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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Racism, bigotry in health care protest

Anti-Obama sign at protest (AFP)

Racism and anti-gay bigotry reared their ugly heads Saturday as Tea Party participants protested the health care vote that is scheduled for a historic vote Sunday.

Protesters taunted openly-day Democratic Congressman Barney Frank with “faggot,” “homo” and other homophobic slurs and called African-American Georgia Congressman John Lewis a “nigger” as he left the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

“They were shouting, sort of harassing,” Lewis told reporter William Douglas of McClatchy Newspapers. “But it’s OK. I’ve faced this before. It reminded me of the 60s. It was a lot of downright hate and anger and people being downright mean.”

Frank told The Boston Globe that he is “disappointed with the unwillingness to be civil. I was, I guess, surprised by the rancor. “People out there today, on the whole, were really hateful.”

The racism and bigotry in Saturday’s protest is not unusual for tea party gatherings where hate often surfaces.

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11 thoughts on “Racism, bigotry in health care protest”

  1. I photographed the 3/20/10 DC Tea Party as a freelance photographer and can say that racism did NOT characterize that rally, the people, or the day’s entire events — and certainly does not characterize the movement. Any such incidents that may occur at the Tea Parties are isolated, although you wouldn’t know that if you weren’t there or had to rely on the mainstream media to report accurately about the Tea Parties.

    I posted three blog posts, including photos and an audio slideshow, regarding the 3/20/10 DC Tea Party addressing the Tea Party people, the health-care reform bill and the charges of racism. My latest blog post is titled: “Are Tea Party Conservatives Racists?” and can be found at:

    A full photo gallery of the 3/20/10 DC Tea Party is coming up in the next post. The photos reveal spirited citizen dissent — not racism or bigotry.

  2. It never ceases to amaze me how people will brand Tea Party activists as bigots, hatemongers and racists without knowing the first thing about them. I’m not in the Tea Party, but I support them, and I’m a lesbian. I’ve not received an ounce of hate. My best Tea Party friends are black, Hispanic and Asian.

    The more crap I see like this, the more I don’t care what my profession says about taking part in organized protests. I want to join the Tea Party just to irritate people like you.


    Do You Want to Stop the Health Insurance Mandate?

    The health insurance, hospital, and pharmaceutical cartels want to force you to buy health insurance. They have contributed millions to their minions in the government, and as a result, they are on the verge of getting a law passed that will reap billions. Contrary to what the supporters of the current heaIth care reform bill state, the bill was written by the insurance industry for their benefit and NOT for the benefit of the American people. The bill as written puts the IRS in charge of administering health care and anyone who does not obtain health insurance will be fined and/or imprisoned. Thus, the bill expands the powers of the IRS at the same time millions of Americans are calling for the elimination of the IRS and the repeal of all federal income taxes, to be replaced by a national sales tax. The national sales tax will empower the people because you will take home your entire pay check (no federal income tax deductions whatsoever) and you will receive a rebate for all of the taxes that you spend on basic necessities, such as food, shelter and clothing.

    If you really want to stop the health insurance profit promotion bill, then let Congress know that we will use our most powerful right to hold government accountable. This is our right to present evidence indicating the commission of a crime to a grand jury and ask for an investigation and an indictment.

    If you are wondering what acts associated with this bill could indicate the commission of any crimes, there are a variety of crimes which should be investigated and prosecuted.

    Accepting large amounts of donations from an industry and then passing a bill which provides big gains to that industry in spite of widespread public opposition shows probable cause that a few crimes may have been committed, such as bribery 18 U.S.C. § 201, unlawful receipt of compensation 18 U.S.C. § 203, and theft of honest services 18 U.S.C. 1346. Violations of each of these laws are felonies.

    Also, since there is no legal authority under the U.S. Constitution to require anyone to buy any product or service such as health insurance, the attempts to pass this bill are a conspiracy to violate our rights under color of law in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 241 and if it passes, it would be a violation of our rights under color of law in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242. Yes, it is a felony when people in government violate our rights under color of law.

    This evidence suggests that there may be probable cause to investigate. In actuality, we don’t need that because many members of Congress know that they have engaged in tit for tat with the health insurance companies who will benefit from this bill, and as a result, if they even get wind that someone may try to get an investigation started, they are likely to reconsider their position.

    If you are wondering how you can get a complaint to a Federal grand jury and start an investigation, the pertinent part of 18 U.S.C. § 3332(a) states, “any attorney appearing on behalf of the United States … receiving information concerning such an alleged offense from any other person shall, if requested by such other person, inform the grand jury of such alleged offense, the identity of such other person, and such attorney’s action or recommendation.” Several organizations are considering mounting a petition drive for such an effort.

    Here is an idea for something to add to your messages to let your members of Congress know that you are serious:
    Do you think that you are above the law?

    You should understand that you have no power under the U.S. Constitution to require anyone to buy any product or service such as health insurance and that violating our rights under color of law is a felony violation of both 18 U.S.C. §§ 241 and 242.

    Also, you should realize that taking campaign contributions from the health insurance companies and then forcing us to buy their insurance is prima facie evidence that you have accepted a bribe and deprived us of your honest services in violation of statutes prohibiting bribery 18 U.S.C. § 201, unlawful receipt of compensation 18 U.S.C. § 203, and theft of honest services 18 U.S.C. § 1346. Violations of each of these laws are felonies.

    There is a movement to bring complaints about these actions to grand juries across our country and ask for investigations and prosecutions.

    Govern yourself accordingly if you want to avoid the legal consequences flowing from such actions. You may use this language in your message if you wish.

  4. Health care should not be a left -right or Republican-Democrat battle of ideology and certainly not a racial issue. It is meaningless and off subject. There are morons associated with every group or saboteurs organized to diminish any cause. Everyone is so caught up in blaming their opposition that they will sacrifice or disregard basic principles in order for their side to win. Then the people lose and special interests win. While we are preoccupied with this division, Pharmaceutical giants, meet in private to escalate the costs of health care and secure their monopoly with regulations that invade every aspect of our lives. What a bunch of chumps. All the military industrial complex has to do is tell you there is a boogie man living in a cave and everyone gives up their freedoms and privacy. They threaten us that wall street is destroying our economy and we give the same network more power and control with new regulations and bail outs. It is easier than training dogs. People do not want to look at historical evidence or take personal responsibility. Government is incapable of producing anything, it cannot take care of you without taking much more from you. That is why our founders wisely directed the power of government to come from State and local levels. The Federal government does not have the right to make me comply with a corrupt, destructive medical drug cartel that I do not want or need. As a Native American I was proud that our predominantly Anglo country elected a black man by majority who was promoting change. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen corrections to the invasion of privacy from the Patriot Act, or a decline in unconstitutional wars or transparency from our legislators, We do see more regulations created by both parties that are not in the best interests of citizens. This doesn’t seem to matter as long as our group wins. As long as we stay divided, compromising principles of freedom, everyone loses.

  5. Already proven to be completely false. The Black Congressman who reported the slurs, are now having to backtrack. Little did they know that not one but two videos were taken of them entering and leaving the Capitol with absolutely no! racial slurs on the audio. Only boos, and shouts of “Kill the Bill.”

    They’ve been exposed bigtime. Complete liars. They need to be brought up on charges for maligning the reputation of the Tea Party.

    Send them to the same jail cell as their former colleague William Jefferson.

  6. Hmmm…. I have to wonder at the timing of this reported incident and its apparent reportage only in, shall we say, left-of-center blogs and publications. And, being a bit on the suspicious side when it comes to pols, operatives and party hacks, I also have to wonder whether agents provocateur were involved (folks planted to “go extreme” at just the right moments). Perhaps less partial witnesses will come forth as the day progresses,;-)

    • You’ve got to be kidding me? Is it really a shocker that the healthcare protests included racists and bigots? These are the people who do not care about anyone except themselves and respect no one who is different from them. These people make our country the cold and heartless place it has been over the last decade. These are people who are taking time out of the day to prevent our government from helping less fortunate Americans obtain better healthcare, and you are suprised that they are full of hate? They easily accept funding violent and oppressive wars, but are against better health for Americans. Your theory is implausible and deeply concerning.

    • Iss, do you doubt that it even happened? Or that it did, but Democrats concocted the whole mess?

      Perhaps the reason that Faux Gnus refuses to report such facts if because they conflict with their strong Right Wing marching orders. Remember who runs Faux day to say. Ailes. And recall whose campaign he ran in his first run for senate, Mitch McConnell.

  7. The “compassionate conservative” of folklore lives! This they (FOXheads) do for love of god, country and nostalgic delusions of good ol’ American family values… and most important – personal wealth – a.k.a. greed. Funny how these same [right-wing] protesters of unaffordable humanitarian expenditures will quickly morph into cheerleaders of increased funding for imperial militarism and silent benefactors in hegemonic economic blackmail schemes. I suppose such hypocrisies ‘over tax’ other limited capacities too. The primatives… they do amuse.

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