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Tea Party Exhibits Racism, House Gives It a Caucus


Chris Bober • Jul 23, 2010

Sarah Palin & Michelle Bachmann

According to Vice President Joe Biden, neither he nor the Obama administration believes the Tea Party to be a racist organization. This past Sunday on ABC’s This Week, Vice-President Joe Biden said, “I don’t believe—the president doesn’t believe—that the Tea Party is a racist organization,” Biden said on ABC’s This Week. “Very conservative, very different views on government…but it is not a racist organization.”

Additionally, the Tea Party Express was expelled from the Tea Party Federation after one of its top leaders, Mark Williams (the author of “Taking Back America – One Tea Party at a Time”), wrote an abhorrent and racist blog on his website. In the supposedly satirical piece the Tea Party leader used words like “massa” and “coloreds” while he depicted African Americans as lazy. He implied that given the choice, the black community would choose slavery over being “productive members of society.”

When reading his blog one gets the sense that Mark Williams was really proud of his use of nearly every stereotype about black people seen throughout American history – his self-importance just sort of drips off the page.

Thankfully, David Webb, an African American Tea Party leader, condemned the blog and paved the way for the Tea Party Express to be cut loose from the Federation.

So that’s it. I guess we can all go home. The Administration believes the Tea Party just has different political views and the Tea Party Federation is now going to police itself in these matters. I believe we can finally all get some sleep. Great job everyone!

Oh wait…I forgot about Michele Bachmann. Remember her?

Quietly, during this week of sensational coverage involving Andrew Breitbart, the NAACP, and the Tea Party Movement, Michele Bachmann got confirmation that her paperwork to establish a U.S. House of Representative Tea Party caucus was officially approved.

Since then, nearly two dozen members of congress have joined the caucus which Bachmann claims will “promote Americans call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited government.”

Many of us remember Bachmann for a plethora of absolutely insane comments she has made regarding the Obama administration, Health Care, and immigration.

In February, she declared that the health care plan initiated by the Obama administration would lead to a “gangster government” that would not allow Americans who criticized the plan to receive care. She has said that the plan and the Obama administration were turning America into a “nation of slaves.” She has called Obama anti-American. She has also suggested that African American congressional leaders made up claims that racial epithets were hurled at them or that they were spit upon by Tea Party protesters back in March.

In regards to immigration, Bachmann’s record is equally disturbing. As a member of the House Immigration Reform Caucus she works with well-known anti-immigrant House members like “top political bigot” Rep. Steve King and Rep. Brian Bilbray. According to the Minnesota Independent, she has even attempted to share one of her staffers with Steve King. Rep. King has demonized undocumented immigrants claiming they are the cause of many problems including: drugs, murder, drunken driving fatalities, diseases, and sex-crimes. He has also blamed long waits at hospitals on immigrants and their “hangnails” - among other things.

Unmistakably, this is a crowd Michele Bachmann fits in well with. Bachmann has co-sponsored an anti-immigrant bill which would nationalize the E-Verify program and also eliminate a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

In 2008 at a Monticello Chamber of Commerce meeting the Monticello Times reported that she got “particularly emotional” about immigration saying, “We’re losing our country. People are not assimilating themselves to America. They’re not speaking English, and you must speak it if you want to succeed here in this country.”

Bachmann and Rep. King are also slated to appear at the 17th Annual Eagle Forum Leadership Summit with Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert and Phyllis Schlaffly. Schlaffly is notable for her strong anti-immigrant and anti-“feminist” positions.

Lastly, yet uniquely important, Michele Bachmann is an “enabler” for the growing Patriot movement. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “One reason the resurgent antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement is taking off so quickly is the support for many of its central ideas that comes from ostensibly mainstream figures in politics and the media…Michele Bachmann can give even the most paranoid militiaman a run for his money.”

Bachmann has expressed recently she was “shocked” the NAACP brought to light the racist elements of the Tea party movement and suggested they needed to “back up” their claims.

I hope they take a good look at her record when they do.

It is clear that racism in the Tea Party movement is not relegated to the margins as Vice President Biden and the Obama administration are publically claiming. And despite David Webb’s stance on Mark Williams’ blog - racism and extremism are alive and well in the Tea Party leadership.

As Michele Bachmann positions herself as de-facto House Tea Party leader,I believe we can expect her to promote the the same bigoted rhetoric and racist policies she always has.

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