Exposing the Link Between Tea Party Leaders and Racism

Tea Party Nationalism is a new report by Devin Burghart, Leonard Zeskind and the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, that exposes the connection between numerous tea party leaders and racism.

At Fildana Him, you’ve seen the examples of racism at tea party events and rallies. Tea Party Nationalism digs even deeper into the histories of tea party leaders around the country, and the results are shocking.

Profiles of Troubling Tea Partiers

Karen Pack

Karen Pack describes herself as “a Christian, a Tea Party Member, a Constitutionalist and a Patriot”, is the leader of the Wood County Tea Part in Texas.. But she also has a history with the Ku Klux Klan. Documents show that Karen Pack of Winnsboro, subscribed to the “White Patriot” tabloid, and that Thom Robb’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan listed her as an “official supporter.

Roan Garcia-Quintana

Roan Garcia-Quintana of Mauldin, South Carolina is involved in several local Tea Parties and served as “advisor and media spokesman” for the 2010 Tax Day Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina. Garcia-Quintana recently joined the National Board of Directors of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), the largest white nationalist group in the country and direct descendant of the white Citizens Councils that fought to defend Jim Crow segregation during the 1950s and 1960s.

Peter Gemma

Peter Gemma, a resident of a Sarasota, Florida, belongs to the ResistNet Tea Party faction. Gemma is also a professional white nationalist. He served as head of Design, Marketing, and Advertising for the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens newsletter, the Citizens Informe — which has complained that minorities were turning the U.S. population into a “slimy brown mass of glop”.

Clayton R. Douglas

Sixty four year old Tea Partier Clay Douglas lives in Tucson, Arizona. The biker and one-time mayor of the tiny hamlet of Bingham, New Mexico is a member of the ResistNet Tea Party faction. Douglas uses his ResistNet website profile to advertise his Free American website and radio program — which has run racist stories like, “Are the Jews Behind the Destruction of America?” At a conference of another anti-Semitic group, Douglas once blamed Jews for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Larry Pratt

Larry Pratt of Virginia is a member of two different national Tea Party networks: Tea Party Nation and 1776 Tea Party. He has been promoting the gun and militia movement for years, and in 1992 spoke at a Colorado meeting of Aryan Nations leaders, former Ku Klux Klansmen, and adherents of so-called “Christian Identity” — a doctrine in which Jews are considered Satanic and persons of color are referred to as “mud people.”

Billy Roper

Billy Joe Roper is an enrolled member of the ResistNet Tea Party, a write-in for Arkansas Governor and a founder of the White Revolution. One of White Revolution’s rallies was held in Topeka, Kansas in May 2004, to protest the anniversary of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that outlawed Jim Crow segregation in education.