All of a sudden, black democratic members of the congressional black caucus are focusing on the tea party as being racist. First Maxine Waters (D-CA) told a group that the tea party can go to hell. Then Andre Carson (D-IN) said that tea party members of the house of representatives said “Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me ... hanging on a tree." The news has misreported this saying that Carson said that the tea party wanted blacks to be lynched. No. Carson explicitly says that its members of congress who want this. Where is the outrage? Carson is obviously ignoring the two black republicans just elected with tea party backing, Alan West (R-FL) and Tim Scott (R-SC). We all know about West, the colonel who was forced to resign because he threatened to kill an Iraqi terrorist unless he told where fellow snipers were located. Tim Scott is noteworthy because he defeated the grandson of Strom Thurmond in the republican primary. What Waters and Carson are doing is firing the first salvos in what is going to be an ugly race war in the upcoming presidential election. What the democrats have obviously decided to do is that since Barack Obama cannot run on his record, what will be done is to conduct an ugly campaign based on class envy and on race. When Carson was asked about his comments, he would not relent. His spokesman said that Carson “believes the tea party caucus in the House is seeking to protect millionaires, oil companies and tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of funding for "child nutrition, Head Start, job training and job creation. The tea party policies are devastating, Carson believes, for those at the low end of the economic scale.” This is not only race warfare but class warfare as well. Would anyone be surprised that the result of such a campaign will be the further exacerbation of the divide between black and white that exists in the country? It is only a miracle that there has been little violence motivated by such comments. It makes little difference that there are black conservatives and black members of the tea party. I have spoken at several tea party rallies. The tea party is not racist. It arose because of the fear of increasing government interference in our lives, the increased government spending, the deficits and the irresponsible increase in the national debt. If these had grown during any administration, it would have give birth to the tea party. That the current president is black is irrelevant. He happened to have been the democratic nominee and any democrat could have beaten John McCain. The only good thing about the election of Obama is that he saved us from another President Clinton. Be forewarned, this is merely a preview of the presidential campaign. The apparent democrat strategy is to make this a black versus white, rich versus poor campaign hoping to appeal to white guilt. The democrats have already lost white men but trying to convince white independents that a vote against Obama is a vote for racism and "millionaires and billionaires" is apparently their only hope for victory.
Harold A. Black is professor emeritus in the Department of Finance, University of Tennessee, Knoxville having retired after 24 years of service. He has served on the faculties of American University, Howard University, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of Florida. His government service includes the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and as a Board Member of the National Credit Union Administration. He also has served on the boards of directors Home Savings of America and its parent company, H. F. Ahmanson & Co., Irwindale, California prior to its merger with Washington Mutual Savings Bank, on the board of New Century Financial Corporation, Irvine, California, then the nation’s largest real estate investment trust and as director and later chairman of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He writes an occasional article for the Knoxville News-Sentinel at http://www.knoxnews.com/staff/dr-harold-black/. His web page is haroldablackphd.com