Former Congressman Allen West appeared on Fox's The Kelly File with host Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night to address the highly contentious, anti-Tea Party comments that were made by Rep. Alan Grayson and the provocative, anti-Tea Party email that was sent out on Monday by his Florida Democratic campaign team.
When asked about the seriousness of his charges, Grayson defended his highly charged accusations.
In a statement released to the Huffington Post, he said: “If the hood fits, wear it,” as he pointed out things like Tea Party posters that said “Kenyan Go Home,” “The Zoo has an African Lion, and the White House has a lyin’ African,” and the infamous picture of President Obama dressed up like an African witch doctor with a bone through his nose and bananas on his head.
So in a fundraising email sent out by the Grayson campaign, a photo depicting a burning cross is shown with a couple of Ku Klux Klan-like figures standing by. The blazing cross represents the letter “T” in the phrase Tea Party, which is spelled out to the side.
Needless to say, Kelly, West and many other conservatives are not happy with Grayson's political characterizations right now.
“This is despicable. This is demeaning. This is disgusting. We all know that Alan Grayson is pretty much so a sensationalist, and he can continue to say things that are over-the-top.”
“My concern is where is the NAACP and Ben Jealous? Where is the National Urban League and Marc Morial? Where are the voices of the Congressional Black Caucus—Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?”
“Because obviously what we are seeing now is the party, the Democrat Party that created the Ku Klux Klan and also created that symbol of the burning cross is obviously still proud to have that symbol being displayed.”
Kelly responded and said:
“You know, there are certain things you don’t, you don’t touch in American politics—you don’t mess around with.”
“Referring, equating someone to a member of the KKK, that could be one of them. Where is the accountability for it?”
Conservatives are demanding an apology from Grayson. And like West, many are demanding that top Democrats and progressive leaders denounce Grayson’s antics.
But even if Grayson does decide to apologize for his controversial email and his controversial comparisons of the the Tea Party to the KKK, the conservative ideology, which includes the Republican Party, the Tea Party, and even the Libertarian Party, will still be faced with the daunting task of trying to rehabilitate the anti-minority, in-the-closet racist, white privilege upholding perceptions that have marred it for years and continues to do so even today.
This is why for every conservative, mainly whites, that believes that President Obama is a Kenyan, a Muslim, and a communist—there are at least three to four African-Americans and other minorities that believe that Grayson’s email picture with the burning, Tea Party cross is right on the money.
Good luck on trying to fix that one, because the sad truth is that Grayson’s controversial image of the Tea Party and the KKK’s burning cross is the proverbial apple that does not fall far from the political tree for an African-American population that just happens to vote extensively Democrat.
The Republican/conservative brand simply has no real credibility on the diversity/tolerance issue, and it has had plenty of time to address the issue.
And even before the arrival of Barack Obama in 2008 and then President Obama in 2012 via the Democratic Party, African-Americans have traditionally and consistently voted about 95 percent for the Democratic Party, which means that only about 5 percent vote Republican or conservative, and that is no coincidence, and it should tell conservatives something that they should have figured out by now.
So it doesn’t matter if the Tea Party or the Republican Party is not the actual KKK. Both are considered to be the party for white people—white men in particular, and that perception is enough to keep the black vote overwhelming in the Democratic Party, which is basically what the Republicans and conservatives ultimately care about—their political inability to secure even a small portion of the black/minority vote.
And although conservatives will blame the race-hustling Democrats for brainwashing African-Americans unto the “Democratic Party’s plantation,” as conservatives like former presidential nominee Herman Cain and Allen West have boldly stated numerous times, it’s a lot easier to “brainwash” someone when that person already believes beforehand. One could make the argument that it is not even “brainwashing” at that point, but merely entities agreeing with each other.
Unfortunately for the Republicans, things like Kenyan birth certificates, accusations of secret, black Muslims in the White House; perennial, happy scissors waiting to cut social, safety net programs; a staunch unwillingness or some cognitive inability to address or even acknowledge the existence of institutionalized, American racism; perennially reluctant feet on issues like immigration reform and marriage equality, and just being the unofficial “Party of No” have done a lot more to discredit the conservative brand than any Democratic plantation, brainwashing efforts, including Grayson’s combative propaganda based on conservative dissatisfactions over the image.