Tea Party Racists




Tea Party Racists?
Is the Tea Party a racist movement?

Tea Party Racists?
912 Rally

Is there racism in America? Of course there is, but to say the Tea Party members are racists is a completely ridiculous statement. How can you generalize and call an entire group of people racists unless it’s the KKK or neo-Nazis? The real question here is who are calling the Tea Partiers racists and what are their motives. The list of those playing the race card is long, but it is comprised of the same usual suspects. Here you have the Hollywood elites, politicians, the mainstream media types, and of course, there’s always good ol’ Rev. Al Sharpton.


Race card thrower: Rev. Al Sharpton
Rev. Al Sharpton

In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Rev. Al Sharpton said, “Bill, you cannot deny that there are some racial components in this.” He went on to say, “But I think that if we were to sit here and say that in the Tea Party that there is not some leaves in that tea bag that are racist, it would be dishonest.” While what Sharpton said is accurate, it is misleading. Of course there are some who attend Tea Party rallies that are racists, but to paint the picture that the Tea Party Movement is a racist movement is absurd. Mr. Sharpton has based his opinion on the rumor that the “N-word” was used at the rally at the Capitol, even though despite all the video cameras, media personnel, and police officers that were present, no supporting evidence has surfaced. Using his logic we could say that there are elements of the National Action Network, of which Sharpton is President, that are racists. I’m sure there are some, but to say the NAN is a racists group is equally as ridiculous as Rev. Sharpton’s comments. His tactic is simple, but effective. Instead of debating the real issues of policies that have so upset many Americans, he has successfully shifted the debate to racism.

Next we have the self avowed superior intellectual, Jeneane Garofalo, who literally called the Tea Partiers “a bunch of teabagging rednecks.” In an interview on “Countdown” with MSNBC’s liberal Keith Olbermann, this Hollywood personality went on to say “this is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.” This interview, a term I use loosely, was the most vitriolic attack on average American citizens that I have ever seen. But it is no wonder that Garofalo despises the Tea Party because the beliefs of Garofalo and those expressed by the Tea Party are polar opposites. Garofalo describes herself as an atheist, has appeared on a show by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, took part in the Code Pink anti-war march in Washington, D.C., and was a co-host for the radically liberal and now defunct Air America Radio show The Majority Report. I believe Garofalo’s hatred is genuine, however I don’t understand it. She apparently looks down on anyone who does not share her views and feels the need to resort to belittling those who do not measure up to her “superior intellect.” Well Ms. Garofalo, very cerebral of you. As for Olbermann, he has been widely criticized for only having likeminded liberals on MSNBC’s “Countdown” program, is commonly known for singling out Republicans for his harsh criticism, and in 2007, a British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph ranked Olbermann at number 67 on their Top 100 list of most influential US liberals. Olbermann’s methods are extremely transparent: criticize, demonize, and belittle those who disagree with you, thus avoiding the challenge of real debate.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Media hungry politicians stumbling over themselves to get in front of the cameras, the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and other prominent Democrats and left-leaning individuals have launched a vicious assault on the Tea Party. Their comments have ranged from calling the Tea Party an “Astroturf” movement, racists, neo-Nazis, rednecks, ignorant, and many other equally flattering terms. They have tried to demonize the movement, they have tried to minimize it, they have tried to dismiss it, and they have even tried to provoke it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, carrying a 3 foot gavel and flanked by Rep. John Lewis, marched right through the middle of the Tea Party protesters during the health care vote hoping for racial epitaphs to be hurled or for a violent reaction from the crowd. Their hopes fell short and therefore a story of the crowd shouting the ‘N’ word was manufactured even though no supporting evidence has come to light despite the $100,000 reward offered by Andrew Breitbart. Pelosi had previously said of the movement, “The Republican Party directs a lot of what the Tea Party does, but not everybody in the Tea Party takes direction from the Republican Party. And so there was a lot of, shall we say, Astroturf, as opposed to grassroots.” Do the Democrats really believe this? The answer quite simply is no, but they know that others will believe what they are saying so they keep up the rhetoric. The age old tactic of pitting groups against each other has been used by politicians for centuries. Why? Because it still works! They are doing this because they fear this uprising of the American people; they fear what this movement represents, they fear its values, they fear its knowledge, and they fear its power in numbers. A recent poll conducted by Zogby International shows that 34 percent of American voters (about 45 million voters) say the Tea Party endorsement will be important to their vote this year and that is what the politicians fear, Democrats and Republicans alike.

As you can see, race has nothing to do with this. It’s all about politics, media complacency, Hollywood elitism, and the games they all play. When in doubt, throw the race card; that is what has worked in the past. Now however, that ploy has had little to no effect on the Tea Party. They are continually growing in numbers and influence as proven by many recent elections. Despite charges of racism from all sides, this movement will be a major force to be reckoned with come the November 2010 elections.


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  • From Michael in Illinois - Typical of Sharpton and his crew; throw the race card when it suits their needs, but hold it when it doesn't fit their story line.



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