Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Racist comix roil Tea Party waters

Posted By on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM

In case you’ve missed it, a lot of people are madder than a snakes with a migraine about some unbelievably racist comics that have made the rounds in Tea Party World. Called Tea Party Comix, the black and white pages show Pres. Obama, in stereotypical blackface and in various guises, including evil superhero. He’s shown deliberately destroying all that’s good and holy about ‘Mer-ca, while the comic spews the usual litany of Tea Party gripes: death panels, too much spending, liberal judges, et al.

Tea Party bigwigs (not their official titles, at least I hope not), to their credit, have disavowed Tea Party Comix, and even claimed that the comics were an obvious plant by Tea Party foes to make the TPers look bad. The trouble is, they’re not.

The creator of the comics has responded to Ethan Persoff, of Comics With Problems, who first alerted the non-Tea Party world about them. The artist, who remains unnamed, said he created the comics out of anger at Obama, but denies that the comics are racist.  Below are some examples of Tea Party Comix, and here is a link to more. We’ll let you be the judge of the racism in the comics. As we’ve said before, we don’t think the Tea Partiers are inherently racist, but they sure do attract racists, and, in any case, the views expressed in Tea Party Comix, at the very least, show the mindset of a sizeable cross-section of that movement.



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