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Tea Partiers ‘scaring white people’ with DC visit advice: columnist

By David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 14:31 EDT
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Guide’s author: ‘Bitch’ at AOL News is lying, I’m no racist; Says he’s shocked Rachel Maddow ‘didn’t spend 15 minutes tea bagging’ Pulitzer-winning guest on show, ‘but then, I guess Anna Marie Cox is more her bowl of fish’

A Tea Party activist is firing back at the media for exposing a guide that warns visitors to stay clear of certain parts of DC.

The guide was written by Bruce P. Majors, a realtor in DC who is heavily involved with the Tea Party movement, and was spotted by many bloggers Monday at the Maine Refounders/Tea Party blog.

At his blog, Tea Party — One Lump or Two?, Majors — who often cites Ayn Rand and notes that he is gay — attacked “incompetent ‘joun-O-lisps” for getting the facts wrong about who made the guide and calling it racist.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Monday that the guide was simply “scaring white people” with its recommendation to stay away from certain parts of the city.

Major’s article directed supporters to stay within a tiny sliver of DC.

Safety and Mores

DC’s population includes refugees from every country, as the families of embassy staffs of third world countries tend to stay in DC whenever a revolution in their homeland means that anyone in their family would be in danger if they went back. Most taxi drivers and many waiters/waitresses (especially in local coffee shops like the Bread and Chocolate chain) are immigrants, frequently from east Africa or Arab countries. As a rule, African immigrants do not like for you to assume they are African Americans and especially do not like for you to guess they are from a neighboring country (e.g. Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia) with whom they may have political or military tensions. It’s rare to meet anyone who gets really offended, but you can still be aware of the issue.

Many parts of DC are safe beyond the areas I will list here, but why chance it if you don’t know where you are?

If you are on the subway stay on the Red line between Union Station and Shady Grove, Maryland. If you are on the Blue or Orange line do not go past Eastern Market (Capitol Hill) toward the Potomac Avenue stop and beyond; stay in NW DC and points in Virginia. Do not use the Green line or the Yellow line. These rules are even more important at night. There is of course nothing wrong with many other areas; but you don’t know where you are, so you should not explore them.

If on foot or in a cab or bus, stay in Bethesda, Arlington (preferably north Arlington), Crystal City, Falls Church, Annandale, or Alexandria, or in DC only in northwest DC west (i.e. larger street numbers) of 14th or 16th streets, or if on Capitol Hill only in SE Capitol Hill (zip 20003) between 1st and 8th Streets, not farther out than 8th (e.g. 9th, 10th etc). (Or stay on the Mall and at the various monuments.) Again there are many other lovely places, from the Catholic University of America to Silver Spring, Maryland. But you don’t know where you are so you cannot go, especially at night, unless you take me with you.

“It is dangerous,” said Maddow, mocking the Website’s advice to stay off the Green and Yellow lines. “It is scary. The whole lines. Don’t — don’t — if you’re approaching the turnstile and you feel like — is it nighttime? Yeah. Don’t do it!”

“As you can see the Green and Yellow lines are two of DC’s central metro lines. In fact, you make it harder on yourself if you don’t take those lines, especially if you come in from Maryland or, say, Virginia,” she noted.

“Protecting yourself from the evil green and yellow lines protect you from Howard University, the country’s most prominent historically black college or maybe it’s the U Street stop where you find Ben’s Chili Bowl, a historic restaurant that attracts people with its sloppy beefy goodness,” Maddow continued to explain.

Most notably, said Maddow, the National Archives — where the Constitution is stored — can only be accessed through the Green and Yellow lines. “Be afraid! The Constitution is there,” she exclaimed.

On his blog, Majors claimed Maddow was inaccurate with her interpretation of his visitors guide.

Maddow even drew a map of DC metropolitan area purportedly showing where I said strangers would be safest to get off and wander around, incompetently leaving out all of NW DC and Montgomery County. This girl should go back to Afghanistan and file more reports about how Obama’s predator drone killings (unlike Bush’s??) are just a delivery of essential city services, like she did last month. (Maddow had Eugene Robinson from the little bus at the Washington Post chortling along with her. One is surprised she didn’t spend 15 minutes tea bagging with him, but then, I guess Anna Marie Cox is more her bowl of fish.) And though she too falsely attributed the text to someone from Maine (the implication being they don’t know DC and are ‘fraid of those darkies!), she projected the text on the wall behind her so you could see “by Bruce Majors” for a few seconds.

To which of these journ-0-lisps should we send this week’s Leni Reifenstahl wannabee award for service in defending the tax predator ruling class?

AOL News’ Andrea Stone wrote that DC residents are fighting back with a blog posting of their own.

Efforts to reach the author of the post, Bruce Majors, were unsuccessful. But AOL News interviewed the friend who posted the guide — and found he wasn’t so amused by Washingtonians’ reactions.

“Some of the criticism is a bit silly,” said Andrew Ian Dodge, Maine coordinator for the group Tea Party Patriots.

He noted that when he visited Washington in the 1990s, a gunfight broke out near the place he was staying. When told that crime had plummeted since then, he expressed surprise.

“I suspect that many people who live in D.C. have a lot of pride in D.C.,” he said, but that didn’t make it right to “call us dumb Mainers who know nothing about D.C. … That’s not very polite either.”

Majors indicated on his Facebook page that he tried to get in touch with Stone following the publication of her story. “Just emailed the bitch,” he wrote. “I guess I am going to have to blog about the incompetence and or dishonesty of [AOL News] too, huh?”

Glenn Beck’s “Restoring the Honor” rally has angered critics for being scheduled on the anniversary and at the same location of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.

Appearing on MSNBC, Robinson explained what the Tea Party group was up to.

“This is obviously scaring white people part two, and what they have done is essentially try to put off limits any parts of the city where these Maine Tea Partiers believe you might be more likely to encounter, dare I say, black people,” said Robinson.

Many posts at Majors’ blog link to videos arguing that the tea party movement isn’t racist, and that he has personally never seen or heard the n-word used at a rally.

Majors wrote:

I, a gay man, was at the Tea Party at the Capitol and was on the corner when the Congressional Black Caucus members did their photo op walk together into the Capitol. No one used the N word and you have found no video showing anyone saying other than “Kill the Bill” as they walked. Their own entourage are on video holding video cameras and they have no video of anyone doing that. You lie.

But a satirical blog entry which appears to be mocking President Barack Obama for allegedly ignoring the Gulf of Mexico spill seems to suggest that he wanted the world to be “remade” in his “black, oily, and toxic” image.

And on the Twelfth Day, the Lord God spoke over the Waters and the Face of the Deep and said “I will continue to make this a Day of Rest, so that the World shall be remade in My Image, Black, Oily, and Toxic to all that swims in the sea, flies in the heavens or lives on the earth.”

Majors also wrote on Facebook that he was “impressed with how remarkably stupid and dishonest the black ministers interviewed on Hannity’s radio show and O’Reilly’s TV show were yesterday, attempting to defend the Justice Dept’s ruling that the Black Panthers should be free to engage in voter intimidation. Blacks must denounce these retards; else the country is going to have as low an opinion of the black community as they are coming to have of Obama.”

In an interview with AM radio station 630 WRAL, Majors complains that Maddow and other “minor bloggers” deliberately ignored that the guide didn’t originate from Maine: “They stole my blog from me so they can attribute it to somebody in a state that they take to be all white.”

“All of them morally owe me an apology” for calling me racist, Majors said. Majors complained that AOLNews’s Stone still hadn’t called him, but he didn’t refer to her as a “bitch” on air.

Majors claimed that “there was no mention of race in his article,” even though he advised tea partiers not to “assume” African immigrants they see in DC are actually “African Americans.” The radio interviewer didn’t inquire as to why Majors didn’t feel a need to warn visitors not to do the same thing with New Zealanders upset about being mistaken for Australians. According to Majors, he was just concerned about potential “cultural insensitivity,” and references to “safety” dealt with transportation issues.

This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Aug. 23, 2010.

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