How Can the Tea Party Reach Minorities

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Emory McClendon

“How can this false pretense of racial animosity be overcome so minorities might be more interested in the tea party movement?

First of all, it’s a two-way street. Critics must have an open mind.  We cannot move forward and tear down barriers all by ourselves.

For instance, why do so many minorities hold to traditional Biblical values and high moral standards yet refuse to recognize they share these things with tea partiers? Compare the values that have held the black community together to those espoused by Obama and his supporters.

Look at the civil rights movement. Analyze whether or not blacks have made the progress sought by its founders and whether we are still on the path they envisioned and for which they sacrificed.

It’s important to note that, despite profound changes since Dr. King’s time, today’s black leaders are still focused on many of the same issues as 50 years ago, even as they lead people into a state of government dependency.

Instead of preaching to people to leave the welfare state and pursue the American Dream, today’s leaders seem to advocate mainly for their own power and the advancement of their own political allies.

So how might the tea party provide an alternative?

One simple way is to make tea party information readily available in minority communities. Organizers should also be more open and vocal with their simple message of individual freedom to educate those who may not now equate that message with their own core values.

Minority participants already involved must seek leadership positions and be seen as role models.

At the same time, those in the tea party leadership should make an effort to interact more with minority members. This will show that a link between the movement and minority communities already exists. At present, I personally find people in the upper echelons unreach.”

How can the teas attract minorities

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