"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Lets see them.
When a person holds a hand made sign that uses the N word about the President - I take that as racism. Perhaps you are more forgiving of such transgressions.
When a person holds a hand made sign that shows a picture of the President as an African witch doctor with a bone through his nose - I take that as racism. Again, perhaps you are more forgiving of such transgressions.
When a persons holds a hand made sign that shows the President and it compares him to an ape, chimp or monkey - I take that as racism. Again, perhaps you are more forgiving of such transgressions.
When a person holds a hand made sign that accuses the President of wanting to enslave White Persons - I take that as racism. Again, perhaps you are more forgiving of such transgressions.
I strongly suspect that if I wore a T-shirt that said "I am a freedom killing Marxist" - and then on the back listed reasons why the far right perceives me as such, you and others would focus only on the front of it stating that it reveals truth in the disguise of satire.
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Haymarket, can the same argument then be used on the NAACP/Black Panthers/Al Sharpton/etc? Or do you think they are blameless? What do you think?
but what you want to pretend does not exist is the strong racist constituency within the tea party as it currently exists (in contrast to the one begun by Ron Paul's camp and co-opted by disenchanted republicans after the Obama election)
this article expresses it much better than i could: Michael J.W. Stickings: The Harsh Reality of Tea Party Racism
here are some salient excerpts (and i also encourage you to watch the resident video):
it is there for anyone to see. all they have to be willing to do is look... the NAACP is right that there are "racist elements" among the teabaggers. "You must expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take full responsibility for all of their actions," NAACP president Benjamin Jealous has said." Note that Jealous did not say that all teabaggers are "bigots and racists," just certain "elements." There's a big difference there, but the hostile defensiveness of teabaggers is telling: either they don't want to own up to the racism and bigotry of their own kind, out of ignorant denial or willful suppression of the truth, or they agree with it but are smart enough not to be so outspoken about their real views.
There is extensive evidence of racism and bigotry among teabaggers, much of it directed at President Obama. Like so many conservatives before them, the teabaggers may try to turn it around on their critics, claiming that allegations of racism are part of some nefarious liberal smear campaign, but they cannot escape the undeniable truth -- that is, undeniable for any reasonable person who lives in reality -- that there is an ugly strain of racism and bigotry in their ranks, a strain that taints the entire "movement."
Defenders of slavery, opponents of civil rights -- they were racists, not the victims of liberal propaganda. The same goes for the racists in the KKK and the neo-Nazi movement, just as it goes for the various racists in the Tea Party "movement." No, that "movement" isn't the KKK, and not all teabaggers are racist, but to deny the existence of widespread racism in the Tea Party "movement" is to deny a fairly significant element of what that "movement" is all about. ...
Care to comment on the videos I posted?
Fine, movement. I still seriously doubt that it is 95% non-racist. I'd believe a majority, sure, even as much as 75-85%, but 95% non-racist doesn't seem likely to me.The Tea Party is not an organization, it's more of a movement. Sure, there are Tea Party groups who have formed, and one of the biggest kicked it's leader out for making racist statements.
I've been to Tea Party events Tucker, and in the deep south. I've seen no racism whatsoever at these events. If it isn't here in the deep south, where is it then? Sure, there are a few here and there, but I have not witnessed any racists at any event I've been to.
The explosive comments, caught on tape, were uploaded on the Internet Tuesday, and Carson’s office stood by the remarks. Jason Tomcsi, Carson’s spokesman, said the comment was “in response to frustration voiced by many in Miami and in his home district in Indianapolis regarding Congress’s inability to bolster the economy.” Tomcsi, in an email, wrote that “the congressman used strong language because the Tea Party agenda jeopardizes our most vulnerable and leaves them without the ability to improve their economic standing.
I applaud the Congressman for taking a stand, and for not weaseling out of it by apologizing a day later.
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