I’m Not Racist (I Just Don’t Like Minorities)

July 15th, 2010

Inspired by NAACP’s resolution about racism in the Tea Party and the Tea Party reaction to it (watch the MSNBC coverage below and check out this Post article).

 

“I’m busy today so notify me ASAP when NAACP renders verdict: Are liberty-loving, equality-respecting patriots racist? Bated breadth, waiting…” – Sarah’s tweet mocking the proposed NAACP resolution
 
“The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling, and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand. Thankfully, the Tea Party movement is not racist or motivated by racism. It is motivated by love of country.” – Sister Sarah on Facebook after the resolution passed
 
“You’re dealing with people who are professional race-baiters, who make a very good living off this kind of thing. They make more money off of race than any slave trader ever. It’s time groups like the NAACP went to the trash heap of history where they belong with all the other vile racist groups that emerged in our history.” – Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams
 
“Do you think that what you passed was actually kind of moderate, because it struck me that one of the points you emphasized was that the Tea Party is not a racist movement, but is merely tolerating racism and bigotry by its members. I thought that was kind of mild.” – Keith Olbermann interviewing NAACP President Ben Jealous
 
“What we did is we said repudiate the racists in your ranks, repudiate the acts of bigotry. We’ve sat here and we’ve watched as you carried these vile signs, we’ve sat here and we’ve watched these vile statements. We’ve sat here and we’ve watched as you called civil rights icons and Congressmen like John Lewis the “N” word and Barney Frank the “F” word. And what we haven’t heard is them coming out and saying.. there is no space for racism in the Republican Party, there is no space for bigotry in the Tea Party. That’s what they need to do. Just say we disavow these acts and we disavow the people who do them. Is it that hard?” — NAACP President & CEO Ben Jealous

 

In contrast with racist Teabagger insults flung,

The NAACP has held its tongue.

But now they’ve come out in the open,

A (small) can of whoopass on the Tea Party to open.

Like Professor Harris-Lace said, Teabaggers aren’t racist just because they’re almost all white,

But because of all their racist statements and spite.

 

Besides, Teabaggers don’t just hate blacks:

Gays, other minorities, government workers, and “Progressives” are also subject to their attacks.

Basically, they hate anyone with whom they disagree

(Which, I guess, would probably include me).

 

There’s no shortage of “incidents,” which the Tea Party claim are “isolated”

And have been by the biased “liberal” media inflated.

The Tea Party likes to deny they exist,

But there are plenty of overt racists and haters in their midst.

 

There’s lots more racism that’s camouflaged

And thus more difficult to get dislodged.

It’s just as racist, most non-Teabaggers would agree,

But gives them (remotely) plausible deniability.

 

But it doesn’t make you less racist to speak in code

About the Kenyan Muslim dictator you incessantly goad.

You whine about “taking our country back

From a president who is just coincidentally black.

 

It also doesn’t make you less racist to say

That it’s the other guy who’s racist anyway.

(That’s something people who know they’re racist do

To convince themselves it’s OK for them to be racist too.)

 

I’m not saying every single Teabagger is racist,

But it’s a sizable proportion not to be dismissed.

(Not all Nazis were anti-Semites,

But then again, if the boot fits…)

 

The Tea Party protests that they’re being defamed

And say it’s the NAACP itself that should be blamed.

Why is it that even Teabaggers’ claim that they’re innocent

Give off a distinct racist scent.

 

If you really want to prove you’re not racist,

Then apply the ideological standards on which you insist.

You’re quick to expel suspected RINOs from your fold

When they don’t your extreme views uphold.

 

Your “isolated incidents” are the rule rather than the exception

(Otherwise, they wouldn’t keep happening again and

again without exception).

To stop that, you must denounce and expel racists from your movement.

(Alas, on that, there’s been no movement.)

 

PS to Sister Sarah:

By saying “Tea Party Americans,” are you trying to give Teabaggers minority status

So you can join those who (in your view) get government services gratis?

Poor Teabaggers – you’re all treated so unfairly and misunderstood.

(Welcome to the culture of victimhood.)

 

To Mr. Williams:

NAACP is a “vile racist group,” you say,

I guess in your view just like the KKK.

It should be consigned to the trash heap of history,

Though why you don’t include Tea Party affiliates Council of Conservative Citizens and Stormfront.org in your list is a mystery.

 

And to all you other Teabaggers out there:

The resolution’s truth is further proved

By the death threats NAACP got after it was approved.

The fact that this mild statement has you so out of joint

Pretty much just proves its point.

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Here’s Keith Olbermann’s 7/12/10 interview with Princeton Prof. Melissa Harris-Lace about the Tea Party’s attempt to shed their racist image (without actually shedding racist supporters).
 

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Here are Hardball’s 7/13/10 report, featuring an appearance by NAACP President & CEO Ben Jealous. And shame on you, Senator David Vitter, for pandering to those Birthers (or maybe even worse, God help us if you really believe that crap), followed by Chris’s “Let Me Finish” comment about the “Know Nothing” Republicans.

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Here’s Countdown’s 7/14/10 report on the NAACP resolution’s passage, including an appearance by NAACP President & CEO Ben Jealous and Sarah Palin’s response. She finds it “appalling,” not the the Tea Party’s racist, but that the NAACP would have the gall to point that out.

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6 Responses to “I’m Not Racist (I Just Don’t Like Minorities)”

  1. Montana Says:

    The Tea Bag Party are just “haters not debaters” or as others have dubbed them “screamers not dreamers”, with their failed attempts at stopping Healthcare reform, they say they respect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors (no one voted for this crazy) who only cares about getting elected Governor, on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster.

    Brewer signed into law;
    1. S.B. 1070,
    2. No permit conceal weapons law,
    3. The famous Birthers law,
    4. Banning Ethnic studies law,
    5. Banning human-animal hybrid (aren’t most GOPers crossed with the Reptilian race?)
    or are they just giving Laurence Gonzales, some great promotion material for his new book “Lucy”.

    6. Could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona, ordered to be whiten,
    7. On deck to pass, no citizenship to babies born to undocumented workers,

    8. If she can read she should look up Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which was un-constitution and failed when legally challenged),
    9. The boycotted Martin Luther King Day, what idiots don’t want another holiday? Yes, you guessed it Arizona.

    Well Arizona, you can boycott new holidays and keep passing crazy laws and the rest of us will continue to challenged them in a court of law and continue to add cities to our Boycott of your state.

    I real cannot believe anything that comes out of Brewer’s mouth, in an interview she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (war ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. But we are suppose to believe everything else she says, right! No one voted for you for Governor, yet you keep listening to the tiny brains of the crazies and signing into law everything that comes into their feeble minds, it only make you look dumb, stupid or racist, or maybe all three.

    As for the Tea Bag Party, their phony patriotism is sickening; they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, energy (remember Cheney’s secret meetings with oil companies where loosening regulation and oversight were sealed), climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions).

    The Birthers and the Tea Bag party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “Internet facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that is like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that. Yee Haw!

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