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Uni-Tea Diversity Rally, Philadelphia

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by Smoke, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. Smoke

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    A Tea Party diversity rally in Philadelphia 31 July was, by the standards of the event organizer, a resounding success.

    Event co-organizer Jeffrey Weingarten, a tea partier from Morristown, NJ, told TPM yesterday he expects the event to draw crowds of multi-ethnic faces not generally seen at normal tea party events. The goal of the rally is to show off the movement's diversity on stage while drawing demographics not usually associated with the tea party into the movement.

    "I hope people will be surprised," Weingarten said. "From our point of view, if there was just one other than white face [in the crowd] it would be surprising. From the point of view of the outside, a decent percentage of other than white faces would be a surprise also."​

    The Uni-Tea Rally was carefully planned to attract black folks, featuring several African-American speakers as well as conservative white rap duo Hi-Caliber and a conservative rock band called the Bangers.

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    Genuine African-American speakers

    Estimates of crowd size range from 500 to a very optimistic 1500, and was very successful in drawing not one black face, but -- according to some accounts -- as many as fifteen black faces.

    There were even two young gay men: Ayn Rand fan Brendan Kissam, and Matt Hissey (I swear I'm not making these names up), who assured fellow Teabaggers that he doesn't mind if they're against gay marriage, because he is too. Hissey celebrated the diversity of the Teabag Movement, saying, "Skin color diversity -- that's not real diversity."

    Featured African-American speaker David Webb asserted that it doesn't matter how many black folks join the Teabag Movement: "I didn't realize that any movement everywhere had a minimum daily requirement of black people to be legitimate."

    The highlight of the rally was a speech by Andrew Breitbart pointing out that it's not the Teabaggers who are racist, it's the NAACP who are racist.

    All in all, "a resounding success," as one of the participants said.

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    Preview: Today Is Tea Party Diversity Day -- Featuring Andrew Breitbart | TPMDC

    Uni-Tea in Philadelphia
     
  2. Sunstone

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    What is it with teabaggers and obesity?
     
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  3. Mathematician

    Mathematician Reason, and reason again

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    Gay Americans who oppose gay equality with straights? Some people are just nuts.
     
  4. Smoke

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    I think Matt has issues. On his MySpace page he claims to be straight, although not altogether convincingly.
     
  5. Kathryn

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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Left Admits: Racism Charges Against Tea Parties a Tactic, Not a Truth[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership group are condemning the left's false use of the accusation "racist" as a political tactic, saying they recognize the strategy from the teaching of left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky.[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Former U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairman Mary Frances Berry, a long-time prominent liberal activist, has admitted in an interview with Politico that the left is trying to smear the tea party movement as "racist" for strategic reasons, not out of genuine concern that the movement is itself racist.[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Berry called the tactic an "effective strategy" and chose not to denounce it.[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]"As an active participant in the tea party movement, I know the movement's motivation is about Obama's policies and not his race," said Deneen Borelli, a Project 21 full-time fellow who has spoken at many tea party rallies and is scheduled to speak at the "Uni-Tea" rally in Philadelphia on July 31. "Race card politics is the last-ditch effort to shift the debate away from President Obama's harmful policies such as the government's takeover of health care and his failure to create jobs -- both of which are having an impact on his popularity. This diversion may also help Obama to try to jam through cap-and-trade legislation through Congress. It's a grand distraction from policies and may unfortunately increase racial tensions."[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Berry, now the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and History at the University of Pennsylvania, was asked, "will branding the tea party 'racist' work?" [/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Berry replied:[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one's opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]"This is exactly the kind of thing that has irked me all of my adult life, to put it mildly," said Project 21 member R. Dozier Gray. "This willful and purposeful use of the race card for nothing more than political gain is toxic to race relations, and Mary Frances Berry must know that. But she evidently does not care. Based on her comment, political posturing takes primacy over whatever real issues regarding race that she might pretend are her calling cards. I have seen this all before. I find it shameful."[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Project 21 member Bob Parks added: "What's most disturbing about this very public quote? Not only is Mary Frances Berry making this comment without fear of admonishment, and that progressives have apparently embraced and are employing these very shameful, race-baiting tactics -- but Berry is likely teaching this 'social thought' hate to children."[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky, whose tactics have been studied and followed by Barack Obama and his followers, taught his activists to "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." The Tea Party movement has unnerved the left and energized supporters of smaller government, causing the left to target it, as per Alinsky's method, with bogus racism charges.[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]The Politico interview with Berry is available at The Arena: - Mary Frances Berry Bio.[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives since 1992, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org). [/SIZE][/FONT]
     
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  6. Smoke

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    And what does Project 21 say about Tea Party attempts to portray the NAACP as racist?
     
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    Here are some press releases from Project 21 (REAL, genu-wine BLACK PEOPLE!) discussing the NAACP:

    Black Leader Critical of NAACP Image Award for Van Jones

    NAACP Pledges to Issue Statement Condemning Racist Attacks on Black Conservative

    NAACP Executive Caught on Tape Lying About Tea Party

    Black Activists Condemn NAACP Resolution Against Tea Party Movement

    I think it would be safe to say that Project 21 members have a sneaky suspicion that the NAACP's goals and actions ARE often racially divisive and racially charged.

    By the way, here's another press release from Project 21 regarding Tea Parties:

    Black Tea Partiers Rip Chris Matthews for "Monochromatic" Remark

    Bon Appetit!
     
  8. T-Dawg

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    I don't know a whole lot about the subject here, but I don't see anywhere in that small essay where the Left admits that the charges are "a tactic, not a truth." It seems that another group is accusing it, not them admitting it, and I get the general feeling that the primary reason you take their word for it is because it says something negative about the Left.

    EDIT: Oh, wait, I missed it. Never mind. (The whole thing with how half of it's bolded makes some stuff sorta hard to see.)

    Nevertheless, your attempts to label the Tea Party as being non-extremist amuse me. ALL conservatives (in the US, at least) are extremists, by very definition. I admit I'm an extremist, why can't anyone else?
     
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  9. Kilgore Trout

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    The racism of the "tea party" movement has nothing to do with members of the "left" making such claims - it has to do with the fact that a large percentage of its members are racists.
     
  10. Magic Man

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    Oh, good. Kathryn showed up to provide the usual nonsense.

    Man, they must not be racist. They got a whole 15 black people to show up. that clinches it for me. The fact that they even have to make this a big deal to make it seem like they're not racist is telling to me.

    It saddened me to read about those two gay men who showed up.
     
  11. Smoke

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    Ordinarily, you have to British to indulge in that dramatic of an understatement.

    Project 21 is about propaganda. They're about as objective as the Klan.
     
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    I think it's AMAZINGLY RACIST for people to assume that just because a majority of Tea Party supporters are white means that the movement is racist.

    Can't you see that's the pot calling the kettle black - I mean, white?

    You're basically saying that a group of white people must be racist because, well, because they're white. You're assuming that if a person is a conservative or an independent, and they're white - well, they just gotta be a racist.

    But a big ol' group of black people who are liberal Obama supporters - why, they could NEVER be racists! No sirree. It would be so politically incorrect to even hint that they might be a racist organization.

    Sheeze. I know far more black conservatives than I do black liberals. Most of the black people I know are pretty horrified at Obama's lack of direction and his policies.

    Be consistent, people. I know it's hard, but at least try.
     
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    Yeah all those black intellectuals in that group are just Uncle Toms, sell outs, and probably have fake degrees hanging on their walls - given to them by white people looking for a token Negro.

    They probably don't even know they're being used by the white machine. Probably too dumb - or someone's payin' 'em off. Surely they can't actually be black and conservative or independent at the same time.

    FO REAL.

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    I don't suppose there's any chance you could actually show where anyone assumed any of that, is there?

    :facepalm:
     
  15. Terrywoodenpic

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    After a few months trying I have yet to understand why the "Tea party" exists.
    Is it simply a front for a particular brand of right wingers, who can then make statements and attack left wingers in ways normally seen as unacceptable, with out spoiling the "good name" of the republican party.

    As has been pointed out their gross size may be an attempt to make up for some other lack.
     
  16. Kathryn

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    I've read and re-read this post several times to try to make some sense of it, but I give up -

    Come again?
     
  17. Kathryn

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    Why yes, I'll give you one example:

    From Kilgore Trout:

    Care to give any proof to back up that lambastic, spurious statement?


    Oh, and even in this short thread, here's another post (err, from you) implying pervasive racism within the Tea Party - because of the predominance of white people in the Tea Party.

    The implication that I hear over and over again is because the Tea Party is predominately white, that must mean that it's basically racist. That's called THROWING THE RACE CARD.

    Of course there may be some racists involved with the movement - in fact, I can assure you that there are racists within the Tea Party movement, just as there are racists in the Democratic Party, and racists in the Republican Party. But just as the racists in the major parties don't represent the platform or goals of those parties, neither do the racists scattered throughout the Tea Party movement define the platform or goals of that group either.

    This constant attempt by the left to define the Tea Party as a racist movement is nothing more than a political ploy.

    NEWSFLASH - You're allowing yourself to be manipulated by your media sources and personal prejudices.
     
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    Sorry, you'll have to try again. That in no way supports what you said. You claimed that people assume Tea-Partiers are racist because they're white. Kilgore claimed they're racist because they're racist. I'll wait for you next attempt.

    What's "lambastic" (I refudiate that word ;)) or spurious about that statement? He said claims of the Tea Party's racism come from the fact that a large portion of the Tea Party is racist.

    Ooo, sorry, another miss. All I implied there was that getting 15 black people to show up to your rally of 500+ white people doesn't make you not racist. You're smart enough to know that that's not claiming that you are racist.

    No, that's called intentionally misunderstanding what others are saying, as seen above.

    Whatever helps you sleep at night, I guess.

    NEWSFLASH - You're the one misinterpreting what people are saying here, not us. If anyone's being manipulated by personal prejudices, it's obviously you with your prejudice against liberals.
     
  19. Kathryn

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    Mball to the rescue once again.

    OK, I would ask Kilgore Trout to clarify his own comments, but since you're so doggedly responding to anything I post on any thread, I'll direct my question to you.

    Where is the substantiating evidence that such a large percentage of Tea Party activists are racist? I have yet to see any clear evidence of this. The only psuedo evidence I see is the repeated statement of "Look - everyone there is WHITE!"

    So WHAT if a majority of Tea Party activists are white? Show me evidence of racist policies and practices among the majority of Tea Party activists to back up your (or your friends) many claims of racism.

    And don't show me a couple of old, tired, used and abused photos of one or two fringe elements holding weird home made signs - we can throw those sorts of images of fringe elements back and forth all day long. You and I both know there are a lot of weirdos on both ends of the political spectrum.
     
  20. Reverend Rick

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    Don't get too upset Kathryn. When the Liberals start smearing, it only means your winning the debate. This is a typical Liberal tactic when they have a lack of substance.

    Repeating themselves with baseless accusations over and over is a sure fire sign of victory for our side.
     
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