Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Racist Element of Tea Bagger Movement

The 9/12 protests made clear many of the tea baggers are blatant racists. I have been disappointed the media has been too timid to cover the racism. The tea baggers have misinformed information and no serious policy ideas. They carry signs declaring Obama a Muslim and question him being an American citizen. conservatives supported repealing Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the flavor of the month. Schwarzenegger is very foreign and white. California conservatives didn't have wild protests in Sacramento after Schwarzenegger's inauguration.

The media finally covered the racist element. CNN's Don Lemon interviewed anti-racist Tim Wise. The latter holds right-wing radio and cable news talking heads for fueling racial fires.

Obama is in a difficult position with race. If he directly addresses the racial attacks against him, he derails his agenda. If Obama ignores the racism the Republican Party and right-wing media will candy-feed bigotry to the base. Obama prefers the middle. There is no middle ground with intolerance. Ever.

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