One of the biggest monstrosities propagated by the left is that of identity politics. It works something like this: if you belong to X identity group, then you must hold Y political views, because X identity is defined by Y politics. If you belong to X group and do not espouse Y politics, then you are a traitor to your kind, and will be vilified and hated. The trick here is that Y politics always represents liberal political positions. So if you are say, a gay republican, a black conservative, or a pro-life woman, then you are fair game to be targeted by the left.
The AP seems to have finally noticed this trend, and is actually covering the hatred and anger that black conservatives are facing for supporting the Tea Party:
They’ve been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values. Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement — and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation’s first black president.
“I’ve been told I hate myself. I’ve been called an Uncle Tom. I’ve been told I’m a spook at the door,” said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.
“Black Republicans find themselves always having to prove who they are. Because the assumption is the Republican Party is for whites and the Democratic Party is for blacks,” he said.
Johnson and other black conservatives say they were drawn to the tea party movement because of what they consider its commonsense fiscal values of controlled spending, less taxes and smaller government. The fact that they’re black — or that most tea partyers are white — should have nothing to do with it, they say.
Opponents have branded the tea party as a group of racists hiding behind economic concerns — and reports that some tea partyers were lobbing racist slurs at black congressmen during last month’s heated health care vote give them ammunition.
But these black conservatives don’t consider racism representative of the movement as a whole — or race a reason to support it.
Wait for it …
As a nascent grassroots movement with no registration or formal structure, there are no racial demographics available for the tea party movement; it’s believed to include only a small number of blacks and Hispanics.
[D]espite all these derogatory labels reported by the AP, Bauman wasn’t quite ready to declare the racial makeup of the Tea Party movement. She instead based it off was is “believed.”
“As a nascent grassroots movement with no registration or formal structure, there are no racial demographics available for the tea party movement; it’s believed to include only a small number of blacks and Hispanics,” Bauman wrote.
However, an April 5 Gallup Poll has attempted to determine the racial demographics of the Tea Party movement. And surprise – they’re not that far off the country as a whole, as the poll showed.
“In several other respects, however — their age, educational background, employment status, and race — Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large,” the Gallup Poll reported.
So in its coverage of the hardship faced by black conservatives, the AP ignores readily available data to imply that the Tea Party is, in fact, racist. Still, at least it covers the issue in the first place: the left is smearing black conservatives for having the audacity to not believe as they’re being told.
Left Coast Rebel voices similar surprise:
Despite the fact that the Tea Party movement has been proven to be actually representative of the public at large, it is still interesting to read this overall article coming from the Associated Press. I think it speaks to the overall to the fact that black conservatives feel intimidated to go against the plethora of prevailing press-winds today and stand up for what they know to be true. When they believe differently than the Democratic party/press-plantation requires them to, they are forced into the shadows because of the hostile collective-collectivist reaction that they face, otherwise.
Hot Air covers the story as well, and posts a wonderful (not really) video of a black conservative reading his hate mail from from leftists: