Black Tea Party Members Called "Oreos, Traitors, Uncle Toms" by Leftists...
- 2010/04/07 04:47:24
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Behold, the progressive and tolerant left...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - They've been called
Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their
values. Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their
involvement in the mostly white tea party movement—and for having the
audacity to oppose the policies of the nation's first black president.
(I can't believe that came
from an AP writer -ed.)
"I've been told I hate myself. I've been called an Uncle
Tom. I've been told I'm a spook at the door," said Timothy F.
Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black
conservatives who support free market principles and limited
government. "Black Republicans find themselves always having to prove
who they are. Because the assumption is the Republican Party is
for whites and the Democratic Party is for blacks," he said.
Johnson and other black conservatives say they were drawn to the
tea party movement because of what they consider its commonsense fiscal
values of controlled spending, less taxes and smaller government. The
fact that they're black—or that most tea partyers are white—should have
nothing to do with it, they say.
"You have to be honest and true to yourself. What am I supposed to
do, vote Democratic just to be popular? Just to fit in?" asked Clifton
Bazar, a 45-year-old New Jersey freelance photographer and conservative
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