So now there's background being offered to give this troubling tale some clarity. It comes from The American Thinker:
Career Race-Baiters Target Richmond Tea PartyAnother perspective comes from the not-always-friendly Richmond Times-Dispatch:
By M. Catharine Evans
The Richmond Tea Party audit comes as no surprise to Richmond residents. The city has been held hostage by civil rights era race-baiters for decades.
For the last 40 years Raymond H. Boone, the publisher and founder of the Richmond Free Press, has been playing the race card and getting away with it. The same man who recently told a reporter he sees his job as "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable" is now hosting Occupy Richmond protesters on his 4-acre property in a quiet South Richmond neighborhood -- right next door to long time crony Mayor Dwight Jones.
Mayor Jones invoked his own civil rights background when defending Occupy Richmond in October. After the group was evicted from Kanawha Plaza on October 31, Boone made it clear he believed Jones "identified" with the Occupy movement but was yielding to "corporate" pressure.
Richmond, like other cities, is caught in the grip of men like Jones and Boone who have used the race card to secure their own positions of power, while large sections of the city are swallowed by blight and crime.
The Richmond Tea Party took on some seasoned race-baiters and challenged their perverted sense of justice. Now the city has responded, 'Joe the Plumber' style -- get some flunky field employee to sign off on a bogus audit to distract from lawless officials. [link]
Tea Party: Repeated injuryBy the way, that race-baiter who masquerades as a civil rights crusader (above) is silent on the subject of a small group of American citizens being threatened with legal action by an all-powerful government. A silence of the very loud kind. If only their skin color were a different hue ...
Is the city of Richmond auditioning for a role as Petty Tyrant in a period drama? Somebody like King George III, perhaps? It's starting to look that way now that officials have sent an audit letter to the Richmond Tea Party.
The letter comes not long after the Tea Party said the city ought to pay back $10,000 the group paid in fees so it could hold a few hours' worth of rallies downtown. Given that Occupy Richmond was able to use the same space for close to two weeks free of charge, the Tea Party argued, it was owed a refund. That's correct. The city should not apply different standards to different groups. (Indeed, the city actually subsidized the Occupiers to the tune of about $17,000 in portable toilets and trash removal.)
Instead of acknowledging the wrong, however, the city seems to be doubling down on it with an audit whose timing is, shall we say, highly convenient. Also: Tea Party members have asked for a meeting with Mayor Dwight Jones like the one he had with Occupy Richmonders. The mayor's office has not responded.
The Tea Party draws inspiration from the American Revolution. The Richmond group probably feels like standing in front of City Hall to read the Declaration of Independence "In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people." [link]
* This story about attempted government intimidation of the Tea Party has made its way to the West Coast. And gets national coverage. As if Richmond didn't already have enough of a black eye.
** Hat tip to WD.