In a newly released video, Bertha Lewis, chief executive officer for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), is reportedly captured praising socialism and degrading the Tea Party movement, comparing the recent conservative initiative to the eras of segregation and McCarthyism.
The two-minute video, which appeared on the Verum Serum blog on Wednesday, focused on Lewis’ speech at the March 25 winter conference of the Young Democratic Socialists, where she encouraged the group of liberals to stand up for their beliefs, while warning them of the possibility of a turbulent future.
"Any group that says, ‘I’m young, I’m Democratic, and I’m a socialist,’ is all right with me," she told the audience. "You know 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…the internment during World War II…and the era of Jim Crow."
Lewis went on to heavily criticize the Tea Party movement, calling the grassroots campaign a simple exercise of veiled bigotry.
"This is not rhetoric or hyperbole—this is real," Lewis said. "This rise of this Tea Party so-called movement—bowel movement in my estimation—and this blatant uncovering and ripping off the mask of racism."