Ku Klux Klan by cataloging the various incarnations of the KKK and their horrific acts, from bombings to torture to lynchings, and asked, what form did the Tea Party take?

In response to Morial’s August proclamation, “We will not stand silent as some seek to bamboozle Dr. King’s dream,” Massie said people like Morial are the true bamboozlers.

“Mr. Morial uses the word bamboozle which basically means to deceive,” said Massie. “Mr. Morial should consider who it is exactly that is being bamboozled. Why is it, Mr. Morial, that black children today spurn Mark Twain but champion a 50 Cent or a Tupac Shakur or a Biggie Smalls or you-name-it rapper that spews forth the most vile and reprehensible anti-establishment, anti-race, misogynistic lyrics?“

Massie was not through, explaining with passion that the true culprit has been the destruction of the black family and black children pinning their hopes on athletics or drug money, while eschewing their education.

“Why is it when you speak of bamboozled, at the end of the Civil Rights era — which I and others argue was 1964 — when over 80 percent of black homes were two parent households, 40 percent were business owners. Today we have uncontrolled abortion, uncontrolled crime, uncontrolled drop outs, no marketable education skills, no marketable employment skills, no marketable linguistic skills, no marketable social skills. Who’s been bamboozled? Who’s been conned?”

Pollock concluded the debate by explaining the origin of the “empty chair debate” and offered his services as moderator in the future, should Project 21 ever try to get Sharpton et al to respond.

“The empty chair debate is a long and honored tradition,” said Pollock. “It is one that has happened since the birth of our country. It occurs when people do not show the courage of their convictions. It happens when people decide to run away from their comments.”

  • vaconservative

    Wake up!!! The KKK was started by the Democrat Party to keep blacks and (whites!) from voting Republican. When that failed, the Democrats started the poll tax, literacy tests, hiding the ballot boxes and so on! The first 20 black congressman were Republicans all from the southern states, beginning in 1868. The Republican Party was founded to combat slavery. The Democrats passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act in the 1850s which spread slavery to the western territories. The Democrat party is just pure rotten. No wonder they don’t teach real American history in school, the Democrats would never get another vote! So bring it on Sharpton, I’ll debate you anyday and mop the floor with ya! Oh and by the way Dr.Martin Luther King Jr was a Republican and so was his dad!

  • truebearing

    It isn’t necessary for Sharpton and the other two idiots to show up. Just play a recording of their ridiculous, unfounded accusations of racism, outlandish lies, and self righteous posturing, and let Massie respond. That way there is no filibustering or interruptions.

    The left has plied the black population with lies and encouraged racial hatred, while destroying the family structure with welfare. They have demeaned and disrespected blacks, taken away their dignity, and enslaved the majority of blacks to another form of slavery just as insidious as the first. There is no evil the left won’t sink to for power.

    • Dot311

      True bearing, Mychal Massie has a dirty secret. Behind closed doors and enabled by fellow members of Project 21 and its parent org The Center for Public Policy, he engages in exactly the same race baiting tactics he accuses Al Sharpton and the “other two idiots” of engaging in. He viciously smeared me as a racist in his WND article called “Ugly is as Ugly Does.” Project 21 members and the Center for Public Policy have been provided with notarized affidavits saying the the only quotes attributed to me in that article are fabricated. In other words Mr Massie lied about what I said in a private email to smear me as a racist simply because he didn’t like what I said. He has refused to meet with me to show me where in my emails I called him a “n—r and Uncle Tom.” And Project 21 members cover for him in these efforts. . Read the article. Once you know that the only quote in it is fabricated, and see the vicious, over the top, baseless comparisons to Louis Farakhan and David Duke,you can see the whole article is all about smearing someone, that it’s all about revenge. Mychal Massie is not the morally upstanding crusader he purports himself to be. He is a phony and a hypocrite.

  • behonest

    Back in Phila,I lived in a area called Port Richmond We had about a block and half of Black Families. It was called Jew town(pre political correctness) because years back there were jewish busineses. I have some good childhood memories. On sunday night we used to sit by the Black Church steps and listen to their songs I used to think what a happy sound coming from the church. Mom’s and Dad’s were dressed to the hilt. I used to sell my penny soft pretzels there. Their was no foul language everyone was so polite. That was in the late 50′s and early 60′s. Even the heavy black neighborhoods, people drove thur on sunday nights and felt safe you could here the singing and praising of Jesus. We had such respect than. It all changed around 1968. What has happened to our Families White and Black.

    I think we have been hyjacked and blindsided on all sides. I am glad to see a lot of Black conservative standing up for their indivisible liberties. I believe they have parents who passed down some good morals and memories to them.

  • clw

    I could cry. He is so unerringly correct. I am actually HAPPY that they didn’t show because we have heard all we care to hear from the no-shows. The same no-shows who have such BIG MOUTHS when they have the stump and can blather on un-contested. What a thrill to read what Mr. Massie has to say! The TEA Party may be the most unexpected vehicle for carrying people of all colors and ages forward into the future. And no one ever saw it coming.

  • Tess_Comments

    Of course Al Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial and former D.C. Congressional Delegate Walter Fauntroy did not show up to debate about the alleged racism in the Tea Party. They did not set-up the format and did not have control over who was in the audience.

  • Sproing

    “Why is it when you speak of bamboozled, at the end of the Civil Rights era — which I and others argue was 1964 — when over 80 percent of black homes were two parent households, 40 percent were business owners. Today we have uncontrolled abortion, uncontrolled crime, uncontrolled drop outs, no marketable education skills, no marketable employment skills, no marketable linguistic skills, no marketable social skills. Who’s been bamboozled? Who’s been conned?”

    This is, to me, the heart of today’s racial problems. I was both old enough and young enough in 1964 to both understand and appreciate the progress that black Americans had made as a result of the unifying pressures of WW II across a very wide swath of American social and industrial life. There were obvious and sometimes startling inequities in the system still, but there was definite progress throughout most of the nation. The most glaring area was in the South where hold-out Democrats thrived by riding the racist train of the old Civil War South.

    In the almost half-a-century since then I have watched the disintegration of the black family and the absolute decimation of a once vital and colorful society, caused in part by an over aggressive “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” attitude and the continuing work of people like Rev. Jackson and Sharpton, who depend upon ongoing racial conflict for their very power. We may be several generations away from being able to repair the harm we’ve done if ever.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/01/project-21-chairman-defends-tea-party-on-racism-charges-against-empty-chairs-of-al-sharpton-marc-morial-and-walter-fauntroy/#ixzz1FNBv85N8

    • virginiagentleman

      Sproing, you must be like me, older than dirt to remember those days! Yours is a well thought out and well presented post. I too, remember those days. The decline you speak to is well documented and what has been done to those families borders on the criminal.It is also happening to white families, although not to the same degree. The government has long forgotten that it is the peoples servant, not our master. Now government is working to ‘help’ our hispanic citizens. Would you care to make a bet on how that will work out? Whatever ethic group a citizen comes from, it’s best to run from those who profess to,’ have our best intrests in mind’, rather than jump into their arms! So far as I can tell, government types and the Sharptons and Jacksons of the world have only helped themselves,and have harmed those they say they wanted to help. Did I forget to mention they’ve managed to enrich themselves in the process?

  • ProudInfidel

    So much for their desire to debate Racism. Obama has said he wanted to have a discussion on Race but after two years, he has still not sat it up. He knows that racism problems are all caused by them.

  • dirtytricksjusttowin

    Sharpton is all rhetoric without any proof to substantiate. Race baiting is all he is good at.

    • virginiagentleman

      Friend Dirtytricks, he seems to be losing his grasp on race baiting, too! It couldn’t happen to a more deserving soul! In fact, most baiters, black and white appear to be losing their grasp! Dare we hope they are regaining their sanity? Nope, that would be to far-fetched even for me to hope for!