Tea Party: 'What? Us Racist?!'


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The NAACP is holding its national convention this week, where the group will propose a resolution “condemning racism within the Tea Party movement.” I honestly don’t know how much pull the NAACP has anymore, but this resolution is a good thing. The Tea Partiers are a diverse group, and not all of the movement’s followers are racists, but the obvious truth is that a substantial number of the TP-ers are. And I mean full-tilt, flat out, too-stupid-to-breathe racist.

The big problem is that TP leaders have done precious little to rid their movement of racists. What’s worse, they deny there’s even a problem, and they call the NAACP proposal “unfair.” As Brendan Steinhauser, director of campaigns for FreedomWorks, which organizes some tea parties, told ThinkProgress, “I just don’t see racism in the tea party movement.” That’s an astounding statement on its own, but Steinhauser compounded it by noting that, in her opinion, “...  the tea party movement has a lot in common with the civil rights movement.”

Right, Brenda. A grassroots movement of people whose ancestors suffered 300 hundred years of slavery, and then were treated like so many dogs after their “freedom” was granted, has a lot in common with a collection of entitled whites who are mad because the world is moving under them and they want to feel like they’re boss of the country again. Yeah, there’s a lot in common there — especially considering that a July 4 Tea Party rally in Lexington, Ky., featured tea partiers selling “Yup, I’m a racist” shirts. Oh, not to mention some of the lovely folks and signs shown below. No, not racist at all.



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