Tea Partiers Insist No Racism Here, Move Along
- 2010/04/14 20:17:50
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On March 20, as the health care legislation neared final passage, three black Democratic congressman say they were called the “N” word by angry protesters as they walked to the U.S. Capitol.
Tea Partiers replied with a response of, What “N” word? The Tea Partiers insist that their members would never use the word. “F****t”? Maybe. But never the “N” word.
In an effort to redeem the honor of the Tea Party, web entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart is offering $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund if anyone can provide proof that the slur was used. His offer would appear more genuine if he offered the award directly to the person who comes forth with the video, and not the UNCF, but who am I to criticize how a millionaire activist spends his cash.
One thing's for sure though, if you have to insist that you're not racist, and even offer a reward for anyone willing to come forward with video to prove you're not racist, then, although you may not be a racist, there are definitely some racists in your midst.
Marginalizing African Americans seems to be at the heart of the Tea Party's strategy. Why else would they take to Washington DC to protest a president (the first African-American President) before he even passed one significant piece of legislation? The President didn't pass health care reform until late March, but the Tea Party protesters had already begun tracking back and forth from Washington D.C. long before there was an agreed upon health care bill.
To ostracize African Americans, the Tea Party took the supposed unconstitutional violations of the Obama administration to the extreme. It is one thing to disagree with a sitting President, it is another thing altogether to gather in front of the White House with signs depicting him as a Nazi.
And African Americans, most of whom are familiar with the civility of the protesters who marched during the Civil Rights movement, are turned off by the Tea Party's angry white mobs. They conjure up images of days gone by, events which most African Americans would rather forget.
So as we wait for a member of the Tea Party to submit video of a fellow member of the Tea Party yelling the “N” word at congressmen, only to be rewarded with money that will be handed over to the United Negro College Fund, let's ponder the effects of fires which are allowed to burn out of control.
Where there's smoke, there's fire. It may be time for us to put the fire out.
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