From Talking Points Memo
The books were first flagged by Ethan Persoff, the comic book blogger who brought us the hilarious Defense Department Don't Ask, Don't Tell explanation comic book "Dignity and Respect." Pershoff told Rachel Maddow's blog that he bought the first issue of the comic (there are at least three) somewhere in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Each issue of the comic (there are three out on the net) is very, very racist, pulling no punches when it comes to bashing President Obama with the familiar tea party complaints about spending, fears of a biased judiciary and even the infamous death panels (featuring a bonus offensive image of a large-nosed Ezekiel Emanuel.) There's something else interesting about them, one comic book expert at the Atomic Comics megastore in Mesa, Arizona told me today: they're clearly drawn by someone who knows a lot about comics. Each is a fairly faithful parody of a well-known comic book cover.
On this they are right on the money as shown here.
Yeah, it's not like any of that is reminiscent of any of this...
As you might expect in true Tea Party Form, rather than apologize for these Comix, members of the Tea Party instead denied that they were done by a TRUE Tea Partier, claiming instead that they were "a plant"?
"This is not something that is floating around Corpus Christi," Kathy Burnette, president of the largest Corpus Christi, Texas tea party group, told me. "This is the first we've seen or heard of it."
Burnette said her group "unequivocally denounces" the comic book, and said the "content is in poor taste at best and does nothing but cause more division in a time when our country needs unity." She added "racism has no place in our movement or our nation."
Shelby Blakely, executive director of the Tea Party Patriots' official online publication Patriot Journal said fakery in the comics was obvious.
"It's a plant and a bad one at that," she told me. "The truth is in the details."
Blakely said the comic does not have the feel of a tea party "giveaway," which is how one dealer on eBay characterizes it (attempts to reach the dealer today were unsuccessful). Plus, she said, imagery like the Tea Party Comix would raise flags instantly among tea party groups.
Denial is not just a River in Egypt.
That was their story on day one, but now on day two the actual creator of these Comix has come forward to whine that he's NOT a racist, he's just a Hater - the worm has turned.
Subject: TEA PARTY COMIX Thursday, July 29, 2010 5:23 AM
From: [Name and email address redacted by EP.TC]
To: Ethan Persoff
I have taken all TEA PARTY COMIX OFF of [Internet marketplace]. I hope you are happy and I hope the world is a little bit better better place in which to live now. ....I do not understand the connection with "big ears" and "racism", and I do not understand how a "dark face" implies racism...... The accusation of "Hate" is true, but it is the hate of an IDEOLGY, not a of race of people..... I understand that the ideology has captured 80 or 90% of the race(s) in question, but it is STILL a AN IDEOLOGY and NOT a "race" that this comic book attacks.... Cartoonists have historically drawn "the enemy" in a negative light... Please search cartoons of Reagan and Bush for instance ( and please see my caracature of Janet Napolatano in Tea Party Comix #2!)..... Think, and you will have to admit there was NO LIMIT placed upon these depictions.... But somehow, ANY negative drawing of Presient Obama is automatically "racist"... Be honest with yourself, if it is possible. ....Think. And maybe admit that you have an advantage that you are taking advantage OF..... In Tea Party Comix #1 there is a strip in which a person handing out Tea Party Comix #1 has an ALAN KEYES tee-shirt... Did you upload THAT strip?? Not that it would matter to people who think that RACE is more important than IDEOLOGY, but I would think that a fair-minded person might include that strip....
You can edit this and make me into any monster you like, that's up to you. We'll see what a moral person you are, and you can live with that. I'm sure you will be safer than I feel tonight, either way......
The undergrounds of the sixties WERE "allowed". Apparently "Tea Party Comix" are NOT allowed.... To any reasonable man, well, this miight give him something to think about, about how far we have "come"..... Is it truely a BETTER world?? You tell ME! - [name redacted ]
So his serious defense is that his Hate Inspired books aren't "racist" because they only show his anger at a group of people, not because of their skin-tone, but because they share a particular common cultural trait? (ie. Liberals)
How is Hating people who generally agree with Noam Chomsky that different from Hating a groups who believe in the teachings of Mohammad, or Buddha, or Bahia, or Jesus of Nazareth?
Is that not still BIGOTRY?
And for the record the fact that he features someone in an Alan (The Neo-Con Steppin Fetchit) Keyes T-shirt as a "Good Guy" after having a "Big nosed" image of Rahm Emmanuel's (more than a bit jewish) brother is not really convincing.
The funny thing about this is that I pretty much predicted this new strain of racism & bigotry four years ago when I declared Liberal Bashing : The New Racism
John Lennon once sang that "Woman is the Nigger of the World". In the last few weeks, something has become increasing clear to me. Times have indeed changed from the bad-old days of the Civil Rights movement and women's suffrage. No longer is it women who are the chief second-class citizen of this nation. It's not the gays. It's not the immigrants. It's not minorities, be they Black, Brown, Red or Yellow.
Granted, there are an increasing number of issues which affect each of them, but the one method for getting a full on smash-mouth whack at all the above - without being called nasty names, and being accused of being incivil, impolite, or basically a Fucking Dick - is to attack just one group.
You don't have to say you hate "Black People" anymore, all you have to say is you believe in a "Strong Work Ethic" (unlike those Lazy Black people) and you oppose "Socialism" and "Marxism" (especially from people like that Martin Luther King Jr. guy) and you believe in American Exceptionalism (because everyone else from every other Country is Inferior) - but it has nothing to do with disliking other people from other races and backgrounds, it's all "Ideology".
Not getting the "Message"?
All you have to do is listen to the "Heroes" of the Right to hear the message.
Glenn Beck: Liberals want to rape immigrants by denying them social security!
Joe Klein: No doubt "solutions" was a slip--but the notion that "Democratic ideas" might not be an oxymoron represented one small step forward for the perpetually benighted Donkey party
Rush Limbaugh : Let me tell you something, the Democrats are more fearful -- and I've told you this too -- they're more fearful of Christians than they are of Al Qaeda.
And our all time favorite potty-mouth girl, Ann Coulter : I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo.
Is this over-the-top hateful rhetoric really all that different from this argument from "Birth of a Nation"?
The white men were roused by the mere instinct of self-preservation -- until at last there had sprung into existence a great Klu Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern Country.
See, they just wanted Their Country Back Too...
Yet somehow this douch-nozzle thinks what he's done is in some way NOT as vile, hateful and destructive as what D.W. Griffith did with "Birth of a Nation"? It's not as distorted, twisted and bigoted as the Yellow Peril Comics of the 1930's, 40's and 50's?
Is it not raw naked bigotry?
One could argue that the left has been just as verbally and visual biting with those on the Right, however I would include this one caveat - the Left didn't have Make Shit UP about the Right - all they had to do was accurate document them and let the painful truth burn. We didn't have to Lie about Bush exploding the Deficit, Crashing the Economy or falsely invading Iraq or Abu Ghraib, or Gitmo, or Warrantless Wiretaps or Torture and ignoring Bin Laden until it was too late - all of that HAPPENED. But the Right has to Turn Obama into a Characatured SUPERVILLIAN and still none of their criticisms stick because they aren't based on fact or reality (there are NO Death Panels, the Goverment didn't TAKE OVER the Auto Industry or Wall Street, BP wasn't SHAKEN DOWN to create a Slush Fund, there are no FEMA CAMPS, Financial Reform will not take your Bank Account Away) it's all nothing but BUllSHIT and Irrational HATE.
Yet again, Denial is not just a River in Egypt.
One more point: What would happen if the Tea Party held a "Uni-Tea" Diversity rally and nobody but the White People came? Was it because of the Ideology or the Hatred?
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