Members of the Project 21 black leadership network strongly disagree with President Barack Obama's contention, as reported in the new book "Family of Freedom: Presidents and African-Americans in the White House," that the tea parties are motivated more by the color of Obama's skin than the content of his agenda.
In "Family of Freedom," by Kenneth T. Walsh, it is written that Obama, responding to a private dinner guest in May 2010, agreed there is a "subterranean agenda" in the opposition to his presidency that is rooted in race.
Project 21's Borelli added: "By stooping to this level, Obama is discrediting his position as our nation's leader."
|Chairman Mychal Massie|
On Feb. 28, Massie engaged in an "empty chair debate" at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to refute similar allegations about the tea party movement and race made by establishment civil rights lobbyists Al Sharpton, Marc Morial and Walter Fauntroy.