Black Republicans Defend Tea Party

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One of the latest charges of racism against the Tea Party came from Indiana Democrat Andre Carson.

Carson is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and this is just the latest charged remarked to come from group.

"Some of the folks in Congress would love to see us as second class citizens," Carson said at a Caucus event in Miami. "Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me, I'm sorry chairman, hanging on a tree."

Carson's office says the comments were in response to Tea Party efforts to cut services many minorities rely on.

The comment has Florida Republican Allen West threatening to quit the Black Caucus himself.

Black Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain at a Georgia event defended the Tea Party against charges of racism.

"I would know racism if I saw it," he said. "I do not see it nor have I experienced it in the Tea Party movement. It's just an attempt to discourage people from participating in a movement that many people are still in denial over."

Appearing on CBN Newswatch, Townhall.com political editor Guy Benson said, "To call any number of folks in the Tea Party with no evidence whatsoever a lynch mob is completely beyond the pale."

But Carson is not backing down or apologizing. He said on CNN, "I stand on the truth of what I spoke. My intentions weren't to hurt anyone or any group."

Actress and activist Janeane Garofalo threw down the liberal gauntlet while blasting Tea Party motives on MSNBC in 2009

"It's about hating a black man in the White House. That is racism straight up. This is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks," she said.

A YouTube video titled "Tea Party Racism" shows signs seen at past Tea Party events with messages like:

  • Obama as a witch doctor
  • A monkey face next to the words, "Obamanomics: Monkey See, Monkey Spend"
  • Obama's Plan: White Slavery
  • The Zoo has an African Lion
  • The White House has a Lyin' African

On NBC "Nightly News," former President Jimmy Carter claimed to that "an overwhelming portion" of the animosity aimed at President Obama is because Obama's black.

However, author Ron Miller doesn't buy it.

In his book "sellout," he pointed out that two of the Tea Party's favorite politicians are black men, Allen West and Herman Cain.

"Would a racist organization take that much interest and be that passionate about two men who are obviously black?" Miller asked.

Fox News commentator Juan Williams can often be a little suspicious about the Tea Party embrace of West and Cain.

"Maybe sensing that they are very vulnerable on this racial issue, they're taking to people like West or like Herman Cain because they're seeking to defend themselves against those charges," he said.

But Williams said he wished people wouldn't always pull the race card.

"And I just find it abhorrent to American ideals that you would try to defeat your opponent with some blanket charge of racism or bigotr, when in fact there's something else on the table," he said. "And it's a very legitimate difference of opinion"

"It's not about race. It's about policies, it's about issues," Miller told CBN News.

Carson's office says the comments were in response to Tea Party efforts to cut services many minorities rely on.

Carson's comments are the latest in a string of attacks on the Tea Party made by members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Just last month, Congresswoman Maxine Waters rallied a crowd saying, "As far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell."

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