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O'Reilly's Search Is Over . . . Found a Black Dude Who Denies Tea Party Racism

Reported by Julie - April 3, 2010 -

Bill O'Reilly's guest Wednesday night (3/31/10) on the O'Reilly Factor, the black, allegedly conservative tea party guy, Kevin Jackson (the same guy who pooh-poohed the Dems' allegations of attacks from tea party-goers), must have taken vocabulary lessons from Sarah Palin ("symbology?"), as well as truth-telling lessons -- how else can you explain the fact that he claims to have seen ZERO evidence of racism at any of the tea party rallies he's attended? Read half the right-wing websites in the blogosphere, and you'll see the dismissive attitude, bolstered by Jackson, denying that racism lives and breathes within the tea party movement. Vindication -- from a black guy, no less! Of course, the fact that he's paid to speak at these events means he's gonna says nice (however disingenuous) things about the tea party people. In return they give him a check. I mean, what would you expect him to say? Let me tell you, if Gatorade is paying me to push its product, I'm not likely to go out and publicly say I like Fiji water better. I'm gonna publicly show my love for Gatorade, take my check, and crack open a Fiji behind closed doors. Jackson is a paid spokesperson for the tea party movement -- a job a lot of people wouldn't take for any amount of money. Good for him, though -- times are tough. Just don't necessarily believe the words he's paid to stammer. With video.

Kicking it off, O'Reilly gravely informed us, ". . . the far left is making a big deal about the tea party movement being almost all white, implying it's a racist situation." Enter stage right, Jackson, one of the few black dudes Fox could drum up (aside from Lloyd Marcus, the tea party's resident crooner) to deny that there's racism at the tea party events. He sounded pretty sincere when he first started talking, explaining that he got involved with the tea party people last April because of "runaway government" and "government gone wild" . . . the usual tea party (translation, right-wing) talking points. He said that he's appeared at about 80 events in the past year and "found these people to be the salt of the earth."

But when he started explaining to O'Reilly why there aren't more African Americans at these events, well, let's just say that Jackson didn't seem to be too tuned in to the African American community, saying, "Black people in general do not go, we're not politically charged . . . we're not rally types to begin with." Uh, right -- refresh me, what was the Million Man March about again? And I seem to recall something about a civil rights movement and a march to somewhere . . . it'll come to me. Not sure, Jackson, but it seems like African Americans just aren't that into your events.

When challenged by O'Reilly about 20,000 people showing up to hear Louis Farrakhan speak in Chicago, Jackson stammered a bit, then lamely offered that "with Farrakhan, it's probably a different dynamic. As a rule, we're not really the type to go out and rally for things such as this . . . ."

O'Reilly noted the controversy about commentators who have called the tea party people racist, "branded them a white power organization . . . so you hear that and you say what?"

"I say it's completely bogus," Jackson offered. "There have been zero racial incidents at a tea party with me, and . . . I've been to dozens . . . I look at it as the left is just trying to demonize a movement that quite frankly I consider the re-emancipation of America, I call it Emancipation II. This time everybody gets freed."

Jackson admitted that "more recently" he's getting paid because "I sort of cut my teeth on 'em."

"A cynic might say," O'Reilly said preemptively, "Hey, they bought Mr. Jackson . . . I think you're a sincere man . . . the tea party . . . has angered, angered the far left in this country more than anything that I've recently seen except for the Fox News Channel . . . ."

Taking a swipe at the congressional blacks, Jackson said, "The reason for the anger is . . . the Congressional Black Caucus who is now the new 'hit man' for the 'Democrat Party' who says that the tea party is racist, yet I would defy you to find any of them that have ever been to a tea party." Given the tone at the capital during the vote on healthcare reform, as well as town hall meetings and tea party events, the "Democrat" Party would have probably been as welcome as the plague.

O'Reilly noted the claims that "they got assaulted verbally [coming into the Capital for the healthcare vote] . . . that really lit the fuse on this latest stuff."

Jackson offered up a Palinanity, saying, ". . . The 'symbology' of what happened . . . you've got this very wealthy white lady leading a group of black men up to the thing with a gavel in her hand. It would have been more symbolic had she had a whip [oh, I get it, plantation owners, right, the ones who were white and largely MALE?] . . . In the same sense they're scaring black people off of something that none of them have ever been to, these guys have not been to tea parties . . . how 'bout you come to one?"

Well, now there's a concept. I did "come to one" -- several, in fact. Even in suburban Chicago, I saw no black participants. Even at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago -- I saw no black participants. What O'Reilly and Jackson seem to conveniently overlook is that racism doesn't necessarily have to be displayed by the n-word to be racism, even though that's happened too. Calling our President a Kenyan is racist. The entire premise of the birther movement is racist. Internet bloggers have displayed any number of signs signifying racism at these all-white events.

Tell me why any African American would want to attend a rally where signs like these are displayed -- about the President of the United States, no less.

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Let's face it -- if even our black President is fair game at these events, maybe O'Reilly and Jackson can explain why average African Americans, who aren't being paid to spout the talking points, would feel welcome?