University of Washington Alumni Newsletter: Is the Tea Party “like the Ku Klux Klan?”

Posted by on Dec 05, 2013 at 1:48 pm

This should go over well. Sounds like an unhinged Alan Grayson rant. Surely the alumni from UW will love seeing such garbage,

The University of Washington’s (UW) Political Science Department on Monday asked its alumni if the modern Tea Party is “like the Ku Klux Klan?” in a widely distributed email newsletter.

The question, which was posed four times throughout the email, was part of a promotional blurb for a new book by UW Associate Professor Christopher Parker entitled Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in Contemporary America.

“Is the Tea Party like the Ku Klux Klan?” asked the newsletter. “Professor Christopher Parker… argues that recent research shows racism is a strong indicator of Tea Party support, stronger even than a preference for small government.”

The email, sent to Campus Reform by an alumnus who asked to remain anonymous, also included a lengthy commentary in which Parker argued that the Tea Party is in fact very similar to the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) of the 1920s.

“Consider the Tea Party,” wrote Parker. “Similar to the Klan, white, middle- class, middle-aged, Protestant men dominate the Tea Party’s ranks.”

“Tea Partiers are motivated by both conservative principles and racism,” wrote Parker, earlier in the piece.

Parker went on to clarify both in the piece, and in an email to Campus Reform that there are “differences between the two right-wing movements” and that his comparison was specifically with the KKK of the 1920s, which lessened its focus on violence in favor of gaining influence in the political system.

“My comparison to the KKK is very specific: the KKK of the 1920s,” he wrote. “This Klan departed from the Klan of the 19th Century and the mid-20th Century in several ways. The Klan of the 1920s was a national movement, not confined to the South. As a result, it was less violent than the other two versions.”

“The Tea Party need not be a similarly violent or bigoted movement in order for it to be compared to the KKK, especially given the different historical context,” he added.

Thanks for clearing that up. To no surprise, this turd is a University of Chicago product. Get a load of this book.

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16 Responses to “University of Washington Alumni Newsletter: Is the Tea Party “like the Ku Klux Klan?””

  1. jukin on 5/05/13 at 4:08 pm

    The KKK was and is a whole product of the democrat party.

    Just more leftist projection.

  2. Altoona on 5/05/13 at 5:30 pm

    Are there any responsible adults in the room anymore? It is as if histrionic bats in the belfry run this university, this city, this state. Good Grief!
    Projection and transference at work here…

  3. Redwine on 6/06/13 at 5:18 am

    Allen West needs to sit this racist idiot down and give him a history lesson on the Democrats and the KKK.

  4. Darth Chipmunk on 6/06/13 at 9:58 am

    “The Tea Party need not be a similarly violent or bigoted movement in order for it to be compared to the KKK”

    Shorter: What I’m saying is a lie, but it sounds good!

    We are headed for Civil War if this sh*t doesn’t stop. Between these @ssholes and the angry Global Warming advocates spittling through their teeth, I am FED UP.

    What party was the KKK? What party voted against freeing slaves? What party voted against voting rights for blacks? Democrat, Democrat and Democrat.

    But yea, academic sh*t-heel says there was 15 minutes in the 1920’s where the Klan wasn’t really the Klan because politics… so shut up Rethuglikkkan Teabagger because uncivil racisms.

    Alinsky smiles.

  5. Roy C on 6/06/13 at 10:09 am

    I actually do donate money to a school I attended, but it is an indebted land grant institution in a backwater part of an impoverished state. I also donate to specific departments. Though the school takes a 20% haircut, I pretty much know where the money is going.

    This is not the only school I attended, far from it, and not the best, but it is the most deserving and when I attended it I saw how much good such donations could do.

  6. Phelps on 6/06/13 at 10:15 am

    The Democratic party is 61% white. The largest Democrat religious group is Protestant. It’s a middle class and middle age dominated party. Does that means that it is dominated by KKK crowd too?

  7. Mitch S on 6/06/13 at 10:20 am

    Love how the “academics” can’t actually argue substantive positions but rather demean, label, and smear. And the young skulls full of mush are forced to sit there, take notes and nod in agreement. The far left lib/prog infiltration into higher ed will turn out to be the most destructive event of the last generation.

  8. Tulsa Jack on 6/06/13 at 11:18 am

    Couldn’t agree more. My school is also an embarrassment. Class of ’62 at Harvard, I stopped donating five years ago and sat out my 50th reunion, when they announced that the keynote speaker was the corrupt liar Barney Frank. The faculty is grotesquely overpaid; professors like Weezie Warren, “the Cherokee Squaw,” are raving leftard ideologues who go out of their way to insult not only my intelligence, but me personally and my principles; and the honest liberal education they once offered has become communo-fascist Democrat indoctrination. I think they’re unhinged.

  9. KGB on 6/06/13 at 11:18 am

    Got the monthly alumni magazine from my grad school this week and inside was a big article trumpeting the faculty members who had helped write Obamacare regs. Good lord, do they really think that’s something to advertise? I’ve never given them a cent and certainly won’t in the future. I gave them a quite generous sum of money in the form of tuition. If they can’t run a school with that sort of revenue, then I respectfully suggest they are in the wrong business.

  10. tuition&parkingticketsrplenty on 6/06/13 at 12:53 pm

    I too will not ever be donating to my university of attendance. They managed money poorly then, and it has gotten even worse since. I dont think a year goes by that doesnt bring rediculous tuition increases, all while throwing good money after bad coaches time and again. I used to at least browse the alumni mags for a minute or two that are sent to my parents home. After reading how excited they are to be fighting for “social justice” around the globe and especially brainwashing their students with that commi-pro(re)gressive garbo, the new mags go straight to trash. They pushed leftism when I attended, and apparently its only gotten worse. Probably also why they cant manage money.

  11. bour3 on 6/06/13 at 1:06 pm

    This is a fun game Professor but it doesn’t go as far as the games of comparing the Democratic Part to crime syndicates, and comparing the Democratic party and their partisan adherents to plantation managers.

  12. Will Munny on 6/06/13 at 1:41 pm

    Soon after the Tea Party movement began gaining momentum at an alarming rate, the Democrat/Media regime decided the only way to derail such a strong appeal to traditional American values in the face of the Leftist assault on the Constitution was to brand any such opposition to the President’s agenda as racist. Therefore they manufactured coverage of Tea Party events that falsely depicted attendees as 100% white, going as far as to crop photos of a black man with an AR over his shoulder in a successful effort to to accuse the Tea Party of threatening the (black) President with violence. They published photoshopped pictures of racist signs at Tea Party rallies. Most effective was the hoax story of Emanuel Cleaver and the other members of the CBC being spit on and assaulted with racial slurs as they conducted a staged walk through Tea Partiers after the Obamacare vote. Cleaver later distanced himself from the story as it fell apart, but the damage was done and it is now taken as faith among the left that this heinous expression of racism occurred. Almost all black people believe this as well.

    And so our media overlords were successfully able to paint the Tea Party as racist, keeping the Democrat’s minority constituents in line and convincing a large percentage of moderates that they did not want to be associated with the Tea Party, thus paving the way for the split in the Republican party that has allowed the unimpeded implementation of the Left’s agenda.

    Pretty neat how that works, huh? It sure is simple to win in American politics. One would have thought that something as crude as smearing a genuine grass roots limited government movement as motivated by racial hatred, or the ridiculous “War on Women” theme would be seen for what they are, but apparently there is nothing too dumb for the American voter.

  13. It's those damn kids! on 6/06/13 at 8:33 pm

    “The Tea Party need not be a similarly violent or bigoted movement in order for it to be compared to the KKK, especially given the different historical context,” he added.

    It would seem, in order to be compared, the TP MUST BE those 2 things to complete the equivocation (being that is the whole of his clumsy suggestion).

    Unless, one’s logic is completely dull and ill defined. Oh, wait! It all makes sense, now.

  14. Beverly on 7/07/13 at 1:45 am

    This stuck in my mind:

    “”Return to Sender.” That’s what Yale effectively stamped on Lee Bass’, SM ’79, $20 million grant, which was intended to fund an intensive course in Western civilization. Nearly four years after the Bass gift was first announced in April 1991, the public learned that Yale will return the money.”

    They weaseled around about their reasons for refusing the money, but they have NO problem (nor do any of the other Ivies) with taking huge sums from Muslims (Saudis and Gulf emirs) to fund their programs. Despite the horrific treatment of females, Jews, Christians, and gays — hey, no problem!

    My alma mater cost a fortune: a private uni in the South that used to be country-club conservative. Now? they’re peddling the same Leftist bilge as the rest of them. A pox on ’em, I say.

  15. direwolf on 7/07/13 at 2:10 pm

    “The Klan of the 1920’s was a national movement, not confined to the South. As a result, it was less violent than the other two versions.”

    Uh, is this why SEC teams play better football, being confined to the South and all where everything is all violent and stuff? Just asking a question, through the three teeth I got left in my head.