Is the Tea Party Movement Racist?

Michael C. Moynihan

The Washington Post recently reported that the Tea Party movement is “struggling to overcome accusations of racism,” some of which has been perpetuated on The Washington Post’s own opinion pages.  New York Times, home to the most obsessively anti-Tea Party editorial page in America, was stunned to discover that “at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials.”  

Previously, The Times reported that Tea Partiers are, on average, people with a high levels of education and higher than average incomes.

So it would seem that they aren’t, as some editorialists and pundits contend, simply a gang of subliterate militia men or, as actress Janeane Garofalo recently told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, a subsection of the white power movement.

Wandering the recent Tax Day tea party in Washington DC with’s Meredith Bragg, we saw some stupid signs — though none that could be considered offensive or racist.

We talked to some people that claimed President Obama was both a Czarist and Bolshevik.

We spoke to a former star of Saturday Night Live, who has previously claimed that president might, in fact, be the anti-Christ. Or a communist. Or both.

There were those who fretted that the United States were morphing into a Stalinist state. But mostly we spoke with protesters concerned that the Obama administration was:

  • Spending recklessly;
  • Those interested in auditing the Federal Reserve; and
  • Various well-informed citizens seething about the General Motors bailout.

So did we discover a Tea Party movement motivated by race, by the fact that we now have a black president?

Did it seem as if their stated concerns about a government take over of health care and a ballooning national debt were simply a smokescreen, designed to concealing a racist agenda?

Not exactly.

Here is what we found.


  1. Go to their website and just look at the photos of their leadership and you will know that the media and liberals are trying to spread blatant lies.

  2. Interesting. They try and they try and they try.

    Let’s see, the MSM manufacturers false narratives about racism, such as the inaccurate story about tea partiers spitting on and hurling the “N-word” at members of the CBC during the rally at our nation’s capitol the day before the healthcare vote. Then they report tea partiers are racists.

    I appreciate Reason’s approach to dispel the myths but the surest way to deal with this would be to have actual tea partiers, people who rountinely attend “tea party” rallies to do the reporting and commentary. Of course they’re not racist. How do I know? I attend dozens of their events and I know them, I’m one of ’em!

    We’re living in “The Matrix” my friends.

  3. Succinct, concise and accurtely written article. The following video is the BEST video that addresses the false accusations that the Tea Partiers are racist. This video is filmed at Tea Party rallies and almost all those interviewed are non-Anglo American. Enjoy the video and pass it to all the left-wing liberals you know.

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