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The Tea Party has a race problem (Barf Alert)
Washington Post ^ | 5/5/2010 | Jonathan Capehart

Posted on 05/05/2010 5:51:48 PM PDT by GregNH

he Tea Party movement has a race problem. To borrow Bob Dole's famous line: I know it. You know it. The American people know it. We all know it. According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, three out of 10 Americans believe that racial prejudice undergirds the movement. That's really too bad, given that it was born out of legitimate concern about the role and size of government, not to mention the size of exploding deficits. But it only has itself to blame.

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KEYWORDS: liberalidiots; msm; obama; race; racecard; teaparty
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But here's what did and continues to bother me. When Tea Partyers say they want their country back, what do they mean? Back from what and from whom? When they say they want this country to return to the Constitution, what's their evidence that the nation has run off its Constitutional rails? When they call themselves patriots and declare that they would be willing to fight for their freedom, again, I ask, from what and from whom? Get a clue....
1 posted on 05/05/2010 5:51:49 PM PDT by GregNH
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To: GregNH

I want my country back was the opening line in Howard Dean’s book.


2 posted on 05/05/2010 5:53:31 PM PDT by kabar
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To: GregNH

He is correct. The Tea Party does have a “race problem”. At it’s root is all the lies being told about how we are all racist.


3 posted on 05/05/2010 5:54:14 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: GregNH

Jonathan Capehart is an idiot.


4 posted on 05/05/2010 5:54:35 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: GregNH
Odd how I never expect to see this guy write a column about the racial content of the NAACP, La Raza, the Asian American Defense Fund, the other alphabet soup ethnic hate operations.

Odd.

5 posted on 05/05/2010 5:55:13 PM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property.....)
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To: GregNH

So for weeks the liberal media spreads the story that tea party patriots are racist and then they do a poll to see how effective their campaign against the tea party patriots was.

Only the lying liberal media would be this obvious.


6 posted on 05/05/2010 5:55:22 PM PDT by kezzek
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To: GregNH

This is like someone throwing a bucket of water on you then saying it is your fault for being wet.

His question begs more how he filters the world than anything he would see in the Tea Party.


7 posted on 05/05/2010 5:55:24 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: GregNH

How many whites are in the “black caucus”? Why don’t we start writing opinion pieces about the all black, not primarily black, organizations in this country and what a bunch of racists they are?


8 posted on 05/05/2010 5:56:43 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: GregNH

Wasn’t the Coffee Party diversity-free?


9 posted on 05/05/2010 5:56:44 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (?)
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To: GregNH

One of the first things I read here at FR this morning pointed out that there are some 38 tea party supported minority candidates.


10 posted on 05/05/2010 5:58:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: GregNH
According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, three out of 10 Americans believe that racial prejudice undergirds the movement.

30% "believe" the Tea Party is racist?

THAT MEANS 70% DON'T, YOU DUMB SLEAZY SOBs!

11 posted on 05/05/2010 5:59:16 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (FYBO: Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: GregNH
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3 out of 10 people believe the ‘Rat “big lie” propaganda.

So what?

12 posted on 05/05/2010 6:00:58 PM PDT by Touch Not the Cat (Where is the light? Wonder if it's weeping somewhere...)
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To: GregNH
What the message to be ingrained in our culture as second nature is: The person, place, thing, or idea is bad because it is white.

13 posted on 05/05/2010 6:01:03 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: GregNH

It looks like the Democrats might have some kind of problem with white men


14 posted on 05/05/2010 6:01:21 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: kezzek

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You nailed it!

That is how theyu have operated for years.


15 posted on 05/05/2010 6:02:04 PM PDT by Touch Not the Cat (Where is the light? Wonder if it's weeping somewhere...)
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To: kezzek
So for weeks the liberal media spreads the story that tea party patriots are racist and then they do a poll to see how effective their campaign against the tea party patriots was.

Try months

16 posted on 05/05/2010 6:02:06 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: GregNH

Three out of ten people think the Tea Party movement is racist, so that proves it’s racist. What does this guy use to think with? Democratic talking points? Rules for Radicals?

I am sick and tired of these slurs and slanders. Some of the people in this country of a leftist persuasion think you’re a racist regardless of who you are or what you do. I no longer take these people seriously.


17 posted on 05/05/2010 6:03:00 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The enormous crimes in history were all perpetrated by governments.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Whoever takes advice from WaPo, no true conservatives.
18 posted on 05/05/2010 6:03:29 PM PDT by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 197)
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To: GregNH
three out of 10 Americans believe that racial prejudice undergirds the movement.

And 7 in 10 (70%) don't. 30% is about the number of radical leftists living in the US.

"[T]he 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45."

Meanwhile, identifying a bomber as Muslim or an illegal Immigrant as Hispanic are still taboo.
19 posted on 05/05/2010 6:04:15 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: GregNH

The Post has a leftist bias problem.


20 posted on 05/05/2010 6:04:18 PM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: GregNH

As I recall, about 96% of black voters supported Obama. He is nominally African-American. Why is it surprising that they are not in the Tea Party movement? What should be surprising is that some are. But the liberals and leftists in the media have an agenda, and they will keep pushing this line of bull.


21 posted on 05/05/2010 6:05:41 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The enormous crimes in history were all perpetrated by governments.)
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To: GregNH

I suspect the Tea Partiers’s would gladly accept blacks into their ranks, but I also suspect most blacks hold different views than the Tea Partiers.


22 posted on 05/05/2010 6:05:54 PM PDT by umgud (Obama is a failed experiment.)
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To: GregNH

Racism is racist racism.


23 posted on 05/05/2010 6:05:55 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: GregNH

3 in 10? three in ten? That is some sort of proof? What a total jackhole.


24 posted on 05/05/2010 6:08:07 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: GregNH
3/10 respondents believe Tea Party is basically racist.

I predict a correlation coefficient of 0.9999 between this particular answer and an affirmative to the followup question: do you always vote 'D'?

This is not a poll of the effectiveness of the liberal smear, any more than it is an indicator of an actual underlying racism, but merely a measure of the number of hard-core Lefties in the country.

25 posted on 05/05/2010 6:08:21 PM PDT by FredZarguna ("Congress Shall Make No Law..." ah, if only Madison had stopped right there.)
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To: GregNH

Jonathan Capehart has a homosexual problem. The dude has more suguar in his britches than Boy George.


26 posted on 05/05/2010 6:08:56 PM PDT by 999replies (Thune/Rubio 2012)
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To: kabar

“According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, three out of 10 Americans believe that racial prejudice undergirds the movement.”

Three out of ten, huh? That’d be the same three out of ten who vote exclusively for the progressive agenda...

And...It’s still time to take back the country.


27 posted on 05/05/2010 6:13:17 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: GregNH
~30% is an interesting number in statistics. For example, 33% of Democrats are 9/11 truthers.
30% of people believe in UFOs
Almost 30% of people believe in Astrology and Reincarnation
35% of women believe in Ghosts
..and 32% of people believe in lucky numbers.

I think it is just one of those averages that is a societal norm for fringe beliefs.

28 posted on 05/05/2010 6:18:09 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: PubliusMM

Look. I went to 9/12. I went to the March health care bill tea party.

I was there Sunday for the vote.

What I have a problem with are WP and NYTimes elitists
saying the Tea Party has a problem.

WP, Newsweak, PMSNBC, CNN, NYTimes has a problem. You know it.
They know it. They are losing the opinion that Barack Obama and
his policies are the greatest. The Dems are on track to lose the House in
November. They are the ones with the problem.


29 posted on 05/05/2010 6:19:39 PM PDT by preamble
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To: GregNH

We sure do... we have a black racist president that is lying and trying to convince everyone that is not white that we are the devil.

LLS


30 posted on 05/05/2010 6:22:15 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: GregNH
The Tea Party has a race problem

Yup. It's "Can we get to the finish line fast enough?"

31 posted on 05/05/2010 6:24:45 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Obi-Wan Palin: Strike her down and she shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.)
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To: GregNH
"The Tea Party has a race problem"

NO!

If the Tea Party Movement is over represented by whites then it is the other races that have a problem.


32 posted on 05/05/2010 6:26:25 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: GregNH

Why does the Tea Party have a race problem? Because they don ‘t buy off the Negro vote with the promise of giving them other people’s money like Democrats do?


33 posted on 05/05/2010 6:29:52 PM PDT by Obadiah (I can see November from my house!)
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To: GregNH
According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, three out of 10 Americans believe that racial prejudice undergirds the movement.

Big deal. Two out of 10 Americans are liberals. Liberals believe racial prejudice undergirds EVERYTHING they disagree with, so that explains 2/3 of the poll results. The rest are probably folks who havent thought about the crap they are spoonfed by the liberal talking heads. They need to change the channel.

34 posted on 05/05/2010 6:30:00 PM PDT by freespirited (There are a lot of bad Republicans but there are no good Democrats.--Ann Coulter)
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To: GregNH

The Washington Post and ABC News could find in any survey they create 30% believing anything they wish to portray at all. The good news is 70% realize we are not racists...and of the 30% who said that we are, probably half realize we are not but just want to hurt our movement...


35 posted on 05/05/2010 6:30:36 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: popdonnelly

As I recall, about 96% of black voters supported Obama. ..................................... I don’t buy into that, there has to be more than 4% with a decent education and thinking brain to work with.


36 posted on 05/05/2010 6:33:53 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (THE CANDIDATE THE LEFT SMEARS THE MOST IS THE ONE THEY FEAR THE MOST.)
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To: SoldierDad

The problem is they are mostly white. To be white is to be racist now. As the USA turns from a free country to a giant prison the gangs form. Just like in regular prison. Diversify, Divide, and Conquer.


37 posted on 05/05/2010 6:34:44 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (S)
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To: GregNH
The chrge of racism is a red herring that works. Everyone spends their time arguing a non-issue.
38 posted on 05/05/2010 6:35:18 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: GregNH

“Now, I am no grassy knoller but I think we know.”
-Capehart

Oh, I beg to differ. You are very much a “grassy
knoller”. Ask yourself this: Are there ANY African-
Americans who attend Tea Parties? How are those
people treated? Why would they bother to attend
if they are treated poorly?

Yes, conservatives do have a race problem but not
the race problem liberals pretend. Our problem is
that we believe in the individual one hell of a
lot more than we believe in race. As individuals
we tend to judge people as individuals, the way
we would like to be judged. That so many people
have been brain washed to believe that they must
all think one way is sad. But we’re not likely to
change. We certainly hope that others will come
to understand and join us but we won’t kiss any-
one’s butt to get them to belong to our club.


39 posted on 05/05/2010 6:36:50 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: Sivad

Well said


40 posted on 05/05/2010 6:38:06 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

‘30% “believe” the Tea Party is racist?’

30% “believe” that Jane Fonda is a patriotic American... ;-P


41 posted on 05/05/2010 6:39:14 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty (In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they're not.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Of course a third of those polled believe the movement has a race problem. When the media and talking head elites keep hammering that lie, a certain number of people are going to believe it.


42 posted on 05/05/2010 6:39:46 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Bringbackthedraft

“As I recall, about 96% of black voters supported Obama.”

“Only” 90% or so IIRC...


43 posted on 05/05/2010 6:40:37 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty (In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they're not.)
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To: GregNH

Out of curiosity I looked up Jonathan Capehart on google, and I find that the chief thing about him seems to be his boyfriend:

http://www.google.com/search?q=jonathan+capehart+boyfriend&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=utf8&oe=utf8&rlz=

He seems to double as the Washington ComPost’s racebaiter and gay rights guy.

http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2007/03/21/PH2007032101210.jpg


44 posted on 05/05/2010 6:46:27 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

30%? I highly doubt the Compost talked to 90 million people.


45 posted on 05/05/2010 6:46:32 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: GregNH

Back from idiots like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN5StQAr7n0&feature=PlayList&p=25BCFC592879A169&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=1

Bring anthrax across Mexican border to kill Americans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDoHuhr1uZ0

overthrow the government
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV7GSff4fIA

America must be burned
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiEKS5iPtDs

GD America
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnlRrxXv-v8

Racism: Exposing the Illegal Mexican Agenda.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXbo28dt-Tk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnlRrxXv-v8

And there are plenty of other examples - look around.


46 posted on 05/05/2010 7:22:14 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: GregNH

Here’s an article that describes exactly how liberals treat conservative blacks.

Black conservative tea party backers take heat

By VALERIE BAUMAN
The Associated Press

6:31 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2010
ALBANY, N.Y. — They’ve been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values. Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement — and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation’s first black president.

“I’ve been told I hate myself. I’ve been called an Uncle Tom. I’ve been told I’m a spook at the door,” said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.

“Black Republicans find themselves always having to prove who they are. Because the assumption is the Republican Party is for whites and the Democratic Party is for blacks,” he said.

Johnson and other black conservatives say they were drawn to the tea party movement because of what they consider its commonsense fiscal values of controlled spending, less taxes and smaller government. The fact that they’re black — or that most tea partyers are white — should have nothing to do with it, they say.

“You have to be honest and true to yourself. What am I supposed to do, vote Democratic just to be popular? Just to fit in?” asked Clifton Bazar, a 45-year-old New Jersey freelance photographer and conservative blogger.

Opponents have branded the tea party as a group of racists hiding behind economic concerns — and reports that some tea partyers were lobbing racist slurs at black congressmen during last month’s heated health care vote give them ammunition.

But these black conservatives don’t consider racism representative of the movement as a whole — or race a reason to support it.

Angela McGlowan, a black congressional candidate from Mississippi, said her tea party involvement is “not about a black or white issue.”

“It’s not even about Republican or Democrat, from my standpoint,” she told The Associated Press. “All of us are taxed too much.”

Still, she’s in the minority. As a nascent grassroots movement with no registration or formal structure, there are no racial demographics available for the tea party movement; it’s believed to include only a small number of blacks and Hispanics.

Some black conservatives credit President Barack Obama’s election — and their distaste for his policies — with inspiring them and motivating dozens of black Republicans to plan political runs in November.

For black candidates like McGlowan, tea party events are a way to reach out to voters of all races with her conservative message.

“I’m so proud to be a part of this movement! I want to tell you that a lot of people underestimate you guys,” the former national political commentator for Fox News told the cheering crowd at a tea party rally in Nashville, Tenn., in February.

Tea party voters represent a new model for these black conservatives — away from the black, liberal Democratic base located primarily in cities, and toward a black and white conservative base that extends into the suburbs.

Black voters have overwhelmingly backed Democratic candidates, support that has only grown in recent years. In 2004, presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry won 88 percent of the black vote; four years later, 95 percent of black voters cast ballots for Obama.

Black conservatives don’t want to have to apologize for their divergent views.

“I’ve gotten the statement, ‘How can you not support the brother?’” said David Webb, an organizer of New York City’s Tea Party 365, Inc. movement and a conservative radio personality.

Since Obama’s election, Webb said some black conservatives have even resorted to hiding their political views.

“I know of people who would play the (liberal) role publicly, but have their private opinions,” he said. “They don’t agree with the policy but they have to work, live and exist in the community ... Why can’t we speak openly and honestly if we disagree?”

Among the 37 black Republicans running for U.S. House and Senate seats in November is Charles Lollar of Maryland’s 5th District.

A tea party supporter running against House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Lollar says he’s finding support in unexpected places.

The 38-year-old U.S. Marine Corps reservist recently walked into a bar in southern Maryland decorated with a Confederate flag. It gave his wife Rosha pause.

“I said, ‘You know what, honey? Many, many of our Southern citizens came together under that flag for the purpose of keeping their family and their state together,’” Lollar recalled. “The flag is not what you’re to fear. It’s the stupidity behind the flag that is a problem. I don’t think we’ll find that in here. Let’s go ahead in.”

Once inside, they were treated to a pig roast, a motorcycle rally — and presented with $5,000 in contributions for his campaign.

McGlowan, one of three GOP candidates in north Mississippi’s 1st District primary, seeks a seat held since 2008 by Democrat Travis Childers. The National Republican Congressional Committee has supported Alan Nunnelee, chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee, who is also pursuing tea party voters.

McGlowan believes the tea party movement has been unfairly portrayed as monolithically white, male and middle-aged, though she acknowledged blacks and Hispanics are a minority at most events.

Racist protest signs at some tea party rallies and recent reports by U.S. Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Barney Frank, D-Mass., that tea partyers shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at them have raised allegations of racism in the tea party movement.

Black members of the movement say it is not inherently racist, and some question the reported slurs. “You would think — something that offensive — you would think someone got video of it,” Bazar, the conservative blogger, said.

“Just because you have one nut case, it doesn’t automatically equate that you’ve got an organization that espouses (racism) as a sane belief,” Johnson said.

Hilary Shelton, director of the Washington bureau of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, suggested a bit of caution.

“I’m sure the reason that (black conservatives) are involved is that from an ideological perspective, they agree,” said Shelton. “But when those kinds of things happen, it is very important to be careful of the company that you keep.”

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Associated Press writers Brian Witte in Maryland and Emily Wagster Pettus in Mississippi contributed to this report.


47 posted on 05/05/2010 7:23:59 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ( I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did. Yogi Berra)
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To: GregNH

And three out of ten Americans swear they saw Elvis at a McDonalds within the last five years.


48 posted on 05/05/2010 7:44:01 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Jim Robinson

push a lie long enough....


49 posted on 05/05/2010 9:08:18 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: GregNH

The Tea Party has a serious race problem - they are in a race against Socialism.


50 posted on 05/05/2010 11:44:46 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Bye bye Miss American Freedom. When did we vote for Communism?)
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