Tea Party Racism

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By John Hubbuch

I have long thought that the Tea Party is motivated by racism. Their over the top hatred of Obama, their opposition to immigration and policies to help poor people and the e-mails they forward to me all set off my racism detectors. Of course playing the race card is always tricky, especially if you're a white guy. 

But Alan I. Abramowitz, a distinguished political scientist from Emory University has written a book "The Polarized Public?: Why American Government Is So Dysfunctional (Pearson 2013) . He performs an analysis of all the factors that make a citizen a Tea Party supporter. 


He concludes: " These results clearly show that the rise of the Tea Party movement was a direct result of the growing racial and ideological polarization of the American electorate. The Tea Party drew its support from Republican identifiers who were white, conservative, and very upset about the presence of a black man in the White House-- a black man whose supporters were very different from themselves." To be fair conservative ideology  mattered most, but "racial resentment and dislike of Obama" trumped age, gender, income, church attendance, even party identification. 

 So it looks like my gut feeling was right. It's always a good thing when the facts back up your bias.

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L.V. from Oak Park  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 8:26 PM

There is so much to be irritated by in this piece, but since you mentioned church attendance.... hmm? Notice any racism from in the Church of Rev. Jeremiah Wright?

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 7:13 PM

It is an MSNBC story where they show a cropped picture of some guy holding an AR-15 assault rifle at a TEA party rally with a headline about White Racists bringing guns to TEA Party rallies. However, if you zoom out on the original picture, the person holding the gun is actually a black guy at the TEA Party rally.

Can't find the picture  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 5:53 PM

Mr. Harness, I can't find either picture- it says they were removed. Do you have another link or could you describe said pictures? I agree that there is a libertarian element to the Tea Party but find it hard to believe there is not also a racist element withe the Confederate flags that have been flown at their rallies. I would argue it is a complex coalition that contains different groups- some racist, some not.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 5:28 PM

by that same logic anyone who disagrees with Obama's policy is racist. If you ask me the tea party have more to do with a growing libertarian sentiment among folks who instead of creating a separate party decided to splinter into an existing one.

Dominick Ahrens  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 5:04 PM

I suggest that people who truly believe the Tea Party is racist based on what the commercial-media complex has presented to compare these two picture. This is what the media showed: http://i47.tinypic.com/208u0w1.jpg But this was the bigger picture - both figuratively and literally: http://i47.tinypic.com/2jc9bbd.jpg

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 3:53 PM

Once again, when the left has nothing to support their looney positions, they resort to crying racism. Let's turn the tables. 96% of blacks voted for Obama. I don't think it is a stretch to say that a large number only voted for him because he is black. Could you imagine the outcry if say 96% of whites voted for Romney? This is why the left is winning. You can't debate with someone who just wants to yell racism, sexism or other "isms" everytime you disagree.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 3:29 PM

I met Cedra Crenshaw at a Tea Party Rally. She is an African American female, pro life ,pro marriage, pro gun.She ran for state reprenesentative 43 rd district. I worked her campaign. I guess she wasn't part of the study.

Charlie Brown  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 2:48 PM

Good grief! Not this again!

what?? from Oak Park  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 2:09 PM

What a surprise...a WJ columnist thinks the Tea Party is racist, & backs it up with "research" from a noted left wing academic. Anything that supports your simplistic notion, if it helps you sleep at night go ahead and believe it. You truly have no clue about the Tea Party, as if it's a monolithic entity. I hope your brain isn't sore from all that thinking. What drivel.

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