Charles M. Blow, a regular columnist for the New York Times, has taken the already despicable race narrative on the Tea Parties to another level. He begins with a bit of “diversity” hunting:
I had specifically come to this rally because it was supposed to be especially diverse. And, on the stage at least, it was. The speakers included a black doctor who bashed Democrats for crying racism, a Hispanic immigrant who said that she had never received a single government entitlement and a Vietnamese immigrant who said that the Tea Party leader was God. It felt like a bizarre spoof of a 1980s Benetton ad.
The juxtaposition was striking: an abundance of diversity on the stage and a dearth of it in the crowd, with the exception of a few minorities like the young black man who carried a sign that read “Quit calling me a racist.”
…It was a farce. This Tea Party wanted to project a mainstream image of a group that is anything but. A New York Times/CBS News poll released on Wednesday found that only 1 percent of Tea Party supporters are black and only 1 percent are Hispanic. It’s almost all white.
The implication: a lack of the kind of diversity Mr. Blow deems important (because there are other kinds, which he apparently doesn’t care about) is somehow condemning. Notice he never actually explains the logic for how this matters. But don’t hold your breath waiting for Mr. Blow to similarly investigate an NAACP event, or the next Million Man March.
But that’s hardly the worst. Things really get ugly when he begins using his own racist attacks:
And even when compared to other whites, their views are extreme and marginal. For instance, white Tea Party supporters are twice as likely as white independents and eight times as likely as white Democrats to believe that Barack Obama was born in another country.
Furthermore, they were more than eight times as likely as white independents and six times as likely as white Democrats to think that the Obama administration favors blacks over whites.
Thursday night I saw a political minstrel show devised for the entertainment of those on the rim of obliviousness and for those engaged in the subterfuge of intolerance. I was not amused.
Because, you know, white views are just naturally extreme and marginal, so even by that standard the tea parties are on the fringe! What a racist. Can you imagine the New York Times running an op-ed that says “even compared to other blacks, their views are [insert negative attribute]?” The author of such a statement would be crucified.
He then doubles down with a racist attack on the black speakers, who he dubs a “minstrel show.” Apparently no black person is capable of the free thinking that might lead them to be there because they believe in the cause. Oh no. They must be getting used or duped. I wonder if Mr. Blow has ever applied the same logic to his employment at the upper-class, white New York Times. Probably not, because if he did his head might just explode.
Cross-posted at Conservative Compendium.