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Tea Party Racism

I really should be working on homework, but when I found this article tonight, I couldn’t resist.

The Tea Party “Patriots” are once again causing more trouble just so they can see their redneck, warmongering faces on television and newspapers.

On Thursday NPR published an article about how the Republican leadership across the country is being encouraged to sever ties with the Tea Party Movement consisting of many right-wing citizens who are being led by former governor of Alaska and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

These “Patriots” (they’re closer to committing treason than being patriotic) openly spitting upon and yelling racially-charged phrases such as “n***er” at multiple African-American members of Congress.

Yes, we live in “the land of the free, and the home of the brave,” where, in theory, anyone can say anything they want, but we are also “created equal.”

One member of this right-wing, racist organization called Atlanta congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis the “n-word.”  That is wrong.  I don’t care about a man’s skin color.  First of all, it’s not like we can pick our skin color.  Second of all, just because a man is different doesn’t mean that he is any less human or less deserving than anyone else.

Another member of the Tea Party spat on Congressman Emanuel Cleaver; he then proceeded to confront the individual who did so, but did not engage him.

Another member of this spittin’ redneck organization called openly-gay Congressman Barney Frank a “f****t.”  While yes, he might fit the definition for that word, that is a very demeaning term, and no one should use it–just like the “n-word.”

I say all this not to slight the entire Tea Party movement, I’m sure there are plenty of people in the Treason Party, er, Tea Party movement that are not racist.  To any civil Tea Partier who does not think less of someone because of their orientation or race, I plead with you to find another party–yes, our government needs reform, but is it any coincidence that all of this protesting and anti-government fear in the United States is because we now don’t have a white President? NO!

Our government needs reform–there is no doubt in most peoples’ minds about that, but stooping to the level of an uneducated, racist bigot is not acceptable and should not represent our nation to the world.

The “R-word”

Last year while a senior in high school at a K-12 private school, I worked with children before and after school whose parents weren’t able to drop them off or pick them up due to their occupation, office location, or were just simply busy.  I work with a boy named Aidan, then a fourth grader, whose mother, Amy, is a special education/life skills teacher at an elementary school in a high-low, low-income area of Austin.  As I began to get to know Amy, Aidan, and Amy’s daughter, Maysie, then a seventh grader at the same school, I began to have an occasional meal over at their house, which was close to the school.  One time, I was commenting on something I had heard and I said, “Well, that’s retarded…” and continued on with my statement.  When I had finished, I looked up and saw Aidan wide-eyed in surprise, Maysie in about the same situation, and Amy yelled, “What did you just say?!?”  She then began to explain why saying the “R-word” is bad.  I began to realize it as well and began to try to censor myself at all times, but especially when I was around that family, from saying it.

Sarah Palin, last Tuesday, February 2, blasted President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel by saying, on her Facebook blog, that he should get fired from the administration for saying the “R-word” in a closed meeting at the White House.

Just a few days later, on his show, Rush Limbaugh decided to add the “R-word” to his rather extensive, unappealing vocabulary.  After being notified of Limbaugh’s statement, a Palin aide said, “Gov. Palin believes crude and demeaning name-calling at the expense of others is disrespectful.”  While it was reported by the Washington Post that she was also calling Limbaugh out on his use of the “R-word,” that statement was later explained to POLITICO in which the spokesperson then said it was bad if anyone says it but the statement was not calling out Limbaugh.

Personally, this makes me think of the family I know and still eat meals with and hang out with pretty regularly when I go back home from college.  To me, it would equate to Amy telling her daughter Maysie that she can use the “R-word” and it wouldn’t phase her at all, and then telling her son Aidan that he should never use it, that it is a demeaning word (which in my opinion, it is) and scolding and punishing him when he decides to use the word.  It would be hypocritical.

Gov. Palin needs to have some decency and not let Limbaugh get away with this–if you are going to slam one person for using it, you need to hold that standard to everyone, not just the people with which you agree politically.  It is hypocritical of her organization to hold Rahm Emanuel accountable for his use of the word in a private meeting and not hold Rush Limbaugh accountable for using the word on his nationally “acclaimed” radio show.

I’m sure there is some correlation between the fact that if Rush Limbaugh decided he didn’t like Palin criticizing him, he could turn a large part of the conservative American population against her and thus putting a big dent in, if not completely ending, her political career.