Here is a short list of prominent conservatives and independent thinkers who've been accused by their critics of being an "Uncle Tom" or some other vitriolic variation on the overplayed left-wing theme of being a traitor to their race or gender ("Aunt Tomasina," "Uncle Juan," "Aunt Jemima," "Uncle Wong," etc.)[.]
On Wednesday's American Morning, CNN's Ed Lavandera focused on the "overwhelmingly white" turnout at the rallies sponsored by the Tea Party Express organization and played up the criticisms that there is an "anti-minority undertone" at the demonstrations.
Lavandera, who is covering the Tea Party Express' cross-country tour, highlighted the race issue from the beginning of his report, which first aired 13 minutes into the 8 am Eastern hour: "The crowds turning out for the Tea Party Express rallies are overwhelmingly white. Is this lack of diversity a problem for the Tea Party movement? We're taking a closer look."
The correspondent noted some of the apparently "subtle efforts to make the tea party appear diverse," such as a hip hop performance and speeches by black tea party activist Lloyd Marcus. Marcus stated that "there's not a lot of black folks here, basically, because they haven't seen the light yet. They are still hypnotized by the first black or African-American president. But they haven't really looked at the man and what he's doing." This assertion is supported by a Gallup poll from earlier in March that found that President Obama's approval rating among blacks is at 89%, down slightly from 96% in August 2009.
UPDATE: Absolutely fabulous time lapse aerial video of the March now below the fold!
Videos of today's "Taxpayer March on Washington" are starting to get uploaded to YouTube, and some of them are just priceless.
With this mind, as many NewsBusters readers likely couldn't attend, it seems fitting to share what went on in our nation's capital Saturday.
To get you in the mood, let's start with author and motivational speaker Mason Weaver marvelously telling the crowd, "I thought you would want to hear a black man speak to you without a teleprompter," followed by Lloyd Marcus singing "2010" and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) saying, "It is time Washington, D.C., became a No Czar Zone" (videos embedded below the fold, h/t NBer bigtimer, more to follow as they come in):