Dan Joseph of the Media Research Center went to the Congressional Black Caucus Conference in Washington, D.C., to find out exactly what the Caucus thought of the Tea Party.
Not surprisingly, the Caucus – a group where the sole qualification for entry is race – agreed the Tea Party is racist.
Several told Joseph the Tea Party is racist because it came into existence during the Obama Administration, with one member calling it a response to “having a black man in office.” That, for them, was proof the group is racist.
“They came about at a time where most of America was relishing in the fact that the country had changed in a symbolic way and an African-American was elected President,” one member said.
“I think the Tea Party should go to hell,” said another, echoing the words of California Democrat Maxine Waters.
“The Tea Party means trouble – you tell them to go to hell,” said a member wearing a military garrison cap.
Hilary O. Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington, DC bureau, told Joseph he did not believe the Tea Party is racist, but claimed “elements” of the Tea Party was using it to advance what he called a “racist agenda.” Shelton did not elaborate what that agenda was, however.
For at least two members, the Tea Party is racist because of Michele Bachmann, and one member claimed Sarah Palin is racist.
When asked about Herman Cain and Allen West – two prominent African-Americans who are proud Tea Party members – several questioned their “blackness,” and at least one called them “oreos” – a slur meaning one who is “black on the outside, but white on the inside.” The very definition is as racist as one can get, but these members had no problem using it.
One Caucus member said the two men “should really go to Hell.”
“They need some identity,” he said.
“There are racist black men,” opined another.
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) the only Republican member of the caucus, considered leaving the group after members of the caucus engaged in over-the-top rhetoric calling for civil unrest.
“To try to all of a sudden have a scapegoat called the tea party, which is what you saw after the S&P downgrade, that became the liberal media talking point, that’s just a distraction,” he said.
“The tea party really stands for some basic core constitutional principles and that means efficient constitutionally mandated government, fiscally responsible government, national security and our free market and free enterprise and I can’t see why anyone would not want to agree with that and align themselves with those principles.”
Some members of the Caucus, demonstrating liberal tolerance, did not want West in the group because he is a Republican.
GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain, a businessman from Georgia, won the Florida Straw Poll this Saturday in a landslide.
The video is quite revealing about the attitudes of the so-called “tolerant” left, and should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind what kind of people make up the Congressional Black Caucus.
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