Dear Mr. Matthews…

Posted: January 7, 2010 by Coby Dillard in Editorial/Commentary
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It has to be difficult having a job where you have to resort to sensationalism to keep people interested in you.

A day or so ago, you referred to my fellow Tea Party Patriots as a “monochromatic” crowd…meaning an all-white one. Since then, you’ve heard from black conservative figures who either attended or spoke at a tea party last year. Understandably, they’re none too happy with you.

I’m going to take a different angle, one that should really send a tingle up your leg-not only does this black man support the tea party movement, but he helped establish the organization that’s now the Virginia Tea Party Federation.

Or, shorter me-a black man helped START a tea party. That can’t be good for your narrative.

It’s unfortunate that you’ve decided to concentrate more on the racial composition of the tea party movement rather than the issues we call attention to. I hate to tell you, but those things we fight against-a lack of federal fiscal discipline, a government that has long exceeded its constitutional boundaries-affect people of ALL races here. When the bill for our ballooning deficit comes due, I’m on the hook for my share just as any other person. Of any color.

But I’m sure you already know that. I imagine, though, it’s easier for you to throw the race card than to seriously discuss an issue-the race card requires no thought, right?

So here’s my suggestion to you: get a couple of us black tea partiers together, and let’s talk. Ask us why we support the movement, and we’ll tell you. Let’s discuss why the numbers and races of the Tea Party Patriots don’t matter, and why we should focus on the issues that do. We don’t expect to convince you that we’re doing the right thing, but at least you’ll know why we think we are. And we’ll respect you for hearing us out.

Or, even easier, just acknowledge us for what we are-a group of Americans who don’t like the direction our country took under President Bush and continues under President Obama, and who are standing up for those who can’t or won’t.

Like you, our fellow American.

  1. sara says:


    I love the line: “When the bill for our ballooning deficit comes due, I’m on the hook for my share just as any other person. Of any color.”

    Let’s hope he does call.

  2. J. Williams says:

    Please send this to Michael Steele…he doesn’t understand the Tea Party Movement either.

  3. Matt says:

    This is fantastic. I applaud you, sir. And I hope Matthews will take you up on your offer. The left certainly takes the path of least resistance and playing the race card is such an easy one.

    One White Angry Bigoted Tea Partier

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