So Much For That Post-Racial Society The Left Promised

They just can’t let go of it.

The angry faces at Tea Party rallies are eerily familiar. They resemble faces of protesters lining the street at the University of Alabama in 1956 as Autherine Lucy, the school’s first black student, bravely tried to walk to class.

Those same jeering faces could be seen gathered around the Arkansas National Guard troopers who blocked nine black children from entering Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957.

“They moved closer and closer,” recalled Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine. “Somebody started yelling, ‘Lynch her! Lynch her!’ I tried to see a friendly face somewhere in the crowd — someone who maybe could help. I looked into the face of an old woman and it seemed a kind face, but when I looked at her again, she spat on me.”

Those were the faces I saw at a David Duke rally in Metairie, La., in 1991: sullen with resentment, wallowing in victimhood, then exploding with yells of excitement as the ex-Klansman and Republican gubernatorial candidate spewed vitriolic white-power rhetoric.

Anyone who believed that cries of racism would not be used by the left after Obama was elected was a fool. A foolishness that has been proven over and over again since the historic day the first black man was elected president of the United States of America.

Here’s my personal example.

The other day I had a relatively mild debate on a conservative friend’s Facebook post about Obamacare which in the course of six or so comments resulted in one of the commenters calling me a racist. The problem, of course, wasn’t that I had used any racist language or even referred to race in any way, shape, form or fashion.  I had not.  No, the problem was that I had used facts and logic to debate his claim that the use of the interstate highway system was the same as the individual mandate under Obamacare. Something any five year old would know was not true.

Well, he didn’t like that at all – me rationally debating and not getting angry and spewing words of hate – so he went to what he and his leftist friends know best and called for me to just admit being a racist. He then described how one of his friends from a city down South had used the “N”- word when referring to Obama before the election and said we all felt that way.

My response? I asked him why he had racist friends, because I did not. Unfortunately I never got an answer because my conservative FB friend defriended him and apologized to everyone for what he had said.

I was kind of disappointed really.

The point is we can expect a lot more of this in the coming months. Demonizing those who disagree with them is really the only tactic the left has now (really the only one they have ever had throughout history) and what with the majority of the American people  turning against them they will use every despicable trick in their big bag of despicable tricks to stifle free speech.

We just have to stand fast.  The accusations of racism and violence don’t carry the weight they once did. Because like Peter crying wolf, if you do it every single time people just stop caring.

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8 Comments

  1. The only color I care about that Obama is – is RED!

  2. You know I love you, so remember this comes from a position of love. 🙂

    First, I agree with you 100% about your story. Being called a racist after doing nothing remotely racist is wrong.

    I talked to a fellow tea partier the other day. Unlike me, she’s really into the tea party thing, hook, line, and sinker. Me, I’m just slightly into it, mainly because I don’t like it that we have over 2 million government employees (not including postal workers) and that government employees are so untouchable they can do things like surf porn all day and not lose their jobs.

    On the other hand, there has been a lot of racist shit at tea party events. Offensive signs, ugly incidents, shouting the n-word, etc.

    The response to this fact is the following:

    A. It didn’t happen.
    B. If it did happen then they weren’t tea party people.

    The smugness of this argument is incredible. And terrifyingly illogical. My friend says things like, “Racist things don’t happen at tea party events. If they do, well, they are probably PLANTS. You some, people the left sneaked in to make us look bad.”

    Unlike my friend, I’m willing to admit that’s possible. It seems unlikely to me but in today’s world of emotional acrimony politics, nothing much surprises me anymore. But even if it is true, I don’t feel it could explain away everything we’ve seen and heard at tea party events.

    If anyone claims the tea party movement doesn’t contain an element of racism, based on what we’ve seen, I have to think they aren’t being honest with themselves.

  3. “If anyone claims the tea party movement doesn’t contain an element of racism, based on what we’ve seen, I have to think they aren’t being honest with themselves.”

    Then I’m not being honest with myself. While there are no doubt a small minority of tea partiers who harbor racist feelings, the movement is not one based on race, nor do I believe any element (defined as a organized subdivision either informal or formal) of it is race based. The people involved in the tea party movement are overwhelmingly white this is true, but counted among those are Democrats and Independents who voted for Obama, and conservatives like me who are not racist. We make up the vast majority of the movement and it is one based on smaller government, lower taxes, and now, keeping our health care out of the government’s hands.

    As to racist things happening at tea party events, well, I believe the vast majority are either made-up or overblown, and so far I haven’t seen any evidence otherwise. You said, “everything we’ve heard” can’t be explained away, but so far all I’ve heard – which isn’t much considering the number of tea partiers and the number of protests/events – has in fact been explained away (or no proof has been provided by those claiming something happened). Even the one real racist incident I heard about – a guy with a racist website claiming to represent the Tea Party – has been disavowed by the real Tea Party.

    You can go to any Tea Party event or protest and 99.9% of the people there are angry about government intrusion in their lives. They want lower taxes. They want to make the choice about their health care and not leave it to government. Yes, they are angry but it’s honest anger based on those principles, not the color of the man in the presidency. The fact that .1% may say something racist does not, and should not, invalidate their concerns or the movement, especially since the majority slaps those people down the moment they hear that kind of talk.

    President Obama’s race is predominately a concern of the left, not the right.

    BTW, here’s the most recent example of a racism charge that was bogus.

    http://www.nowhampshire.com/2010/03/28/tea-party-vindication-as-sullivan-citizens-alliance-retract-%E2%80%98white-pride%E2%80%99-charge/

  4. Wow. That is refreshing. A reply that makes actual sense. I’m glad I didn’t read you wrong.

    First, let me me agree with you. I do not believe the Tea Party Movement (TPM) is based on race and I certainly didn’t mean to imply that in my previous comment.

    I stand by my comment that “there is an element of racism” within the TPM. Any group of people is going to have an element of racism. That’s because racism is still alive and well in our country. So the question becomes: Does racism occur within the TPM at a higher rate than the overall population?

    Again, based on the empirical evidence (signs and other incidents) that have happened at tea party events, I believe we are forced to conclude that racism with the TPM is at a higher rate than the norm. I do not accept as likely the argument that the higher rate can be explained away with the “plant” theory. (I do, however, acknowledge it is possible.)

    Basically you just used the “plausible deniability” argument. That states that anything that happens with the TPM or related events can’t be proven to be “official” therefore it doesn’t count. You say the movement “slaps down” the .1%. Yet how many times have we seen the movement eject people with those offensive signs? If the racist signs are allowed to remain then I don’t think the plausible deniability argument is valid. If the movement was so against those messages, then they would never be allowed to remain long enough to be photographed.

    Just my opinions.

    • I’m not sure how to respond past what I already said. Are there racists who are participating in the Tea Party groups? Probably. Are they an organized sub-group? Nope. Do they set policy or speak for the group? Nope. Are they denounced when they spout off their racist crap? I don’t know since so far no one has provided any proof that any racist crap has been spouted. And proof is needed in my opinion because the left makes claims of racism every day and the MSM treats those claims as true without any evidence at all.

      Again, my understanding is that on the one occasion that I saw someone with a racist sign – I think it was the same guy in Texas who has that website he says is a Tea Party website but isn’t – they people at the protest asked him to leave. He wouldn’t, but at that point what are they to do if it is an open protest in a public area?

      I don’t believe racism occurs in the Tea Party at a higher rate than in the general public. I’m not even sure that can be measured, but I don’t believe it is true.

      Past that I can only say that whatever the percentage of racist thought in the Tea Party it is totally overwhelmed by the racism of the left and the lies that they will tell ( and the MSM repeat).

  5. I respect your opinion. We’ll just have to disagree. I happen to think, based on what I’ve seen (signs, behavior and such) that racism occurs within the TPM at a greater rate than the general public. Like you say, though, racism is one of those things that is notoriously hard to measure since racists aren’t likely to cop to it when you ask them. So there is no data. In the end, each of our guts is giving us a slightly different perspective. I’ll reserve the rest of my comments for a future blog post if I feel so moved. Thanks for a great blog.

    By the way, the sign in the initial post isn’t quite correct, at least as far as I’m concerned. I’ve seen a lot of clever tea party signs that made me grin. Actually cleverness always gets a nod from me.

  6. I just think it comes down to how you define “element.” I know as well as you that there are people who harbor racist feelings participating in the Tea Party movement. But since I think of an “element” as something organized or at least big enough to be visible then I don’t see that in the Tea Party.

    And even the few racists who are in the movement are not necessarily motivated primarily by racism There’s plenty to dislike about what Obama is doing without falling back on racist feelings for motivation.

    I respect your opinion as well and I am glad you commented.

  7. Aw, thanks.

    I think this might be a suitable analogy. A flame may attract moths. But it may attract other insects as well. It doesn’t mean the insects have anything else in common.


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