2010 - Affiliation with the Tea Party linked to racism.
The University of Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Sexuality publishes results of their 2010 Multi-state Survey of Race & Politics. Here’s a bit from the summary:
“A recent survey directed by University of Washington political scientist Christopher Parker, finds that America is definitely not beyond race. For instance, the Tea Party, the grassroots movement committed to reining in what they perceive as big government, and fiscal irresponsibility, also appear predisposed to intolerance. Approximately 45% of Whites either strongly or somewhat approve of the movement. Of those, only 35% believe Blacks to be hardworking, only 45 % believe Blacks are intelligent, and only 41% think that Blacks are trustworthy. Perceptions of Latinos aren’t much different. While 54% of White Tea Party supporters believe Latinos to be hardworking, only 44% think them intelligent, and even fewer, 42% of Tea Party supporters believe Latinos to be trustworthy.”
The Daily Beast’s coverage of Tea Partiers’ response to the study’s results can be found here. I’ll take a closer look at their response in future posts.
Additionally, a 2010 New York Times/CBS News poll revealed that Tea Party supporters are more likely to think that the Obama administration favors blacks over whites and that “too much has been made of the problems facing black people.”
CNN story on the depiction of Obama as a witch doctor.