The Tea Party & Racism

One widely shared view among those who oppose the Tea Party movement, is that the group’s protests are not motivated by Obama’s plans, but by his race. One has to question the motives behind their protests, especially since protests did not exist during former President Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy, or during the first stimulus package. At their protests for the stimulus packages, I did not hear any mention of the first stimulus package which was initiated by former President Bush in his last months in office.

The Tea Party movement blames Obama for the “higher taxes” they have been paying, but most middle class Americans have actually seen their taxes decrease this past year.”The only tax I think that has been put in place so far is an increase in the federal cigarette tax. I can’t think of another Obama tax that has gone in place so far,” said Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. “I would say that people are angry because big taxes are coming down the road because of the gigantic deficit built up under Bush.” In fact, the White House reported that President Obama supplied over $200 billion in tax relief for middle class families.

Recently, actress Janeane Garofalo spoke to MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and stated, “Let’s be very honest about what this is about. This is not about bashing Democrats. It’s not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea party was about. They don’t know their history at all. It’s about hating a black man in the White House,” Garofalo then went on to say, “This is racism straight up and is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks. There is no way around that.”

On the “New Rules” segment of Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher compares the Tea Party to a cult rather than a movement. Maher says, “I know that in their world “freedom” means “guns,” “diplomacy” means “weakness,” “elitist” means “reader,” and “socialist” means “black.”

 This idea is not only shared by these celebrities, but also by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Just this week the NAACP has announced they will formally denounce the Tea Party as a racist group that is a dangerous threat to democracy. NAACP spokeswoman, Leila McDowell,stated that the Tea Party is “not just about higher taxes and limited government, but something that could evolve and become more dangerous”

Since the economic crisis and first stimulus package occurred under the previous president without any protest, I can’t help but share this widely shared opinion that the Tea Party is racist. Also, the extremely racist posters they hold up at their rallies, do not help to debunk this theory.  Bill Maher said it best in the clip from the previous blog that they are a “group of racist sore losers.”

Published in: on July 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

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