The Reverend Jeremiah Wright blasted the tea party yesterday during a celebration of the Martin Luther King Junior holiday at the Riverfront in Wilmington.
He declared that one branch of the tea party is “nothing but a 2.0 of the lynch mobs,” adding, “with some folks doing everything they can to get that black man out of their White House.”
In addition, Wright, President Obama’s former pastor, denounced the U-S Supreme Court’s recent decision that struck down a key portion of the 1965 Voting Rights law.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that people associated with the tea party movement in Delaware outraged by the comments.
One supporter of tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell told the paper that they had never seen anything at a Tea Party rally or event that was racist or even suggested that the president’s race had anything to do with their concerns.
And, Theresa Garcia, executive director the 9/12 Delaware Patriots to the News Journal, that Wright’s comments were not even worth responding to.
Meanwhile, around 800 people gathered at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center to commemorate the King Holiday in Salisbury.
On what would have been the civil rights leader’s 85th birthday several pastors called op n the audience to carry forward his legacy of combating injustice.
The reverend Thomas Tucker with St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Salisbury noted that King survived jails, beatings and threats to his family.
Tucker said, no one should tell him that in 2014 “You can’t survive what you’re going through today.”
A photograph of King giving a commencement speech in 1959 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore appeared in the program for the event.