22 Mar 2010 Where Is the Outrage When Black Conservative Tea Party Activists Are Called the N-Word?
Washington, D.C.: Black conservatives opposed to government-run health care routinely are called the “n-word” and worse — by liberals, says Deneen Borelli, full-time Fellow with the Project 21 black leadership network.
To black lawmakers allegedly receiving the same treatment, Borelli said: “Welcome to my world! I’ve been called worse than the N-word by alleged enlightened liberals for the outrage of expressing my views on topics such as the threat of government overreach on things such as ObamaCare, climate change legislation, the Second Amendment and pro-growth economics.”
“It should go without saying that racial slurs are offensive and uncalled for,” added Borelli. “But progressives seem far more aggressive in hurling racist comments than Tea Party members. I find that all the time on my e-mail after I appear on television or radio.”
Responding to comments made by Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) about the racial aspects and alleged racial tone of Tea Party rallies opposed to a government takeover of America’s health care system, Borelli said: “In an attempt to inject race into the national debate about government running our nation’s health care system, Representative Charlie Rangel made false allegations about the Tea Parties when he said that ‘[y]ou don’t see any black folks in these groups. Ever, ever, ever, ever, ever.’ Considering he’s never invited me — or any of his conservative colleagues, for that matter — for insight on reworking one-sixth of our economy, he obviously must not realize I am black. He also failed to see the other black faces I’ve seen at the many tea party rallies I’ve attended and spoken at over the past few months.”
Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives since 1992, is sponsored by The National Center for Public Policy Research (www.nationalcenter.org).