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Report Exposes White Nationalists Among Tea Party Ranks

Report Exposes White Nationalists Among Tea Party Ranks

A newly issued report, backed by the NAACP, backs what investigators at the Southern Poverty Law Center have said for months now–that white nationalist groups and militias are making specific efforts to link themselves to the tea party movement.  These ongoing efforts continue despite some efforts by tea party leaders to expel members for racist comments and emails.

National tea party representatives have dismissed the report as lacking credibility and insist that the core values of the movement–limited government, fiscal responsibility and support of the free market–are inherently free of racial tones.  But those dismissals clash with efforts by other national tea party leaders, like Roan Garcia-Quintana, a state Senate candidate in South Carolina and former media spokesman for the 2010 Tax Day Tea Party who has come out publicly against “quotas that discriminate against whites” and has embraced an anti-immigration platform.

NAACP leaders made clear that the report was not a broad-based attack on the tea party and insist that this is an opportunity for the libertarian roots of the movement to finally and effectively repudiate and expel the racist elements in their midsts.  In fact, the NAACP compared the report, and the group’s efforts to draw attention to white nationalists trying to infiltrate mainstream political groups, to similar challenges made against both Democrats and Republicans.

In large degrees the report represents just how challenged this country remains when tackling issues of racial prejudice.  There’s no doubt that many on the far-right truly embrace values of limited government in all aspects, but their voices have been largely drowned out by the birthers and anti-immigrant xenophobes who have found a home in this coalition. 

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12:12PM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

UH- DUHHHHHHHH!

4:52PM PDT on Oct 25, 2010

What do you mean "exposed"? The racism has been blatant from the very beginning of the Tea Party, not only in the TP candidates' words and actions, but in the comments of many Tea Party members of Care2.

8:16AM PDT on Oct 25, 2010

Sue T and Craig C,
I'm with you completely on your statements. Cindy B, perhaps you should meet me and the people that I associate with. We are very educated and very much aware of what is going on in our country and very fearful that if things don't change, we will be in very serious trouble!

8:13AM PDT on Oct 25, 2010

Craig C and Sue T,
I'm with you both. Cindy B, perhaps you should meet me and the people that I associate with. You wouldn't consider us at all "simple" people. We are very educated and very much aware of what is happening to this country, and it "ain't pretty at all". We are only headed for worse times ahead unless serious changes are made.

12:57AM PDT on Oct 24, 2010

I'm a "people person," very interactive. I love talking to people, getting their ideas & points of view. Yes, most of my friends would be called "liberal;" but I've travelled in lots of conservative states, and I have a large group of inlaws of the good ol flag-wavin, Amurrica-lovin, Obama-hatin ilk. These people are, ahem, just not very bright. You can tell it by both the content and the delivery of their conversation. They really don't know much about most of the important issues facing the world today. Oh, they like me; they send me emails all the time. What kind of stuff is it? Tacky cartoons, redneck stuff, inspirational gooey verses that I'm supposed to pass on to "10 friends or terrible luck will befall you," stuff about God loving me... When I travel around the countryside, I often talk with farmers, housewives, etc., who identify themselves as conservatives. OH, they have lots of emotion & indignation, all built around polar philosophical ideals of "right and wrong" & "how things ought to be," but little information about deeper connections, about how things actually work in this complex world. They just don't follow much news. They INSIST on the right to live how they want, but they have little idea what that really entails and what might threaten it. They don't recognize inconsistencies in their own arguments. In these complex times, that can be FATAL! And forgive me, Sue T. et al, but that's what we're up against in this election.

5:12PM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

SIMPLY PUT "STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES" SO TEA PARTY IF THE SHOE FITS WEAR IT. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THE TEA PARTY NO NOTHINGS TO REALIZE THEIR ENTIRE MOVEMENT IS BEING FUNDED BY BIG CORPORATIONS. THE VERY THINGS THAT THEY PRETEND TO BE AGAINST ARE PERPETRATED BY THEIR OWN SOURCES OF FUNDING. WAKE THE HELL UP AND JOIN WITH THE DEMOCRATS TO WORK FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. NOT TO INCREASE THE BOTTOM LINE OF COMPANIES THAT ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY AND NOT PEOPLE. WAKE THE HELL UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1:27PM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

@ Bart V. Thanks for the response...and I agree with all your points. I cannot support liberal progressives of today....I feel they have lost their way.....I am not an intolerant person but every time I say something a liberal does not agree with I right away get insulted....I do not want to be associated with people who act this way....name calling and blaming solves nothing.
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10:33AM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

The Dems was the first party to start taking from the social security funds , with Johnson ... beware of all parties when money is at hand ....

8:16AM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

The Tea Party was corrupted. It is now the Tea Retards.

5:22AM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

Silly Craig - tricks are for Liberals. Jessica won't post the polls because the truth hurts.

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