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Race and the tea parties: The saga continues

My colleagues Amy Gardner and Krissah Thompson have a look at the mostly white tea party movement's* grappling with race. My favorite quote:

Nigel Coleman, who is black, leads the Danville TEA Party Patriots in southern Virginia. He said the fact that the movement is predominantly white doesn't mean it is inherently racist.

"I went to a wine festival yesterday," he said. "Weren't too many black people there, either. Nobody called them racists."

In the same vein, the New York Times looks at the strong crop of African American Republicans making bids for office this year. It's a subject I was writing about as long ago as October, but I take heed of Donna Brazile pointing out that 24 black Republicans ran for Congress in 1994 and only two won. One of the promising black candidates of this cycle, Lou Huddleston in North Carolina, went down to a huge primary defeat last night, with the nomination to challenge Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) going to a white candidate.

*I know it looks ugly on the page, but the polls bear it out.

By David Weigel  |  May 5, 2010; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Tea Party  
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