Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tea Party racism, example #8,334

Democrat Ben Luján represents New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District, basically the northern half of the state. He was in Farmington on Tuesday, a conservative enclave up in the northwest, visiting non-profit groups, when he was accosted by Teabaggers. Most it was the usual right-wing bullshit, but some of it was viciously racist:

Darrel Clark of Farmington said he came for "a chance to see the elusive representative."

"He needs to get out of politics and make room for an American," Clark said.

Luján is a lifelong New Mexican. Clark later explained that he meant an "American patriot."

Uh-huh. Sure. And by "American patriot" he meant a white Teabagger. Certainly not someone the name Luján, a person of color.

Now, okay, this was just one guy. But do you really think he was alone in thinking that? Do you really think he was the lone exception? Please.

As for Luján, as ThinkProgress notes, he "was born in Santa Fe, has lived in the U.S. all his life, and is the son of a public school administrator and the speaker of New Mexico's state House of Representatives.

Sounds awfully American to me. Not that that matters to the racists who make up a lot more of the Tea Party "movement" than its members and apologists would like us to think.

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  • Hmm.
    It is possible that Lujan's ancestors have lived in the area far longer than any of those Anglos. In any case, the Tea Party (the far right wing of the Repubs) has chosen to act out in part of the country where they are the newcomers. Reminds me of Texas history, and not in a good way.

    By Anonymous Lynne Larson, at 11:53 AM  

  • So let me get this straight. One person who may or may not be a part of the Tea Party at best misspeaks and at worst is ignorant and you label the entire Tea Party movement as racist?

    That is a truly astonishing stretch but I'm not that surprised.
    People like you will stop at nothing to achieve your politically motivated ends even at the detriment of your character, morals and values.

    The people most representative of the Tea Party are just not willing to do that and it is this that separates people like us and people like you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:00 PM  

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