When Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN)went on radio recently calling the Tea Partiers a "clone of George Wallace" comparing them to the Ku Klux Klan without the "robes and hoods" he was actually describing the Democrat practice of intimidating, even lynching black conservatives who dare to speak out against Obama.
I suppose we should be thankful that Democrats aren't donning white sheets and hoods and burning crosses in the lawns of black conservative as they did in the old days when they targeted blacks and Republicans in the South. But now they have their union goons in purple SEIU shirts beating a black conservative outside a town hall and actually using the "n" word. And for that event we actually have video proof!
And just as liberals feign outrage over phony charges that Tea Partiers shouted the "n" word at black Congressman before the vote on health care, these same people were silent when Condoleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell, Judge Janice Rogers Brown, Michael Steele and any number of black Republicans and conservatives have been called every racial epithet in the book and more.
So, when the lovers of tolerance and diversity started calling the Tea Partiers a whites only bunch of racists it was just par for the course.
The Gallup poll and a number of other polling organizations debunked the whites only myth and showed that the Tea Parties represent a true cross section of American life with young and old, white, black, Hispanic, male and female members.
Even news network CNN couldn't find any sign of racism when they embedded a news crew in the Tea Party Express tour. Instead they found this:
Reporter's notebook: What really happens at Tea Party ralliesFunny how the angry images of Tea Partiers make headlines while angry liberals protesting across from the White House on March 20 and burning an American flag didn't make the news.
By Shannon Travis, CNN Political Producer
April 7, 2010
...Here's what you often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: offensive posters blasting President Obama and Democratic leaders; racist rhetoric spewed from what seems to be a largely white, male audience; and angry protesters rallying around the Constitution.
But here's what you don't often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: Patriotic signs professing a love for country; mothers and fathers with their children; African-Americans proudly participating; and senior citizens bopping to a hip-hop rapper.
It is important to show the colorful anger Americans might have against elected leaders and Washington. But people should also see the orange-vested Tea Party hospitality handlers who welcome you with colorful smiles.
There were a few signs that could be seen as offensive to African-Americans. But by and large, no one I spoke with or I heard from on stage said anything that was approaching racist.
Almost everyone I met was welcoming to this African-American television news producer.
And though speakers railed against the "lame-stream media," activists and their leaders praised CNN, especially for being the only national media outlet riding along for the post-weekend stops. Some of them e-mailed me after my trip, thanking our crew for fairly giving them a voice.
Speaking of stereotypes, I did get a few curious stares as I pulled up to the rallies. But not because of my skin color. It was because of my car rental: a Volvo.
Shunned into Silence
The sad story here is how many black conservatives stay silent rather than speak up and face the ideological apartheid that liberals use to punish those in their community who dare to disagree:
Black conservative tea party backers take heatThe article above repeated the lies about the tea party as if they were fact. But that's nothing new. The left has repeated the big lie over and over and over now for months. Truth for them is whatever they say it is at the time.
By VALERIE BAUMAN
The Associated Press
April 6, 2010
ALBANY, N.Y. — 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'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 blogger.
But these black conservatives don't consider racism representative of the movement as a whole — or race a reason to support it.
Angela McGlowan, a black congressional candidate from Mississippi, said her tea party involvement is "not about a black or white issue."
"It's not even about Republican or Democrat, from my standpoint," she told The Associated Press. "All of us are taxed too much."
Black conservatives don't want to have to apologize for their divergent views.
"I've gotten the statement, 'How can you not support the brother?'" said David Webb, an organizer of New York City's Tea Party 365, Inc. movement and a conservative radio personality.
Since Obama's election, Webb said some black conservatives have even resorted to hiding their political views.
"I know of people who would play the (liberal) role publicly, but have their private opinions," he said. "They don't agree with the policy but they have to work, live and exist in the community ... Why can't we speak openly and honestly if we disagree?"
The Democrat party hasn't come far from the days of the Klan when it was the "terrorist organization in service of the Democratic Party." They may not wear sheets and hoods, but the result is the same!