Hate Speech Directed at Black Members of the Tea Party Movement
posted at 11:17 am on April 8, 2010 by Howard Portnoy
The reports of racist epithets having been hurled during the recent Tea Party demonstration against Obamacare are accurate after all, as it turns out. But the targets of these racial slurs were not black members of Congress, as the mainstream media has been so enamored of reporting, even though no evidence has been produced. What is more, the name calling has not come from within the ranks of the opposition movement but toward its members.
“Oreos,” “traitors,” and “Uncle Toms“ are just a few of the ugly names that black conservatives have been called for having the audacity to oppose the nation’s first black president. According to AP writer Valerie Bauman, Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the conservative Frederick Douglass Foundation, has been called much worse. “I’ve been told I’m a spook at the door,” reports Johnson. “I’ve been told I hate myself.”
This is a problem that has long existed or blacks who choose to follow their own minds and make their own political decisions. “Black Republicans,” Johnson is quoted further as saying, “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.” This is a point of view Democrats are only too happy to foster and capitalize on.
The great irony, of course, is that the need for blacks to fall in line rather than think for themselves is the worst kind of racial stereotyping—self policing. It is precisely this kind of ugly mob tactics that Democrats claim to find so abhorrent.
According to David Webb, an organizer of New York City’s Tea Party 365, Inc., since Obama’s election, some black conservatives have felt impelled to hide their views. “I know of people who would play the (liberal) role publicly, but have their private opinions,” he is quoted as saying. “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?” Why indeed?