Saturday, April 17, 2010

NYT Affirmative Action Columnist Smugly Dismisses Black Tea Partiers

For a guy who wouldn't qualify to write for a high school newspaper except for his skin pigmentation, it's pretty ballsy to trash Alfonzo Rachel. I suspect 'Zo is going to hit back pretty hard.
The juxtaposition was striking: an abundance of diversity on the stage and a dearth of it in the crowd, with the exception of a few minorities like the young black man who carried a sign that read “Quit calling me a racist.”

They saved the best for last, however: Alfonzo “Zo” Rachel. According to his Web site, Zo, who is black and performs skits as “Zo-bama,” allowed drugs to cost him “his graduation.” Before ripping into the president for unconstitutional behavior, he cautioned, “I don’t have the education that our president has, so if I misinterpret some things in the founding documents I kind of have an excuse.” That was the understatement of the evening.

I found the imagery surreal and a bit sad: the minorities trying desperately to prove that they were “one of the good ones”; the organizers trying desperately to resolve any racial guilt among the crowd. The message was clear: How could we be intolerant if these multicolored faces feel the same way we do?

It was a farce. This Tea Party wanted to project a mainstream image of a group that is anything but. A New York Times/CBS News poll released on Wednesday found that only 1 percent of Tea Party supporters are black and only 1 percent are Hispanic. It’s almost all white.
Yes, just as white as a Sulzberger dinner party or the MSNBC television lineup.
Thursday night I saw a political minstrel show devised for the entertainment of those on the rim of obliviousness and for those engaged in the subterfuge of intolerance. I was not amused.
Tea Partiers aren't there to amuse you, Chuckie. They're there to take the country back.

And they will.

Update: Aw, how cute, the racist bigot TBagg found this item. A shame he hardly has any readers since traffic from his hate site is rather negligible. Hey, TBagg, have you stopped molesting young boys yet?

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