Race Politics Backfire on Democrats
Florida Democratic Representative Alan Grayson sent out an inflammatory fundraising email featuring the image of the KKK burning a cross. The blazing cross was used as the letter “t” in “tea party” and the warning “Know what the T stands for” was written along the bottom.
Retired US Congressman and FOX News contributor Allen West, who identifies as a black tea party supporter ripped into Grayson offensive usage of hateful imagery. He reminded the Democratic Congressman of his party’s own history with the Ku Klux Klan.
West wrote that Grayson tactics were “beyond disgusting.” The imagery was particularly offensive to West. “I grew up in Atlanta, Ga.,” West recounted, “and remember the Klan burning crosses atop Stone Mountain.”
West reminded Grayson of the KKK’s history. “The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party’ focuses on fiscal spending and government growth issues as well as individual liberty and free market principles. Mr. Grayson should probably crack open a history book, in between his histrionics, and learn that it was the Democrat Party that created the Ku Klux Klan to intimidate black voters.”
Grayson has refused to recant his use of the image, insisting the “tea party is the home for bigotry and discrimination.” West points out that Kevin Jackson, Deneen Borrelli, Alfonzo Rachel, Cynthia Farahat, and himself are all black members of the Liberty Alliance, a tea party associated group.
Democrats frequently cry ‘racism’ against their political opposition, ignoring the popularity of leaders like West and economist Walter E. Williams amongst libertarian and conservatives. Let’s not forget Vice President Joe Biden telling a crowd of black Americans that the GOP wanted to “put you all back in chains.”
The Democrats seem to forget it was their party that had kept blacks in chains, and it was the Republican Party which freed them. As West alludes to, it was the Democrats who segregated the South, created the KKK and fought against equal rights for black Americans. It is not a tradition long forgotten, as long time Democratic Senator Robert Byrd had not only been a member of the KKK, he was a recruiter for the hate group. Byrd served until 2010.1 comment