The American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon says it is “hogwash” to claim that the Tea Party movement is in any way motivated by racism:
In America, if you are called a racist by certain people you are guilty until proven innocent.
Take nationally syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, for example. He used a recent column to declare the Tea Party movement one driven by racism due to the fact that President Barack Obama is an African-American. What hogwash.
Pitts wrote a racial profile of the Tea Party movement this way: “They tend to be white, Republican, male, over 45 and wealthier than the rest of us.”
Again I say, hogwash!
Of course, Pitts wrote that the Tea Party movement tends to be “white, Republican, male, over 45 and wealthier than the rest of us” precisely because that is what polls have found:
Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, and are no more or less afraid of falling into a lower socioeconomic class, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
The 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.
But apparently pointing out that polls reveal that Tea Party activists tend to be white, male, Republicans, over 45 is “hogwash” … says Wildom, a white, male, Republican Tea Party activst (presumably) over the age of 45.
But even worse, it is blatant attempt to play the race card against a bunch of white, male, Republicans over 45 who just so happen to be the only ones capable of seeing that President Obama is destroying America:
And even it were true, what does any of that have to do with being deeply troubled, upset, and angered by the massive expansion of the federal government by both Congress and the White House? Maybe white, Republican males over 45 and wealthier than the rest simply see clearly what is happening to America and they don’t like it. That does not make the Tea Party movement racist.