NPR Sees Tea Party Racism in ‘Almost Neuralgic’ Opposition to Spending

Tim Graham, NewsBusters, August 23, 2011

On Monday night’s All Things Considered on National Public Radio, anchor Robert Siegel followed up a story on the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington D.C. with an interview with a “longtime civil rights activist,” recent NAACP chairman Julian Bond. Siegel omitted any reference to any of Bond’s splenetic rages against conservatives (see below), but instead invited him to denounce the Tea Party as racist for its opposition to liberal uplift:

SIEGEL: Some people read into the Tea Party’s almost neuralgic reaction to government spending, a sense that white people figure black people benefit disproportionately from federal programs. Do you suspect a racial subtext to that whole argument?

BOND: Absolutely. And I’m not saying that all of the Tea Party members are racist. Not at all. I don’t think anybody says that. But I think there’s an element of racial animus there and the feeling that some white people have that these black people are now getting something that I’m not getting and I should be getting it, too.

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Despite the calm tones and kid gloves on NPR, Bond embraces the Tea Party-as-terrorist hardline on the left. From January 20, 2010, just days before he stepped down from the NAACP he proclaimed:

We saw hate on display this summer in town halls and tea parties, subsidized by corporations and their well-funded fear machines across the country. Our politics have been poisoned by armed and paranoid self-described patriots, drawn from the Taliban wing of American politics, a true fright wing, once called Birchers, now birthers, spreading lies and spreading myths.

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Siegel went on to ask Bond if America needs more “explicitly black” leadership, meaning “explicitly racial.” Siegel suggested being “explicitly black” would hurt Obama politically, with you know, the country being so white and backward:

SIEGEL: Today, with a black president in office, is there still a need for explicitly black leadership? And if so, what kinds of leaders are needed?

BOND: Well, I think the kinds of leaders that we have, as well as others, of course there’s a need for them, just as Hispanics, women and other groups that find themselves marginalized in today’s society need effective spokespersons. And black America is fortunate enough to have had and to have today an effective group of such people . . .

SIEGEL: The Congressional Black Caucus, which has been conducting a jobs tour, highlighting black unemployment, the need for more jobs for all Americans, has been pretty rough on President Obama for his more recent focus on balancing the budget. What do you make of that conflict?

BOND: Well, it’s this great tension between President Obama’s race and the expectation by many black people that he is our president and the expectation by others, who are both black and not black, that he’s the president of everyone. And the difficulty he’s had balancing that in the public perception. Is he the black president? Is he the president of black people? Is he president of everybody? I think he wants badly to be the president of everyone, so I think it’s a terrible tension for him.

SIEGEL: Do you think he is actually less vocal in support of an explicitly black political agenda because he is black than, say, had Hillary Clinton been elected president instead might have been?

BOND: I do think that’s true. I think he’s taken care to not be perceived as the president of black people. I think he thinks it would be harmful to his presidency. It would hurt him in other ways. He would be thought of as a single issue president and he badly does not want that to happen.

SIEGEL: Do you think he’s right about that?

BOND: I think he probably is right about that. I want to hear him say more about this black/white gap, this divide, this economic divide. I want to see him act more, but I understand why he doesn’t. I just want him to do it.

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NPR’s website headlined this conversation: “How Close Are We to Realizing King’s ‘Dream’?” As usual, liberal media outlets only go to “civil rights” leaders on the left for the answer. There is often no debate–and especially no black conservatives–allowed on these “open-minded” airwaves.

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  • hugo

    If Siegel were a real reporter he would have immediately followed up by asking Bond if he were in favor of higher taxes because they fall disproportionately on whites. Of course that would be like hitting three birds with one stone.

  • Tony Soprano

    Neuralgic means a certain type of pain. Mr. Siegal I doubt even knows what the word Neuralgic means. I know Julian Bond does not know what the word Neuralgic means.

  • sbuffalonative

    Mr. Bond is, of course, currently married to a white woman. I once saw Mr. Bond when I lived in NYC in the ’80. He was taking a slow walk with a white woman. From their proximity and interaction, I assumed they were either married or boyfriend and girlfriend.

    “Is he the black president? Is he the president of black people?”

    There is no question that blacks believe President Obama is a black president first and foremost. They voted for him to be their black president; the black president who would right the wrongs of Americas ‘racist past’ and give the black man the power to rule (over the white man, that is).

    “I think he’s taken care to not be perceived as the president of black people.”

    This is the problem blacks are having with President Obama. As I said, they voted for him TO BE THEIR BLACK PRESIDENT but he’s not living up to their expectations of overthrowing the old, white order.

    More than anything, blacks want President Obama to explicately state the he is their BLACK president which is something he hasn’t done (yet).

    Maybe if he wins a second term and no longer has to pander to whites, he might show us his real stance on racial issues.

  • Anonymous

    So, black people benefit disproportionately from federal programs and this is proof WHITES are racist, and this is the direction the reporter and the black activist take with the story? I guess only sometimes is a ‘gap’ and a ‘divide’ an important chasm that must be delt with and crossed.

  • Anonymous

    [BOND: …the feeling that some white people have that these black people are now getting something that I’m

    not getting and I should be getting it, too.]

    Translation: there exists”black privilege”!

    [BOND: We saw hate on display this summer in town halls and tea parties…]

    Actually, we saw hate on display by black teen mobs.

    [BOND: Hispanics, women and other groups that find themselves marginalized in today’s society need

    effective spokespersons.]

    And yet Hilary was ousted from contention by Obama in 2008 because black trumps female.

    Also, Hispanics and Blacks hate each other. Whenever they are not loosely united in fighting Whitey, they

    are killing each other.

  • olewhitelady

    Bond apparently wants Obama to be the President of all Americans, but, then again, not really. Probably, he just wants him to–as whites’ Prez–take everything they have and–as blacks’ Prez–give everything to them.

  • Dutchman

    I kept waiting for the part where a Tea Party member would start to grovel and say “Hey, look over here. We have a token black guy who wears a flannel shirt and his own NRA cap!”

    The Tea Party leadership is useless. Instead of dropping to their knees and asking forgiveness for being White, they should fight back intelligently. Ask the the TV moron that interviews them to define what they mean by ‘racism’. When they mention the fact that most Tea Party members are White, shoot back with ‘so what?’ Keep interrupting with pointed questions like “if a group of Whites peacefully assemble to pursue a political aim, how is that racist?”.

    By immediately surrendering and bareing their necks, they let the Cultural Marxists define the debate. We need to fight back with the sharp wits nature gave us. Don’t be surprised and caught off guard by such dirty tactics. Prepare clever retorts and comebacks ahead of time. Read all of the Marxist attack columns and you will know what to expect from these weasels. It is also handy to sometimes have you tallest, most physically intimidating member trained to do all the talking. He won’t even have to act threatening. Most TV and radio types will be too cowardly to press home attacks.

  • BO_Bill

    Our NPR Instructor teaches us: ‘Some people read into the Tea Party’s almost neuralgic reaction to government spending, a sense that white people figure black people benefit disproportionately from federal programs.’

    Well Mr. Seigel, these white people you are disparaging are, umm, correct. A strong social safety net in a white homogeneous society largely serves as a community insurance policy to benefit those who find themselves down on their luck. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

    But a strong (choking) social safety net in a diverse society necessarily transfers money from achieving populations to non-achieving populations. In America-2011, this effectively translates into white and Asian communities being taxed under the threat of state force to pay for the behavior of Hispanic and black communities.

    If you throw in a dose of the Declaration of Independence, we can understand why some of our more aware betters are beginning to get a little alarmed. You need to read beyond that ‘All Men Are Created Equal’ flourish.

    http://goo.gl/YBqvN

  • Anonymous

    The blacks never miss a beat for the perpetual handouts. A public discussion is long over due on the generational handouts given to blacks. The hispanics once the majority will put a stop to that. Sit back and watch the fire works.

  • Legal Ph.D.

    “…this black/white gap, this divide, this economic divide….” This is the perfect example of the black demand for equal results, not equal opportunity. Blacks are not yet mature enough, for the most part, to accept the fact that “this economic divide” comes from their own lack of effort, lack of education, lack of taking advantage of opportunities, lack of willingness to work for their own economic benefit, their refusal to refrain from having kids in their teens, their embracing of drugs and alcohol — and every single one of these is a choice, not a mandate. Nobody pried open a drunk’s jaws and poured the alcohol in; the person chose to drink. “…this black/white gap,…” exists solely because of the poor choices blacks have made for themselves and their children. And, they have no one to blame but themselves.

  • fred

    In other words, Bond thinks Obama is racist but can’t really come out and be as racist as he’d like because it would hurt his re-election. Well, I agree.

  • CDE

    “a sense that white people figure black people benefit disproportionately from federal programs”

    Its not a “sense” that white people “figure,” WE KNOW!

    Most people don’t mind a social safety net, but we are tired of subsidizing black failure. Untold billions spent and blacks still lag in school, 70% out of wedlock births, committ a disproportionate number of crimes, etc.

    The Cherokees have the right idea.

  • Anonymous

    2 — Tony Soprano wrote at 6:23 PM on August 25:

    “Neuralgic means a certain type of pain. Mr. Siegal I doubt even knows what the word Neuralgic means. I know Julian Bond does not know what the word Neuralgic means.”

    In fact it means basic, nerve centered undefined pain.

    I love it when propagandists try out new words attempting to make their claims seem valid.

  • Rhialto

    Note that it was NPR employee, Robert Siegel, who malapropped (i.e. fatuously misused) the word, neuralgic, not his black guest. I guess NPR stands for Neural Processes Retarded.

  • Anonymous

    He probably meant “neurotic”, which can mean

    “A person prone to excessive anxiety and emotional upset”

    In other words, he is suggesting that Tea Party people are insane. This is ironic since the Tea Party people appear have a much better grip on reality than anyone at the NPR.

  • Anonymous

    BOND: Absolutely. And I’m not saying that all of the Tea Party members are racist. Not at all. I don’t think anybody says that. But I think there’s an element of racial animus there and the feeling that some white people have that these black people are now getting something that I’m not getting and I should be getting it, too.

    —————

    This man is so narciccistic (sp) that he doesn’t even get theirony of his own statement.

    What’s wrong with the situation he just lammented? The Tea Party wants FAIRNESS?

    Of course, people with personality disorders often don’t get their own problem, and think everybody ELSE has the problem…

  • The Great Kazoo

    SIEGEL: a sense that white people figure black people benefit disproportionately from federal programs. Do you suspect a racial subtext to that whole argument?

    BOND: Absolutely. there’s an element of racial animus there and the feeling that some white people have that these black people are now getting something that I’m not getting and I should be getting it, too.

    What a load of meaningless blather! We hardworking whites are sick and tired of having the results of our hard-earned labor stolen from us by Bonds and others of his ilk and handed over to lazy blacks. We are tired of being forced to financially support criminals and welfare abusers who spawn large broods that produce increasing amounts of welfare and prison obligations.

    We saw hate on display this summer in town halls and tea parties, subsidized by corporations and their well-funded fear machines across the country.

    We saw hate and hate crimes on display this summer in Philly, New York, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, outside family venues like state fairs and elsewhere as mobs of hateful blacks rampaged through cities destroying property, looting and viciously attacking random whites. We saw the likes of YOU making excuses for this thuggish, racist behavior aimed at whites.

    SIEGEL: The Congressional Black Caucus, which has been conducting a jobs tour, highlighting black unemployment, the need for more jobs for all Americans

    Hey Siegel: Did you forget to mention that the economic illiterates and fools in the CBC overwhelmingly support such job-killing actions as open borders and minimum wage laws? Things that disproportionately affect blacks far more than whites?

    NPR’s website headlined this conversation: ‘How Close Are We to Realizing King’s ‘Dream’?’

    Which dream is that NPR? The dream of plagiarizing others’ work without consequence? The dream of holding oneself up as a paragon of moral virtue by day while “entertaining” and beating up white prostitutes by night? Which “dream” should we be striving to realize based on MLK’s life?

    The rest of this rant is…self censored before I become too carried away…

  • ATBOTL

    I call National Public Radio “National Yiddish Radio.” A few years ago, they did a series about “Yiddish Radio” that they claimed was their biggest special project ever. It really shows what the priorities are around there. The question is are oblivious to how bad this looks or are they just so sure of their own power that they don’t care?

  • Anonymous

    White people want to de fund a government that no longer advances our interests and protects our values. We never wanted the civil rights legislation, but it was passed despite our vigorous protests. We do not want our tax money raising illegitimate black boys who will rob us when they get old enough.

  • jdavis

    Race ascriptions aside, barry obama is an incompetent leader, handled by competent, but evil men. Evil men motivated to destroy any vestiage of Americanism. Handled being the key to barry, nothing more than a greedy puppet.

    Even npr can handle that simple description. All truth is simple.

  • john

    Neuralgic? I think this silly fellow mean neurotic. Neuralgia normally means neural pain without an underlying physical problem or trauma.

  • Anonymous

    18 — ATBOTL wrote at 3:18 AM on August 26:

    “I call National Public Radio “National Yiddish Radio.” A few years ago, they did a series about “Yiddish Radio” that they claimed was their biggest special project ever. It really shows what the priorities are around there. The question is are oblivious to how bad this looks or are they just so sure of their own power that they don’t care?”

    I think you’d be right except for the historic tendency for NPR and the Left to be supportive of the Palestinians over Israelis. I have listened to NPR off and on for 20 years. What I notice most is their steady stream of black centered programs.

  • Anonymous

    15 — Anonymous wrote at 11:49 PM on August 25:

    “He probably meant “neurotic”, which can mean

    “A person prone to excessive anxiety and emotional upset”

    In other words, he is suggesting that Tea Party people are insane. This is ironic since the Tea Party people appear have a much better grip on reality than anyone at the NPR.”

    Which suggests that he is unfamiliar with both terms.

    As far a neurotic is concerned, I notice blacks are most often displaying the signs in their speech, demeanor and actions. Even black comedians like Chris Rock are almost uniforming displaying overt neurosis in their constant focus on race based “comedy” material.

  • Screamin’ Ruffed Grouse

    What I find most amusing here is the narcissism of Mr. Bond in assuming that whatever position his white opposition takes must be based on their feelings about blacks. The great joke here is that for the most part blacks are so inconsequential in these white peoples’ lives that they barely warrant thought.

    Obviously, when posting on AmRen race and race-related issues are front and center. But I do believe I’m in good & large company when I say that unless they are in my vicinity and causing trouble, they aren’t really all that important.

    I am not a member of any Tea Party, and think it is fairly inadequate (albeit a good start). I do agree whole-heartedly with them about government spending.

    Is it because I hate the idea of giving free money away to subsidize black uselessness? Well I don’t like it, but I don’t like the government subsidizing anyone’s uselessness, and besides it’s not really the big issue. Welfare is just the hush money paid to keep blacks from acting like mindless children and burning cities; a problem I think should be dealt with by different means.

    But the much bigger issue is the government giving our dollars away by the TRILLIONS to cover the losses (read “bailout”) investment banks and other well connected entities which made stupid business decisions. Blacks of course are involved in these things, but never as more than the tools of white perpetrators. They’re not competent to be anything more.

    Same goes with welfare, if you think about it. Blacks may be heavily on the receiving end, but it’s predominantly white politicians and bureaucrats who are actually taking our money, and profiting from these actions much more than blacks are (or are able to).

    Some of the “professional blacks” seem to understand this, and are happy to play their own like the saps they are and cash in. Jesse Jackson comes to mind. But sometimes I wonder if Julian Bond has figured that out yet.

  • Al

    22 is wrong. As a dissident Jew I can tell that NPR’s bias is in favor of Israel as many years of listening to Linda Gradstein from Jerusalem have shown.

  • Screamin’ Ruffed Grouse

    Also, he makes the claim that Tea Party rallies are “subsidized by corporations.” Is there any remote grain of truth to this or is he just pulling it out of his big bl… um, I mean, large melanin-enhanced-posterior?

  • Marc B

    Whites don’t want the handouts themselves, they are sick of subsiding dysgenic populations that view them as “easy targets”.

    “a true fright wing, once called Birchers, now birthers, spreading lies and spreading myths.”

    The Tea Party are not even CLOSE to the John Birch Society, and by the way, the JBS have actually been about 85% spot on about the demise of the Western World’s sovereignty. Race replacement is among the most effective tool in their arsenal to facilitate this.

  • WR the elder

    So opposition to trillion dollar deficits makes one a racist and a member of the Taliban. How could any intelligent person be on the left?

    I would ask Bond this, “Was an executive order demanding that all government agencies step up their anti-white affirmative action programs explicitly black enough for you?”

  • Anonymous

    I think he means instinctive instead of neuraligic. Standard ill informed liberal who thinks he knows it all.

    I guess the Tea Party will be the whipping boy from now on instead of 95 year old southern states neighborhood watch members who prevented black on White rape for 100 years.

    Of course the ADL SPLC can always set up a neo nazi front group in Idaho. Why does the ADL SPLC pick on Idaho I wonder?

    Here is the membership of a 10 person neo nazi terrorist cell

    2 FBI informants 2 ATF informants 3 SPLC agents provacatuers, 1 ADL informant and one White guy living in a group home for the developmentally disabled.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve called PBS propaganda bolsheiviki station for years. Lately all they seem to have in my area are black musicians. Geting ready for the election I assume. I turn to another channel as soon a black face appears.

  • Question Diversity

    26 Screamin’ Ruffed Grouse:

    I think it’s projection. So much leftist activism is billionaire funded (Soros), or corporate/foundation funded, that when some “right wing” (quasi or otherwise) thing comes along, the left can’t help but thing that there’s a billionaire or a corporation behind the scenes pulling the strings, because everything they do is that way.

    As far as that goes, I never really heard of the Koch brothers until the left wing cooked up this lame and insane conspiracy theory to “explain” the Tea Party Movement. In reality, the Koch Bros. fund a lot of PBS shows (yes, liberals, that’s PBS). And their political activism is mainly centered around libertarians, and even at that, not all libertarians are thrilled at that — Lew Rockwell, for example, calls them the “Kochtopuses.”

  • Patrick

    A perception that non-whites benefit from federal spending programs more than whites? Is the data not available? Why do people need to speculate? The data should be available.

    If they don’t, show the numbers and end the misconception. But to say there is a misconception but there are no numbers is meaningless. If there are numbers look at the numbers.

  • Vick

    It’s a bit complicated and not at all as simple as this NAACP race baiter makes it sound. A few points:

    1) Many Tea Partiers are explicitly libertarian which means that they are for the most part color blind. They don’t care who is getting the entitlements – they just “hate” the welfare state, no matter who benefits off it.

    So it’s a real insult and a cheap shot to characterize these TP folk as racist. This shows the dishonesty of the left.

    2) On the other hand, the thing is, the TP is in some sense an identity movement. A white, red state, heartland identity movement. And as such, I’m sure there is a certain group within the TP that doesn’t like seeing their taxpayer money going to a different racial group, a different identity group. That doesn’t make them “racist” in my book – it makes them “racially aware.”

    Let’s face it, the multiracialism and multiculturalism of the US is a weakness not a strength when it comes to building Euro-style social welfare systems. In fact, the only countries in the world who seem capable of building such systems successfully are European countries, plus Japan and Korea. Such countries almost always have 90%+ racially homogeneous populations. People don’t like paying into social insurance systems when many of the beneficiaries are seen as foreign, alien outsiders. This appears to be just human nature. We can either accept it, or try to engineer humans through coercion into being something they aren’t, often destroying unique racial/ethnic/cultural identity groups in the process.

    Long story short, socialism doesn’t work in multicultural societies. The examples of N. European countries proves that racial homogeneity is a precondition for socialism-like policies.

    3) And to the extent that some of TP indeed does not like seeing their tax dollars go to benefit a different racial group, who can blame them when blacks are so actively hostile towards whites in this country? Seriously, this country is rife with racial mistrust – and blacks are the most racist of all.

    Look at how many black companies hire white employees. Look at how blacks vote. Look at how blacks reject the assimilation and acculturation they might attempt in order to improve their lot. Simply put, they reject “acting white” even if it would make their lives better. That’s how racist they are. And as a final piece of evidence, look at hate crime stats. Blacks are overrepresented.

    That NAACP hack should be asking himself this: would he want to pay tax dollars into a social welfare system to benefit people that flat out hate him?

  • Question Diversity

    33 Vick:

    Jesse Jackson (who wanted to cut Obama’s gonads off in 2008), and several black members of Congress, have really tried to rip the Tea Party Movement a new one this week. Seems like a coordinated strategy to me.

    The irony of all this is that the laughable TPM leadership shoves blacks (the few there are in the TPM) to the front of the line. Some of them tout nebulous readings of American history to include more blacks into the American narrative. And many try to claim at least a piece of the Martin Luther King “legacy.”

    But there’s an object lesson in the rants of Jackson, Shelia Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, and others like them, if you’re tuned in enough to read between the lines. Even if you espouse anti-racism otherwise, if you seriously advocate a reduction in the size, scope, power and influence of government, you’ll be an anti-black racist, in spite of it all. They are implicitly admitting that blacks are mostly government dependents, either for money or legal protection.

  • Gary

    I mean…NPR?

    Maybe in Jan 2012, Congress can finally drag this progressive/socialist propaganda tool off the public dole and out of our pockets.

  • Anonymous

    #33

    Long story short, socialism doesn’t work in multicultural societies. The examples of N. European countries proves that racial homogeneity is a precondition for socialism-like policies.

    ==============================

    I agree with you.

    It isn’t multi”cultural”, it is multi”racial” societies that won’t work under socialism. The have nots (minorities) will always take from the haves (Whites) and they will outnumber the “haves” ten to one.