Diversity, My Black Ass
So, teabaggers are once again trying to prove how diverse the movement is…and there’s even a video!
Now, go ahead and watch this, because there’s something very interesting about it:
Because there were so very few black people in this movie, something leapt out at me – I recognized a surprising number of them. There are a total of 20 black people in the video. See what you notice about them.
1.) Unknown, but almost certainly a professional speaker of some sort.
2.) Kenneth Gladney, of “not conservative at all, just selling some buttons when I got attacked by a half-blind minister and now give me money and attention” fame.
3.) Angela McGlowan, Fox News broadcaster, author and potential political candidate.
4.) Kevin Jackson, author.
5.) Unidentified man in a crowd.
6 and 7.) William and Selena Owens, the former of whom is the author of Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts and both of whom run the anti-civil rights Black Americans for Real Change (and take donations, too!).
8.) Unidentified man.
10.) Craig DeLuz, political candidate.
11.) Unidentified speaker, but I’m going to guess no self-respecting person would wear that hat and that ponytail unless it would make them money.
12.) Unidentified man in the audience.
13.) Deneen Borelli, professional speaker.
14.) Unidentified speaker, almost certainly a politician/pundit/host of something.
15 and 16.) Two unidentified women.
17.) Unidentified man.
18.) Unidentified man.
19.) Unidentified man, speaking.
20.) David Webb, professional talk show host.
Nine out of twenty of the people in the video are readily identifiable as professional speakers, writers or political candidates. Another three are likely candidates or professional speakers/writers.
The odd thing about this is that the person who put together this video put this together to show the depth of African-American support in the Tea Party movement…but instead showed a subgroup whose representation seems to largely consist of people trying to sell these rubes books. When a bunch of people show up to sell things to each other, that’s not a grassroots political movement – it’s a sales convention.