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Tea Parties: 'Calling All Racists!' ^ | 4/25/09 | Larry Elder

Posted on 04/25/2009 8:31:24 AM PDT by pissant

Did you know that only racists turned out for the recent nationwide "tea parties"?!

"Let's be very honest about what this is about," actress/comedian Janeane Garofalo said on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC show. "It's not about bashing Democrats. It's not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks."


A few days after Garofalo's analysis of why many Americans took to the streets in protest of the Obama administration's borrowing, spending and upcoming tax hikes, I sat in the chair at my barber's shop. A black customer came in, sat down and asked me whether I watched the coverage on the tea parties.

"Some," I said.

"Well," he responded, "it looked like a Klan meeting."

"Excuse me?"

"I looked at my television," he said. "I saw a bunch of white folks. It looked like a Klan meeting."

"Tell me you're kidding."

"No, it was nothing but white people. Looked like a Klan meeting."

"Really? I sometimes go to West Angeles (a large inner-city church with a predominately black congregation). Suppose a white guy walked into a Sunday service there and said, 'Looks like a bunch of Bloods and Crips to me.'"

"That's not the same."

"Isn't it? A bunch of people — some blacks included — came together in protest over this bailout stuff. But because most of them were white, you compared it to the Klan. News flash, my friend — not all white folks belong to the Klan."

"OK, maybe you got a point."

"Maybe?" I asked. "What would you say if white people said that given President Barack Obama's 20-year relationship with his whack-job pastor, Obama is the one who's racist?"

"What? Are you calling Obama racist?"

"No, I said one could make a stronger argument about that than your argument about the 'racist' tea parties."

"But Obama's a really smart guy. He didn't know about those things Rev. Wright said."

"Oh, no? When Obama announced his candidacy for president in Springfield, Ill., Rev. Wright was supposed to deliver the invocation. At the last moment, Obama called Wright and canceled him. But Obama didn't know that his pastor was controversial?"

No response.

"And after the cancellation, Wright said something to the effect of, 'Well, once people find out what I've done, the Jews could cause Obama some problems.'"

"That still doesn't mean Obama knew about the reverend's views."

"Did you read Obama's book? The first one?"


"Obama wrote about attending the sermon where Wright talks about the 'audacity of hope.' The reverend talked about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, cities America bombed to end World War II. My dad, a Marine, was stationed on the island of Guam when we assumed Japan would have to be invaded. Instead, we ended the war by dropping those bombs — saving probably a million Japanese and American lives. Wright compared this to what happened in South Africa in 1960 in a place called Sharpeville. Do you know about Sharpeville?"


"Over 250 innocent black men, women and children were killed or wounded when the apartheid government opened fire on unarmed protestors — a lot of them shot in the back. Now, Obama attended that sermon and had no problem with Wright comparing Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Sharpeville . Outrageous! And Obama used 'The Audacity of Hope' as the title of his second book and as a slogan when he ran for president. You want it both ways. Obama is so bright, but he was clueless about the stupid ideas of his pastor."

"Well, he isn't responsible for what his reverend says or believes."

"Never said he was. We're talking about whether Obama knew that Wright thought 9/11 was about the 'chickens coming home to roost' and that Wright implied that government was behind the drug epidemic by supplying the drugs."

Again, nothing.

"Suppose John McCain attended a church whose pastor — a man he referred to as his spiritual adviser — made racist comments about blacks and other people. The press would have been all over it, and McCain wouldn't have gotten his party's nomination. And if it came out too late for that, he would have been slaughtered in the election."

"You know," he conceded, "I guess when you like somebody, you tend to make excuses for them."

"That's what I'm saying. One more point. Nobody, by the way, stopped you, as a black man, from going to one of those tea parties. You didn't have to flash a secret sign. There was no registration fee. Nobody posted guards, stopping people at the gate. You try walking into a Klan meeting."

He laughed. As I got up to leave, we shook hands.

"One small step for man," I told him. "One giant leap for mankind."

"You take care," he said.

Larry Elder is a syndicated radio talk show host and best-selling author. His latest book, "What's Race Got to Do with It?" is available now. To find out more about Larry Elder, visit his Web page at To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: teaparties; thatsracist
THe only racists in the public square are Obama, Holder, and all their mentors.
1 posted on 04/25/2009 8:31:24 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

There’s only two races: Statists and non-statists. Let the marathon begin.

2 posted on 04/25/2009 8:33:19 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: Paladin2

Patriots and quislings

3 posted on 04/25/2009 8:34:49 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party:
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To: pissant

The thing to understand is that the name calling isn’t intended to insult conservatives. They couldn’t care less what we filthy conservatives think. Its a fun benefit but the real reason is to embarass and intimidate middle of the road democrats and fence sitters.

The tea parties scare them for a whole range of reasons. They can’t target the leaders because there are no leaders to target. All they can do is attack and hope some fence sitters don’t want to be associated with us “racists”.

My message to the fence sitters is this.

“Use your own judgement. If we’re racists it would be obvious and if we’re potential terrorists the police would treat us as such. We don’t need to agree on all things as long as we agree that the government is too big and out of control. This country belongs to us, not DC politicians and we can take it back.”

4 posted on 04/25/2009 8:45:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: pissant

Can she be sued for slanderous remarks? Class action lawsuit against her by the tea party participants. I am not usually someone that would encourage any lawsuit but I am tired of these slanderous remarks.

5 posted on 04/25/2009 8:53:09 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: pissant

I’ve always liked Elder, he just didn’t put on that great a radio show. It was fine in small doses, but something was missing that made it must listen to.

6 posted on 04/25/2009 8:56:33 AM PDT by Birch T. Barlow (Go Mariners! Certain 2009 AL West champions!)
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To: pissant
"But Obama's a really smart guy. He didn't know about those things Rev. Wright said."

This is one of the things that amazes me. The guy is friends with a man who hates America and has made some incredibly racist remarks. He considered the man a mentor. Everyone else who went to the church, including the white members, knew about Wright and actually agreed with him. But, somehow, Obama, who is "a really smart guy" didn't notice any of that and never heard anyone else discuss these basic facts.

Somehow, I don't see how you can stand by the "smart guy" statement if your reasoning is that he was completely oblivious about a man he listened to for some 20 years.

7 posted on 04/25/2009 8:58:05 AM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: pissant

Sounds like the left is really into teabagging.

8 posted on 04/25/2009 8:58:15 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A GUTLESS SOCIALIST LOSER WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: pissant
Janeane is as ugly (please, no pictures) as she is stupid. She would do well to recognize her own bigotry. The left is obsessed with race, and white liberals fancy themselves as God's gift to "people of color".
9 posted on 04/25/2009 9:04:18 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: pissant

Whatever “racist” means? And I doubt either of the worthies of this article could define it other than white people.

10 posted on 04/25/2009 9:18:26 AM PDT by junta (Not even respectable mainstream conservatives can save liberalism.)
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To: junta

Exactly and well said! Just being white is “racist”.

Meanwhile the race machine moves on everyday...NAACP, The Black Caucus, LaRaza, MEChA, The Hispanic Caucus and THOUSANDS of other groups.

11 posted on 04/25/2009 9:24:08 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: windsorknot

“Racist” is the bullying word of a cult, meant to intimidate. If you want to see to what purpose it serves there is a documentary out there called “A Conversation About Race” by Craig Bodeker. Till that word is defused and its bully thugs are put back in their place “conservatism” is basically moot.

12 posted on 04/25/2009 9:26:40 AM PDT by junta (Not even respectable mainstream conservatives can save liberalism.)
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To: windsorknot

I think she’s just attention seeking. She does it periodically.

13 posted on 04/25/2009 9:26:53 AM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: pissant
Garbagebelo is THE Racist She hates Americans. BTW the only Americans I see are the these people upset about their country being destroyed .
14 posted on 04/25/2009 9:28:07 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Osamabama Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Altura Ct.

Brown Nazis, and they will admit they are racial national socialists if asked.

15 posted on 04/25/2009 9:28:25 AM PDT by junta (Not even respectable mainstream conservatives can save liberalism.)
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To: pissant

Garafalo is one homely human being. Inside and out.

16 posted on 04/25/2009 10:22:45 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: subterfuge

I’m still trying to figure out what a “black church” is.

Is everything inside painted black? Do they use black lights? You can only go in if your last name is “Black”?

17 posted on 04/25/2009 10:33:36 AM PDT by Radagast the Fool ("Mexico-Beirut with tacos!"--Dr. Zoidberg)
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To: pissant

A liberal colleague told me that it was all racists, organized by Republicans disguised through a campaign of “astroturfing”.

I asked him why so many showed up to hear Alan Keyes be the keynote speaker in Pittsburgh and how that fit into the secret republican agenda. He didn’t enjoy answering that question.

18 posted on 04/25/2009 11:00:01 AM PDT by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: pissant

(n.) A person who is winning an arguement with a liberal. (ex.) "You believe that because you are a racist."

(adj.) An arguement a liberal cannot refute. (ex.) "That's a racist statement."

19 posted on 04/25/2009 11:20:01 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Palin / Jindal 2012)
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To: FreeInWV

Should have asked this collegue what the color of their skin has to do with it and why she is trying to be a low rent thug bully like the MSNBC nazis.

20 posted on 04/25/2009 12:06:37 PM PDT by junta (Not even respectable mainstream conservatives can save liberalism.)
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