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Frothing Racism in the Tea Party Movement

Loonwatch has previously reported the links between the Tea Party and the far-right English Defense League or individual loons like Rick LazioRabbi Nachum Shifren, and aBrooklyn group protesting Park51. We’ve posted Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams’ “Allah is a Monkey God, Muslims are His Animals” remarks along with his amusing charges that the NAACP is a “racist” group. We’ve posted the NAACP’s resolution condemning racism within the Tea Party.

Now the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights has released a study of the Tea Party showing that nativism and bigotry is rampant within the movement. It’s not just blacks, gays, Latinos, immigrants, and Muslims.

Tea Partiers are equal opportunity haters.

The complete 94-page report, which studies six of the national Tea Party organizations and includes a forward by NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, notes several efforts that the various Tea Party organizations have made to soften criticism for their racism. For instance, Mark Williams was eventually fired for his Islamophobic remarks, as was Tim Ravndal for his calls for violence against gays. It also cautions that not everyone within the Tea Party movement is a racist:

“It would be a mistake to claim that all Tea Partiers are nativist vigilantes or racists of one stripe or another, and this report manifestly does not make that claim. As this report highlights, however, all of the national Tea Party factions have had problems in these areas. Of the national factions, only FreedomWorks Tea Party, headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, has made an explicit attempt to narrow the focus of the movement as a whole to fiscal issues — an effort that has largely failed, as this report documents.”

But the report takes the Tea Party to task for the nativism found within most groups, suggesting that its core issues are less economic and more xenophobic:

“The result of this study contravenes many of the Tea Parties’ self-invented myths, particularly their supposedly sole concentration on budget deficits, taxes and the power of the federal government. Instead, this report found Tea Party ranks to be permeated with concerns about race and national identity and other so-called social issues.”

“While Tea Partiers and their supporters are concerned about the current economic recession and the increase in government debt and spending it has occasioned, there is no observable statistical link between Tea Party membership and unemployment levels.”

The report warns:

“Tea Party organizations have given platforms to anti-Semites, racists, and bigots. Further, hard-core white nationalists have been attracted to these protests, looking for potential recruits and hoping to push these (white) protestors towards a more self-conscious and ideological white supremacy. One temperature gauge of these events is the fact that longtime national socialist David Duke is hoping to find money and support enough in the Tea Party ranks to launch yet another electoral campaign in the 2012 Republican primaries. […] The leading figures in one national faction, 1776 Tea Party (the faction more commonly known as, were imported directly from the anti-immigrant vigilante organization, the Minuteman Project. Tea Party Nation has provided a gathering place for so-called birthers and has attracted Christian nationalists and nativists.”

The largest and fastest growing group is Tea Party Patriots. The report describes its May 2010 convention in Gatlinburg:

“Notable among the workshops were presentations by Pam Geller, an anti-Islam agitator; and a set by the Oath Keepers, a quasi-militia group that focuses on recruiting law enforcement officers and military personnel, and defending their version of the Constitution. A similar workshop with Spike Constitution Defenders, mixed a bit of Posse Comitatus-style rhetoric into their propaganda. Another workshop presenter, Samuel Duck, conducted a workshop advocating repeal of both the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendment.”

The second largest Tea Party group is ResistNet which is described as “notable” as a home to nativists and Islamophobes. It includes a number of militia members and anti-immigration activists, including Robert Dameron, founder of Citizens for the State of Washington (Yakima, WA); Wendell Neal, leader of the Tulsa Minutemen (Broken Arrow, OK); Mike Jarbeck, director of the Florida chapter of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (Orlando, FL); David Caulkett, creator of and Report Illegals (Pompano Beach, FL); Robin Hvidston of the Southern California Minuteman Project and Gilchrist Angels (Upland, CA); Ruthie Hendrycks, founder of Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform (Hanska, MN); Evert Evertsen, founder of Minutemen Midwest (Harvard, IL); and Rosanna Pulido, the founder of the Chicago Minutemen and a former staffer for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (Chicago, IL).

The report adds:

“Another ResistNet partner organization is, a website launched in April 2009 to publish anti-immigrant propaganda. One article claimed that ‘multiculturalism’ demands that ‘Americans learn to speak Spanish so illegals can take over America with foreign cultures.’ Another article on this site concluded that ‘a Kenyan, Communist, son of a terrorist, as our wannabe president, who has not only expressed his hatred of America, but is also an avowed Muslim…’ Also included among the official partners is a trio of groups run by anti-Islam activist Pam Geller.”

“It is this untenable attempt to vilify President Obama as ‘non-American’ and ‘foreign’ that pushes a significant number of ResistNet Tea Partiers out of the ranks of a responsible opposition and into the columns of bigots and xenophobes.”

One minor quibble: it’s not just the attack on President Obama that moves these wackos into the column of bigotry and xenophobia.

Next in membership and growth is Tea Party Nation. Describing its Convention in Nashville in February 2010:

“Despite all of these pre-conference difficulties, the convention in Nashville was well attended. Sarah Palin spoke there, generating discussion about her speaking fee, rumored to be over $100,000. Underneath the hoopla attending Palin’s appearance, the convention highlighted the place of Christian conservatives, indeed Christian nationalism, inside this movement generally, and in Judson’s Tea Party Nation specifically. The convention also built bridges to nativists and so-called birthers. There was a marked shift away from a supposed focus on bailouts and budget deficits towards a culture war.”

The convention was also attended by an inexplicable (and to this Jewish writer, a disgusting) number of Jewish ultraconservatives, including Andrew Breitbart, Orly Taitz, and members of the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration. It wasn’t that long ago that we were reviled by such bigots; now some of us are sleeping with these people.

At the bottom of the list and the bottom of the barrel is the 1776 Tea Party, heavily loaded with vigilante militiamen. These guys (and the membership is overwhelmingly male) practically define the word “fringe.”

“On February 27, 2009, Robertson attended a Tea Party event in Houston with a sign reading ‘Congress = Slaveowner, Taxpayer = Niggar.’ He’s also sent out racist fundraising emails depicting President Obama as a pimp. Robertson also has a history of promoting anti-Semites on his ‘Tea Party Hour’ radio program. Both incidents increased the negative publicity surrounding the 1776 Tea Party, but its notoriety did not stop two leaders of an anti-immigrant vigilante group, Minuteman Project, from stepping in to run the 1776 organization.”

The report includes a chapter, Tea Parties – Racism, Anti-Semitism and the Militia Impulse. The Tea Party is riddled with anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers, white supremacists, militia members, and Christian Identity spokesmen. Dale Robertson, chairman of the 1776 Tea Party, supports the views of Pastor John Weaver:

“According to [Weaver’s] particular theology, Jews are considered a satanic force (or the incarnation of Satan himself), and people of color are considered less than fully human. By contrast, the white people of northern Europe are considered racial descendants of the Biblical tribes of Israel, and the United States of America is considered their ‘promised land;’ a theory descended from a theology known as British-Israelism. Although Weaver describes his particular outlook as a variant of ‘Dominionism,’ his essay, ‘The Sovereignty of God and Civil Government’ was listed in a book catalogue published by the British-Israel World Federation. As such, this would place Weaver just one step to the right of the most radical forms of Christian fundamentalism. The list of out-front anti-Semites on Tea Party platforms includes an event in July 2009. One thousand people gathered in Upper Senate Park for a rally in D.C. A full line-up of speakers included representatives from several tax reform groups, FreedomWorks, and talk show hosts. Also on the platform that day was the band Poker Face, playing music, providing technical back up, and receiving nothing but plaudits from the crowd. The band, from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, already had a reputation for anti-Semitism. Lead singer Paul Topete was on the public record calling the Holocaust a hoax, and writing and performing for American Free Press — a periodical published by Willis Carto, the godfather of Holocaust denial in the United States. According to Topete, ‘The Rothschilds set up the Illuminati in 1776 to subvert the Christian basis of civilization.’ Because of their bigotry, the band had been kicked off venues at Rutgers University in 2006 and a Ron Paul campaign event in 2007. But they made it to the stage of the Tea Party without any questions asked.”

And there’s a lot more in the IREHR document: David Duke, European fascists, neoconservatives, and loons like Pamela Geller. But in the interests of space and time, read the frightening report yourself.

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  • Jack Cope

    Haha, Khushboo people just like threatening me I think 😀 I have a whole collection of threats for my wall, I give them points and have a ranking system for lunacy, practicality, threat level, choice of weapon, spelling and grammar these days, I’ve got some quite original ones. You have a point as well, I tend not to get angry (ahem, much) and I think it infuriates people even more that I don’t dissolve into name calling and all that junk, which often is their aim of course.

  • Syed

    Hey! While you are at it – can someone also call the lunatic asylum to come pick up halal pork as well. 😉

  • Khushboo

    Did someone threaten JC of all people?! He’s one of the few LWers I know who hasn’t lost his temper with these loons.

    I agree with BMD, Ms.noManners should be reported to the FBI.

  • Jack Cope

    BMD, though I don’t like to overreact, if someone knows how to report such a thing to the relevant authorities and has access to the required data then I don’t mind going through with it. I’ve saved a copy of the threats anyway, I keep them to put on my wall. Contact is through the usual address for anyone who knows what to do (or just want’s to speak to me 😛 ) :

  • Beautiful Muslim Doll

    Garibaldi, regarding Miss Manners death theat to Jack Cope, i think you should do more than deleting it.

    I hope you keep a log of IP’s? Maybe the FBI or local police in her area should be made aware. Making death threats online is illegal. She/He can be traced from the IP.

    It’s totally out of order that this Miss Manners can come here and issue death threats with to Jack Cope. If it were me, i’d be on the phone to the police.

    I also agree with Jack Cope that Haram Pork should be banned, because he is just a spammer. How many times has he repeated the same thing again and again? He is not here to learn, he is here to vent his bigotry. He should do it at Atlas Shrugs or Jihad Watch, not here.

  • Jack Cope

    Oh that was you? Ahh, so sorry, got you mixed up with someone else who also uses that name on here :-S And yes, Mr Pork indeed *did* try to prove the sky wasn’t blue just because I said it, a new low in a textbook of lows I think. He/she/it can top it off by trying to prove heat is cold.

    Garibaldi, I noticed you removed the threat from the thread. I would have preferred for it to remain as yet another example of the lunacy of these loons (the mere wording is enough proof!) but I understand that it is at your discretion and you may not be comfortable with such things on there.

  • muhammad ‘abd-al haqq


    He didn’t get it the first time, but he received my second email.


    here it is:

    “You want justice? The backlash against those who are muslim and those who side with them, those who support Obama and those who are against the United States Constitution, NO MATTER WHERE IN THE WORLD YOU WISH TO HIDE, will be hunted down and exterminated like the dogs you are”

    “People like Jack Cope will be hunted and killed, it’s just a matter of time. Either you support the U.S.Constitution, are YOU ARE HISTORY, Jack.”

    both found here:

    to get the full context of the posts

    Allahu A’lam

  • Garibaldi

    Can someone kindly point me to Miss Manners death threat?

  • Dawood

    Muhammad: Jack Cope informed me that he did not receive either your or Cynic’s emails yet? the[dot]strangers[dot]blog[at]gmail[dot]com

  • muhammad ‘abd-al haqq

    @ haram pork and miss manners

    Loonwatch, what are we doing about miss manner’s death threat to Jack Cope? Surely that can’t be tolerated around here?

    Miss Manners,anybody who supports the current Tea Part manifestations and Allen West is not only clueless about politics, but is both a bigot and possible racist. harampork, a’udhu bilahi mina shaytanir rajim. Translate that, since you claim to have studied Islam and Qur’an, then come back and talk to me about Allah being Satan.

    As far as your ridiculous attempt to prop up one of the tenets of moon god theory, epic fail.Allah was neither one of the 360 idols in the Ka’ba nor a pagan deity worshipped by them.Perhaps you would do better with the Muslim contention that Islam IS the original and only religion of mankind and all others are devolution away from this original purity. This is why many things in Islam are found in other religions and why the pagan Arabs knew of Allah before Muhammad(saws). That Islam confirms what is true in other religions and rejects what is false in them is an eminently better explanation than the ridiculous assertions of the Islamophobes. Islam haters can’t decide if Islam borrowed from Gnosticism, Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Manicheanism, Arab polytheism, etc or all of them. Make up your minds!

    You don’t even understand pagananism. Paganism refers to worshipping Allah through forms. The pagan Arabs believed that it was necessary to worship Allah through intermediaries, such as idols. The Hindus made use of idols and avatars. The Christians believe ‘Isa(as)was an avatar and intermediary. In fact much of Christianity sounds paganistic to me, but that’s another topic. Islamophobes harping on the name of Muhammad’s father, Abdallah, and claiming some victory over Muslims is hilariously pathetic.

    The Prophet(as)never claimed to be bringing a new religion, but a restoration of the religion of ‘Ibrahim(as), and the Qur’an confirms that the pagan Arabs knew of Allah, so Muhammad(saws) didn’t invent Allah. First Islamophobes claim he did, then they claim that Allah was just another of the pagan idols worshipped by the pagan Arabs. They can’t make up their minds or form a consistent, coherent argument.i hope you don’t say next that Allah is a contraction of al-ilah and that al-ilah was one of the pagan gods of the pre-Islamic Arabs :)

    Wasn’t it you who suggested that al-mukkar was one of the 99 names of Allah in another thread? And then when you were trounced you suggested that we should MAKE it one of His names? Same thing you are doing here, insisting on a transaltion of the word makr that isn’t supported by the context of the verses it is found in or by any Muslim understandings of the verses. Telling Muslims what and how we believe is getting tiresome. You have no right to tell us what we believe or to claim to know Islam better than us Muslims.

    Belief in Muhammad(saws) splitting the moon or visiting the seventh heaven is about as incredulous as parting the Red Sea, virgin birth, turning water into wine, or resurrection. See my(one-sided)conversation with jihad bob to understand why you are a hypocrite and not a real Christian. In your eyes Christian miracles are real, but Muslim miracles are false?

    As far as this ridiculous story of Umm Hani, also known as Fakitha, also known as Hind, maybe you should post the hadith or sira for us, if you are truthful, so that we may all see if the fanciful tafsir(exegesis) that you parrot from Ali Sina, your idol, and faithfreedom is actually borne out by the texts.

    What are Allah’s attributes? Maybe you should list all of Allah’s 99 Names, which are his attributes, and see if a Christian can disagree with these attributes? BTW, a person can be a JEW and a Muslim, and Christ is in fact a pagan title.

    Real Muslims have no hate for Jews, Christians or ‘Isa(as) as porky claims. In fact Islamophobes like him are so blinded by their own hatred, convincing them that ‘Isa(as) was a Muslim is like convincing them that…well.. the sky is blue. Exhibit A(haram pork): they will even deny that the sky is blue just because a Muslim says so.

    Allahu A’lam

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