"The Rotting Racist Underbelly of the Tea Party Protests"
Were you wondering what happened to all the rabid, wild-eyed bigots
yelling, “Kill him!” and “Terrorist” and “Socialist” carrying stuffed
monkey plush dolls at the McCain-Palin rallies? It’s easy in our
jubilation over Obama’s victory to forget the many people in America
who were deeply fearful and hate-oriented towards an Obama presidency.
Those people didn’t just shrug their shoulders at the Democratic
victory in Nov 2008. No, they’ve re-organized. Largely abandoned by the
Republican party who tapped cynically into their ignorance, fear and
hatred and whipped these folks into a racist lather as a Get Out The
Vote strategy, the Tax Day Tea Party people have used the internet to find each other and organize.
getting plenty of news coverage. And don’t get me wrong: the teabaggers
(heh) have expressed some legitimate concerns about the impact of the
economic stimulus on the ballooning deficit and the evolving structure
of the financial bailout strategy. Concerns some progressives and many
Americans share actually. Yet Obama’s kept his promise to lower taxes
for most Americans except the very wealthy - I don’t know about you but
I definitely am getting more back than I expected personally on my own
taxes. So…whassup, really? Are these folks really concerned about their
taxes going up or is it about what they perceive their taxes to be
funding? Here’s an image from the Michelle Malkin blog that sums up
their real concerns, IMHO - note the bloody imagery, btw.
I’ve been parsing the words and the racists have been very careful
to cover their tracks and fury that a black man is President. But not
well enough. I’m starting to become pretty convinced at this point that
“socialist” is a some kind of code word for “nigger”. Here’s an example
of some of the subtle language the Tea Party people are using to
describe their own movement (emphasis mine) from the Michelle Malkin blog, a central hive for the poorly informed, wild-eyed, bigoted, Fox News/wingnut blog-driven lynch, ahem I mean Tea Partiers:
As you’re probably aware, Michelle’s been a huge
supporter of the “tea parties,” as has been Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity,
Rush and countless others. The phenomenon is spreading, and more will
be held on Tax Day — April 15 (a map of all the locations is here).
In late February, I attended a tea party in Lansing, Michigan,
and will be there again next Wednesday. While there, I spoke with
several people, and, while everybody attended for the same “big
picture” reason, many had their own reason to be there.
For some it was wildly excessive and confusing tax laws. Others were there out of concern for their children and grandchildren. Some
were there because they’re maddened that the same glorious policies
that have made Detroit look like Bangladesh after a garbage haulers
strike are being introduced on a national level, a few were
upset because the same people who created these massive problems are
charged with fixing them, others don’t want their country sold out to
some global entity, and one man I saw had a sign that said “‘Government
job’ is a contradiction in terms.” Many were there for the reason of
“all of the above.”
Huh? What does Detroit or Bangladesh have to do with Barack Obama?
Oh that’s right, Detroit has experienced white flight, urban blight and
economic devastation for years now, making some areas seem almost Third
World. But that wouldn’t have anything to do with the crumbling U.S.
auto industry and everything to do with the black mayors the city has
been electing, right? The corrupt Kwame Kilpatrick notwithstanding,
this sounds like a snarky, swiping slur directed at South Indian
immigrants, African-Americans and unions all combined succinctly.
There’s real racist animus here: check out the video above of Tea Party
nuts convinced that Barack Obama can’t be president because he faked
his birth certificate and is actually Kenyan by birth. My God — do you
know what that means? It means a black man is illegally president!
Because it’s just not possible for a black man to be president unless
something has gone horribly wrong with the system! Citizens, act now
and get to your local Tea Party!!!
hXXp://www.jackandjillpolitics.com/2009/04/the-rotting-racist-underbelly-of-the-tea-party-protests/White supremacists are loving the Tea Party movement
btw. They hear the dogwhistle loud and clear and are looking to take
advantage of the discontent. Much more including what white
supremacists are saying, the top five questions journalists and
bloggers should be asking Tea Party rallygoers and my updated criteria
for undercover racist attacks after the jump.