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Tea Party Patriots are not racist

By Theresa Garcia | Oct 29, 2013

It's well-known, at least to people who know their history, that after the Civil War, the Democratic Party formed the Ku Klux Klan to keep black Americans down after the Republican President Lincoln and the Congress abolished slavery.

I've been involved in the Tea Party movement in Delaware for almost five years now. We are the largest Tea Party movement group in Delaware with over 2,300 members in all three counties. Our members are black, white, Hispanic, American Indian, etc. We are Democrats (not the liberal ones), Republicans and Independents. We have never used the race card for or against anyone.

We are in a war of two opposing ideas, striving for and celebrating American exceptionalism vs a gimme-my-government-handout America. Are they so afraid of the Tea Party movement that they have to rely on fear and outright lies to stop us?

We don't like President Obama because of his policies.  We don't care what his race is; we detest his policies. Hang in there Tea Party Patriots. Though they slander us  with false accusations of racism, in reality, we are the last hope for America.

Theresa Garcia
9-12 Delaware Patriots


Comments (3)
Posted by: Jim Austin | Oct 29, 2013 16:10

Agreed, many Democrats and the Democratic Party of the South were racists during the Jim Crow era and beyond.


That all changed with Nixon's Southern Strategy in 1968, and most of the "Dixiecrats" eventually jumped ship to an ever-more-conservative Republican Party.


So, using political party names to identify the most racist in times past does not tell us who is most likely to be racist today. It may be more useful to compare conservatives with progressives today. Because both parties have changed a lot in the past century but bigotry itself hasn't.


Today, most of the opposition to progress for minority groups--including racial minorities--comes from those who self-identify as conservative. Today, those would be Republicans, not Democrats. More specifically, the Tea Party types who have wrested control of the Republican brand from more moderate Republicans.


Today, the political party most popular with progressives and a majority of moderates is the Democrat party. Their officeholders' votes on issues of equality and civil rights show them to be a lot less racist, or bigoted on other matters like immigration, women's health, gay equality, etc.

Posted by: Thomas Adams | Oct 29, 2013 18:40

To Mr Austin's comment, I would suggest that the start of the shift occurred under Lyndon Johnson, who championed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.  Johnson managed to pass these acts by forming a coalition of Democrats and Republicans from northern states. In response, Southern Democrats abandoned their party and embraced the Republican Party.


The KKK was not founded by the Democratic Party, as Ms Garcia claims.  This terrorist organization was formed in Pulaski Tennessee by a group of former Confederate officers who also were conservative Southern Democrats.

Posted by: Jim Austin | Oct 31, 2013 15:17

I agree with you on your first point, Mr. Adams. Democrats who had institutionalized bigotry in their DNA fled the Democratic Party in droves when the national Democrats embraced equality and civil rights. That probably had its roots in the Kennedy Administration, and came to fruition in the Johnson Administration.


But it WAS Nixon's Southern Strategy in 1968 that successfully sought to exploit this phenomenon. And ever since, in the broadest terms, it's been mostly the Republican Party that has attempted to put the brakes on any and all efforts to bring minorities up to the same level as the majority economically/politically/socially.


That's even more so now that the Rabid Right has rebranded itself as the Tea Party and wields enough power to control the Republican Party much of the time.

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