With black Americans only making up around 12% of the U.S. population, and more than 95% of the black vote being cast for Democrats in the last election, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the number of blacks participating in the Tea Party movement is but a tiny fraction of overall participants. Yet, this has not stopped those in the media from portraying Tea Partiers as racist by sighting the makeup of Tea Partiers as predominantly white.
It’s nothing new for Democrat activists to characterize those who disagree with their agenda as racist, but recently those tactics have been stepped up dramatically.
At their annual meeting held recently in Kansas City, the NAACP drafted a measure labeling the Tea Party as racist and calling on the leaders of the movement to rebuke racist members. Tea Party members who have spent their precious time and money participating in the truly grassroots movement rightly feel the desire to defend themselves from such baseless allegations.
In Kansas City, local radio talk show host Darla Jaye created a segment on her show entitled The Conservative Minority, in which she has on various members of the Tea Party in Kansas City that just happen to also be classified as members of various minority groups. The segment debuted on July 22nd and has been extremely well received by her audience.
Nationally, Glenn Beck has been running a series of specials on his Fox News show dedicated to minority founding fathers who have found themselves erased from the history books. The series has been so popular that it earned Beck the #2 spot on the “blackest white people we know” list put out by Root magazine. Glenn Beck will also be appearing with the descendents of Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 2010 to commemorate the anniversary of the legendary civil rights leader’s “I have a dream…” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Although conservative Tea Party activists deserve more publicity for outreaches like those by Beck and Jaye, to some it can come off sounding more like the stereotypical, "I’m not racist, my friend is black," response given by those labeled as racist by the left.
What Conservatives really need are minority leaders, ladies and gentlemen like those featured on Beck and Jaye’s shows that stand up and take a more active leadership role in local politics.
Minorities who see themselves in the Democrat party have spent their lives being fed misinformation by the left designed to keep them disenfranchised and unaware of just how much political power they have. If minority leaders are brave enough to reach out to Conservative groups they are going be extremely surprised to find just how eager conservatives and Republicans are to find and embrace them within their party.
Take for instance the anecdote from one of the 34 black Republicans currently running for congress in which the candidate and his wife attended a fundraiser at a biker bar that had the Rebel flag adorned on the wall. The candidate's wife raised a bit of concern to her husband. He asked her to give them a chance and see how things go.
The couple came to find that not only were they eagerly received, but they left with $5,000 in campaign donations and several volunteers ready to go out and get him elected.
For minorities that are ready to stop looking for handouts and for someone to blame for their predicaments and ready to step up and do something about it, the Republican party is just the place for them. Not only will they find themselves on the right side history, but they will find they are capable of wielding far more influence then they ever had in a Democrat party that has taken minority support for granted for generations.