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“But You’re Black & the Tea Party is Racist!”

20 Apr
Consevative Libertarian blogger Talitha McEachin

Consevative Libertarian blogger Talitha McEachin

As a black woman who is a conservative, Republican & Tea Party member (Note: I’ll be changing my registration to Independent soon actually & recommend it to everyone), I have endured some very vicious attacks from some on the left, especially from other black people, but also from whites as well. As a conservative with a libertarian lean on some issues I have endured vicious attacks from some on the right as well but I digress. That’s not to say that all black conservatives endure this, but I feel confident in saying that the majority have. That has never deterred me and to be fair, I have met many on the left who have disagreed in a civil manner & even agree with me on some things. All on the left do not attack me for my political affiliation, not by far. Lately though, several on the left have emailed me or sent me messages on social media asking “Why are you a member of the racist Tea Party?” or “How can you be black and be a Tea Party member?” to which I have answered calmly to some, although it really irritated me to be honest. Nonetheless, instead of answering every individual message like this, I decided to share my ranted response on my blog, so that anytime someone asks me this, I can simply share the link & continue the dialogue, if necessary, after they have read this response, so here it goes:

FYI: The “Tea Party” movement was started in 2009. It is only named after the 1773 Boston Tea Party but has not been around that long. It is a grassroots, political movement with no central leadership, not a political party & ANYONE who believes in adherence to the constitution, reducing spending & taxes as well as the national debt & deficit is welcome. Are there racists in the Tea Party? I’m sure there are in some groups, but the same can be said for most, if not all large, grassroots organizations. That’s like walking into a full sports stadium and asking “Is there anyone in here that’s NOT a sports fan?” Well, sure there probably is, but obviously most in attendance are sports fans. Get my drift?

I’m really tired of the insistence on the part of some on the left, that the Tea Party exists for the sole purpose of racism. If you don’t agree with the platform fine, but it’s not a “racist” organization. When people on the left tell me this, it’s very insulting, because essentially you’re saying that as a black person, I’m too stupid to know what’s good for me politically, which is something I hear black liberals lament about quite often, regarding the right, when they are accused of being on a “liberal plantation”. I don’t like either charge & I would never be a part of anything inherently racist. If you want me to take you seriously when you offer criticism of the GOP, conservatism or the Tea Party, please give me more than accusations of racism.

Even if such charges have merit, that doesn’t mean the right’s position on any issue is automatically wrong. If a Neo Nazi stood up and said “The national debt is $16,784,436,417,497.89 trillion dollars as of April 20th 2013 and we must reduce spending” is it not true just because a Neo Nazi said it? Stop it with labeling an entire group of people racist just because they are white and/or right-wingers and start making sound arguments against issues & policy. I’m really tired of the whining from some & would greatly appreciate it if questions regarding my political affiliations did not include my race, which is irrelevant. Black people are not politically or otherwise, monolithic. Deal with it.

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24 responses to ““But You’re Black & the Tea Party is Racist!”

  1. Mrs. Veronica L. Knack

    April 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Well-said! I agree! For me, I find that people assume I have my Conservative values because my husband is white. How shocked they are when they actually ask me why I believe what I believe and that I believed it well before meeting him! Great post! 🙂

     
    • teemtwo

      April 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Mrs. Veronica L Knack! That is funny – people make so many assumptions, *sigh*

       
      • Ike Liggins

        April 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        Thank you for your commentary on the subject. Although I don’t agree with everything you said, I respect you for saying these things; especially the fact that you received negative comments from Blacks, Whites on both sides. Some Black conservatives seem to espouse that only Black liberals spew negative comments about Black conservatives. It is true that there are racists in every party. I believe that many racists feel comfortable in the GOP while Gays feel comfortable in the Democratic party. I believe that’s why GOP receives the “racists” label. Dixiecrats (southern democrats who hated integration, migrated over to the GOP. I look at people like David Duke, grand wizard of the KKK. He initially ran as a democrat, but didn’t make it, but later won a seat (local) as a GOP. Again, there are racists in every party.

         
  2. bryan

    April 20, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Your best one yet

     
  3. Christine lemon

    April 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks for your response. I am deaf and have been told that I ought to side with the left for all the good that they did for us (snort). I do not want to digress on why I am more concerned about how big and dangerous our government is becoming than I am on why I do not side with the left. The issues are too scary that we all need to set aside our difference and unite on making our country great for us, little people. Thank you for voicing for us.

     
    • teemtwo

      April 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      @Christine wow! So now people with disabilities are to be entitlement-minded too? Interesting!

       
    • Clint Manuel

      April 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks for the chime in Christine! We conservatives – deaf, black, white, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, poor, self-employed – know and understand that the politicos, particularly the left-leaning progressives, need “victims” to justify their existence, even when they are often the ones who create the problems, whether it be fiscal insanity, race-baiting or national alarm for being able to defend ourselves and our loved ones. “cunning, ambitous and unprincipled” men and women with self-serving careers in politics rather than as citizen-statemen doing a duty for their country.

       
  4. Doyle Perry

    April 26, 2013 at 8:59 am

    The very notion that conservatives, patriots,Tea Partiers, are racist is ludicrous. There has never been the slightest history of racism in those groups. Yet, there is ample evidence of vicious racism on the part of demokkkrats. The ONLY thing that creates the notion of conservative racism is the demokkkrat rewrites of history, which they perpetrate via their long-term strategy of controlling the media and the public schools. The defend their phony advocacy of civil rights with their support for gay marriage and unlimited abortions until birth. They now teach that anyone who opposes these two things is a bigot.

     
  5. Sherry White

    April 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    As a (white, conservative, not-racist 😉 mom of kids with special needs I see it split in the SN community between those who are afraid of losing entitlements, and those who call BS on the left for readily supporting the abortion of our children with (and without) disabilities. I for one am happy to raise my kids without the government’s help/interference.

     
  6. Alison

    April 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Awesome post!! My best friend is black and I’m white – we agree on most everything. We’ve known each other since we were 6 years old (in our mid-30’s now) and we grew up in very different communities but belonged to the same church. Her family was well-off and I grew up in a very poor town. It amazes me that people automatically assume I was the one that grew up with money because I am the “white half” (yes I’ve actually been called that). We are both conservative – I know gasp right?!?! I really wish race wasn’t such a big issue, especially in politics. We’re ALL human beings and we have the brain power to research and decide what we feel is best for us. Both sides have people they vote for but they have no clue why. This last election my neighbor voted for Obama, when I asked why she said, “because he seems pretty cool”….REALLY?!?! We’re talking about the President of the United States – not the next up and coming music group. Ughh…what has happened to America? No wonder other countries sit back and laugh at us.

     
  7. Heather

    April 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Loved your blog. I had already veered away from the Democratic party, because I’m not sure today’s party even knows what politics they support. Liberalism, Progressivism, Socialism? I have many opinions that might be considered “leftist” like the environment and animal rights, along with others, but it’s gets old hearing that people like that MUST be Democrats.

    However, what hurt the most (sorry to sound emotional, but it’s true) was being labeled a racist after a life of being against, and speaking out against, any form of racism. So half the country is racist because they didn’t jump up and change parties when Obama was nominated? Nonsense. (And don’t even get me started on the fact that I’m from the South.) : )
    I too have finally settled on “Independent Voter” because I can’t get behind any current platforms 100%, and the methods the Liberals employ are simply terrifying. I don’t believe the ends justifies the means.

    I hope you keep writing and sharing your views. It was a nice read, so thank you!

     
  8. Sean

    April 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I’m disabled myself, a paraplegic liberals get very upset when they know I don’t agree with them.

     
    • Robby Garrett

      October 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Sean I am disabled too been on SSI Disability since 18 33 now and the same thing happens to me liberals hate how I feel about government knowing I am having to rely on it partially because of my problems

       
  9. Clint Manuel

    April 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    As a white, Constitutional conservative, believing in First Principle (and understanding basic math as regards to debt spending and failed social-ist programs), I have often been hit with that losing label, slung by uninformed liberal-progressive-socialist-communist mentalities when they have not logical response to pragmatic, common sense debate. Then, when I refer to black AMERICANS I find support with – Thomas Sowell, Lloyd Marcus, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Alan Keyes, Star Parker, Alfonzo ‘Zo’ Rachel and, of course, Stacy Washington, guess what I get? Right! You are “Sellouts” or “uncle Toms” or have been brainwashed. Usually, the Hypocronance won’t let them see the basic facts, no matter how blatant they are.

     
  10. Allison Ringold

    April 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Great article! Have you ever asked the people accusing the Tea Party of Racism what proof they have? Because there’s plenty of proof to the contrary, and there’s even proof that they’ve experienced racism from blacks (eg. the Black Panthers showing up to rallies to intimidate them). I would just love to hear their reply to that question.

     
  11. Sewit

    April 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I am a single mom who happens to be a black woman who is a conservative, Republican leaning to the Tea Party ideology. I hid my affiliation (mostly from the democrats, wights or blacks) because they can not just make sense out of it. I can say I am a fish out of water with my surrounding 🙂

     
  12. Sewit

    April 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    ops! whites. sorry

     
  13. James West

    April 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams both grew up in times when racism really existed, and yet they both believe in conservative philosophies. The cries of racism from a group who do everything they can to keep minorities dependant on government is so absurd it’s beyond ludicrous. Conservatism and libertarianism have no roots in race whatsoever and are by their very definition color blind. Liberalism, with racial preferences and so called “proportioning” is the epitome of racism.

     
    • stan schmunk

      April 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      The modern conservative movement started with William Buckley, Jr., who was a racist. The conservatives of Lincoln’s day were the Dems, especially in the South. The Republicans of the time were known as liberals and radicals. The most conservative folks in the country were always southern Dems. Conservativism in the U.S. has always been the home to racists only now, thanks to Goldwater, etc. they’re home is in the GOP.

       
  14. Lisa

    April 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Not to mention the fact that the liberals totally belittle the REAL racism that still exists in this country when they jump to that conclusion.

     
  15. Scott

    April 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Weren’t the first racists Demi’s.I am glad you think for yourself,unlike most uninformed zombies who get their news from the daily show or SNL.

     
  16. Mike

    April 30, 2013 at 2:51 am

    What you say has some merit however the biggest problem black conservatives have can be most simply understood by your reaction to the comments above. When members of your party talk about “entitlements” and the Democrats need for “victims” and you can’t tell them to tone down the rhetoric you’re not lending to black Democrats the very respect you’re asking for when seeking intelligent discourse. We can’t be making intelligent choices beneficial to our families and community. Instead those notions they spew are dipped in racial undertones and as absent minded as those that talk about “plantatians” and “uncle toms”. For every reasonable argument made in the comments, you have people like Clint, Doyle, Sherry and Allison above spewing ignorance or foolishness that should be challenged. While some of what you say has merit, there are far too many in the GOP that are delusional and won’t accept any notion of the problem they have with race. So many are so tired of them even recognizing there’s an issue, it supercedes any rational argument that may come out of their mouths because for them its always a secondary issue that gets spoken about marginally if at all. So there is probably less concern about your embracing conservative principles some of which make sense and more of a question of when you’re standing next to the crazies in your party, why you never say anything to them while they’re spewing their hate. I hear you whispering against them, but . . . . they need to be yelled at! Stan Schmunk pretty much summed up the truth.

     
  17. Martin H Petry

    December 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Clint, I am delighted that you use the word Hypocronance correctly. It is a shame more don’t understand the dangers inherent of ignorance. The Tea Party is getting trashed by those in the Folly of Hypocronance. Now so more than ever. Big Government hates the rugged individuals that find a home within the Tea Party. Big Government includes both GOP and DNC, such a shame. Anyways, thanks for the use of it properly.
    MH Petry
    writer of Hypocronance

     

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