Charlotte, NC – September 22, 2014 – CAUTION, the organizational arm of the Charlotte Tea Party, announced today that it is calling on the Charlotte Observer to retract an article by Barbara Schreiber published in the Friday edition of the paper entitled, “Willie Little Takes on TEA Party, Klan in Exhibition“.
The article promotes a local exhibition by artist Willie Little called “In the Hood,” which is presently on display at New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte. This display is described as “an indictment of TEA Party extremists who perpetuate the ideology of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Christian Hine, the President of CAUTION, learned of the article over the weekend when several members of the organization began emailing him links to the online version.
“People are upset,” said Hine. “TEA Party members are united in a belief in the God given worth and dignity of all people. We fight for the individual, regardless of race, against the unnecessary encroachment of government in our everyday lives. To have an article in a major publication simply present as accepted “fact” that the TEA Party is in any way, shape, or form affiliated with the disgusting beliefs of the KKK is not only factually incorrect, but deeply insulting.”
Hine continued, “The TEA Party and Liberty movements have a lot to offer our friends in the minority community. We stand against corruption in government, high taxes and burdensome regulations that squeeze out economic development and opportunity, wealth transfers in the form of tax subsidies for millionaires and billionaires, assaults on the rights of parents to choose their children’s educational opportunities, the militarization of the police, etc. The TEA Party is not the enemy of any race. To the contrary, the promotion of government dependence and entitlement by those on the left is far more damaging to minority communities.”
“I would hope that the Charlotte Observer would have the good sense to disassociate itself from the position of furthering the divisive rhetoric found in the promotion of this display. The TEA Party is open and welcoming to all who share our values of freedom, opportunity, and limited government.”
CAUTION meets every Monday evening at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille in Charlotte from 6-7:30PM.