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Signs Of Racism In The Tea Party


A little while ago I was listening on the radio to an interview with a conservative political pundit discussing whether or not the tea party is a harbinger of racism. You’ll have to forgive me. The interview was something like three weeks ago and the man’s name escapes me. I remember he responded with the usual, “that’s a great question.” He then went into a story about how in the early days of the tea party’s national recognition, there were some people who would come to the tea party rallies with signs that could be considered at best racially insensitive and at worse outright racially provocative. These people were approached and were asked to remove their sign because this wasn’t the image the tea party wanted to project. With few exceptions the people complied. This was supposed to be an example of how the tea party works to stop racism from infiltrating its ranks.

But while listening to the article I thought of two questions that should’ve been asked. The first question I thought the interviewer should ask was why would so many white people with a bone to pick with racial minorities feel comfortable boldly and openly expressing their affinity for racism at a tea party rally? Is it possible that with a focus on political solutions to issues that appear to favor the white community at the expense of other minorities, is it possible that such bias in its approach to protect the status quo that protects traditional American values that tolerates or even worse nurtures racial disparity speaks to people who are racists at heart? I think that’s a good question.

No other national political organization has done more to sow racial discord than the tea party. Instead of seeking deeper racial understanding the tea party wants to say that the status of our racial condition is nothing that needs to be examined and is not a factor for government. When tea party politicians like Kentucky Senator Rand Paul campaign with messages saying that business owners have a constitutional right to be as racist as they want to be, when tea party politicians say that property rights trump people’s right not to be denied products and/or services based on nothing more than the color of somebody’s skin, people with a racism in their heart see a kindred soul who understands the need to protect racism at the expense of racial harmony. That sounds good to many people who happen to have businesses and/or property and a hatred for black people. While people control the vast majority of wealth and businesses in this country so it’s a no brainer that they would support such a policy. For the government to do anything to correct the wealth imbalance is socialism run amok. A racist would be stupid to lend their support to anything else.

My second question was what would be the difference if somebody who is truly racist is holding a sign or not? To a person who has been the victim of racism it wouldn’t matter if the racist has on a shirt or is holding a sign that irrefutably reveals their racism. A racist by any other name or by any other identification is still a bigot. So when the tea party supporter says that they ask racists to remove their signs, one interpretation of what they are saying is that your racist sign is not welcome, but you the racist are welcome. Whether the company has a sign that says whites only or not, if the policy is not to offer service to black people the result is the same. While the sign might be offensive, it is not the real problem. The real problem is the person who feels entitled to hold the sign.

The tea party tells its members that it is okay for them to be racist, they just don’t want to give everyone else the benefit of having the racism they support out in the open. They are more than happy to keep racism on the down low so that they can make the false claim that the party is not out to sow seeds of racial disharmony. They are just trying to market a political stance of conservatism that is racially neutral but favors corporate America, another institution that is supposedly racially neutral, but somehow benefits the white community far more than it benefits the black community.

After listening to the interview I came away more convinced than ever that the racism of the tea party is thick and is here to stay. They may no longer come to the rally with their sign depicting Barack Obama as a lying African or as a witch doctor with a bone through his nose. They might not come to the rallies with the signs that have blatant racial epithets or racially insensitive remarks. But many of the people who did hoist those signs above their heads for everyone to see are still calling themselves members of the tea party. The tea party is chock full of people who are more than happy to wear their racism on their sleeves. For some of us, we don’t need a sign to clue us in to their true nature. Whether or not they hold signs over their heads all the signs you need to see who these people are and how these people think are still there.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - Posted by | African Americans, Barack Obama, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Life, Politics, Racism, Thoughts |

15 Comments »

  1. Very true. They’ve even gone so far as to portray illegal aliens as actual aliens. The Tea Party is filled with the scum of America and they’re too stupid to realize they’re all pawns in the games of big business.

    Comment by beaufortninja | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | Reply

  2. When Bush was compared to a monkey, nobody seemed to care. When Obama is compared to Curious George, it’s “racism”?

    Give me a break. None of the signs above (save the one spewing the “N” word) is even remotely racial.

    Fact: Obama is Kenyan. When Bush was told to go to Texas, you probably didn’t care too much about stereotyping a “redneck”.

    Fact: Obama’s middle name is Hussein.

    Fact: There is no documented evidence of racism or of violent acts within the tea party (with the exception of the aforementioned photo).

    This is just another liberal attempt to apply a broad label so you feel you don’t have to argue with their actual views.

    Comment by J. Phillips | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback J. Phillips,

      But why don’t you give me a break? What political party held rallies with sign after sign proudly held high saying that George Bush was a monkey? Maybe then your statement might hold some trace of value. Until then, just because one person did it or even few doesn’t negate the fact that so many people from a single political party share such a racist view.

      And as for as I know Texas is part of the United States. If people were holding signs saying that Mr. Obama should go back to Illinois then your limp attempt at justification of this racially charged rhetoric might have a weak case at best. But I do believe that the tea party rhetoric is that Mr. Obama should go back to Kenya. Despite your baseless “facts”, the truth is that Mr. Obama is not a Kenyan. He is an American born in Hawaii and, prior to winning the white house, resided in Illinois with his family. And yes it is true that Mr. Obama’s middle name is Hussein. But what other President is referred to by a political party by their middle name when the President himself doesn’t? None. But you’ll say it’s only coincidence that the first black President gets to be called by his middle name by his opponents, a name that just so happens to belong to the man that most Americans would consider the greatest terrorist of all time.

      And despite all the evidence to the contrary, you will hold onto the point that there’s no documented evidence of racism in the tea party? You yourself referred to the image of the tea bagger with the misspelled racial epithet. Seems to me you’re denying what’s plain before our eyes. Then again, the tea party is famous for its inability to accept evidence like science and other forms of proof. The tea party will deny Mr. Obama’s birth certificate and say things like he’s Kenyan when all the evidence points to the contrary.

      Painting a group of people with a broad label isn’t the issue here. The fact that the tea party harbors racists is the issue. You, like many other people who have an issue with somebody who doesn’t share your views, will just chalk the tea party’s racism as just another attack from liberals and other people who actually look at facts.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | Reply

      • I subscribed because of this awesome rebuttal.

        Comment by beaufortninja | Wednesday, September 21, 2011

      • Thanks for the feedback beaufortninja,

        I appreciate the complement! Feel free to join the fray…

        Peace

        Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, September 21, 2011

  3. Well you know I was going to have to jump in here at some point. In referencing the tea partiers as a bunch of racists, and leaving it at that is a bit intellectually dishonest. Are there racists and people who believe in denying minorities products or services based on the color of their skin? Yes. Are there a LOT of them? Yes
    Are they the majority of the tea party? I doubt it.

    I dont believe their signs should be set up, but then again I also believe they should be escorted out of their and publicly denounced with as much personal information as one can get on them… name, location of residence..any popular blog they may write on, or “web news” site they may contribute to…all of it, and let the little bastards try to defend themselves with their ignorant rants, or shy away into the dark shadows to not be heard from again. (personally, and only half kiddingly, I’d love to be the one to sterilize these people and then make them fight each other to the death…of course the victors would be poisoned at their celebration dinner! How’s that for hate speechifying?!?!?) As I’ve told you before, better to knwo the enemy who wears the shit on their sleeve than wonder about every tom dick and harry.

    Like any major movement, their will be infiltrators that may or may not be sympathetic to the main cause, but bring their own messages of stupidity nonetheless, if not as their main deal. Consider purposefully controlled peaceful protests (at least thats what the organizers want, total law abidance or some such thing to avoid the violence) that you only hear about scantly, then suddenly its everywhere because a few total anarchists went ballistic and started destroying shit left and right, fucking the whole thing’s true mission up. Look even to minority “power” groups, (i use the term power here loosely, not as the minority version of the kkk or some such shit, but specific organizations advocating for themselves and people like them), where they may be advocating for blacks, or mexicans/latinos, or whomever, Ultimately you will find some dumbfuck that is anti-America, or anti-white, and quite blatant about it. These will be the chosen examples by pundits on the right in talk radio and any conservative tv shows, internet sites, etc, to show how violent and anti-american/white the group is and blah blah blah. And people on the right (at least the easily led masses, unlike me who loves everyone except stupid people), eat that shit up and regurgitate as much as possible to support their argument for whatever topic they may be on.

    A lot of it is served up on an emotional platter to the masses in a form that we in the public have been eating from for years to the point that our mindsets swallow the messages like a good whore should. I think that yes the issues need to be addressed, but its awfully hard to figure out how to address them in a more proper form that might actually be productive. I got nothing for solutions there, Brother P, sorry I couldnt save the day on this issue, but even MY superpowers have limitations short of unleashing tactical nuclear strikes on individual houses of those I deem morons and ignorant assholes.

    Comment by mikelovell | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | Reply

    • MOOKIE!!!

      Thanks for the feedback. But the problem is that while you and I might not tolerate such behavior, a lot of people who call themselves members of the tea party will tolerate it. What if somebody showed up with a sign advocating child pornography. What would the response be like then? Would the organizers simply say that the sign wielder needs to put the sign away, or would they be more inclined to escort the offender out and call the police. And if they don’t do either, would anyone think it okay to be in an organization that would tolerate one of their members being an advocate for child pornography.

      And yes it is true that there are organizations with members who would advocate for minorities with over the top, anti-white rhetoric. But at best, these organizations would be considered on the fringe will little political clout. And nobody here would simply tolerate such negative, anti-social behavior. The tea party is a totally different matter. This is an organization with some very influential political clout. This is an organization with advocates in both houses of our national legislature, and with a focus on choosing the next conservative for the presidency. To compare the tea party to some obscure organization is like comparing apples to orange juice.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | Reply

  4. But the problem is that while you and I might not tolerate such behavior, a lot of people who call themselves members of the tea party will tolerate it.

    Just another reason I should be made dictator… I’ll even give you a cabinet post of some sort!

    As for the rest, I agree with you..just had to throw in some kerfluffle to think about and address before some other idiot did it!

    Comment by mikelovell | Thursday, September 22, 2011 | Reply

    • MOOKIE!!!

      Trust me, I really appreciate your attempts to throw a monkey wrench into the argument. Unfortunately it will never stop the idiots. I’ve noticed that one of the requirements of idiocy is to not give a crap about what has already been said. Idiocy demands a voice no matter how redundant. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be idiocy. However, if you insist on making it up to me when you become dictator just give me the lifetime post of U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and we’ll call it even!

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, September 22, 2011 | Reply

  5. [...] usual, does his nyahnyahnyah dance, attempting to downplay the pervasive and inescapable evidence of Tea Party racism by the good old dodge of “Nuh-uh, they do it [...]

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  6. uhmmm … hello … McFly…? Is anyone home? …….do not believe every electronic image you see. Especially if you see it on the interwebs.

    Comment by Neural Man | Thursday, May 3, 2012 | Reply

    • Okay Biff! If you say they don’t exist then they don’t exist despite every thing that says otherwise.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, May 4, 2012 | Reply

  7. Would the NAACP be considered racists ? Or just the tea party

    Comment by MojoInFL | Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback MojoinFL,

      But if by racism you mean people hell bent on keeping others from enjoying equal rights, then it’s definitely just the tea party.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, March 9, 2013 | Reply

      • Brother peacemaker good point. It is not good to point out a whole group of people as racist as you put it. But it good if the Tea party do more. To distans them selves from those individuals who are sending obvious racist massages.

        Comment by qule | Wednesday, October 16, 2013


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