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What If The Tea Party Were Black?

July 19, 2010

Perfect question. 

This blog has presented many examples of racism from teabaggers over the past year.   Calling hate and racism out, and alerting all to what is taking place in America might unsettle some who only see the Tea Party as a group of concerned citizens.  So be it.    There needs to be a total awakening to what is happening from this group of angry white men who are working to sow hate and divide our country.  Make no mistake about it.  The movers and shakers of the teabagging movement are angry white men.  In this economic mess they feel powerless.  They see America drifting away as a black man sits in the Oval Office, a woman is Speaker of the House, and the color scheme of their community turns brown.  Instead of seeing the wonder of diversity and how that impacts us in positive ways these men have worked to unleash racism.  They have used others in this nation who lack understanding and social standing to yell and rant and make noise.  They have blustered at town hall meetings, and even spat upon elected members of Congress.  They have carried weapons to rallies, even those where the President of United States was to appear.  Make no mistake about it.   At the heart of the discontent is the ugly truth. 

Racism.

10 Comments
  1. Dale permalink
    July 19, 2010 10:41 PM

    “They see America drifting away as a black man sits in the Oval Office, a woman is Speaker of the House, and the color scheme of their community turns brown. Instead of seeing the wonder of diversity and how that impacts us in positive ways these men have worked to unleash racism. They have used others in this nation who lack understanding and social standing to yell and rant and make noise.”

    Oh , poppycock.

    There were no racial signs at tea party rallies I attended in Rice Lake. But some tea party people are probably racist.

    The tea party events are about 95% mom and pop who are fed up with the federalization of America. The other 5% are something else: libertarians, Fair Tax people, rabble rousers and a couple of racists probably here and there.

    You should go to one and you will find that the speakers are B class, there is more hyperbole than truth, and they are trying to appeal to the emotions to convert fencesitters.
    Racist, they are not. Upset, is what they are.

    Racist, you say. I say ‘Balderdash’.

    These tea party people are more anti-liberal than they are anti-black or anti-brown.

  2. July 19, 2010 4:47 PM

    Could be worse. Recall when Bush was trying to quote Shakespeare?

  3. Lynn permalink
    July 19, 2010 4:44 PM

    I think it is time to leave my cube for the day and go home! You now have Republicans quoting Democrats!

  4. GB Hero permalink
    July 19, 2010 4:03 PM

    One more follow up to this post.

    Vice President Biden was on THIS WEEK on ABC on Sunday, even he knows the real facts about the Tea Party.

    Vice President Joe Biden came to the defense of his political foes in the tea party movement on Sunday, saying the group is “not a racist organization.”

    “But I don’t think — I wouldn’t characterize the tea party as racist,” he said.

    “The president doesn’t believe that the tea party is a racist organization. I don’t believe that. Very conservative. Very different views on government and a whole lot of things. But it is not a racist organization.”

  5. July 19, 2010 3:56 PM

    Patrick,

    In regards to the comment and video listed here…..

    I cut and pasted the text and video from my post dated April 2, 2010.

    https://dekerivers.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/you-decide-if-congressman-cleaver-was-spit-on-by-teabagger/

    The points 1-4 came from Huffington Post in that April posting, and was sourced there at the time I used it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-ostroy/spitgate-it-was-just-empr_b_518389.html

  6. Patrick permalink
    July 19, 2010 3:33 PM

    don’t you think that you should cite Think Progress for the commentary as well as the video?

  7. July 19, 2010 2:58 PM

    Ferrell,

    I truly thank you for the comment. No one….and I mean no one….has stepped up and made the statement on this blog you did in the first line of your comment. That proves to me that you are an honest person, one step ahead of the crowd. I know you and I share a different outlook on issues, but also feel that we could be great neighbors. I think in this day and age of political rancor that is no small statement.

    Thanks again.

  8. Ferrell Gummitt permalink
    July 19, 2010 2:46 PM

    Yes, I will be the first to admit that overtly racist people keep attending Tea Party rallies and that they carry signs and wear t-shirts that are blatantly racist. The fact of the matter is, you will find that in the midst (or at least at the fringes) of ANY lawful assembly of hundreds of people there will be racists as well as other radicals and almost any other classification of individuals you might think of. Does that mean that the overriding purpose of the gathering is tainted or less than worthy? Of course not! It just means that we are a free society, social dynamics are at work and the strength and purpose of the movement is greater than any one issue.

    So since the tea party movement is almost automatically opposed to everything President Obama says or does and since the president is black, the Tea Party must be opposing him BECAUSE he’s black. That is, of course, even more ridiculous. Any American president, regardless of his race, who is as overtly Socialist as President Obama would be in for the same ridicule from the Tea Party Movement.

    President Obama is so Liberal, so far out of the American mainstream, he is easily opposed by patriotic Americans who believe in the Constitution and in the principal of a “government BY the people.” The Tea Party Movement represents those people who believe that unless something is done to take away his power, Barack Obama will have done irreparable damage to the United States by 2012. The fact that some of those people are admittedly racist does nothing to change that overriding motivation or that scenario.

    PS: We all know all of the people that attended anti-Bush rallies during his term were never hateful, crass or ignorant. Why they were peace loving and were only showing their right to protest against Bush Administration policies.

    http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621

    The parents of the child holding Bush’s tombstone should be applauded for teaching their child to hate at such a very young age.

  9. July 19, 2010 2:27 PM

    GB,

    I am reminded of other old canards. Recall that many stated Iraq was behind what happened on 9/11. Or that there were WMD’s in Iraq. I start my reply back to you with these two wrong but often repeated notions to underscore why it is important, as Barney Fife would say, “to nip it in the bud.”

    You are just wrong on the facts of this matter where Congressman Cleaver was spat upon by a white teabagger. What you post here does not state anything about being spat upon, only that he did not press charges. What Cleaver commented on above was the PR angle to the story.

    Now to the facts.

    (1) Cleaver obviously is either a great physical actor or some “spit-like” fluid definitely hit him in the face as he passed the protester, causing his entire body to jerk away from the accused; (2) the angry, visceral reaction from Cleaver to the protester clearly signals that something very bad had just happened. Something beyond simple partisan, anti-reform shouting; (3) notice how the protester’s hands are strategically cupped over his mouth, which would conveniently conceal the act of spitting. Keep in mind that both men at this point are perhaps two feet away from each other, which would mean the rabid protester’s vein-popping shouting at Cleaver would easily be heard sans hand-cupping, and that such distance might also make the “spray it” theory a bit of a stretch; (4) After he passes, Cleaver begins to wipe something off his face in disgust. Again, great acting?

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  10. GB Hero permalink
    July 19, 2010 12:16 PM

    I know you try real hard to be mostly honest here but to see you advance the lie that a Congressman was spit upon is just sad.

    Rep. Cleaver is his own words:

    “I haven’t talked about this incident on TV or anywhere, and I’ve been approached to talk about it on every national TV show,” said Rep. Cleaver in an interview with FOX 4 News. “I never, I never reported anything, never a single thing in Washington, not one thing. People assume I went somewhere, never done press conference, never done an interview on it and I’m not going to do it.”

    I understand you hate the Tea Party because of their values and strong support around America but please don’t repeat the lies of the rest of the progressive world you really are better than that.

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