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BUSTED: Liberals Admit Racism Charges Against Tea Parties A Tactic, Not A Truth

UPDATE - In light of the previous story of the bullshit racism charge against AP for accurately portraying Obama's speech the other night, we offer this story that goes to the heart of race-card politics.


This is infuriating.  There are racists in every party, but there should be no place in the national discourse for the following from Politico and Mary Frances Berry:

  • Question:  Will branding the tea party 'racist' work as a political strategy?
  • Answer:  "Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats.  There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November.  Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness."

This response from Grover Norquist nailed it:

  • The tea party movement is shorthand for Americans who are not committed to one party or the other (independent or non-active in party politics) and have recently been politicized to oppose the tremendous wave of federal spending coming from Washington.
  • Because they are swing voters, they are doubly important in electoral politics.
  • In 2006 and 2008, independents voted Democrat, reacting negatively to the unending occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Now these same independents are trending strongly Republican as they react against the Reid/Pelosi spending.
  • Last year, the left was trying to prove that this was all organized by oil companies or Washington-based activist groups. It wasn’t. There is no “leader” of the movement, and yet thousands of local leaders have organized millions of Americans to go into the streets and into town hall meetings to oppose spending.
  • This latest effort by the left to call everyone who questions Democrat spending a racist just irritates voters already convinced Congress is ignoring their calls for less spending.


Video and reaction below:

More on this story:

Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership group are condemning the left’s false use of the accusation “racist” as a political tactic, saying they recognize the strategy from the teaching of left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky.

Former U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairman Mary Frances Berry, a long-time prominent liberal activist, has admitted in an interview with Politico that the left is trying to smear the tea party movement as “racist” for strategic reasons, not out of genuine concern that the movement is itself racist.

Berry called the tactic an “effective strategy” and chose not to denounce it.

“As an active participant in the tea party movement, I know the movement’s motivation is about Obama’s policies and not his race,” said Deneen Borelli, a Project 21 full-time fellow who has spoken at many tea party rallies and is scheduled to speak at the “Uni-Tea” rally in Philadelphia on July 31.”Race card politics is the last-ditch effort to shift the debate away from President Obama’s harmful policies such as the government’s takeover of health care and his failure to create jobs — both of which are having an impact on his popularity. This diversion may also help Obama to try to jam through cap-and-trade legislation through Congress. It’s a grand distraction from policies and may unfortunately increase racial tensions.”

Berry, now the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and History at the University of Pennsylvania, was asked, “will branding the tea party ‘racist’ work?” 

Berry replied:

Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.

“This is exactly the kind of thing that has irked me all of my adult life, to put it mildly,” said Project 21 member R. Dozier Gray. “This willful and purposeful use of the race card for nothing more than political gain is toxic to race relations, and Mary Frances Berry must know that. But she evidently does not care. Based on her comment, political posturing takes primacy over whatever real issues regarding race that she might pretend are her calling cards. I have seen this all before. I find it shameful.”

Project 21 member Bob Parks added: “What’s most disturbing about this very public quote? Not only is Mary Frances Berry making this comment without fear of admonishment, and that progressives have apparently embraced and are employing these very shameful, race-baiting tactics — but Berry is likely teaching this ‘social thought’ hate to children.”

Left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky, whose tactics have been studied and followed by Barack Obama and his followers, taught his activists to “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” The Tea Party movement has unnerved the left and energized supporters of smaller government, causing the left to target it, as per Alinsky’s method, with bogus racism charges.

Project 21, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, has been a leading voice of the African-American community since 1992.



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Washington, D.C. — A bombshell accusation by the left against fired U.S. Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod regarding alleged grossly improper labor practices against black farm workers in the 1970s is causing members of the Project 21 black leadership network to speak out.

“There has been a mighty effort by liberals to present Shirley Sherrod as a victim — even a saint-like figure. However, after revelations that her husband, Charles, is an anti-white bigot and that she adheres to class warfare politics, it’s now being alleged that Ms. Sherrod presided over the crass exploitation of poor black workers on a southwest Georgia agricultural ‘plantation,’” said Project 21 member Joe R. Hicks.

Aug 10, 2010 at 2:41 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
No More Beer Summits: Tea Party ‘N-Word’ Incident Didn’t Happen, And the Congressional Black Caucus Owes America an Apology

by Andrew Breitbart

Aug 10, 2010 at 3:09 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
It’s Time For the Black Caucus Race Hustlers to Apologize For Slandering Tea Party Patriots

Aug 10, 2010 at 3:09 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Aug 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Aug 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Aug 10, 2010 at 3:11 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Creator Of Racist 'Tea Party Comix' Speaks: I Do Hate Obama, But I'm No Racist

Aug 10, 2010 at 3:11 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
A pseudonymous liberal blogger in Washington state hopes that progressives across the country will show up to tea party rallies on September 12 and -- if it's legal -- light up a confederate flag so tea partiers can watch it burn.

"I think that it would start a great conversation about race and about how it's being used for political gain right now," the blogger, who preferred to be identified by his online handle, "General J.C. Christian," told me Monday. "I can imagine people showing up at the tea parties, which I'll do at my local one, and the tea party backers will start explaining why [the flag] is about state's rights, not slavery, and all that and basically hang themselves."

Aug 10, 2010 at 3:12 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Yes but when will they admit that the attacks against Sarah Palin was originally because of her belief in God and the bible?
Aug 10, 2010 at 10:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
try stating that more clearly z...before i respond...b/c you know i don't like sarah but it has nothing to do with religion...if that were my measuring stick i wouldn't support any candidate...sarah has found her calling as a pundit and she is remarkably good at it...not becasue of the uniqueness of her ideas, but simply because of her tenacity...she fights, sticks her neck out...does a pretty good job overall...she should not fuck it all up by running for prez in 2012...she will be defeated soundly in teh republican primary i think and then her power as a pundit will be substantially weakened...
Aug 10, 2010 at 10:33 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I have always said that the best thing about Sarah Palin is that she is moving everyone to the right and calling out the frauds. Just because you asked…I have posted this many times for everyone…


Attacks like this made her a target. Remember this sick as F*** attack...


Sarah Palin was made into a villain by the liberal media and Obama. The rest was just the left wingers running out to have a Coke and a smile.

I hope she has the opportunity to debate Obama...Hi...Can I call you Saebarkah? You show me your birth certificate and I will show you mine...

I hope Hillary is there to give Obama a pillow too.
Aug 10, 2010 at 10:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
My Kind of Woman...


Wow, this is one video you will hate DB. Sorry. Great stuff!!! It would only be fair if you posted this, what? come again? not fair or balanced? say what? oh, nevermind.
Aug 10, 2010 at 11:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
Obama Financing Imam's Trip to Middle East (8.10.10)


Aug 10, 2010 at 11:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
Economic Optimism Hits 22-Month Low

Americans are also losing faith in the government. The index of confidence in federal economic policies plunged 9.6% to 36.6. The IBD Presidential Leadership Index fell 1.1 points to 47.2, the lowest since Barack Obama took office.

Warning...This is a seven second clip of Sarah Palin asking everyone who voted for Obama how that "hopey changey stuff is workin' for ya?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z5af1oTOkU
Aug 10, 2010 at 11:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
Aug 10, 2010 at 11:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
z...alyona is hot...i'll have to start looking for her clips...

Aug 11, 2010 at 9:55 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
"Grover Norquist nailed it"
Is this the same Norquist who wants to drown the government in the bath tub? The same norquist tied to Jack Abrahmoff, who funneled the indians money thru his group, Americans for Tax Reform and Abrahmoff went to jail for it? The man who hates government?
To say that the MeParty is made up of independents is patently false from the get go. Led by Dick Army(R) and financed by Koch industries to the tune of 1+ million dollars is comical. Koch Industries, isn't that the company that Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger just Vilified as corrupting the democratic forces of California and this from a Republican governor.

The Tea Party was created because they couldn't run as republicans because they are the party who melted down the government in the first place. The tea party is more to the right than the republican party. Independent voters? I don't think so.
Sep 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterJimbo
Though I am not a TEAy claim to represent party member my heart is with them to rid our country of the thuggish usary that the liberals enjoy. I may attend a TEA party rally after I know that I can control my own mouth against what is going on in our country.

Part of me believes that we should take all of the lifelong elected and appointed people out onto the Whitehouse lawn and remove their heads and the heads of their familyu just to get the stink and corruption out.

Though I sound a bit radical I do appreciate the more logical and softer stance of the TEA party. Iwould select any of them over any democrat or republican. It's time for these people to leave, they do not serve us, the people the
Sep 23, 2011 at 7:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterPAUL G. SMITH
The Tea Party is for people who don't side with either of the established parties? Golly, EACH AND EVERY TeaBagger who has been elected is a Republican. Whether or not racism is in the Tea Party Manifesto (there isn't one since they are illiterate SCUM) they want to destroy 75 years worth of social welfare which will have the consequences of killing MILLIONS of Americans. These people would kill Americans to keep the Koch Brothers from paying their fair share of taxes. They are traitors and trash.
Sep 23, 2011 at 8:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterDoug Diggler
Problem with saying charges of racism against the Tea Party is ONLY a tactic implies the Tea Party is innocent of such accusations. I find that hard to believe from what I've seen. So why did Obama pose in that witch doctor outfit? I mean, what was he thinking?
Sep 23, 2011 at 9:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavol
The problem is generalization and stereotyping. The original tea party were ron paul supporters. The tea-o-cons, as I call them, came later and tend to be more republican. The Koch brothers charge is pure bullshit. The Tea PArty is a very loose collection of hundreds of grassroots groups. I've read more surveys and studies on the Tea Party than any of you, and can tell you they are a very diverse group. Allen West is a Tea Party congressman, for example, and he is black, and supports the wars. I am a Ron Paul Tea Partier, and I am white and hate the wars, with a fucking passion. And I disavow racism of all sorts. The point of this story is that DEM strategists have admitted to using the racism charge, falsely, to stir up trouble. This is inexcusable, and pisses me off, which is why I did this story.
Sep 23, 2011 at 9:50 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
The truth is that the name " tea party" did originate with the college crowd who supported Ron Paul in 2008, however at this point with the Repub operatives and big dirty money influences the message is so totally schitzophrenic to be easily maligned by those who would. I would myself support an independent party because I agree that the entrenched corruption in DC is killing this planet for my children, which really makes me angry, what makes my even angrier is the "tea party" elected who are by and large extremist religious right operatives who cannot commit to any coherent position but hatered of the current President. That these "tea party" supporters would come out in droves and allow themselves to be videotaped wearing the silly costumes and toting rifles to public gatherings and being unable to articulate any kind of fact based positions just sets them up to be low information voters who are working against their own best interests as Repub operatives tell them to. Mitch McConnell, "tea partier" leader in the Senate said last year that the only position the Repubs have is to make Barrak Obama a one term president, to the detriment of all.
Sep 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterCassandra
they are ALL pasty white and their biggest goal in the world is to take away Entitlements and bloat Murder Inc. Pentagon.

Sep 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM | Unregistered Commenterprofnasty
Liberal Reporters Vs. Conservative Black Leaders At Press Conference (False Racism -- Andre Carson)

Sep 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Herman Cain and Allan West are unimpeachable refutations of the constant charge by the myopic liberal press and the Hollywood left that to support the Tea Party and to oppose President Obama's failed Hugo Chavez-style economic policies, his penchant for crony capitalism, and his refusal to address mis-spent government revenues is somehow linked to racist feelings against African-Americans. Once President Cain outlines his policies for government reform and deregulation, the aspersions and name-calling will start flying from the left - and we will all enjoy hearing their explanations as to why such insults do not amount to racism.
Sep 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterGlen
Grover Norquist can drown his lumpy ass in his tub
Sep 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterDoug Diggler
The teabaggers are just a bunch of loudmouths, blowhards and windbags in love with the sound of their own voices. Most of them are rascist even though they deny it. Most of them are not very bright at all either. They are all like the uncle at the family reunion who everyone avoids because he will corner you and spout his two cent opinion while blowing cigar smoke in your face. No one want s to be around him because he is just a big mouthed jerk. Same for the teabaggers.
Sep 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Johnson
Harry...you need to remember that the original Tea Party were Ron Paul supporters and they are most certainly NOT racist.
Sep 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
sorry race card does not work any more did not work in 2010 and it wont in 2012 ron paul 2012
Sep 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM | Unregistered Commenterjason
the daily bail = libtards ron paul 2012
Sep 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM | Unregistered Commentermike
Can we not disagree on an issue or issues without being a racist? I was a member of CORE, SNCC and other civil rights groups years ago and have not deviated from my views on that side, but I am getting a bit frantic at all the "racist" baloney and being taunted by Obama supporters. Can't any of them see that we simply disagree without there being victims all over the media?
Sep 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
"The tea party movement is shorthand for Americans who are not committed to one party or the other (independent or non-active in party politics) and have recently been politicized to oppose the tremendous wave of federal spending coming from Washington."
Really, who do you think you're kidding? The Tea Party is not "independent" or non-partisan. It's the same old Republican Party base voters, except now wearing funny hats.

"Because they are swing voters, they are doubly important in electoral politics."
The ultra-conservative Tea Party is as far as it gets from swing voters.
Jan 30, 2014 at 1:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterCal
Yes and liberals love the culling of children and weeping for miserere stuck on death row. Oh and let us not forget the wonderful job you keynsians are doing. Shall we talk about the bloated corpse of a DOE? No? Gosh why not? Socialist planning and then having the balls to decry the notion that free markets and lack of spending is the problem. Dick.
Jan 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT

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