WTF Are The Tea Partiers So Mad About? The Answer Won’t Surprise You

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Bolitics, News

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You probably didn’t need a study to confirm this, but the University of Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality and New York Times/CBS News have conducted surveys that make it clear these rabid Tea Party folks are not just outraged about taxes. In fact, for all their moaning, a lot of them are doing okay financially, so what’s the problem? Pop the hood.

A new survey by the University of Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality offers fresh insight into the racial attitudes of Tea Party sympathizers. “The data suggests that people who are Tea Party supporters have a higher probability”—25 percent, to be exact—”of being racially resentful than those who are not Tea Party supporters,” says Christopher Parker, who directed the study. “The Tea Party is not just about politics and size of government. The data suggests it may also be about race.”

Surveyers asked respondents in California and a half dozen battleground states (like Michigan and Ohio) a series of questions that political scientists typically use to measure racial hostility. On each one, Tea Party backers expressed more resentment than the rest of the population, even when controlling for partisanship and ideology. When read the statement that “if blacks would only try harder, they could be just as well off as whites,” 73 percent of the movement’s supporters agreed, while only 33 percent of people who disapproved of the Tea Party agreed. Asked if blacks should work their way up “without special favors,” as the Irish, Italians, and other groups did, 88 percent of supporters agreed, compared to 56 percent of opponents. The study revealed that Tea Party enthusiasts were also more likely to have negative opinions of Latinos and immigrants.

These results are bolstered by a recent New York Times/CBS News  survey finding that white Tea Party supporters were more likely to believe that “the Obama administration favors blacks over whites” and that “too much has been made of the problems facing black people.” The survey also showed that Tea Party sympathizers are whiter, older, wealthier, and more well-educated than the average American. They’re “just as likely to be employed, and more likely to describe their economic situation as very or fairly good,” according to a summary of the poll.

If Tea Party supporters are doing relatively fine, what are they so riled up about? These studies suggest that, at least in part, it’s race. The country that the Tea Partiers grew up in is irrevocably changing. Last month, new demographic data showed that minority births are on the verge of outpacing white births. By 2050, Hispanics are expected to account for more than a quarter of the American population. The Tea Partiers “feel a loss … like their status has been diminished,” says David Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which examines issues of race. “If you listen to [their] language, it’s always about ‘taking our country back.’ But it’s really not taking the country back as is. It’s taking the country back”—as in time.

Bositis finds the movement’s arguments about reckless federal spending unpersuasive. Why, he asks, weren’t they up in arms when President George W. Bush launched two costly wars and created a new unfunded mandate with his Medicare prescription-drug plan? Why didn’t they take to the streets when he converted a surplus into a massive deficit? “I don’t like to be in a position where I’m characterizing people as being racially biased,” says Bositis. “But when the shoe fits, what do you do?” Given modern societal norms, “they know they can’t use any overtly racist language,” he contends. “So they use coded language”—questioning the patriotism of the president or complaining about “socialist” schemes to redistribute wealth.

So, what do you think? Is the Tea Party primarily concerned with government spending and high taxes or do they have another agenda?



  • Tragic Mulatto

    I can’t believe I’m doing this-FIRST!

  • Sad

    They are mad because our president is Black plain and simple where these fools when bush was found to be illiterate and unable to complete a sentence lol

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  • bobo

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  • chocalatetunda

    smh…………. racist….. idk what to say about this but its just a shame

  • Choco

    I knew it was about race-that’s their problem not mine~!

  • Church

    You know them tea bags are only in it because they hate the skin and not the ideas within.


    These Tea Party people are yapping lap dogs.Their “movement” is being co-opted by both parties.(mostly the Republicans…that’s what Palin gets the big bucks for…keeping these whiners in line…she’s the Republican Jesse Jackson) The only way they will be effective is if they actually get TEA PARTY politicians elected.Not looking good so far.

  • Mock Rock Star

    Yes they are racist…but don’t worry, with all that blind rage their going to f*ck up and when the time comes SUE their a$$!!! If u are a black person and U come in contact with them SUE their wealthy a$$e$ for something…break these b*tches pockets!!!

  • smittyboy

    So black people, are you still looking for peace and harmony with the white race, if you are then keep waiting because, it ain,t gonna happen, millions of uncle toms went to their graves waiting for that to happen.

  • Liz Pittsburgh

    Those Tea Partiers are the most hateful, vengeful, and uneducated people out there. Truly disgusting.

  • Mizz Frost

    Don’t worry folks, Mother earth will soon cleanse herself and wipe thier ignorant azzes off the planet.

  • smittyboy

    Yeah the teaparty is the most racist hateful vengeful people alive,the teaparty is white folks being white folks,most blacks would be shocked if they found out the true feelings about the very white,s they call their friends, the teaparty whites is just being honest with they,re racist ways.

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  • Choco

    There are some black tea party participants as well-and not all whites are tea party members.

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