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So who are the racists?

I assume this AP story won’t quite get the coverage or have the legs that the unsubstantiated stories about racist slurs being hurled at members of the black caucus received:

They’ve been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values. Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement—and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation’s first black president.

“I’ve been told I hate myself. I’ve been called an Uncle Tom. I’ve been told I’m a spook at the door,” said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.

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Johnson and other black conservatives say they were drawn to the tea party movement because of what they consider its commonsense fiscal values of controlled spending, less taxes and smaller government. The fact that they’re black—or that most tea partyers are white—should have nothing to do with it, they say.

“You have to be honest and true to yourself. What am I supposed to do, vote Democratic just to be popular? Just to fit in?” asked Clifton Bazar, a 45-year-old New Jersey freelance photographer and conservative blogger.

I throw this out there for the Frank Rich’s of the world who’re convinced that a) all Tea Partiers are racists and b) only Tea Partiers can be racist.  If Rich is really that concerned about racism, isn’t about time he addressed this blatant example?

CNN adds a little more for contemplation as it covered 5 stops on the western Tea Party tour:

But here’s what you don’t often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: Patriotic signs professing a love for country; mothers and fathers with their children; African-Americans proudly participating; and senior citizens bopping to a hip-hop rapper.

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It is important to show the colorful anger Americans might have against elected leaders and Washington. But people should also see the orange-vested Tea Party hospitality handlers who welcome you with colorful smiles.

There were a few signs that could be seen as offensive to African-Americans. But by and large, no one I spoke with or I heard from on stage said anything that was approaching racist.

Almost everyone I met was welcoming to this African-American television news producer.

That can’t be right can it – after all, Frank Rich has assured us that the Tea Parties are the new home of the racists.  And Steve Cohen has made it clear that they’re just klansman without robes.

Conclusion?  I guess you just can’t trust CNN, huh?

~McQ

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15 Responses to So who are the racists?

  • There are black tea partiers? Who knew???!

  • Frank Rich, like so many metro-partisans, don’t have any friends that identify themselves are Republicans.
    My New York City acquaintances have often referred to Republicans as something akin to the devil, which requires that I bite my tongue, lest I unleash “truth to ignorance.”

  • Psychological projection!

  • There are black tea partiers? Who knew???!

    Out of all the pictures I’ve seen, I’ve counted at least half a dozen.

    bb

  • Well to answer the question;  The Democratic party has been trying to divide the country by race and class for over one hundred and fifty years.

    • You mean – redivide it, just like they had it in the “good old days” before that damned Abraham Lincoln guy.

  • The continued nostalgia for racism on the part of the Democratic Party never ceases to amaze me.

  • Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement—and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation’s first black president.

    Which is the greater sin in the eyes of the left: associating with people of another race / ethnicity (especially “whitey”), or refusing to be a good little sheep in Imeme’s flock?

    The more I consider that statement about the “mostly white” Tea Party movement, the more angry I get.  First of all, if Gallup’s information is even remotely accurate, the Tea Parties are no more “mostly white” than is the population in general (maybe the AP can wonder why black people join the “mostly white” Army; how “mostly white” is the SEIU?).  Second, it assumes that racial balkanization is perfectly normal.  Third, it assumes that race does AND SHOULD trump politics; blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians… none of them should share any political values.  Fourth, it assumes that blacks are politically monolithic to the point of being mindless drones.  Finally, it assumes that blacks are not welcome in the “mostly white” Tea Parties.

    Who are the racists, indeed.

    Almost everyone I met was welcoming to this African-American television news producer.

    Just think: he’s not only (cue ominous music) BLACK, but also a member of the media!  And people were actually nice to him???  Could it be that MiniTru’s wall-to-wall coverage of Tea Party “hate”, “rage”, and “incivility” are as grounded in fact as the phony, trumped-up reports of racism and violence???

    I hope that Travis might have learned not only a lesson about Tea Partiers, but also about his fellow Americans in general: while there are racists pricks among us, most Americans are pretty much willing to give anybody a fair shake no matter what their skin color.  Maybe he’ll remember that the next time a professional race-baiter like Al Sharpton, a hustling wardheeler like Steve Cohen, or even another person from CNN smears a group of Americans as “racists” without being able to point to a single thing they’ve actually done… other than refuse to meekly swallow what the dems are shoving down their throats.

    • the next time a professional race-baiter like Al Sharpton, a hustling wardheeler like Steve Cohen, or even another person from CNN smears a group of Americans as “racists” without being able to point to a single thing they’ve actually done… other than refuse to meekly swallow what the dems are shoving down their throats.

      It’s long been a favored tactic to make wholesale accusations without evidence and leave it up to the accused to prove their innocence or to rebut the claims. From there, they ignore the rebuttal and head off to their next spurious accusation.
      Of course, the rebuttal is reported, if at all, on page 47 of section D, or a ten second blip when coming out of a commercial break.

      • “It’s long been a favored tactic to make wholesale accusations without evidence and leave it up to the accused to prove their innocence or to rebut the claims. From there, they ignore the rebuttal and head off to their next spurious accusation.”

        You dense righties need to stop insulting me like that. All of my accusations are founded on vast evidence which I don’t simply have time to link to. Even Sarah Palin’s kitchen redecorations.

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