Friday, February 25, 2011

Racism: Tea Party vs. Progressive Movement (*language warning)

A big, fat thanks to CBS for using Julianna Margulies and her TV drama "The Good Wife" for reminding us once again last night that the Tea Party is nothing more than a racist organization comprised of ignorant hillbillies who dislike Barack Obama for no other reason than the fact that he is black.
Can I just point out that it is neither physically nor logically possible to even be racist against President Obama, because he is just as much white as he is black?? And come on... It's 2011. America is a little more intelligent a nation than to base its political opinion on the color of a person's skin. Right? Apparently not.
Unfortunately, no matter how far we advance as a country or a society, there will ALWAYS be a select few in each and every organization who base their messages and opinions on ignorance, hate, prejudice, and racism. God granted man free will, and sadly, the will of some will always be misguided or ill in intent. As an intelligent race (and I mean human, not color), we have a responsibility to use COMMON SENSE when faced with the words and acts of those who root themselves in hate, idiocy, and well, frankly, insanity in some cases. Seriously, America. If you lack the intelligence, judgement, and COMMON SENSE to distinguish a bad seed among good ones, I believe you forfeit the right to have your opinion be heard.
Along that line, I am not so blind that I will defend every Conservative, Republican, Tea Party member, etc. who have attended rallies and protests. I know there are those whose message IS racist, hateful, and ignorant. They aren't worth my time. They aren't worth yours, either. UNLESS their messages of hate spread throughout the movement they're a part of or become common rhetoric among their rallies. What I WILL defend is the fact that those idiots do NOT convey the true message of the movement, contrary to what our biased, hypocritical media would have us believe. What I WILL defend is the fact that liberals both in and outside of the media salivate at the chance to show us images of race-based signs from Tea Party rallies, while they decline to show us the majority of citizens at the same rally whose message is freedom and liberty. How many clips of African-Americans or Hispanics at Tea Party rallies have you seen on MSNBC, CNN, or other media outlets? None? Really? How many clips of white men with confederate flags or firearms have they shown you? Can't count that high?
Here's the thing... Yes, there are members of the Tea Party movement who are racists. The media can't say it enough. But what they also can't do is provide actual proof to support their claims, other than a FEW examples of signs that are or could be considered racist in nature. Some of these signs, however, aren't so much what I would call racist. Disrespectful, maybe, but not racist. Here's why.. Most of the signs the media refers to as "racist", are the same type of signs union workers are carrying in Wisconsin, making the same claims about Governor Walker. Unless I'm colorblind, Governor Walker is white, no? And I haven't heard ANYONE in the media condemn any signs being carried by union workers (see my previous post...). Is it simply a coincidence that not one media outlet or personality has uttered a single negative word about protesters' signs in Wisconsin (the SAME signs they couldn't chastise enough when they referred to Democrat Obama instead of Republican Walker) or an example of a gross double standard?
Open your eyes, America. Hypocrisy runs rampant. And we're becoming too comfortable with it. Change. Transparency. Accountability. We elected it, now we must demand it. Not just in Washington, but at every level of government AND in the media.
Liberals, Democrats, and the Progressive movement tout themselves as champions of equality and tolerance, and the media praises them as such, to the point of salivation. But is that really the case? Think about it... and watch the two videos I'm posting below. Decide for yourself. You might be surprised. Start paying attention from now on...and PLEASE prove me wrong if you can.

As for my own opinion, I have yet to find any written, photograph, or video proof of anyone in the Tea Party saying someone should be "sent back to the fields" ... or "lynched" ... or "hanged" ... or "tortured".... But can I say the same for the other (more tolerant and non-racist) side? Eh..... Like I said, you decide.

Tea Party Racism?

Progressive Equality and Tolerance?

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