The Tea Parties And Race
Adam Serwer and Conor Friedersdorf are debating the topic. Here's Adam:
Any movement that claims to represent "Real Americans" but is 98 percent white is by definition going to have a definition of Americanness that is partially defined by race. Whether you call them "Real Americans" or "The Silent Majority," we all know what we're really talking about. Pat Buchanan's saving grace is that he's always had the stones to give the state of things without equivocation or evasion, without grasping for the plausible deniability of putting a few nonwhite speakers on the stage in order to foster the perception of diversity.