Tea Party Hits Back at James Earl Jones for Calling Group Racist

Tea Party Patriots slam James Earl Jones for calling group racist.


The Tea Party wants James Earl Jones to take his booming bass voice down a notch.

After the Star Wars actor compared the Tea Party to his racist grandmother on the public-radio show Smiley & West, he drew the furor of Tea Party Patriots, the nation's largest Tea Party-affiliated organization.

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Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of the group, E-mailed Whispers that Jones is "playing the politics of division and deceit."

Read a transcript of Jones's remarks to host Cornel West below:

JAMES EARL JONES: I think I have figured out the Tea Party I think I I do understand racism because I was taught to be one by my grandmother. My grandmother was part [tribal affiliation] Indian part black, she hated everybody and she taught all of her children and grandchildren to be racist to hate white people and to distrust black people.

DR CORNEL WEST: Who does she love then?


WEST: Nobody at all.

JAMES EARL JONES: But that allowed me to figure it out for myself. And I think I know what racism is better than anyone who has ever been a racist.

Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at eflock@usnews.com or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.