Hannity: ‘I can’t find any’ racist Tea Party signs

By David Edwards
Friday, July 16, 2010 12:10 EDT
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Fox News’ Sean Hannity is having trouble finding racist signs at Tea Party events but maybe that’s because he’s just not looking very hard.

Radio host Steven A. Smith joined Hannity Thursday night to discuss a resolution passed by the NAACP condemning racism in the Tea Party.

“The NAACP, they have the resolution — explicitly racist behavior,” said Hannity. “Do you have any specific examples?”

“Is there any example [of] any Tea Party members said anything racist, held any racist signs? Because we can’t find any,” Hannity asked Smith.

“[The NAACP] was saying that folks held racist signs in various cities,” answered Smith. “I don’t know.”

But racially tinged signs from Tea Party events are widespread on the Internet. A sign from a Madison, Wisconsin Tea Party reads “Obama’s Plan — White Slavery.”

A sign from another event says “Obama — What you talkin about Willis! Spend my money?”

“Obamanomics — Monkey see, Monkey spend!” reads a sign from a Denver Tea Party.

While examples of signs are easy to find, one website has been accused of going too far and manufacturing evidence of racism at Tea Party events.

On Thursday, the liberal website Think Progress posted a video with what they say are incidents of racism.

The conservative blog Confederate Yankee claimed, “The guy who claims ‘I’m a proud racist, I white’ was actually driven out of the Tea Party protest he attempted to infiltrate.”

Another conservative blog, Left Coast Rebel, reported that part of the video was shot in 2006 before the Tea Party movement started.

This video is from Fox News’ Fox News Room, broadcast July 15, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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