Is The Tea Party Racist?
At The Daily Beast, Tunku Varadarajan weighs in on the NAACP's denunciation of the Tea Party movement as racist:
If black Americans are suffering due to our current economic woes, Obama's own policies are hardly helping them. The NAACP can't bitch about "the Man" anymore because the Man is Obama. And so instead it turns its racially monolithic vituperation on the Tea Party, which has never been in power, and has had no impact on the economic condition of black Americans—except to advocate policies (smaller government, lower taxes, radically reduced deficits, etc.) that would likely improve the standard of living of all Americans (blacks included). In fact, the Tea Party is a greater friend of black Americans, one might say, than the administration, and is much more representative of America than the NAACP. (There are many more black members of the Tea Party—however you define that movement—than there are, by definition, non-black members of the NAACP.)
Back in May, Reason.tv went searching for racism at a Tea Party event. Approx 2 minutes.