This short video (5:28) from Ronald Jackson (@ronaldjacksonX) offers a glimpse at the signs of the “Teabag Party” movement which illustrate the deep racism of the movement. You may have seen some of these, but most of the signs rarely make the mainstream news broadcasts:
If you don’t have speakers, don’t worry – you can still watch the video. The audio is just background music only on this one, playing over sign after sign of racism, Islamaphobia, and the occasional sexism. As I’ve written here before, I don’t believe that all opposition to Obama is fueld by racism (I have my own disagreements with his policies), but this “movement” certainly is. The other point to keep in mind about the “Teabag Party” is that it is largely an astroturf – fake grassroots – movement originated by powerful, right-wing lobbyists such as Dick Armey. This cynical strategy of the “Teabag Party” is one that trades on the racism and fear of people in order to advance a republican agenda.