by Kathleen McKinley | September 28, 2011 11:25 am
(Ali Akbar pictured above)
You may have heard recently about actor Morgan Freeman’s bashing of the Tea Party. He said that the Tea Party is racist. A tired old disgusting meme that the left is determined to paint us with. It is one which has been disproved time and time again. Not only by the many black Tea Party speakers that we in the Tea Party adore, but also by our love for Herman Cain and Allen West. Color clearly has nothing to do with our problem with Obama. It’s all about ideology. But my friend Ali A. Akbar, a leader in the Tea Party movement wrote an open letter to Mr. Freeman here. But then, he went even farther and invited Mr. Freeman to a Tea Party event near Freeman’s hometown. The letter in part reads:
Dear Mr. Freeman,
My name is Ali Akbar. I’m a 26 year-old African-American small business owner and a tea party activist. . . .
I idolized you as a boy. Growing up without a father, you were one of the strong black men in my life who gave me a model to follow. Each of the characters you played had dignity and confidence. I tried to emulate the strength you projected. . . .
I’ve attended dozens of tea party events. I’ve helped organize them, and I’ve even spoken at a few. The tea party is not what is often depicted in the news. It is people of all colors who are terribly concerned about the direction that America is heading. We don’t trust big government to make decisions for us. And we fear that the present administration’s spending is going to lead our country down a path to insolvency, much like what Greece is currently facing. . . .
I’m hoping that you’ll come to a tea party in Tennessee – the place of your birth. Really anywhere in the country that works for you; I’ll set it up with the one of the thousands of activists I know around our great country. I’d be delighted to introduce you to good people who will welcome you with open arms, disagree with you, and then feed you some of the best barbeque you’ve ever tasted. . . .
Read the whole thing. It’s very touching. I hope Mr. Freeman hears about it, and takes Ali up on his offer. I know Mr. Freeman is just repeating what he hears and sees in Hollywood, but he should know more than most, that one shouldn’t judge until one has actually gotten to know the people you are accusing. As Herman Cain said, “Most of the people that are criticizing the Tea Partiers about having a racist element, they have never been to a Tea Party.”
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