FreedomWorks - the group that pulls many of the strings on the tea parties movement whether the teapartiers want to admit it or not - is launching a new effort called "DiverseTea" (wouldn't "DiversiTea" be better?). They're doing minority outreach in an attempt to show how diverse the teaparties are (link):
The ads [to be bought by Freedomworks], which will be accompanied by a yet-to-launch website, will showcase diversity in the tea party ranks by calling attention to movement leaders who are African American, Hispanic and Jewish... “The goal is to build a platform for a diverse group of tea party leaders from across the country –African Americans, Jews, Hispanics, others that have come to this movement – because there is this nagging perception that we are not diverse and I disagree with that,” said (Matt Kibbe) during a Monday breakfast with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
Obviously, this isn't the right way to go about things. The Democrats - and especially the far-left - engage in "diversity" for its own sake and are obsessive about bean-counting, quotas, and so on. Shouldn't a rightwing movement stand in opposition to such far-left concepts? Shouldn't a rightwing movement try to undercut those concepts instead of enabling them? Of course, but the tea parties are different because they're all just about the money and not about "social issues".
And, efforts like this are sure to backfire since no matter how "diverse" "DiverseTea" is, their opposition will always be more "diverse". They're only making their situation worse, not better. There's a way for the tea partiers to handle charges of racism, but I'm not going to tell them what it is.
Note also that one of those involved is Tito Munoz, who some might remember as the cartoonish John McCain supporter "Tito the Builder". Another is Ryan Hecker, who was behind the "Contract from America" sham.
Mon, 09/13/2010 - 11:35 · Importance: 4