Black Tea in Houston

Sally MacDonald, KRIV-TV (Houston), January 18, 2011

It’s a tea party unlike any Houston, and perhaps the entire country, has ever seen. The first Black Tea Party held its inaugural meeting Tuesday night in the Third Ward. Organizers of the Crispus Attucks Tea Party are quick to point out that anyone is welcome and it’s not a political party.

Their mission statement reads in part:

“To build a strong base of conservative Black entrepreneurs, elected officials and constituents that provide Black conservatives a viable way to express and implement their conservative values politically.”

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“We’re trying to break the stereotype that the tea party is racist,” said Moncrief [Co-founder Anita Moncrief].

At least half of the 75 or so people who attended the first meeting are white and have been defending the rights of taxpayers for a while.

Then there’s Marie Johnson, a longtime Black Democrat. She’s fed up with the direction the country is going and wanted to see what the movement is all about.

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Newly elected Texas State Representative James Early White (R-TX District 12) isn’t worried about taking any heat for being a Black Tea Party activist. He won in a predominantly white district.

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