Many of my Facebook friends are Tea Party supporters, members, and leaders. A lot of these folks are, by definition, Black. I asked a simple question of them: “How does it feel to be called a racist simply because you are pro-Tea Party?”
One of my eldest Facebook friends is Ronald Reagan Frazier, an extremely funny man who uses humor in most of his posts. Here is our (slightly edited) conversation:
LMA: Ron may I ask what you think about being called a racist all the time because you are a Tea Partier?
RRF: That don’t bother me. I can give as good as I get. I just hate that their intelligence is only limited to ‘it’s Bush’ fault’… that offends me more than name calling, or lying to me. I welcome the name calling; it means I’m getting under their skin. It’s a war out there and I have a feeling we are coming back to win this. Don’t doubt me.
LMA: They always call all of us racists. I just wonder how you personally feel to be called a racist?
RRF: I’m called an Uncle Tom…to most Blacks that’s worse than being a racist. Usually ‘kiss my black conservative loving a**’ follows…Now at work, they call me ‘Black Republican’ and I say ‘thank you dumb*** liberal democrat’ (laughs) And what the hell happened to you, Black liberal America? Everything our forefathers fought for, with slavery and equal rights is now gone down the drain because you refuse to use the gifts God gave you to think for yourself. You vote for a man only because he is black of his skin alone, [then] you get what he is giving you: poverty, dependency on government (instead of depending on yourself), and you think all this sh** is free? At least this Black man—me–is not depending on anyone despite what this man wants to do to us as a race…. Black Liberals, you disgust me and I am ashamed of you because you all set us back 100 years by you voting for this a**. Well, I hope you are happy because as he sits in this chair and turns his back towards you, I will do the same from here on out. Color don’t mean a damn thing to me. To hell with you liberals, white and black. Don’t doubt me!
LMA: Do you believe the Obama administration and the mainstream media have attacked and misjudged the Tea Party? Do you believe they have been trying to divide America by race with these attacks?
RRF: The MSM has not attacked anyone…They just don’t report the truth anymore…The MSM has lost a lot of viewers due to Fox News and the Internet…but they don’t care, they just want to protect Obama and I can’t figure out why.
Next I spoke to my friend Darryl Pettit, creator of the website Conservative Junction.
LMA: Darryl, what you think about being called a racist all the time because you are a Tea Partier? Why do you think they call us that? Have you ever seen any racism in the Tea Party personally?
Darryl: I personally don’t get called a racist. People that know me, know that I’m not. It does bother me that people who may read or hear such things in the liberal media are being caught up in that liberal brainwashing.
LMA: What do you think of their constant use of the “race card”? Have you ever seen any racism by the Tea Party?
Darryl: it makes me think that we as conservatives are badly losing the hearts and minds of U.S. citizens that don’t study politics and just go around repeating and regurgitating what they’ve heard from the left. We have to do better as conservatives.
The Tea Party is like any other group. We as Tea Party conservatives don’t agree with racists or racism. When it is amidst us, we isolate it and those that wish to antagonize others are ostracized and sent away. Liberals embrace hatred and malcontent in their groups…we don’t.
LMA: Do you believe the Obama administration and the mainstream media have attacked and misjudged the Tea Party? Do you believe they have been trying to divide America by race with these attacks? Do we sing Kumbayah and hold arms marching to DC? What should we do to respond?
Darryl: We need to go after the media. Nothing else will do any good as long as they’re there brainwashing people 24/7 people won’t hear us. We need to organize for two things…go after the schools to get our kids back and go after the media at the same time to stop the propaganda. We keep chasing every other issue under the sun…but those two are the source. Solve those and we solve them all. According to another Facebook friend, Janet Sterling Elliot, the definition of a racist in the “Democrat Dictionary” is: “Anyone that is white and isn’t liberal”.
And according to my friends—both black and white—a ‘racist’ is also anyone who sides with the Tea Party.