The opening night speaker at the Tea Party convention suggested a return to a "literacy test" to protect America from presidents like Obama -- a segregation-era method employed by southern US states to keep blacks from voting.Dear TeaBagger Nation,
In his speech Thursday to attendees, former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo invoked the loaded pre-civil rights era buzzword, saying that President Barack Obama was elected because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country."
Southern states used literacy tests as part of an effort to deny suffrage to African American voters prior to Johnson-era civil rights laws.
Southern voting registrars could employ literacy tests arbitrarily. They included dauntingly difficult questions, aimed at keeping those they didn't want enfranchised from voting.
Tancredo, who is known for his sharp anti-immigrant rhetoric, also attacked what he called the United States' "cult of multiculturalism," and tore into 2008 Republican Presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
"Thank God John McCain lost the election," Tancredo told the Tea Party crowd, citing his positions on government spending and immigration.
"This is our country," he added. "Let's take it back."
This is not your country. It never has been, and never will be. There is a Negro having sex in the White House right now. Deal with it.
Perhaps the scariest thing is that Mr. Tancredo was a Presidential candidate, and was once an elected official.
Yeah, folks voted this racist jackass into office repeatedly. And the "Obama" voters are supposed to be the uneducated morons.
Since Miss Sarah is headlining this event, I wonder whether or not she'll be forced to denounce this idiotic statement.
Of course not. Who am I kidding? That guilt by association bullsh*t only applies to Negroes.
What. A. Country.
Question: Was Tancredo being racist in this statement, or was this merely a blanket insult to all Obama supporters, regardless of race? Is there a double standard when it comes to guilt by association at play here?
Invoking ‘literacy test,’ Tea Party opening speaker suggests blacks be kept from voting [RawStory]