William Owens, Jr.
July 28, 2010
At the end of our Tea Party Express tour III, at a dinner for the whole team, Mark Williams and I had our arms around each other and believe it or not, he was crying (not for me, but for the realization of the moment). He was telling me how after meeting my father (who was there), he better understood me as a person (for those idiots who are always looking for an angle) not as a Black person- but just a person who was Black in a post Civil Rights era. He talked about the Civil Rights movement. Mark’s emotion was a witness of how far we’ve come as a nation, as well as how far we have to go. It moved me to realize that this man was not afraid to express his heart no matter who was around. Yeah, Mark Williams can be an extremist all right—not perfect—but an extremist in expressing his views in a way that forces one to decide. He was a fearless patriot during the Tea Party Express tour, and he will continue to be one, I think, even more so.
Americans cannot afford to be intimated and therefore, shroud our lives with props that make us into someone we’re not. Whenever we shy back, it takes an eye-opening perspective to jolt us into a reality that is, many times, like a cold splash of water to our face. America is in a wicked state of being right now. With a government that has concocted Lord knows what against our freedoms, liberties and wealth, we are existing on borrowed time, and most of us don’t have a clue. It is so absurd and devious what is unfolding right in front of our eyes, that if you spoke of the possibilities of a take over—the America that we have come to know—you would be assigned to the nut house. Then maybe I’m wrong. I hope I am.
America’s only hope is for those who are fearless to create a dialog that is sometimes rude and rogue. While I admit that it brings with it a tremendous amount of risk, I argue that the alternative makes the risk worth it. In fact, in this hour, anything less than revolutionary is pointless. Why? Because the era we are living in warrants radical intervention, lest we become lulled into a silent walk towards demise as a nation.
Mark Williams is one example of that courage. Courage should not be confused with dignity or etiquette. As well, people who are more concerned with how they look and what events they show up at hardly qualify. Many are a part of the problem, in fact. I’ll admit it; I like to be at important events too. I’m prone to take thought of people’s perception of me as well. It’s no doubt that Mark was over the top in his satirical response to the NAACP’s cry of racism in the Tea Party movement—he admits it. The mistake is not the issue. The issue is that people pounced on him for ‘how’ he did what he did, and refused to take notice of what his intent was. Had he told me what he was about to do, I would have said, “Yo, bro - hold your horses. Let’s do it this way.” Yet without question, I would have encouraged him to address this double standard that exists within our country.
God forbid for Mark to have said, “We need to rid ourselves of these burnt crackers and kill them!” However, it was perfectly acceptable for a New Black Panther to scream in broad daylight, “You’re gonna have to kill some crackers; you’re gonna have to kill some of their babies.”
What did Black leaders and government officials say or do about this?
Silence. Nothing. Scott free. Unbelievable.
The leadership of the NAACP’s failure to do anything regarding the NBPP is to have sold their soul. Truly the NAACP has failed most miserably to demonstrate a small element of character and guiding principle that reflects ALL people.
This fallout really shows how shallow we have become as a nation; I mean, really shallow: frail, thin-skinned, brains that are drained, hearts that are fearful, and no patience whatsoever.
The Tea Party Express is a team, family, which consists of people of different ethnicities and hail from different regions of America. We are Americans who love America and, in all our imperfections, keep moving forward. We believe in each other and celebrate each other’s strengths, and understand each other’s weaknesses. Thank God for our differences because if we were all good at the same thing… well, we wouldn’t need a team would we?
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Mark, I will miss our thoughtful conversation on the bus. You were always ready to offer insightful commentary when I had the camera in your face for an interview for Teapartyexpress.tv. Your wit was welcomed, and sometimes I laughed and had no idea what you were talking about, but I trusted from the smile on your face and the warmth in your eyes, it was good. After further thought, when it came to me, I was right - it was good.
I fear that Tea Party Express has lost a great team player in Mark Williams.
Mark…I love you, bro.
William Owens is the Author of: Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts
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William Owens is a husband of twenty-four years to Selena Owens, and also a father of their four young adult children. He is President and co-founder of the Multi-cultural Conservative Coalition, a non-partisan conservative coalition comprised of people of various ethnicities and cultures who espouse conservative and patriotic ideologies, and translate those beliefs within society through a variety of platforms.
He is the author of seven books including, Divine Protocol-The Order of God’s Kingdom, Warriors Arise – Spiritual Life, Spiritual Warfare, Spiritual Maturity, and the controversial work, Bastards in the Pulpit. His latest, Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts is Owens’ first politically themed work and is experiencing great success in this hour of political transformation in America.
William Owens is also founder of iTouch Publishers, celebrating sixteen years of publishing relevant messages through books and newspapers to specialized markets since 1994. His wife, Selena, is also an author. To date, they have published a combined seventeen titles, and will be releasing their national newspaper, Christian Life News, A Christian Worldview Publication on the West Coast prior to year’s end.
He is a sought after speaker both within and also outside the Christian arena, and is a speaker and political activist touring with The Tea Party Express for the second time throughout America.