Spitting on Black Congress Members is Unacceptable

As many of you know, this past weekend members of the Tea Party spat on Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver and called him the “N” word. They also yelled at, mocked and shouted the “F” word to Representative Barney Frank, who is openly gay. We cannot stand for this.  The Tea Party is out of control and something has to be done. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, Third Party supporter or conscientious objector, this type of behavior must cease.  Our lawmakers cannot continue to benefit from it in one way (Republican votes) while trying to distance themselves from what comes with it (fear, violence and hatred).

RNC Chair Michael Steele, who is African-American, has yet to stand up to this group; instead he has previously said if he were not RNC Chair, he’d be out there with the Tea Partiers. I hope that does not include spitting on and calling other Black leaders the “N” word.

Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, recently started a Tea Party Group. While he clearly gets off on being spat upon and called the “N” word, most African-Americans do not. Thomas and Steele fail to see the hate that is being spewed at their racial group. Their mere association with this group, sends a clear message that they are in support of their tactics including fear, bullying, violence and intimidation as a means of furthering their racist agenda, hidden by a pseudo-political one.

I am urging you to write to your Congress person denouncing this group. I would suggest writing to Justice Thomas and Mr. Steele if I thought it would do any good. We all know that it wouldn’t because they have cast aside their souls in pursuit of power. So please let your Congress person know in no uncertain terms that if there is any further association with this group, then they will lose your vote, since having a clear conscious is not enough of a motivator.

Do not sit back and watch this happen. African American and gay communities have a history of standing against ignorance, violence and hatred. Let’s not get comfortable and continue to allow this so-called political group to terrorize members of our nation.

Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. writes the blog “Tune N” and serves as cultural critic for Creative Loafing in Charlotte.

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