Tea Party and racism
Our Readers Who Comment are scurrying to weigh in on a polling story that says tea party groups are battling accusations of racism as a visible element in the loosely structured conservative political movement.
The comments on the Washington Post-ABC News poll have been growing by the minute as tea party defenders and assailants trade barbs, such as "liberals always accuse conservatives of racism;" "it's not about racism, it's about health reform;" "it takes taxes to do things," and, of course, "it's the media's fault."
As Amy Gardner and Krissah Thompson write, "The challenge is made tougher by one of the defining elements of the tea party movement: No one person controls it. There is no national communications strategy. And incidents of racist slogans and derisive depictions of President Obama continue to crop up, providing fuel for critics who say the president's skin color is a powerful reason behind the movement's existence."
We'll start with cccarol, who wrote, "The accusations of racism are by leftists and the media in an attempt to discredit. That is their throw down card they use whenever they don't have an intelligent argument. The worst racists I ever met happen to have been liberals."
But jacaver said, "Who are they trying to fool ??, not all tea party activists are racist but I have listened to plenty of them make derogatory comments about blacks and hispanics."
davidkc asked, "If the tea partiers are solely motivated by fiscal responsibility and limited government, why weren't they rising up in the streets in protest and anger when government spending and the national deficit skyrocketed under the actions and policies of George W. Bush? Clearly something else is the cause of their anger."
emmab2 wrote, "No one else in the rest of the world complains about taxes the way some of you guys do. Taxes are revenues for Governments so they can do stuff like say...build schools and hospitals and roads and pay for other infrastructure that FIRST world countries have. You can't have a cohesive society without paying taxes. And if you don't have a cohesive society then you lose your spot as a FIRST world country..."
marnie249 asked, "Why do we hate so much in this country. The most conservative people in this country like to claim they are the most religious. In order to be Christlike, a person should be peaceful and loving. Go in peace, love your enemies and turn the other cheek. That is what Jesus taught. Why all the angry rhetoric?... People have no use for the government until they have use for it."
infuse wrote, "As long as the current main stream media continue to falsely stereotype the tea party movement as a group of incendiary, violent and racist thugs, there is no chance that the truth can ever win out. But of course, that was the intent all along."
christy42 wrote, "Falsely call the Tea Party racist all you want. But whites voted for Obama - that's why he won. We didn't know Obama would do dumb stuff once in office - like make us taxpayers pay for an extra 30-million uninsured people's medical bills. Just one person can rack up millions of dollars in health care in old age. This is going to more than double our taxes after 4 years."
To which pasc1 replied, "... by Christie's logic, whites make up the tea party, but whites voted for Obama so the tea party can't be racist. Huh? And the real whopper: Obama is going to force us to pay other people's millions of dollars in health care. Like, what? We aren't ALREADY paying for it?..."
chynna12169 wrote, "If you believe the Tea Party is racist you have had too much of the MSM Cool Aid. Keep supporting this rag and the corruption in Washington, that makes the most sense. Here we go with the faulty logic. Just because the TP are racist doesn't mean that the gov't is NOT corrupt. Not supporting the TP doesn't mean that one supports the "messed up" actions of this government..."
builder701 said, "The tea party movement gives the KKK legitimate access to the political process."
jhorneone wrote, "I wonder how many of the above idiots have actually been to a Tea party meeting. No one can control who shows up for public rallies so it's hard to remove the liberal plants. The fact that they are there shows how desperate they are as November draws near."
jeff9741 jeered, "Good luck on battling those racist charges, teabaggers. Happy Confederate History Month! Bring your guns to a city park. Spit on African-American elected officials. Continue to demonize Obama, the only smart and decent president in my lifetime. Hey, how's that "Drill Baby Drill" stuff workin' out fer ya?"
nmiller2 asked, "May I suggest that you don't know what you are talking about??? Tea Party people are people of both major parties, independents, and people who have not voted much, but have just had enough of those in the press, like you, and of the people who are supposed to be doing their best for us in government and are NOT. Get a grip, go to a Tea Party function, and listen for a change. You might also try to tell the truth."
SavingGrace wrote, "Another example of the alternate universe we find ourselves in: a few nutcases on the fringe of the mainstream Tea Party movement are used to tar the entire lot, while violent Islamists are clearly NOT representative of Islam. The media can't have it both ways."
pburgdon said, "Several Tea Party meetings have been invaded by liberal trouble makers who have made racist remarks. The liberals want the Tea Party blamed for their remarks. If you can't beat'em, join them and act bad. Also, some minority people have lied about remarks supposedly made toward them."
We'll close with whisperonthewind, who wrote, "The one thing we can be sure of is that the more everyone rages against the Tea Party group, the more we know they are afraid of the Tea Party's ability to succeed...The original Tea Party started a war. This one appears to be much more peaceful but just as adamant. And just as real."
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