Published July 19, 2010
A management consultant on Monday stood by remarks over the weekend in which he compared black Tea Party activists to Jewish guards in Nazi concentration camps, telling FoxNews.com there are "turncoats" in every group.
Luke Visconti, owner of DiversityInc, first said on CNN that Tea Party leaders are "leveraging racism" and that they have risen to power with an "anti-black Obama" message.
When the anchor noted that black members are active in the conservative movement, Visconti responded: "There were Jewish concentration guard camps. Weren't there?"
Reached Monday, Visconti elaborated. He said his point was that "there are people in every group no matter what is being done to them that will side with the people that are doing the injustice."
He said that black conservatives are going against their own interests in joining the Tea Party, which he described as a "creepy" phenomenon based on "hatred" and "racism."
"There's always going to be turncoats or people who behave in a way that's not beneficial to the majority of the group in order to curry favor," he said. "Why would Jewish people volunteer to help the Nazis manage concentration camps? ... Well, for favors."
Asked what black conservatives would have to gain by linking up with the Tea Party, Visconti suggested they'd be better off working within the mainstream GOP network and again invoked the concentration camp comparison.
"I don't think it's in Jewish people's best interest in World War II to help the Nazis administer concentration camps. ... I don't think it's in any black person's best interest to support the Tea Party," he said.
Visconti added: "Evil is very attractive."
DiversityInc bills itself as the leading publication on diversity management -- it produces a print magazine and maintains a website with numerous features on diversity for employers and employees. Visconti writes a column called "Ask the White Guy" for the website.
His comments come after the NAACP voted for a resolution to condemn "racist" elements in the Tea Party movement. That resolution has led to a heated debate over the nature of the Tea Party on both sides.
Tea Party leaders have rejected the NAACP's description, accusing the NAACP of playing politics while fading from relevance.
Vice President Biden, speaking on ABC's "This Week," said he does not think the movement as a whole is racist.