Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Racism and the Tea Party - Update with Video Rebuttal

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Image courtesy of Tea Party blogger Nice Deb.

I had hoped not to blog on this topic, but the left won't let it die. Gratuitous, mindless, endless and unfounded cries of racism are injecting even more poison into the body politic. David Paul Kuhn has an excellent rebuttal to the likes of Frank Rich, Jimmy Carter, Maureen Dowd, and lesser lefty lights.

For decades, leading liberals explained white concerns about urban upheaval, crime, welfare, school bussing, affirmative action and more recently, illegal immigration, as rooted in racism. Not safer streets or safer schools. Not concern about taxes for welfare, as working class whites (like all races) struggled in their hardscrabble lives. Not regular men who never knew "white male privilege" but were on the losing end of affirmative action (recall Frank Ricci). Not job competition or economic class. Instead, leading liberals constantly saw the color of the issue as the only issue.
I further add this absurdity. When Obama took office in January 2009 he had an approval rating of 76%, while his approval numbers are now down to 48%. Assuming about 225 million adult Americans, that means that 63 million Americans suddenly turned racist in just over one year? I'm not buying it.

More importantly, since this meme will have to be refuted day after day for the next two and a half years, we must inculcate an intolerance for racism in the Tea Party. Since the movement is self organizing, the only way to enforce this is through peer pressure. It is important to our movement, and important that Americans start to see what liars that criers of racism really are.

I leave with you some thoughts that Jay Nordlinger published in NRO's The Corner, quoting a letter from a reader (Nordlinger is not sure if he agrees, BTW.)

As everyone sweats out the final Obamacare tallies, I’m struck by a couple of other stories. In one case, someone reported hearing an anti-black epithet used at a political rally. In another case, dogged police finally arrested the perpetrator of an intolerable crime. The perp is a 16-year-old kid who made a potentially offensive comment on a Wal-Mart overhead speaker. That these things are even remotely newsworthy leads me to one conclusion: Racism in America is dead. We had slavery, then we had Jim Crow — and now we have the occasional public utterance of a bad word. Real racism has been reduced to de minimis levels, while charges of racism seem to increase. I’ll vote for the first politician with the brass to say that “racism” should be dropped from our national dialogue. We’re a good nation, among the least racist on earth . . .


Andrew Ian Dodge provides a link in the comments to an incredible video in which the whole racism and violence meme is entirely debunked and MSNBC is again shown to be utter tools, shilling shamelessly for the Democrat party in total denial of the facts.


  1. Moreno Valley southeast of Riverside is testament to this nonsense because Moreno Valley is a predominantly black suburban bedroom community.

    Blacks who had enough money to move out of the L.A.-Long Beach area and wanted nice two-story with a front and back yard and safe streets and good schools.

    Are they self-hating blacks?

  2. Just had to say that I was struck by the photo of the very attractive woman holding that sign. I think I left behind my xenophobia a number of years ago. As a beginning baby-boomer who bloomed during the hippie era, I think my generation began to actively participate in and witness the decline of racism. There will always be some fringe holdovers, but it's time to stop using the race card. Period.

  3. Thank you for covering this. It's a distracting issue that has to be addressed for better or worse (sigh).

  4. My black mates in the tea party CL Bryant, Kevin Jackson et al are fun to be around every time the whole "tea party is racist" meme kicks off. They get rather annoyed and can be quite vocal about it. Kevin pined some MSNBC's ears back in this exchange.

  5. Andrew, Nice video. MSNBC, again shows themselves to be utter tools and utter fools. If you don't mind, I will update the post with link to that video.

  6. Thanks for sharing the video Andrew. Sharing with our email list!