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August 14, 2014 - 6:11 am
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The Tea Party movement must be racist.

That’s not to say that its candidates or supporters actually ARE racists, but rather that they MUST be racist, if the establishment elitists of both parties hope to hold onto their power-lock in Washington, state capitals and local governments.

Curtis Wilkie

Journalism Professor Curtis Wilkie’s New York Times op-ed warns Southerners to avoid the siren song of the populist Tea Party, to avoid plunging back into the racist abyss.

 

In Tuesday’s New York Times, journalism professor Curtis Wilkie revives the evidence-free assertion of Tea Party racism by rehearsing the sins of past “demagogues” and then attributing their discriminatory actions to the modern movement for a more Constitutional government that taxes less and regulates less. Wilkie cries out to stupid Southerners to stop their ears against the “siren song” of the latest incarnation of the anti-brown-skin choir, knowing as he does that the South could tip at any moment and go full antebellum Dixie.

Under a patina of history, Wilkie warns that populists often have rallied the “working class” to blame blacks for their problems, and they could do the same today, visiting their vitriol this time on immigrants.

Wilkie accurately notes that the Tea Party is winning, even though its candidates in six U.S. Senate races failed to attract a majority of voters. But lest you marvel at the success of this decentralized movement in pressuring politicians to take our founding charter seriously, Wilkie conjures a heinous specter.

The [Tea Party] movement’s success, with its dangerous froth of anti-Washington posturing and barely concealed racial animus, raises an important question for Southern voters: Will they remember their history well enough to reject the siren song of nativism and populism that has won over the region so often before? [emphasis mine]

Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama, among others, portrayed himself as a tribune of the working class while championing segregation. It’s hard not to hear echoes of those eras today. Tea Party candidates have targeted federal taxes and spending, while attacking Chamber of Commerce interests and the leadership of the Republican Party. Racism has been replaced with nativism in their demands for immigration restrictions, but the animosity toward the “other” is the same.

You see, if you think the federal government spends too much, or spends on the wrong things, you’re a racist.

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I am a brown man. I am an American of Hispanic ancestry. I am also a 3d generation veteran of foreign wars, and I like small government, less taxes, less regulations. I detest crony Capitalist because it is unfair competition. I believe it is also illegal. I am against the loss of sovereignty which comes with open borders. I hate amnesty because it will forever change our country into a Socialist Shiite hole. Professor Clarke, am I a Racist?
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The local tea party people I have met, which includes African Americans, are some of the most principled, honest, giving people I have ever known. But of course, they are not tenured priests of the academy, so they can't afford to adopt delusional progressive world views.
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>>There’s nothing more terrifying to the satraps of the status quo than a people who will not kowtow before the altar of influence, power and prestige.

And that’s why the Tea Party MUST be racist.

Nailed it. I put it more crudely in a comment a while back that government workers' rice bowls are being threatened, and in the face of that threat they will pull out all the stops to preserve their privileges.
How does one prove a negative? Calling the Tea Party racists is not possible to counter. They offer no proofs of the accusation, they just keep making
it.
Desperation.
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"Journalism professors" are a root cause of so many problems. They stopped reporting strictly the facts and started advocacy "journalism" decades ago. The result is mush-headed thinking, inability to sort assertion from fact, and down-right lazy "reporting".

When I was in college, everyone knew "Communications Majors" and "Journalism Majors" where the dunder heads that couldn't even pass business school 'math'.
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"Race relations" are oddly managed by all competing factions in US political culture. See http://clarespark.com/2014/08/17/improving-race-relations-left-right-and-middle/. I applaud this PJM article deploring nativism and populism.
14 weeks ago
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This is the whole reason for the agenda of Promoting Diversity and Multiculturalism. The disempower the European Christians that just arent into Marxism....by balkanizing the population whose culture opposes at it's core your political agenda and can keep it from coming to fruition.
14 weeks ago
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maybe I'm slow, but I just realized that "Tea Partier" is the 2014 equivalent of the n-word.
14 weeks ago
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"journalism professor" is essentially a euphemism for "ignorant, bigoted, dishonest, third-rate".
14 weeks ago
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The New York Times is run by Democrats. The Democarts are the party of slavery, then Jim Crow, then the KKK and now the destroyer of black families through welfare and the opposition to school choice while supporting the government school monopoly. Screw them.
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The most racist (and sexist) president of the 20th century was Woodrow Wilson. He was a Democrat and a "progressive". He was not someone who could be reasonably called as interested in the working class.
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"Will they remember their history well enough to reject the siren song of nativism and populism that has won over the region so often before?"

Translation: Will they succumb to liberal guilt-mongering and toe the party line?

Actually, I'd qualify that with...well, this: The piece wasn't directed at white, southern, Tea-Partiers. They're not going to read it anyway. It's directed at liberals and their client minority groups. It's supposed to frighten them. The question above is rhetorical - the assumed answer is "no."

Propaganda, pure and simple.
14 weeks ago
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It is still amazing to me that relics like this goof, get any audience, but more interesting, who pays these clowns to be clowns?

Losers, who have never done anything, why?
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Yes, around 70% of the freaks of academia would be homeless and roaming the streets if they had to fend for themselves and/or try to hold down a real job.

And our "respected" universities pay them large salaries for their stupidity.
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The saddest, and most outrageous thing about this elitest professor's column is that he is a "journalism" professor. Shows you just how poor the quality of education is in that profession and why we have so many presstitutes instead of real, honest, decent, journalists.
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