Sheila Jackson Lee on the Tea Party and the Klan

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The NAACP passed a resolution this week decrying racist elements in the Tea Party movement, and, at the organization's 101st national convention in Kansas City, Texas Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee took the criticism a step further, comparing the Tea Party movement to the KKK. From her remarks during a panel for a workshop on engaging Congress:

And I thank you professor very much. I'm going to be engaging you with those very powerful numbers that you have offered on what the tea party recognizes, uh, or is recognized as. Might I add my own P.S.? All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party. Don't you be fooled.  [voices: "That's right.", applause] Those who used to wear sheets are now being able to walk down the aisle and speak as a patriot because you will not speak loudly about the lack of integrity of this movement. Don't let anybody tell you that those who spit on us as we were walking to vote on a health care bill for all of America or those who said Congresswoman Jackson-Lee's braids were too tight in her hair had anything to do with justice and equality and empowerment of the American people. Don't let them fool you on that [applause]....

Read the rest of Jackson Lee's comments at Missouri political blog Show Me Progress.
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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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