Tea Party News and Analysis

Jul 29, 2014, 19:56
Leonard Zeskind

Leonard Zeskind

 is president of IREHR. For almost three decades, he has been a leading authority on white nationalist political and social movements. He is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in May 2009.  more...

Website URL: http://www.irehr.org
Clockwise from upper-left: Tea Party activist in Olympia, WA; Tea Party Millenials at DC Rally; Julie Borowski of FreedomWorks at Campaign for Liberty event; Lyda Loudon, founder of Tea Party Youth at Wake Up America Rally; Tea Partier at anti-union rally, Olympia, WA; Campaign for Liberty activist at Young Americans for Liberty event.

Race Gap Among Millennials Signals Work To Be Done

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:13

When small groups of older liberals discuss the problems presented by the Tea Party movement, the millennial generation is often cited as the answer: old white conservatives will die off and young liberal millennials will take their place.  Millennials are friendlier than other generations towards gay people having the same civil rights as everyone else.  They are connected by social media, more disconnected from established political and religious institutions, and optimistic about the future.  Although they are more likely to be political independents, they have been more likely to vote for Democratic Party candidates in the last two elections, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. This cohort, aged 18 to 33, is more racially diverse than all previous generations, and only 57% consider themselves white people. (Of those being born today, less than half are white.) 

Who can Stop the Tea Party movement?  (left to right: Karl Rove, Senator Chuck Schumer, North Carolina NAACP leader Rev. William Barber II)

Cut the Tea Party Movement from the Ground Up

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 01:50

Recently Sen. Charles Schumer made a groundbreaking speech outlining a Democratic Party strategy aimed at the Tea Parties.  For the first time, a major figure in the liberal political universe sought to both explain the Tea Parties’ appeal to tens of millions of adult Americas and to project a strategy to break the Tea Party base away from its leaders—at least in the context of election campaigns.  Mr. Schumer’s was wrong in his description of the Tea Party movement, however, and his proposed strategy was little more than a campaign statement that would do little damage to the Tea Parties.  

Remembering the 1987 King Holiday Weekend and Thinking about the Racist Opposition Today

Remembering the 1987 King Holiday Weekend and Thinking about the Racist Opposition Today

Monday, 20 January 2014 03:02

On Saturday, January 17, 1987, about 100 white-sheeted Klansmen and uniformed Aryan Nations members marched through Pulaski, Tennessee in opposition to the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.  They came to Pulaski because it was the birthplace of the Klan in 1866, after the Civil War.  A different Klan organization gathered its members that same day in opposition to the holiday in Summerville, South Carolina.

That same day, in Forsyth County, Georgia a crowd of about 400 North Georgia whites had gathered under the leadership of two Klan groups, the Invisible Empire KKK and the Southern White Knights.  They aimed to prevent a “Brotherhood March” by a smaller group of local working class whites who had teamed up black civil rights advocates from Atlanta.  As soon as all the would-be marchers got off their bus, the racist mob attacked them with bottles, rocks, racist slurs and other forms of shrapnel and drove them back into the bus, their march uncompleted.