The tea baggers and Republicans and the conservative movement are all one and the same for the most part – Poll: Tea Party Supporters And Republican Base Are Virtually ‘Indistinguishable,’ Share Similar Ideologies . So the issue is only peripherally about whether some tea baggers are racists. Some clearly are, while some are not. Just like the Republican Party. Conservatives from Sarah Palin to Andrew Breitbart are framing the issue as calling all tea baggers racists. There is a big difference between saying that all tea baggers are racists to saying that racism is part of that subset of Republicans known as the tea party. That straw man argument is accompanied by the even more delusional denial that there is any racism among tea bagger conservatives,
“I am saddened by the NAACP’s claim that patriotic Americans who stand up for the United States of America’s Constitutional rights are somehow ‘racists,'” Palin wrote in a Facebook note.
“I know how Tea Party Americans feel to be falsely accused,” she said.
First let’s get to what Palin says the NAACP said. The NAACP stated,
Today, NAACP delegates passed a resolution to condemn extremist elements within the Tea Party, calling on Tea Party leaders to repudiate those in their ranks who use racist language in their signs and speeches.
Palin, who is always complaining about misinterpreting what she says and taking her statements out of context, twists and spins what the NAACP actually said to portray herself and tea bagger conservatives as poor patriotic victims of a smear. “Falsely accused”? Does Palin wear sound proof headphones to go with her blinders? Is she telling yet another lie? Does she lack the cognitive skills to understand a simple statement? Does she not pay attention to or care what tea bagger conservatives do and say? her tea party conservative have racists in their ranks. This is not surprising since racists have tended to be attracted to the conservative movement since the 1950s and while most Republicans may not be racists, the non-racists and the racists within the Republican Party were happy to use the Southern Strategy to cash in on the racists vote. Conservatism, regardless of any rebrandingg efforts such as tea baggers – primarily used to shirk the responsibility of being associated with the Republican legacy of 2000-2008 – has racism issues: GOP Leaders Embrace Tea Party Bigotry
So while Democrats Tim Ryan (D-OH), Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Barney Frank (D-MA) rushed to denounce the racist and homophobic slurs of Tea Baggers directed at U.S. Congressmen, the GOP has thus far been silent.
Rush Limbaugh has applauded the tea baggers conservatives – Video – Limbaugh does some race baiting, calls health care reform a civil rights bill
Obama Care poster handed out by tea party supporters at a local gun show. It shows Obama as a witch doctor and the caption reads “Obama Care. Coming soon to a clinic near you.”
[ ]..Billy Roper is a write-in candidate for governor of Arkansas and an unapologetic white nationalist.
“I don’t want non-whites in my country in any form or fashion or any status,” he says.
Roper also is a tea party member who says he has been gathering support for his cause by attending tea party rallies.
[ ]…Is it racism?
For many tea partiers, racism is in the eye of the beholder.
Take Ron Wight, who stood with dozens of tea party activists at the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain in April, complaining about the Obama administration, its socialist agenda and being called a racist.
Those like him who complain about President Barack Obama are accused of racism, lamented the semi-retired music teacher from Lee’s Summit.
Then he added: “If I was a black man, I’d get down on my knees and thank God for slavery. Otherwise, I could be dying of AIDS now in Africa.”
Wight doesn’t consider that comment to be racist.
[ ]…A photo circulating on the web shows Dale Robertson, founder and president of Houston-based TeaParty.org — also called the 1776 Tea Party — at a 2009 rally carrying a sign that said: “Congress = Slave Owner, Taxpayer = Niggar.”
Robertson said allegations of racism in the tea party are coming from “people who have an agenda, and all they want to do is slander this movement.” ( some tea party members interviewed for that article did denounce Robertson who is still active among tea party conservatives)
Wight brings up another option to explain why some tea baggers adamantly deny they’re racists and tea party leaders who say it is not a problem. They are amazingly lacking in self-awareness and what constitutes racism. And yes Virginia, just as there are black conservatives there are black tea baggers – from the same link,
Lloyd Marcus, a black conservative and musician who has both spoken and entertained at tea party rallies, said he has been to 200 events and never witnessed any racist incidents.
[ ]…The Council of Conservative Citizens, a St. Louis-based group that promotes the preservation of the white race, has sponsored its own tea parties in some Southern states.
The council’s website has referred to blacks as “a retrograde species of humanity” and said non-white immigration would turn the country into a “slimy brown mass of glop.”
Gordon Baum, the group’s founder, told The Star that the council encourages members to participate in tea parties.
He described the tea party rallies as “mainly a white thing, because there’s not a whole lot of blacks that participate, and the ones that do get to be speakers.”
The Council of Conservative Citizens is a descendant organization of White Citizen’s Councils of the 1950s who thought Lincoln committed treason.
Right-wing media attempt to erase “bigoted statements” from the tea party movement -1. RedState on NAACP: “[T]here is emphatically not a racial element behind [the tea party] movement.” 2. Michelle Malkin on NAACP: “When you can’t find evil enough enemies to blame for your problems, manufacture them.” RedState and Malkin have done the same thing Palin has done, issue a blanket denial that any racism exists within tea party conservatism. That is patently false. Malkin’s use of the term ‘manufacture’ is used in the context of fabricating outright falsehoods. As the previous links show Malkin is manufacturing her own guilt free reality. That lie should be offensive enough, but Malkin, who posts frequently on tea party conservatives would like everyone to believe she has had a sudden attack of blissful ignorance.
Rather than carefully consider the NAACP’s modest admonition to do something about the racist element, which obviously exists within the newest iteration of conservatism known as the tea party, conservatives have decided to go ballistic with false outrage, delusional denial and to double down on the racism.