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De-Godwinizing The Tea Party Discussion: A Modest Proposal

Once again, a commentator has decided that they desperately need to reinforce the "Tea Partiers are racists" line of attack and have drawn upon a Nazi metaphor. This time, it was on CNN that Luke Visconti, owner of Diversity Inc., an organization that discusses how to deal with everyone except white guys and features a section called "Ask The White Guy." Mr. Visconti made a point of comparing black Tea Party members to "kapos" -- Jewish trustees within the Nazi concentration camps.

Not only is this wildly offensive, it's a very, very poor choice of offensive metaphors. Especially when there's a far, far more relevant example at hand.

The Atlantic slave trade peaked in the late 18th century, when the largest number of slaves were captured on raiding expeditions into the interior of West Africa. These expeditions were typically carried out by African kingdoms against weaker African tribes and peoples. These mass slavers included the Oyo empire (Yoruba), Kong Empire, Kingdom of Benin, Kingdom of Fouta Djallon, Kingdom of Fouta Tooro, Kingdom of Koya, Kingdom of Khasso, Kingdom of Kaabu, Fante Confederacy, Ashanti Confederacy, and the kingdom of Dahomey. Europeans rarely entered the interior of Africa, due to fear of disease and moreover fierce African resistance.

See? No reason to drag the Nazis and the Jews into the matter. Here's a perfectly good example of blacks conspiring with whites to oppress other blacks. Isn't that a hell of a lot closer to what Mr. Visconti is alleging? After all, I don't think he's saying that the Tea Party wants to commit genocide against all blacks, just exploit and oppress them. And the slave trade wasn't about wiping out blacks, but exploiting and oppressing them.

Heck, Mr. Visconti himself is a white guy. In fact, he's "The White Guy," according to his company's web site. That itself opens up a whole 'nother can of worms, but I think I'll pass on that one.

No charge for the suggestion, Mr. Visconti. Consider it my contribution towards improving race relations in the US.


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Comments (7)

Nah, he's saying the Tea Pa... (Below threshold)
epador:

Nah, he's saying the Tea Party has bad people in it and should be condemned as a whole for it. So if Africa had and has bad people in it...

Gee, Lee, have you noticed ... (Below threshold)
howcome:

Gee, Lee, have you noticed how the national discussion of Tea Party racism is increasing, not decreasing? Timed right before an election, which is just a coincidence, I'm sure. Yep, the DNC, NAACP, Obama misadministration and the media all happen to be on the same page just in time to save the dems from themselves. Clearly there is no strategy involved here, it's just honest reporting.

And yet another Lee Ward IP... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

And yet another Lee Ward IP bites the dust. Sooner or later, Lee, I might have to contact AT&T and tell them if you don't knock it off, we'll blacklist their entire block.

J.

I think it's funny how the ... (Below threshold)

I think it's funny how the tea parties are accused of racism when the only major demographic group whithin which Obama's approval numbers haven't fallen is the blacks.

Forget Nazis, just using th... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Forget Nazis, just using the tired old "Tea Partiers are racists" smear should be enough to invoke the Godwin rule.

What the idiotic dem's don'... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

What the idiotic dem's don't understand that it was demonizing Tea Party people in the first place that made the movement grow as well as effect some elections. So, keep it up dem's. The NAACP will not release their resolution until October. No! It's not political. But it is telling that the NAACP is willing to abuse the term racist for political gain. They lost their soul. Just like NOW did with Clinton. ww

At last! It's out of the... (Below threshold)
Gaius Piconius:

At last! It's out of the bag. On the western seabord,.... slavery was a black owned
business. How then can that be factored in to
the 'reparations' proposals that are waiting to ambush America before the BBC falls on his
assegai.




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