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'What if the Tea Party was Black?'

Now that the NAACP has us debating race and racism within the Tea Party movement, this is a perfect opportunity for everyone to do an honest read of an essay by Tim Wise. The official title of Wise’s piece is “Imagine: Protest, Insurgency and the Workings of White Privilege.” But it’s the more popular headline -- “What if the Tea Party was Black” -- that propelled it around the Internet back in April. That’s when I heard about it from my friend Scott Sanders, who had it forwarded to him by his pal, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.

Matt Bai of the New York Times wrote a thought-provoking piece on Sunday about how when it’s about race, it’s probably about age, too. But race is front-and-center in the heated debate over the NAACP’s justified resolution last week calling on the Tea Party to denounce the racist elements that have glommed onto it. When it comes to some of the signs and some of the actions at some Tea Party rallies and gatherings, race colors what we’re seeing, what we’re hearing and how we’re reacting. And the movement’s legitimate concerns about deficits, spending and the size of government are obscured.

African Americans are so used to the perception gap that it’s the stuff of comedy. Chris Rock delved into the issue in his 2004 HBO special, “Never Scared.” One memorable line goes, “White people sell guns, that's all right. Black rapper *says*, "Guns," congressional hearing!” This isn’t exactly the right analogy, but remember when the rapper Ice T released the song “Cop Killer” in 1992?

I got my twelve gauge sawed off.
I got my headlights turned off.
I'm 'bout to bust some shots off.
I'm 'bout to dust some cops off.

The lyrics were (and still are) so reprehensible that they caused a bipartisan national uproar over violence in music lyrics. Then-President George H.W. Bush and Tipper Gore, months before becoming second lady of the United States, plus many police organizations and others protested or spoke out against the song. That Ice T is black and said “Cop Killer” was a protest song against police brutality gave the controversy a combustible racial edge that could not be ignored. But when it comes to the racist elements of the Tea Party, far too many people seem to want to pretend that their scary rhetoric and frightening actions aren’t happening.The notable exception was the expulsion of Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation on Sunday for his idiotic letter from “We Colored People” to President Lincoln.

What Wise does by asking us to imagine “What if the Tea Party was Black?” is to force us to contemplate the double standard at work in the reaction to the racists within the Tea Party movement.

In other words, imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color. How many whites viewing the anger, the hatred, the contempt for that white president would then wax eloquent about free speech, and the glories of democracy? And how many would be calling for further crackdowns on thuggish behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of those same people of color?

Yes, Wise is a bit polemical in his “Imagine” exercise. But what I liked about Wise’s approach is that he used real examples that left me asking in some cases how the particular action or comment was allowed to stand without a “Cop Killer”-esque reaction. “Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.” Unfortunately, most people won’t win this game because they are too afraid to play it. The NAACP’s experience over the last week demonstrates why that fear won’t be easily overcome.

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 20, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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Well "imagine" that, someone who's actually pointed out the obvious with what's really going on in this so called Tea Party movement. Clearly, it's an agency designed to smear the Obama Administration with a thinly veiled excuse of saving America. However, because it's all supported by a particular ethnicity, it's not been called to the carpet for its racist comments. Hooray for freedom of speech in America.

Posted by: WhitneyDavid | July 20, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

There are many examples of black only groups in America .I don't think that's what the Tea Party is about at all

It's ok to only want to help black people huh? THIS is the problem- What if you replace white with black here Jonathan?

100 Black Men of America
Working to improve the quality of life within the African American community.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia
www.100blackmen.org

African American Planning Commission (AAPC)
Addresses issues of homelessness (domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, housing shortage, and unemployment) within the communities in which we live and serve.
Based in Brooklyn, New York
www.aapci.org

African American Speaker Bureau (AASB)
This organization is dedicated to the representation of people and projects that address the issues, concerns and celebrations of the African American community.
Based in San Francisco, California
www.aasb.net

Be Someone, Inc.
Uses numerous tools, including the game of chess, to promote self-esteem, responsibility, and analytical thinking amoung at-risk kids.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia
www.besomeone.org

Black Culinarians Alliance (BCA)
A nationwide non-profit, educational and networking organization of hospitality and food service professionals.
Based in New York, New York
www.blackculinarians.com

Blacks In Government (BIG)
Promotes equity in all aspects of life, and excellence in public service.
Based in Washington, DC
www.bignet.org

Black Wall Street Merchants Association
Serves as an advocate for commerce in the African American community.
Based in Oakland, California
www.blackwallstreet.org

Black Women In Sisterhood For Action (BISA)
Develops and promotes alternative strategies for educational and career development of black women.
Based in Washington, DC
www.bisa-hq.org

Jack and Jill of America
A family organization that provides cultural, social, civic and recreational activities that stimulate and expand the mind to enhance life.
Based in Washington, DC
www.jack-and-jill.org

Miss Black USA
Provides educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color and to develop the whole woman mind, body, and spirit.
Based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland
www.missblackusa.org

National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
Offers support to African Americans and other minorities who want to pursue careers in engineering, technology, math and science.
Based in White Plains, New York
www.nacme.org

National Action Network
This organization, led by Al Sharpton ,promotes a modern civil rights agenda that includes just and decency for all people regardless of race, social justice for communities, and the improvement of race relations.
Based in New York, New York
www.nationalactionanetwork.net

National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
A champion of social justice, that has fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans would be heard.
Based in Baltimore, Maryland
www.naacp.org

Posted by: dcjayhawk2 | July 20, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart; all,

PERSONAL TO Mr Capehart: ONCE MORE, i call on you to OPENLY ADMIT & PUBLICLY APOLOGIZE for your spreading around what is at best "COMMON GOSSIP" and at worst KNOWING LIES about the members of THE TEA PARTY movement.

our grassroots movement LOOKS "like America", as we are as racially/ethnically/religiously diverse as this nation is
AND
our shared VALUES are those of traditional AMERICA, as well.

the only "slam" against the TEA PARTY that is TRUE is that we are considerably OLDER than the current average age of American society and (perhaps) somewhat BETTER EDUCATED.
(i don't think that being MATURE and EDUCATED is a "BAD THING", do you?)

may i further suggest that the ONLY REASON that you & the other members of the "mainstream media" so throughly dislike THE TEA PARTY is that we do NOT support BHO, his "MIS-administration", the UNelected/UNaccountable/officious bureaucrats and the DIMocRAT "leadership" that infests Congress.

IF we were supporters of BHO and DIMocRAT's extremist/leftist/socialist/statist agenda, you would embrace us & constantly "sing our praises" daily in "The Washington COMpost", to the point of causing nausea among your readership.

to ALL: PLEASE come to the next TEA PARTY rally in your city/county/parish & SEE for yourself what the membership of the Tea Party movement actually is. - you will find that you have been LIED TO & PLAYED for a FOOL by the arrogant/LEFTIST/dishonest "main-SLIME media".

NOTE: full discloseure, i'm "a person of color"- a proud AMERICAN INDIAN & a veteran of the US Army.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | July 20, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, sweetheart. What if YOU weren't so freaking GAY? Maybe you wouldn't be so EAGER to be Dominated? Maybe you wouldn't be so Passive, as the Federal Government made you 'Assume the Position' before they made you do things, whether you wanted to, or not?
But you ARE so Freaking Gay. So that stuff's probably just another Saturday Night to you. Isn't that right, Sweetheart?
Idiot.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | July 20, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

There are many examples of black only groups in America .I don't think that's what the Tea Party is about at all

It's ok to only want to help black people huh? THIS is the problem- What if you replace white with black here Jonathan?


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jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would be screaming their heads off about racism.. Congress would be holding so many hearings that no other work would get done. Hey that might not be a bad thing, right.

Posted by: frankn1 | July 20, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

dcjayhawk2 says

"There are many examples of black only groups in America .I don't think that's what the Tea Party is about at all

It's ok to only want to help black people huh? THIS is the problem- What if you replace white with black here Jonathan?"

dcjayhawk2 it would seem that you have kept this list and issue in general very close to your heart for quite a while and would have offered this list in just about any debate going!!

Perhaps this is how you have managed to miss the point of this article. It really does irritate when people do not read an article before posting comments.

There is no suggestion that the Tea Party is whites ONLY group, merely a majority white group (we know that there are people of ethnicity who support the movement). Additionally it is irrelevant how we all feel about groups of people white, black whatever forming groups for their own kind.

The point is that this particular group has done wrong, and instead of flushing out the negative elements they are pretending they don't even exist.

At this point, I think that I would actually prefer if they just came out and said that "Yes some of our members are racist but we accept and include them anyway, as they are tax paying Americans and there's nothing you can do about it!"

These elements are stopping a fundamentally good idea from being anything but a group of crazies who can't afford to keep up with their Klu Klux Klan memberships and had to look elsewhere.

Given that this group has chosen to name themselves after a uniting point in your country’s history, I find it disturbing that they are going to allow a few rotten people from all ethnicities to discourage those who might support their core views from joining, simply people they can’t keep the crazies in line.

Whatever your views on this particular article, they really have to do a bit better, don't you think??

Posted by: MissFLondon | July 20, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

If the NAACP really cared about racism and justice, they would be insisting on a thorough investigation and charges brought by the Dept of Justice against the New Black Panthers for the voting place intimidation tactics and the racial statements about CRACKERS and kill WHITE BABIRS.

Until then it is not necessary to look any further for examples of racism.

It just shows what phonies the NAACP are.

Posted by: mlemac | July 20, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Will Eugene Robinson and Jonathan Capehart condemn the remarks made by Shirley Sherrod at the NAACP dinner this past Saturday evening?

What will Benjamin Jealous say?

Her remarks were as bad as anything said at a Tea Party rally, by someone who was just attending, but the difference is that Ms. Sherrod was speaking from the podium.

There are racists on both sides of the political spectrum but only those who are conservative become a target by the media.

Posted by: mwhoke | July 20, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

The moral outrage on both sides of the NAACP/Tea Party debate is pretty laughable. Mark Williams claims that the Tea Party has no racists? Come on. Get 20 people together at a neighborhood block party and you will have a racist in your presence. And the NAACP, while they have accomplished many good things for African Americans, they are hardly the last bastion of unadulterated racial tolerance.

Read this article: Token White Member of NAACP Calls Tea Party “Racist”; Lone Black Tea Partier “Outraged”.

Very FUNNY!

http://www.dailygoat.com/?p=1798

Posted by: eye95 | July 20, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

What if the Tea Party were black and the President white? Well, I am inclined to say that it wouldn't make much news. It will always be OK to make fun of the white man because the white man still runs the world.

But is this an issue at all? I guess that I am under the impression that Obama is being treated the same way that W was and that Bill Clinton was before him. He is the President and abuse comes with the territory. If part of that abuse is over race, well that should not be unexpected. It is socially reprehensible to make fun of the mentally disabled and recovering alcoholics but people regularly called W the village idiot and made derisive comments about his past substance abuse. And what about the fun that was made of Reagan for being senile? Are we saying that nobody ever called either one of them "cracker"? I'm pretty sure I heard that on TV on a regular basis. None of it had anything to do with their policies but for those who did not like them it was a cheap and easy punchline.

Yes, yes, I know, due to our history . . . and I castigate my friends when their humor goes for the easy rather than sticking to the actual issues. At the same time, I don't see it as something to get excited about.

Posted by: lmmbham | July 20, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is a movement of individuals, the NAACP is just another special interest group in which racism exists...in the form of an elected official that ignored her sworn duty to help a farmer because he is white. When will the NAACP renounce racism among it ranks...never because it exists only because of its racism. It is a racist special interest group. It is not a bad thing because the high ideals that led to its foundation were needed but now it has fell into the racist abyss where the individual does not matter. They have trouble understanding a group where the individual is the focus. The New Black Panthers are not scared to display their racism, the NAACP merely denies its presence. Until everyone realizes that racism is present no matter what the race of the "group" we will not be able to combat it. I suspect that although the NAACP condemned the woman's actions and remarks that she will continue to be a "leader" in the civil rights movement...as long as the rights she leads are meant for African Americans not the individual.

Posted by: staterighter | July 20, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

If 12% of the population is black and 95% of the blacks voted for Obama, then you could expect 0.6% of the Tea Party to be black. That's less than one out of every hundred you see at the rallies.

It may appear that the Tea Party is "whites only" but that is an illusion.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | July 20, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The only thing the tea party leaders can somewhat control is the people who are actually asked to speak at the rallies.I have seen no evidence any of them have even addressed race.They have addressed our president and his policies.One cannot be seperated from the other.Tea psrty organizors cannot and do not want to control who attends their rallies as they welcome many ideas.No huge movement can keep out the crazies(.I know they have tried in Houston but you would be surprised how difficult it is)If their was ever a speaker that denigrated ideas based on ethnicity people would stop attending and dis-associate themselves I can assure you.America has embraced and encouraged ethnocentric organizations who have indeed lambasted previous presidents and their policies for the last several decades. If the majority of people in America want to organize it will by stastical definition be white.There is no way around it.Bottom line is we don't like big spending government and we would be organizing against it no matter if Edwards or Clinton or Obama or McCain were pusuing these policies.(Hopefully a republican would know better unless we had all been lulled to sleep by that expectation).People who like big government are afraid of the tea party and are using whatever they can to make it appear to be illegitamate.Don't be fooled!

Posted by: allsides | July 20, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

A similiar question was asked in 3/'01 about young white male mass murderers and white denial. http://www.alternet.org/story/10560/.

We live in the U.S. with all of it's glory and ALL of its history to pretend otherwise is to pretend we never lived with racism.

Posted by: rlj1 | July 20, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan asks what if there was an equivalent group?

That group exists, the NAACP. Partisan, focused on policy, intolerant of disagreement.

It will take mere moments to search video of members stating disgusting things about those with whom they differ. Jonathan, the sword does cut both ways but if you only view one side as empowered you'll fail to see it.

Posted by: slatt321 | July 20, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't like his white side either...

Posted by: KellyNCarolina | July 20, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't like his white side either.

Posted by: KellyNCarolina | July 20, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

PREMISE!

The premise is all wrong!

From the article: "In other words, imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color."

For the same REASONS?? TEA would be standing WITH them.

99% of the anger is about Obamas POLICIES not his RACE!

The vitriol is our outrage at the blatant and unconstitutional destruction of our republic by a soft tyrant.

I'm glad, politically speaking, you people just do not get it - it means landslide in November.

Posted by: stvjo | July 20, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is a movement of individuals, the NAACP is just another special interest group in which racism exists...in the form of an elected official that ignored her sworn duty to help a farmer because he is white. The New Black Panthers are not scared to display their racism, the NAACP merely denies its presence. I suspect that although the NAACP condemned the woman's actions and remarks that she will continue to be a "leader" in the civil rights movement...as long as the rights she leads are meant for African Americans not the individual.

Posted by: staterighter | July 20, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse
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Hunh?

And the examples of NAACP's racism against whites are what again? Or is it simply better to throw out an accusation in hopes that it will stick?

Fact, the USDA official was NOT elected. She was appointed.

To your other ridiculous point, did Hillary Clinton stop being a "leader" of women when she said that she had the support of hard-working americans, white americans? Clearly not.

Posted by: dcis1 | July 20, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"What if the teaparty was Black?"

Capehart, is this some sort of Eubonics? "if" calls for the English language subjunctive "were." "If I were in the land of cotton," "If I were you," "If I were a carpenter," ...etc.

Please go back to English 101.

Posted by: wjc1va | July 20, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan asks what if there was an equivalent group?

That group exists, the NAACP. Partisan, focused on policy, intolerant of disagreement.

It will take mere moments to search video of members stating disgusting things about those with whom they differ. Jonathan, the sword does cut both ways but if you only view one side as empowered you'll fail to see it.
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Great so please post the easily found videos of official members of the NAACP saying disgusting things about those w/whom they disagree.

Thanks.

Posted by: dcis1 | July 20, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Let's deal with the facts, the tea party aren't an angry mob, their protests have been polite and peaceful. Capeheart knows the CBC members lied, because the tea party members video taping everything, given that left wingers from the "Crash the Tea Party" group had threatened to infiltrate the protest, wear racist garb and carry racist signs to discredit the tea party. The CBC has changed it's story every time the tea party videos proved them wrong. What's more, not only were the CBC members surrounded by their staffers wielding video cameras, hoping to catch any sign of racism, they were attended by police officers, and NOT one police officer witnesse spitting, racist invective or anything else. One member of the CBC was caught lying, claiming a tea party protestor was arrested, but the DC police said no one had been arrested as no one had done anything.

The tea party is comprised of young as well as older Americans, just as Dr King's movement was. I can't help but wonder, if the CBC would slander Dr. King as they have black conservatives, and tea party members, given the CBC's cold hearted indifference to the black Cuban civil rights activists, who have reached out to them, to speak of how they are abused, some incarcerated for merely reading one of Dr. King's speeches in a public square, they are regularly subjected to racist invective, beaten, tortured, killed. But the CBC refused to ask to visit with them when they visited Cuba, Barbara Lee, Bobby Rush and other CBC members prefered to hold Fidel's hand, and declare Cuba a Utopia, a paradise. Two of those black Cuban civil rights activists died in Castro's jails this February. The NAACP and the CBC have both been silent in the face of the violent, brutal beating of a black conservative, Kenneth Gladney in Missouri, by 2 SEIU thugs, merely for the "crime" of selling patriotic pins outside of a town hall meeting.

Capeheart finds these truths to be inconvenient, clearly he believes that a black elected official shouldn't have to be answerable to the citizens who he's supposed to be serving, no matter what he or she does. Does CApeheart feel Obama is incapable of being criticized because of his skin color? I think that is a question that needs to be
answered.

Posted by: jenn3 | July 20, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart can't debate the subject honestly, so he hides behind the propaganda of a left winger
who resents and seeks to attack the civil rights all Americans have the right to demand not be violated.
Is the tea party majority white? Yes, but so is the US, and it does inclue black, Hispanic, Asian an Indigenous Americans, as
well as independents and democrats as well as republicans.

The tea party movement takes stands against excessive taxation, the corrupt abuse of power of a president who is violating the
constitution to consolidate his own power. A president who goes far beyond what George Bush did, not only expanding offensive Bush
policy, but enacting a policy where he authorizes US citizens be murdered, merely because he wants them labeled "terrorists", no investigation,
no trial, no rights. This is the same president who says that there is no terrorism, no enemy combatants, his enemies aren't Islamists or jihadists an wants Islamic
terrorists treated like civilian criminals, with full rights extended. But US citizens, like those he wanted included in a
"terrorism" watch list memo" his DHS circulate early in '09, that named returning Iraq/Afghanistan vets, Christians, NRA members, anyone who had bumper stickers supporting
republicans or libertarians, pro-lifers, etc.. as potential terrorists. (continued below)

Posted by: jenn3 | July 20, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I read this, and I read Tim Wise's piece. It's all very unconvincing. The fact is that the balance of hate in this country weighs much heavier on the political left than on the right. One has only to read reader comments on any of the opinion columns at WaPo.com (and many other places) to see the extreme level of outright hate expressed toward "tea partiers" or any others of the political right. The entire limited-government concept of the tea party is diminished by tarring the "movement" as racist, and that's exactly the intent of the leftists and their enablers in the media. Yes, there are some knuckleheads on the right, but visibly less so than the haters on the left.

Posted by: _BSH | July 20, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

dcis1

http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj1LMFCyBDg

Just one there's more look it up yourself.

Posted by: stvjo | July 20, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"What if the teaparty was Black?"

Capehart, is this some sort of Eubonics? "if" calls for the English language subjunctive "were." "If I were in the land of cotton," "If I were you," "If I were a carpenter," ...etc.

Please go back to English 101.
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Er, Please go back and read the article. Tim Wise wrote a piece entitled, "Imagine if the tea party WAS black." Johnathan's title captures that point.

Posted by: dcis1 | July 20, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse


dcis1

http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj1LMFCyBDg

Just one there's more look it up yourself.

Posted by: stvjo | July 20, 2010 11:07 AM
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What's your point? The clip shows the head of the NAACP talking about a Tea Party leader who bore a sign saying "lynch Barack Obama." The other minutes of the clip was from Andrew Breitbart (of all people) talking about how the tea party isn't racist.

That doesn't change what I initially asked for. I asked for video clips of NAACP members' racism towards whites. Surely that's not the clip you assume proves that point.

Posted by: dcis1 | July 20, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I like this opening statement: "In other words, imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color."

If you were to get a group of angry folk together that were in proportion to the US population, guess what? Over 75 would look white. Would you consider this crowd "almost exclusively white?"

Why is it surprising that the vast majority who attend Tea Party events are white?

Posted by: wvara | July 20, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

LOL You poor white teabagggers, so harmed by the NAACP, and the New Black Panthers.

You pathetic, whining, crying, bleating, mewling losers. You are worthless.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 20, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

koolkat, feel better now?
Just insult, don't deal with ideas. They'll give you a headache.

Posted by: slatt321 | July 20, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Um..."George Bush doesn't care about Black people?"

Are we really gonna talk about what the world would be like if Black people hurled racially tinged vitriol at a white President? Were you born yesterday, homey?

Posted by: pcannady | July 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

dcis1 - Mr. Jealous talked about white councils lynching BHO - but you don't think that was racist?

Ok Then how about this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GNArUTCo0Q

Note in both clips the crowds cheered the racism on.

Posted by: stvjo | July 20, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The only pathetic, whining, crying, bleating, mewling losers - are those in denial of truth.

Posted by: stvjo | July 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

stvjo, don't worry about 'proof.'

For the converted there is no convincing evidence. dcis1 could do the work but doesn't believe it's there, so won't try. Don't waste time on it.

Posted by: slatt321 | July 20, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

dcis1, you state: "And the examples of NAACP's racism against whites are what again? Or is it simply better to throw out an accusation in hopes that it will stick?

Fact, the USDA official was NOT elected. She was appointed."

She was speaking at an NAACP event, and was picked by the NAACP for that purpose. It is not her appointment or election to her government post that is the problem, it is the racism she brought to that position, and apparently that was what endeared her to the NAACP and led them to select her as a speaker. Also, isn't it a bit telling that the crowd cheers at the mention of her not helping a white farmer, revealing their true racism. I have yet to see anything similar at any Tea Party event. Instead, the "racism" at Tea Party events is either on random signs or screamed comments that generally are not tolerated by ther larger group. Never have I seen any evidence of actual Tea Party speakers making these types of comments, and I certainly have never seen these types of comments cheered by Tea Party supports, unlike the NAACP footage.

Posted by: JCDC | July 20, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

slatt321 I know.

Man I'm relatively new to WaPo, I have never seen such blatant embracement of bigotry.

Posted by: stvjo | July 20, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

If the tea party were black the message would not be the same. Since it appears from at least black leadership that blacks expect and demand everyone else foot thier bills.

Posted by: Pilot1 | July 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

That explains it - DC doesn't get TEA.

26% of the country says the Tea Party movement is a fad.

68% of the D.C. elites say it is a fad.

http://www.politico.com/static/PPM136_100718_poll_report.html

Posted by: stvjo | July 20, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Boy, Washington and by extention, the Post loves talking about racism and races. A conversation that only gets more tired and repetitive.

You might get more powerful in about 50 or 100 years.

But probably the blacks will also be outnumbered by the Asians and will come in 4th place in the hierarchy.

Come back & talk about it then.

It gets you as a people nowhere, causes way more heat than light and plays into the sordid hands of the true racists, whether they be KKK or new Black Panthers.

I also salute your whole strategy about discrediting the Tea Party.

They scare Obama and his worshiping minions to death.

Great job Citizen Capehart:true blue believer par excellent.

Posted by: adamnescot1 | July 20, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

dcis1 - Mr. Jealous talked about white councils lynching BHO - but you don't think that was racist?

Ok Then how about this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GNArUTCo0Q

Note in both clips the crowds cheered the racism on.
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Er, Jealous was referring to an ACTUAL PERSON, a member of some council, who carried a sign saying, "LYNCH Barack Obama." And THAT makes his remarks racist? WOW!

If a crowd "cheering" things on is proof that said group is one thing or the other, you have given proven what you seek to disprove.

Shall I find clips of tea party events where the crowd "cheered" on the most racist, hateful things?

Surely you jest!

Posted by: dcis1 | July 20, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

'What if the Tea Party was Black?'

Grammar is not the Post's strong suit. This would be an appropriate headline if Mr. Capehart were talking about the Whigs or the No Nothings. The Tea Party exists (at least in medialand).

If Mr. Capehart suspects a conspiracy among black power brokers that puts the Tea Party movement in the same category as Frank Capra's "John Doe Movement", then the appropriate verb is "is". (Apologies, Mr. Clinton.)

If he wants us to imagine a hypothetical, then the verb should be "were".

Posted by: wgmadden | July 20, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

dcis1 - You argument is pathetically weak. Race against the TEA party - is evident right here in WaPo. Not only that but bigotry to boot.

The truth is, TEA is 99.9% NON-racist. Yet the media ignores blatant racism, such as NAACP and the Black Panthers. If your side is going to scream racism (as they always do) - then they best take care of their own house first.

I recall tuning into MSNBC after the very first first TEA rally - to see "racism" spewing from every eye bulging shill, and Hollywood celebrity. What was a small turn out turned into a HUGE turn out the next rally. I asked around and was told by several people that they joined the effort because the left keeps on with the vicious absurd lies of racism, hate and vitriol against TEA. I can't tell you how many more come to my shop and WISH they could attend rallies, but can't because they work. Personally I hope your side keeps it up. TEA could have NEVER become this huge, if you guys didn't misrepresent us. And mark my words -- it's a huge force. I estimate that there are 3x more that do not go to rallies than do, who agree with limited gov't, and founding principals.

So I thank all of you - keep up the good work. Ciao!

Posted by: stvjo | July 20, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. If you want to critisize Mr. Capehart, leave his sexuality out of it. He is a journalist doing his job of reporting on subjects that are currently in the news. It is simple minded and cowardly to name call and belittle someone because you disagree with them. I think when you do that, you prove the exact point of Mr. Capehart's article. If you want people to take your comments seriously, then stick to the facts of the subject and construct an opposing argument based on those facts.

Posted by: ThereisIntelligenceinArizonareally | July 20, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

slatt321: I always feel better when I come into contact with drooling morons like you. Thanks for asking.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 20, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you are one of the undereducated members of the tea party who don't understand the english language.

What "argument" of mine are you protesting. Asking for evidence of the "racism" against whites by the NAACP is not an argument. It's a question. As of this post, I'm still waiting.

In the interim, what do you do? You post a silly response to something you made up in your tea party/take america back/obama'sasocialisthitler mind.

So fuddy duddy, learn how to read, analyze THEN respond unless you want to sound like Sister Sarah Palin and "refudiate" things w/o performing due diligence.

Posted by: dcis1 | July 20, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: stvjo | July 20, 2010 4:45 PM |
dcis1 - You argument is pathetically weak. Race against the TEA party - is evident right here in WaPo. Not only that but bigotry to boot.

The truth is, TEA is 99.9% NON-racist. Yet the media ignores blatant racism, such as NAACP and the Black Panthers. If your side is going to scream racism (as they always do) - then they best take care of their own house first.

Posted by: dcis1 | July 20, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

dcis1 - You argument is pathetically weak. Race against the TEA party - is evident right here in WaPo. Not only that but bigotry to boot.

The truth is, TEA is 99.9% NON-racist. Yet the media ignores blatant racism, such as NAACP and the Black Panthers. If your side is going to scream racism (as they always do) - then they best take care of their own house first.

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Maybe you are one of the undereducated members of the tea party who don't understand the english language.

What "argument" of mine are you protesting. Asking for evidence of the "racism" against whites by the NAACP is not an argument. It's a question. As of this post, I'm still waiting.

In the interim, what do you do? You post a silly response to something you made up in your tea party/take america back/obama'sasocialisthitler mind.

So fuddy duddy, learn how to read, analyze THEN respond unless you want to sound like Sister Sarah Palin and "refudiate" things w/o performing due diligence.

Posted by: dcis1 | July 20, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

But is this an issue at all? I guess that I am under the impression that Obama is being treated the same way that W was and that Bill Clinton was before him. He is the President and abuse comes with the territory.
Posted by: lmmbham

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Absolutely, and I think many Tea Partiers resent the implication that racism is their sole motivation and the perception that Obama and others (like the NAACP) are using race in order to shield him from criticism no matter how legitimate.

Obama can't have it both ways. Either he has to take the blows of being President or he can be the victim.

Posted by: bbface21 | July 20, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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