Tea Party organizations are hard at work proving themselves to be racially diverse
This story, from The Daily Caller, is beyond depressing. I had thought that the proper response of the Tea Party to the absurd charge of racism was to say: “The Tea party has nothing to do with race. The Tea Party came into existence in order to fight the Democrats’ statist and socialist policies. If the Tea Party happens to be overwhelmingly white, that’s not because nonwhites are excluded from the Tea Party, it’s because nonwhites happen to be overwhelmingly on the left and so are not interested in the Tea Party. The left’s attempt to call us racist, which means evil, is really a way of saying that no conservative and white group has the right to exist. Such a totalitarian tactic has no place in America. If any all-white group is racist, which means evil, simply by virtue of being all white, then white people themselves are evil, simply by virtue of being white. That position is far more racist than the supposed racism of which we have been falsely accused.”
That’s the way I would have responded to the accusation of racism. As you will see below, it is not the way the Tea Party has responded. Instead, the Tea Party has taken the absurd racism charge seriously, and has set about proving that the charge is not true, by showing how racially diverse the Tea Party really is. The Tea Party has thus accepted the left’s premise that any organization or group that is all-white or mainly white is ipso facto racist, which means that the only way a conservative organization can prove itself to be non-racist is by conspicuously including lots of nonwhites. As I’ve often said, in order to be morally legitimate in today’s America, you have to have a black person symbolically attached to you at the hip. The Tea Party has no problem with that politically correct charade, but has embraced it.
Thanks a lot, Tea Party, for putting your seal of approval on the left’s “racism” charge and on the leftist demand for obligatory diversity. What a great blow you have struck against the left and for freedom!
Here is the article:
FreedomWorks fights back against NAACP’s accusations of Tea Party ‘racism’
Mark Jaws writes:
As a devoted and effective activist in the TEA Party in Virginia, I totally concur with your analysis and your approach. In looking at NAACP summits and conventions, I see nothing but a sea of black faces. And yet, the NAACP is called a fine and excellent organization by the leftist media, despite the fact that in the recent past it has invited Farrakhan and his cohorts of kooks from the Nation of Islam to speak at NAACP functions. Same could be said with La Raza or MEChA. But please don’t confuse the actions of the so-called “national leadership” of the TEA Party with the individual chapters or state associations. There is no real national leadership, which at this stage of our development is an asset. We are a loosely held confederation bound by principles of free and open markets, freedom of association, and freedom from federal tyranny. If FreedomWorks wants to play the diversity game, let them. It will fizzle. We all know that at the national level the Right is so bereft of principled and courageous leadership that if our movement is to survive and thrive, it will have to be from the bottom up, propelled by the local activists such as I, who hold firm to steadfast and time-tested principles and could not give a shoot about diversity. Our doors or open to everyone, particularly to patriotic Hispanics who have been in this country for over a generation—but I am not going to coax any ethnic minority to join my local TEA Party for the stupid reason of meeting diversity quotas. I thought that is what we are supposed to be fighting against.Sophia A. writes:
I thought your critique of Matthew Kibbe of FreedomWorks was brilliant, but what good does it do if it merely remains on your website?September 11
Roger D. writes:
I have to compliment you again, Larry. This is something that Republicans do all the time. The Republican Party and the establishment types especially. It drives me crazy. Don’t they realize that when they do so they have accepted the principle and now are just arguing degree? I can’t believe they are that dense. I suspect that they really have no principles and it is all a matter of the most pragmatic approach to gain power. Absolutely demoralizing to see grassroots tea party folks do the same thing. I stun people when I tell them that I was back in the 1964 and remain today opposed to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For a brief few moments Rand Paul said he opposed the act but then when confronted did the new dance craze of so-called conservatives, “The Crawdad.”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 08, 2010 08:03 AM | Send