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Black Tea in Houston
My Fox Houston ^ | January 18, 2011 | Sally MacDonald

Posted on 01/19/2011 4:52:51 AM PST by ConjunctionJunction

HOUSTON - It's a tea party unlike any Houston, and perhaps the entire country, has ever seen. The first Black Tea Party held its inaugural meeting Tuesday night in the Third Ward. Organizers of the Crispus Attucks Tea Party are quick to point out that anyone is welcome and it's not a political party.

Their mission statement reads in part:

"To build a strong base of conservative Black entrepreneurs, elected officials and constituents that provide Black conservatives a viable way to express and implement their conservative values politically."

Co-founder Anita Moncrief says the party is also looking to overcome stereotypes.

"We're trying to break the stereotype that the tea party is racist," said Moncrief.

At least half of the 75 or so people who attended the first meeting are white and have been defending the rights of taxpayers for a while.

Then there's Marie Johnson, a longtime Black Democrat. She's fed up with the direction the country is going and wanted to see what the movement is all about.

"It (race) didn't make any difference to me as long as I had a tea party and we get together," said Johnson.

The meeting was held at "This Is It" Soul Food restaurant in the heart of the Third Ward. It's no secret Black voters overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates.

Customers we spoke with are skeptical the Black Tea Party movement will be successful.

"It's just not in my system to want to identify with any party other than Democrat," said John Hollins".

"It's not really about Republican or Democrat. It's about the black community. The minority vote has been misused and manipulated by people for so long," said Moncrief.

Newly elected Texas State Representative James Early White (R-TX District 12) isn't worried about taking any heat for being a Black Tea Party activist. He won in a predominantly white district.

"I've won a campaign, so I don't know about any backlash," he said.

Johnson doesn't feel she has to defend her views either.

"Frankly I'm the type of person that's not afraid to step out of the box. I think Black people need to be more concerned about what our politicians are doing for our community, where is our money going and what are they doing with it," said Johnson.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: anitamoncrief; houston; moncrief; teaparty; texas; tx
Just saw Don King on Fox & Friends talking about this new Tea Party group.
1 posted on 01/19/2011 4:52:52 AM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: ConjunctionJunction

I do believe Anita Moncrief is moving further to the right all the time.


2 posted on 01/19/2011 4:56:19 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: ConjunctionJunction

When did conducting Tea party rallies based on race become a Conservative Tea Party principle? That in itself is racist.


3 posted on 01/19/2011 4:57:33 AM PST by Defend Liberty
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To: cripplecreek

Sure seems that way, doesn’t it?


4 posted on 01/19/2011 4:58:48 AM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: ConjunctionJunction
Co-founder Anita Moncrief says the party is also looking to overcome stereotypes.

The irony here is incredible...

Let's hope they are successful at overcoming the stereotypes. Black Americans can think for themselves, they don't need a party or social organization to do it for them.
5 posted on 01/19/2011 4:59:11 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

On one hand I think it’s great, but on the other hand, it bugs me that they feel the need to self-segregate.


6 posted on 01/19/2011 5:07:19 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Y'all had enough, yet?)
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To: ozark hilljilly

I hear ya. I’m also thinking “baby steps”.


7 posted on 01/19/2011 5:09:56 AM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Defend Liberty

Sounds racist and hardly conservative to me also.


8 posted on 01/19/2011 5:14:32 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: TSgt
I am a foodie, and since I moved to Houston a whole world has been opened up to me. I like to discover every hole in the wall and greasy spoon here, looking for that diamond in the rough that so many of us covet.

Thus, it is out of concern for my felow man that I must warn diners that the soul food restaurant "This Is It" referenced in the article has horrible food and filthy tables, but the service is even worse.

I am surprised the Health Dept. has not shut them down!

9 posted on 01/19/2011 5:14:53 AM PST by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

I wonder how long it will be before pundits on the left denounce this group as being “uneducated” and “racist?”


10 posted on 01/19/2011 5:16:37 AM PST by 84rules ( Ooh-Rah! Semper Fi!)
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To: ozark hilljilly

It won’t be segregated if some whites/hispanics/asians etc show up.


11 posted on 01/19/2011 5:19:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: I Buried My Guns

Naw man da fut be gooit, it be dat special “cracker” sause added on yo behalf you be tastin.

You keep hanging out in that part of town you better dig up your guns.


12 posted on 01/19/2011 5:25:09 AM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Obviously the Left must halt this flight from the plantation. Expect the following strategy:

1. Ignore it. You will find the story only on a handful of conservative sites.
2. Diminish it. Should the story acquire “legs”, if it appears in the old-fashioned press, it will only be as a sidebar with pointed comments about its limited appeal and its fragility.
3. Demean it. If it continues to gather strength, call in the Revs (Sharpton, Jackson, and Farrahan) and whatever other Step ‘n’ Fetchits are on the Dem payroll to condemn it as an “Uncle Tom” sellout movement that betrays Da Bruthas. (As a side benefit, after spewing a flood of such bitter invective, plead for civility in our public discourse.)
4. Savage it. Call out the big guns. Get Obamateur to deride it as a thoughtless, extremist organization in thrall to Wall Street fat cats, corrupt bankers, and George Bush. Sic Homeland Security, the IRS, and the Justice Department on its members. That’ll learn ‘em to git uppity.


13 posted on 01/19/2011 5:26:27 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: ConjunctionJunction
"It's just not in my system to want to identify with any party other than Democrat," said John Hollins".

You have a hugh and series problem there John.

Pull the lever for the (d) candidate.

Pull the lever for the (d) candidate.

Pull the lever for the (d) candidate.

Pull the lever for the (d) candidate.

Pull the lever for the (d) candidate.

Pull the lever for the (d) candidate.

Pull the lever for the (d) candidate.

Repeat as needed to keep getting free [from the taxpayers] stuff.

14 posted on 01/19/2011 5:42:10 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (America has two cancers - democrats and RINOS.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

“It (race) didn’t make any difference to me as long as I had a tea party and we get together,” said Johnson.

That’s fine and dandy Ms. Johnson, but you’d be welcome at ANY Tea Party rally. Would I be able to come to yours since I’m not of the black persuasion? :)


15 posted on 01/19/2011 5:45:51 AM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Defend Liberty

zackly. gimme salt & pepper, anytime.


16 posted on 01/19/2011 5:56:37 AM PST by stickywillie
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To: ConjunctionJunction

The “Black” in “Black TEA Party” defeats the entire purpose of the movement.


17 posted on 01/19/2011 5:59:49 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

I understand why she is doing this but I believe it is a mistake.

I am a Jew and I would not like to see a Jewish Tea Party group. I don’t think there should be a black one.

The Tea Party message is universal-American and once we divide by ethnicity or faith we risk bringing in parochial interests that divide us.


18 posted on 01/19/2011 6:01:56 AM PST by Piranha (Obama won like Bernie Madoff attracted investors: by lying about his values, policy and plans.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

So would I, an American who happens to be white, not be welcome at this black organization? Should I confer with the members of our local organization to refer Americans who happen to be black to other race specific Tea Parties? What happens to the brown members, who takes them? Latinos and a lot of Asians are both brown, should they be combined by color, or should they be divided by racial guidelines? And what about Americans who happen to be some other color than black, white or brown, where should they fit in?

OK, the sarcasm is on hold. This is the most stupid idea I have heard of yet. Must we eternally be identified by race in this country? If anything could succeed in tearing us apart, this is it.


19 posted on 01/19/2011 6:10:53 AM PST by Rearden (Deo Vindice)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

This can’t be true ... we all know that the Tea Party is just a bunch of racist, old white guys that like guns. /s


20 posted on 01/19/2011 6:27:46 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Dawgreg
>>>Would I be able to come to yours since I’m not of the black persuasion?<<<

“At least half of the 75 or so people who attended the first meeting are white.”

I would say yes.

I”m sure not a big fan of groups that identify themselves by race. However, I put it in the same category as congressman West joining the Black Caucus, he wanted to affect change from the inside. Sadly, the Blacks have had a “group think” for so long, and it's not going to change over night.

21 posted on 01/19/2011 6:32:37 AM PST by kara37
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To: kara37

I must have missed something kara.....but that makes me feel better about it. I hope in my lifetime, blacks will see how they’ve been used for the past 45 or so years and continue to be used to this day. There’s alot more opportunity for blacks in a Conservative party than any other. It’s comin’ around and that makes me very happy. BTW, thanks for the info. :)


22 posted on 01/19/2011 6:54:41 AM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Dawgreg
>>>”It’s comin’ around and that makes me very happy.”<<<

Me too. Even though conservatives cringe at identity politics, sometimes you need to meet them where they live.(as they say)

I think this might be one of those times.

23 posted on 01/19/2011 7:09:55 AM PST by kara37
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To: I Buried My Guns

That comment must be joke. I know for a fact that they recently had a health inspection and received a 5, which is the HIGHEST score possible. I eat there all the time, and the food is GREAT! You obviously must be hating.


24 posted on 01/19/2011 7:16:53 AM PST by atoz123
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To: SpaceBar

I think you are missing the point. When I worked for ACORN, they used blacks to hide their illegal activity. What we are trying to do is break that cycle. Last night’s meeting was about unity. If we are true Conservatives, we care about ALL of America and want to take it back. Tea Parties are set up where people live and there is not one in 3rd ward.

The media is calling us a “black Tea Party” but we are simply a Tea Party set up in a urban minority area. All are welcome. We are also a party of the Texas Tea Party Federation.

Anita MonCrief
anita@emergingcorruption.com


25 posted on 01/19/2011 7:58:56 AM PST by anitamoncrief
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To: anitamoncrief

Thank you for your efforts, I wish you success :)

Some FReepers have some issues with “black” being attached to anything because they think it means “exclusively black”. And of course, if you label any group “white”, you can just imagine.

The reason it doesn’t bother me because I believe we are at a crucial turning point in politics — I believe the black community needs to know there are black conservatives and conservative groups. It teaches people that “black” does NOT equal “democrat”.

Even so, I hope there will be a day that there will be enough black conservatives that these labels won’t be needed anymore.


26 posted on 01/19/2011 8:10:07 AM PST by justsaynomore ("We the people are still in charge of this country!" - Herman Cain)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

God Bless ‘Em!


27 posted on 01/19/2011 8:12:04 AM PST by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

I always wonder why anyone refers to it as “the minority vote” as if it is a block of votes and not individuals with the right to vote as they please. If more minority voters would think of their vote as their own, and not government issue, they might actually listen to issues like the conservative ideas on education and jobs and personal responsibility and vote likewise.


28 posted on 01/19/2011 9:54:49 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA ("The View" is the new Maury Povich inspired "Fight Club in Heels")
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To: anitamoncrief
The media is calling us a “black Tea Party” but we are simply a Tea Party set up in a urban minority area.

I accept your explanation, and thank you for addressing my concern directly.
29 posted on 01/19/2011 10:19:02 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: anitamoncrief

Awesome work you are doing....do NOT let the lefties and the
media “brand” you! You are breaking new ground and it needs
to be recognized on it’s own merits, not by some box that
they try to put you in by virtue of who you are. I hope this
movement grows stronger by the day!


30 posted on 01/19/2011 11:31:28 AM PST by LUV W (No Compromise!)
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To: kara37

I bet that ignorant Sheila Jackson Lee has her drawers in a wad right now. :)


31 posted on 01/19/2011 12:02:58 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: cripplecreek
"It won’t be segregated if some whites/hispanics/asians etc show up"

DO re-read the original post, especially the part where it says half the 75 people attending the inaugural meeting were white.

32 posted on 01/19/2011 6:34:13 PM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: dusttoyou

The first part of your post is ridiculously tasteless. And clearly, your characterization of that part of town indicates that you don’t hang out there.


33 posted on 01/20/2011 6:29:51 AM PST by LightningStriker2010
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To: ozark hilljilly
it bugs me that they feel the need to self-segregate.

I think it's to make a point...they said anybody can join...which is exactly what some white tea partiers should do as support.

34 posted on 01/20/2011 6:36:45 AM PST by lonestar
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To: LightningStriker2010

One mans tasteless is anothedr man’s pudding. I have listened that that kind of “jive-ass talkin” for long enough to know it be righton dude.

Regarding “that part of town”, hate to have to tell you, I was sucking down longnecks in that neighborhood at Princes loooong before you ever heard of This is it, 3rd Ward, Houston or yo mama’s voice. So don’t come on trying to act uppity around here nooby.


35 posted on 01/20/2011 8:11:03 AM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: dusttoyou

I used to love Princes’ chili cheseburgers when I was akid...toasted buns, perfect chili, almost as good as James Coney Island...original downtown mode.


36 posted on 01/20/2011 8:16:12 AM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: wxgesr

They were the best before What-a-burger came along.
We used to run the poor waitress’s legs off bringing us 1 longneck at a time. Had a buddy that would empty one before she could walk away.

Princes on Telephone Road was “the place” although over on Navigation they had some cool 60’s hotrods cruising through often. Always carried a Ruger .44 Mag in both areas, never had to bust a cap, just let them get a peek at that cannon was enough to deter the badest.

Too bad Houston turned into District Federale!


37 posted on 01/20/2011 8:41:44 AM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: dusttoyou
I grew up in 3rd Ward as did my father and I'm no young man. The irony is that your poor attempt sounds more like stereotypical “red neck” dialect.
38 posted on 01/20/2011 8:44:49 AM PST by LightningStriker2010
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To: dusttoyou

“Too bad Houston turned into District Federale!”

Si, muy malo.

I spent first 3 yrs pf life off of Telephone Rd, then my family moved to Westbury in 1957, one of the first houses on a dirt road called Chimney Rock. Our fave was Princes by Lees Den on South Main St, before the Astrodome. Ahh, the memories, my first job was hawking soda and popcorn in the dome, 1964.


39 posted on 01/20/2011 8:49:12 AM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: LightningStriker2010

What ever.
This redneck says “have a good day”.


40 posted on 01/20/2011 9:20:38 AM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: wxgesr

1957 and Telephone Road was the boonies. Couse at 3 you wouldn’t know that.

Hope you Mom and Pop made some nice $ selling the home when Chimney Rock boomed commercial.

Houston was fantastic in the 60’s in my early 20’s. No way I even like driving through now, too bad.

Hey I might have bought a soda and popcorn from you in 64!!!


41 posted on 01/20/2011 9:28:44 AM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Well that’s refreshing. Welcome to the party!


42 posted on 01/20/2011 9:32:44 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: dusttoyou

“Hey I might have bought a soda and popcorn from you in 64!!!”

Quite possibly, I was one of the only dorky white kids, we were trying to make some gas money for surf trips to Surfside.

One of the brothers gave me some good advice while selling hot dogs, he saw me skulking along with no soul or swagger n my step. He said, “Let me show ya how it’s done, little man.”

He strapped that heated box on and started singing loudly, “Loaf a bread, pound a meat, and all da mustard you can eat!!! Hot Dogs!!”

Great life experiences for a punk kid like me.


43 posted on 01/20/2011 9:39:29 AM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: I Buried My Guns

I am quite certain that doing so would be racist.


44 posted on 01/20/2011 2:22:42 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: anitamoncrief

Hoping for success in your endeavours!


45 posted on 01/20/2011 2:28:26 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Jubtabulously We Thrive!)
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To: anitamoncrief

YEAH Anita !!


46 posted on 01/22/2011 9:43:07 PM PST by Ladysforest
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