Tea party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL) explained Wednesday that he was helping black voters escape slavery of the “21st-century plantation” overseen by black liberals like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).

“When you look at what is happening, the laughable hypocrisy is that [President Barack Obama's] big black bus is not going into the black community,” West told Fox News guest host Laura Ingraham.

“You have this 21st-century plantation that has been out there, where the Democrat Party has forever taken the black vote for granted,” he continued. “And you have established certain black leaders, who are nothing more than the overseers of that plantation. And now the people on that plantation are upset, because they have been disregarded, disrespected, and their concerns are not cared about.”

“So I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman, to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad, away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.”

“Now, you’re saying Maxine Waters is the plantation boss at this point?” Ingraham asked.

“Well, absolutely,” West agreed. “Because what you end up having — and you know, I’m gonna be brutally honest — is that white liberals have turned over to certain leaders, quote-unquote ‘perceivably innocent’ in the black community like, a Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or a Maxine Waters or Barbara Lee, and said you know, pacify and keep the black community firmly behind us, regardless of the failures of our social welfare policies.”

“That’s the absence of this quote-unquote ‘leadership’ in the black community, which as I say are nothing more than overseers of this 21st-century plantation,” he added.

Watch this video from Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, broadcast Aug. 17, 2011.

(H/T: Talking Points Memo)