Sunday, July 18, 2010

Non-Existent Racism Gets Mark Williams Expelled From Tea Party


I'm a little bit confused. I was told by conservative readers that there was no racism in the Tea Parties or in conservatism writ large. I made it all up because I was "hateful" and "consumed by race."

Someone will have to explain this to me, because frankly the actions of the National Tea Party Federation don't compute:

(CNN) -- The National Tea Party Federation, an organization that represents the Tea Party political movement around the country, has expelled conservative commentator Mark Williams and his Tea Party Express because of an inflammatory blog post he wrote, federation spokesman David Webb said Sunday.
"We, in the last 24 hours, have expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation because of the letter that he wrote," Webb said of the blog post by Williams that satirized a fictional letter from what he called "Colored People" to President Abraham Lincoln.

You know, this is all beginning to seem like more than a few random incidents. Bringing the 1964 Civil Rights Act up for revision, racist screeds in Ron Paul's newsletters, racist screeds by Tea Party leaders - why, someone might actually begin to think that there's some racists out and about! I thought we were in a "post-racial society. Oh well. As the old saying goes - Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

For those still in denial about the Tea Party movement and who don't shoulder along with them inherited white resentment - don't say you weren't warned when you realize that you have been joined up with modern day American ethno-nationalism. The writing is on the wall.

As for the New Black Panthers - I had never even heard of a new outreach of this group until Fox brought them up. I can tell you about the Nation of Islam - the traditionally brought forth black nationalist group. The Nation of Islam, along with affiliates, are recognized as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Wherever it roams in America's urban communities, it tends to be immersed in organized crime (with a vile track record reaching from the murder of Malcolm X to the rapes and gang tortures at Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland).

The raising of the New Black Panthers spectre shows a strong weakness in the Tea Party movement that seems to illustrate they know there are very strong signs of racism in their midst and that a distraction is needed. The connection between the NAACP and the New Black Panthers seems laughable for those with any knowledge of civil rights history - the NAACP being a national traditionally centrist group that had even had Barry Goldwater as a member and the Black Panthers traditionally being militant, communitarian and extreme. I can only assume critics think there's a link between the two groups because of shared characteristics, of which you, the reader, are assumed to be smart enough to think of.

Scholarly conservatives, with more knowledge of the actual case against the New Black Panthers, have diminished the importance of the New Black Panthers story:

Abigail Thernstrom, a commission member and a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, called it "small potatoes" and said conservatives should pursue more important issues against the Obama administration. The case, she pointed out, invokes a narrow and rarely used provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which has been used successfully to prosecute only three times since its passage.

"If you want to criticize [Attorney General] Eric Holder, there are lots of grounds on which to criticize him," she said. "Why waste your breath on this one?"

There's alot of problems within America's minority communities. Many are as homegrown as they are put there by the larger society. Given that, one would have to be in denial to think that Andrew Breitbart, Glenn Beck or Fox News are their champions.

Aside from being champions, the "New Right" led by the like of Beck and Breitbart seem to actually be trying to embrace a form of minority victimhood, a factor of the old radical Left that has been justifiably criticized in the past. In his book Wingnuts, John Avalon rightfully called this new phenomenon "white minority politics." With Beck's cries about "white culture" (whatever that is), claims that the Justice Department has failed "to protect the civil rights of white voters" and embrace of protest groups, it really seems like this new Right is taking the low road toward victimhood politics.

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