Thursday, September 2, 2010

Is the Tea Party racist?

This is a compilation of info from my personal blog:

Mary Frances Berry, whose bio any anti-racist should admire, said:
Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.
As noted below (from Tea Partiers Are Fairly Mainstream in Their Demographics), the Tea Party's non-Hispanic white percentage is almost identical to the nation's, and its non-Hispanic black percentage is 6%, which seems awfully high if it's really racist. Six percent black in a country that's 11% black is hard to damn for being racist. The Tea Party has some racist supporters, but given the prominence of people like Lloyd Marcus and Michelle Malkin, it's not racist. If you're homeless in America, Tea Partiers don't want the government to help you, no matter what color you are.

Profile of Tea Party Supporters -- Areas of Similarity to National Adults

It's true that white Tea Party skeptics are more likely than white Tea Party supporters to say black people are trustworthy (57 percent to 41 percent), Young acknowledges. But then she compares the two groups' opinions of white trustworthiness, and finds that while only 49 percent of Tea Partiers say whites are trustworthy, 72 percent of Tea Party skeptics do. So when you compare white Tea Party skeptics' views of black and white trustworthiness, you find that more (72 percent) think whites are trustworthy than think blacks are (57 percent). Young's right, that is a little weird, and depressing. But it's also noteworthy that Tea Partiers don't seem to have a lot of trust in black or white people.
According to Project Implicit, 75 to 80% of whites have a bias toward whites*, so that may mean Tea Party whites are more aware of their bias than their skeptics are.

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And a bonus video, about the spitting claim: