Either ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis is trying to incite civil war or race war or class war in the United States or she forgot to take her meds.
In a March 25 speech to the winter conference of the Young Democratic Socialists (the youth arm of Democratic Socialists of America) she said the tea party was a "bowel movement" and praised socialism. Normally ACORN leaders dance around the question of whether they are socialists so this is a welcome departure in terms of institutional transparency.
Here's a link to the video [embedding doesn't work on this blog].
Here is a transcript of Big Bertha's remarks:
First of all let me just say any group that says I'm young, I'm democratic and I'm a socialist is alright with me. You know that that's no light thing to do, to actually say, I'm a socialist, because you guys know right now we are living in a time which is going to dwarf the McCarthy era. It is going to dwarf the internments during World War Two. We are right now in a time that is going to dwarf the era of Jim Crow and segregation. They are coming and they are coming after you and they are going to be brutal and [unintelligible] ... they've already shown it to you. Organize. Get out into the street.
You really have got to circle the wagons. This is not rhetoric or hyperbole. This is real. This rise of this tea party so-called movement -bowel movement in my opinion- and this great uncovering and ripping off the mask of racism, here's what we have to do. This particular organization, Young Democratic Socialists, you do whatever you can in every way that you can, in all you devote more time to building this organization. [unintelligible] We need more members. Get out there and do everything that you can to build this institution.
Note: I struggled with the headline on this post. I really wanted to use ACORN Boss Big Bertha Bloviates At Commie Confab but decided to go with a less alliterative hed.
(hat tip: Verum Serum via BigGovernment)
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