The GOTeaParty absolutely hates it when they get caught being racist, xenophobic, homophobic and just down right stupid and you point out how they’re being racist, xenophobic, homophobic and just down right stupid.
They get their tiddy-whities all twisted up in knots and start sputterin’ an’ cussin’ and sayin’ really smart stuff like, “I’m not a racist, you’re a racist for callin’ me a racist.”
All the while, holding a sign which reads, “Obama Agenda: White Slavery.”
It would be laughable…except it’s not.
No one knows better than the NAACP how suggesting much of the GOTeaParty rabble is caught up in the great American tradition of racism. You’ll remember how about three months ago the NAACP stirred up the hornets’ nest, including and especially the GOTeaParty propaganda ministry, Fox News, and had them yammerin’ all over themselves in defense. Futile defense but hilarious.
The GOTeaParty defense of such obvious racism and meanness has always been to claim these well-documented episodes are merely random and isolated, not really connected with the good white folks of the official GOTeaParty.
So, okay. Let’s check this out. The NAACP did exactly that and today released a report prepared by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights which documents specific and indisputable ties between many teabagger groups and white supremacist organizations.
Not only have tea parties given platforms to extremists, the report states, the movement is a recruiting ground for hard-core white nationalists who are “hoping to push these (white) protesters toward a more self-conscious and ideological white supremacy.”
The report’s authors examined government documents and databases, including court cases, campaign finance reports and corporate filings, according to the Star.
“This is the first data-driven report of this type on the tea parties,” said author Devin Burghart. “Understanding their membership structures was the crucial first step that enabled us to understand the complexity of the tea party movement and to be able to specify the role of racists and bigots in the movement.”
The reports findings include:
•The St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens, the largest white nationalist group in the country, has both led and promoted tea party protests. Roan Garcia-Quintana, a member of ResistNet who served as media spokesman for a 2010 Tax Day Tea Party in South Carolina, is on the national board of directors for the Council of Conservative Citizens.
•Clayton Douglas, a former information officer for the New Mexico Militia, is a member of the ResistNet tea party. He uses his profile on the ResistNet website to advertise his own “Free American” website, on which he promotes anti-Semitism.
•The Wood County Tea Party in Texas is led by a woman who used to be involved with the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
•The 1776 Tea Party — also known as TeaParty.org — is led by Stephen Eichler, executive director of the Minuteman Project, an anti-immigrant border patrol group often referred to as vigilantes.
Maybe this doesn’t rise to the level of a senatorial candidate not understanding the separation of church & state or Mrs. Clarence Thomas drunk-dialing Anita Hill…but, still, it’s funny…except it isn’t.