Tea Party Demonstrates Social Inclusion, Andrew Breitbart Says America Not Post Racial
After Barack Obama was elected president of the United States of America, the world changed. Millions shamelessly embraced the age of Obama and the man who gave minorities hope that any dream is conquerable, that race isn’t a social flaw, and that, perhaps, we might now live in a post-race society.
But Andrew Breitbart, publisher of BigGovernment.com, says America might never allow itself to live in a post-racial era, largely because of those crazy race-obsessed leftists.
“It is my belief that President Obama promised, tacitly, to be a post-racial candidate,” Breitbart says into a microphone at a “Uni-Tea” rally. “And it is sad to say that he hasn’t.”
Breitbart recently made national headlines two weeks ago after posting a clip of federal government employee, Shirley Sherrod, speaking at a Georgia NAACP banquet while saying that the NAACP allows racism. The two-and-a-half minute clip was only a fraction of a forty-minute speech that didn’t surface until after Sherrod was forced to resign from her position.
Sherrod now plans to sue Breitbart.
When asked, multiple times, to comment yesterday on the planned charges against him, Breitbart remained mute but suggested his agenda has to do with more than just race. And while he posted the video, he previously denied doctoring it himself, saying it was given to him as is.
In fact, he didn’t directly address Sherrod once during Saturday’s three hour rally, other than sarcastically opening his speech by blasting news organizations.
“Hi, mainstream media. I wonder why you’re all here,” he said. “There’s been an effort to portray the tea party as a toxic body of water.”
While there has been a lot of effort in the media to portray the Tea Party as racists, yesterday’s rally showed the Tea Party’s more simplistic approach to tackle racism.
“We’re done with racism. Leave that for the liberals argue,” speaker David Webb said. Webb, a top Tea Party Federation member who recently called out the Tea Party Express & individual members of it for being racist, was one of 10 other blacks that spoke yesterday out of a total of 18 speakers.
But with an audience sprinkled with hipsters, gays, white trash, politicians, religious leaders and many others, only a handful of blacks stood in attendance.
Still, the overall message yesterday wasn’t that they do not condone racism, nor was it to simply prove that they have support in the black community. Instead, they pushed the message of “social reform through political inclusiveness”– that is, the more people are involved in their government, than the less the government needs to control people’s lives.
Tea Party supporters shamelessly flaunted their indomitable spirit of American pride as if it’s the only thing they live for, but that pride–perhaps their most shared strength– could also push them further away from mainstream acceptance. Despite that they claim to be inclusive of everybody who cares about America, even of the NAACP, that claim appears somewhat disingenuous as they continue to butt heads with with other mainstream political organizations, ultimately separating themselves from the idea of total inclusion.
For instance, Breitbart claimed that the purpose of publishing the video was to move America “beyond its horrid racist past.” But by including in their mission of revolutionizing federal government to also portray certain social groups in a negative light–whether or not the accusations are true or fabricated– they’re doing exactly what they say is flawed about big bureaucratic governments: trying to manipulate their own message onto people in an effort to control them.
But the Tea Party will never gain the the support they so desperately desire if their identity continues to solely rely on bashing mainstream politics in an attempt to progress into mainstream politics.
Yet, as the Tea Party emerges as a Whig-like political group, their social significance will also develop as the watch-dog of mainstream politics, which they can use toward their advantage if executed without accusations and rhetoric.
Pastor Bill Devlin, a democrat who is also a supporter of the Tea Party– even as a proud NAACP member–also spoke at the rally and says the Tea Party does just that. He said said it isn’t concerned with meddling in people’s lives, and that the Tea Party’s primary focus rests within three main issues, including “fiscal responsibility, limited government and adherence to the Constitution.”
The first two reasons– which follow the economic principals of Milton Friedman and break away from “domestication” (that is, to let people live how they want instead of the government forcing its ideologies on people)–are simple yet compelling enough to understand why the crowd of 300 would become Tea Party supporters. But its third reason is the most flawed and is where their apparent identity crisis picks up.
Because so many people have so many different interpretations of the Constitution, the Tea Party either a) acts as an outlet to those who do not fully fit into stiff republican or democrat categories, or b) poses a threat to American morality and will remain a disorderly and radical group until it slowly loses momentum and perishes because it is a collision of too many different kinds of people.
It might be difficult for people to accept a political affiliation that only defines themselves on three values.
But the Tea Party members, like Matty Hissey, is hoping people disregard choice b) and choose a). Hissey says he’s a part of a movement that’s making history. The openly gay 21-year-old Tea Party member held a sign that read, “Proud GAY Conservative” & “Freedom Is Fabulous.”
“You don’t need to follow the liberal bandwagon just because you’re gay,” he said yesterday. He said he felt welcomes, especially as dozens of people came up to them to show their support of the two, further fostering the Tea Party’s central concept of inclusiveness.
For minorities like Hissey, the Tea Party represents, he says, what America should be: small government control and conservative fiscal ideologies braided with social harmony.
“It was great, I never once had so many people support who I am this much,” he said, which even included Breitbart.
As the young man approached Breitbart for a pitcure, Breitbart told him, “Glad you could come out.”