Tea party activists and tea party people all across the US work very hard to counter the charge they are racist neanderthals. There are tea party leaders who are African Americans who appear in the media all the time and have risen to quite the profile. They explain that the tea party is a group advocating fiscal conservatism and limited government. The tea party believes that the debt is too high and the deficit is unsustainable.
Well that is most states, and then there is Mississippi. In that former Confederate state there is a "tea-party backed" US Senate challenger who thought it was a good idea to speak to a neo-confederate group. What are neo-confederates you ask? They are people, in the US American South, who are still upset that the South didn't win the Civil War. They are nostalgic for a time when blacks knew their place (ie were slaves) and there was proper order in the South. In fact the group this gentleman address advocates succession now as the Mother Jones reports.
"The Rosin Heels does more than regret the outcome of the Civil War. Its monthly newsletter routinely features articles and essays advocating for present-day secession. Its August newsletter highlighted the seven-year-old "Burlington Declaration" from the First North American Secession Convention, which stated that the right of secession was a "[truth] of natural law and the human experience."
Unfortunately national groups run by Sen. Jim Demint and the Club for Growth (a free market advocacy group) have backed Chris McDaniel without bothering to figure out if the man had good judgement. Of course DeMint and other national groups probably could not contemplate that groups that advocate succession actually exist while they sit in DC but they do. Southern US politics is a lot more complicated than Northern US politics, thanks to the Civil War, and DC groups need to remind themselves of this fact before endorsing candidates in the deep South.